Jelena Jakovljevic, born on November 21, 1983. in Nis. She finished elementary and secondary music school in Niš in the class of prof. Slavica Jovanović. She continued her further education at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade, where she graduated in 2007 with the highest grade in her major. In 2008, she received an award from the „Jakov Srejovic“ fund at the FMU in Belgrade for the best graduate student of her generation. She received her doctorate at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in 2016, defending the topic of her doctoral art project Changes in Flute Sound and Technique in
the age of romanticism.
In seasons 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, she was employed as the first flute of the Nis Symphony Orchestra, after which she was often hired as a part-time member. Since 2017, she has been regularly engaged in the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra from Podgorica and the Makris Symphony Orchestra from Belgrade.
During her work in the mentioned orchestras, she performed successful concerts and collaborations with eminent conductors such as: Srboljub Dinic, Danijele Djuulijo Moles, Andrej Andrejev, Le Fi Fi, Azis Sadikovic, Giuseppe Minopoli, Izak Karabcevski, Iker Sanchez, Julian Rusu, Mladen Tarbuk, Nada Matosevic-Oreskovic, Predrag Gosta, Suzana Kostic, Ivana Mirovic, Zoran Stanisavljevic, Miodrag Ivankovic, Grigorij Krasko, Bojan Sudjic, Dejan Savic, Vesna Souc, Darinka Matic Marovic, Svilen Simeonov and others.
She performed several times as a soloist with the Nis Symphony Orchestra in Nis, performing concertos for flute and orchestra by V. A. Mozart, C. P. E. Bach, J. Haydn, K. Štamic, S. Mercadante and other orchestral suites for flute, strings and harpsichord.
On that occasion, she collaborated with conductors: Anatolij Novicki, Le Fi Fi, Radomir Pejcic, Milena Injac. She participated in the 2008 National Concert Season organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia and supported by the President of the Republic. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer, she performed in cities throughout the country and abroad as well as at renowned music festivals: Days of Mokranjac, Nimus, Somus, Bemus, Riva Music Festival in Riva del Garda (Italy), Autumn Music Festivals in Skopje (North Macedonia), 62nd Festival of music and ballet pedagogues of Serbia, Music Summer in Vrnjci Spa, Flute Fest in Belgrade, Tahir Kulenovic Flute Festival in Valjevo, May – month of music in Vranje and others.
She attended master classes of eminent flautists of today such as: Orel Nicolae, Emmanuel Pahud, Peter-Lukas Graf, Paolo Tabaglione, Andraš Adorjan, Goulian Han, Asa Kahnenberg, Dejan Gavric, Gunila von Bar, Michael Kofler, James Galway, Trevor Wye, Kersten McColl, Asa Kahnenberg, Silvia Karedu, Michel Debost, Aurelien Delez, Vincent Lucas, Mate Bekavac, Matej Zupan, Ana Bogdanović-Radic, Marina Nenadovic, Goran Marinković, Felix Rengli, Ljubisa Jovanovic.
Since 2008, she has been engaged as an assistant at the Faculty of Arts in Niš, University of Niš, at the brass department, majoring in flute. In 2015, she acquired the title of assistant professor, and then in 2020, she was promoted to the title of associate professor at the same faculty. Since 2021, she has been hired as the head of the Department of Wind Instruments.
He finished primary and secondary Music school, the piano department, in his hometown of Nis in the class of prof. Milena Rajkovic. He earned the title of graduate pianist at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of prof. Svetlana Bogino and then, in 2018 completed his postgraduate studies in chamber music at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence in the class of prof. Bruno Canino.
He completed his doctorate at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade with the topic Contemporary approach to the interpretation of Beethoven’s late piano works (op. 106, 109 and 126): the path to a credible interpretation of the Urtext edition under the mentorship of prof. Aleksandar Serdar and prof. Sonja Marinkovic in 2020. From 2021, he has been studying at the International J. S. Bach Academy in Germany, and in 2022 he enrolled in postgraduate studies in conducting and piano at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence in the class of prof. Ricardo Castro.
Since 2010, he has been training regularly at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy and at one of the most famous festivals in the world (Salzburger Festspiele) in Salzburg (Austria), where he is educated in the form of lectures, seminars and concerts by the most outstanding musicians of today.
He has attended master courses of eminent pianists and pedagogues, such as: András Schiff, Leon Fleischer, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitry Bashkirov, Karl-Heinz Kemmerling, Steven Bishop-Kovacevic, Dmitry Alekseev, Eliso Virsaladze, Malcolm Bilzon, Arnulf von Arnim, Robert Levin, Jacques Rouvier, Alexey Lyubimov, Stefan Vladar, Sergio Perticaroli, Konstantin Bogino, Boris Romanov, Arbo Valdma, Stanislav Pochekin, Felix Gottlieb, Yuri Kot, Valery Sigalevich, Sergey Markarov and Vladimir Ogarkov. He performed as a soloist with the Nis Symphony Orchestra in 2015, 2017 and 2018, performing piano concertos by L. V. Beethoven, V. A. Mozart, J. Brahms with conductors Svilen Simeonov and Vanesa Kremenovic. He performed as a soloist and conductor with the Amoroso and Friends Symphony Orchestra (2015), the Empress Theodora City Chamber Orchestra (2017), the BLISS Festival Chamber Orchestra (2021, 2023) and the Amoroso Chamber Orchestra (2023).
He also performed as a soloist and conductor at a concert with the Nis Symphony Orchestra performing two piano concertos by L. V. Beethoven and D. Shostakovich in 2022. He performed in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia, as well as in the cities of his country.
He is a participant in the National Concert Season (2008/2009), holding concerts together with flutist Jelena Jakovljevic. He is a member of the Association of Music Artists of Serbia and the Syrinx Association of Musicians. He gained significant pedagogical experience working as an assistant at the piano departments of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Niš, the Faculty of Arts and Philology at the University of Kragujevac and the Academy of Arts at the University of Novi Sad.
Since 2008, he has been employed at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Nis, and in 2022 he was promoted to the position of associate professor at the Piano Department as a piano teacher and piano teaching methodology.