Ljiljana Vukelja


Ljiljana Vukelja

Ljiljana Vukelja, received her first piano lessons from her mother in the age of 4. She earned her Bachelor’s (1996) and Master’s (1999) diplomas under Professor Nevena Popovic at the Faculty of Music Belgrade (Serbia). She furthered her education at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (1998-2000, Germany) with the renowned French pianist Michel Beroff. In March 2002, since she has met the Suisse conductor and pianist Jean-Francois Antonioli, on her solo performance with the orchestra he has been leading for 10 years (Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania), she has continued to work with that musician. In 2007, she entered Doctorate in the performing arts, which she defended in 2010 (on the topic of music in Paris, in early XX century, by Ravel, Dutilleux and Enescu) with supervisor Professor Dejan Sinadinovic at the Faculty of Music Belgrade.

She widened her performing experience through many master classes with famous musicians like D. Bashkirov, A. Starkman, Michel D’Alberto and Jean-Claude Pennetier.

Second and special prize winner at the International Competition in Nauen, Germany (2006), and the third prize winner at the international competition „Adilia Alieva“ in Gaillard, France (2004), she also received many awards on the youth competitions in Serbia, as well in Rome, Tortona and Riviera del Connero (Italy).

She played in many recitals, chamber music concerts and collaborated as a soloist, with many different orchestras and conductors such as: Jean-Francois Antonioli, Jordan Dafov, Anatolij Novicki, Vincent Monteil, David Porcelijn…

Her performances brought her throughout Serbia and the Balkan region, Romania, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland and USA. She appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on various music festivals: BEMUS, International Review of Composers, BUNT, Festival of Minimalism (Serbia), Timisoara Musicala (Romania), KotorArt (Montenegro), Havelländische Musikfestspiele, Movimentos (Germany), Galway Music Festival (Ireland), Art and More (Croatia)…

She collaborated with the Irish famous dance company Fabulous Beast in production of two ballets of Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka and Rite of Spring, reduction for piano duet, having important performances in Ireland, Germany and Serbia.

In the concert season 2019/20, Faculty of Music Art Belgrade and Composer’s Association of Serbia, have released her solo CD, with the piano pieces of Serbian well-known contemporary composer Vladimir Tosich.

She performs on regular basis with Serbian famous cellist Sandra Belic, with whom she played in many important halls and festivals in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Republic of Srpska..

In December 2020, she had a very significant recital, performing the last two piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, op. 110 & op. 111, as a part of Beethoven Anniversary Cycle in Gallery RTS, in Belgrade. The recital was broadcoasted by Radio Belgrade 2. 

She holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department for Piano, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade.