Mladen Miloradovic

Cellist/Composer

 

About me 

Mladen Miloradović was born in 1987 in Belgrade. When he was five years old, he enrolled in the Music School "Stanković", first attending violin classes, and then as a seven-year-old child, he began in the cello class of Professor Dušan Stojanović. He then enrolled in a speciality High School for Music where he continued his cello studies with the same professor. In this period, Mladen won several First Prizes at national and regional competitions in Serbia, as well as winning Second Prize at the International Competition "Petar Konjović" and First Prize at the International "Vivaldi" Competition.

At the same time, he stood out as a soloist in numerous recitals, but also as a soloist with orchestra. As one of the top students in his music school, he performed at "Kolarac" hall with the Belgrade String Orchestra "Dusan Skovran". At the age of sixteen, he enrolled at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and was admitted to the class of Professor Dejan Božić. At the faculty, he got to know the beauty of playing chamber music and chamber orchestra, and at the age of seventeen he became a member of the Belgrade String Orchestra "Dušan Skovran", and at the age of nineteen a member of two string quartets, "Del Gesu" and "Kornelije".

After completing his studies in Belgrade in 2008, Mladen decided to devote himself to further training abroad. In October of that year, he enrolled at the Music Academy in Bremen, Germany, with Professor Alexander Baillie. During this period, Mladen became the leader of the ensemble "Cello Sound" and learned the skills of leading a larger ensemble. At the same time, he gained great experience and knowledge in practice for early music with the renowned Dutch baroque cellist Viola de Hogg.

After two years of studies in Bremen, he followed his great desire since a young age and went to study in Detmold at the Academy of Music, to work with Serbia’s most famous cellist, Xenia Janković.

In 2013, he completed his Master studies in Detmold and enrolled in further Soloist studies in the same class. He considers the experience he gained in this period to be the most important of his entire studies. At the international competition in Madrid, Mladen won the Grand Prix and was again dedicated to the solo repertoire. He gave numerous concerts, as well as performances with orchestras in Baden, Austria, where he performed "Rococo Variations" as the winner of the "ISA Festival" Competition in Semmering. He performed the less well known Stamitz Cello Concerto with "Collegium musicum" in Bielefeld and with Chamber Orchestra Essen ("Folkwang Kammerorchester"), whose Principal Soloist he was in the period from 2013 to 2015.

Mladen also performed the Saint Saens Cello Concerto, with ''Vermeer Vierjahreszeiten'' orchestra, Dvorak Concerto with, ''Jugendorchester OLW'' and ''Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie'' in Herford, as well as the Iber Cello Concerto with the Münster Orchestra in Germany.


 

Mladen has performed regularly as member of the Bremen Philharmonic, the Detmold Chamber Orchestra, The New Westfalen Philharmonic Orchestra in Gelsenkirchen, as well as the Bonn Classical Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played as guest Principal Cellist in orchestras such as the ''Beethoven Orchestra Bonn'', the Royal Philharmonic in Liège, and the ''Niederrheinische Philharmonie''.

 

In 2013, he became an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Music in Detmold, as an assistant to Professor Ksenija Janković. His work was mostly focused on leading and preparing the Detmold Cello Ensemble, a group made up of cello students in Detmold. This ensemble, led by Mladen, performed at the "Navara-Fest", the Festival in Ulm, the Festival in Kragujevac, among other festivals. The most important event in Mladen's conducting of this ensemble was a project and performance with one of the most important cellists in the world, Wolfgang Boettcher, former Principal Cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra.

 

Mladen's composing talent quickly became known, and in Amsterdam, where he regularly played in the "Amsterdam Sinfonietta" orchestra, he received his first requests for compositions. Firstly for two arrangements, one of which was played by the renowned world cellist Natalija Gutman, and then for two compositions performed at the festival "Amsterdam Cellobiennale". At this festival, Mladen also made important connections with other world-renowned artists, such as Gary Hoffman, Alban Gerhard and Sol Gabetta. His composition, "Fantasy on the Themes of Stanojlo Rajicic" was performed by a cello quartet, consisting of four winners of the festival competition, including the world-famous Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh. He arranged Schumann's ''Five Pieces in Folk Style" for German cellist Julian Steckel and the "Amsterdam Sinfonietta" orchestra.

 

For the "Chamber Music Festival" in Warsaw, he composed two compositions, a duo for violin and cello and string quartet, which he personally premiered and performed with colleagues from Poland. In the same year, he was invited to Gdańsk to perform Beethoven's "Cello Sonata" with pianist Alberto Rizzi and Mendelssohn's "Piano Trio" with violinist Wojtek Wieczorek.

 

Shortly afterwards, in 2015, Mladen became Co-principal of the Opera Orchestra in the German city of Aachen, where he began intensive work on conducting. He was primarily interested in opera - he started to work on his first opera, but also conducted smaller ensembles, mostly string orchestras. He was taking lessons from opera conductors and gained experience in this field. For years he was a regular guest at the "Musikdorf Ernen" Festival in Switzerland, where he had the opportunity to play and collaborate with renowned musicians, such as pianist Paolo Giacometti, cellist Christian Poltera, cellist Xenia Janković, violist Tim Ridout, cellist Vashti Hunter and many others. Besides his music engagement, he was also involved at the festival as composer, conductor and arranger. He performed his solo composition "Fantasie im Volkston" and made arrangements for Xenia Janković, Candida Thompson (Concertmaster of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta), and renowned British pianist Alasdair Beatson. He also conducted and performed as soloist with the festival orchestra.

 

Besides his performances in Germany (Hercules Hall in Munich, Beethoven Hall in Bonn and Konzerthaus in Berlin), Mladen has performed internationally at the Royal Opera in Madrid, Amsterdam's "Concertgebouw" and "Muziekgebouw" as well as at halls in Bilbao, Lisbon, Dublin, Gstad, Brig and Antwerp. His works and his performances have been recorded for Radio Austria-ORF, Radio Netherlands 4, and German stations WDR, SWR and Radio Bremen. A highlight of Mladen’s recordings is of Enescu's String Octet, which was released by Sony Classical and broadcast on Swiss radio.

 
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COMPOSING AND ARRANGING 

 
 

EVENTS

Opernhaus

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • April 2021 - Recording for Deutschlandfunk Kultur Radio, Pieces for Cello and Piano

  • Mai 2021 - Münchener Kammerorchester, (guest player) Recording with Christian Tezlaff 

  • Mai 2021 - Recording of Bach 1. Suite for cello solo (Project with Dance company)

 

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