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Predrag Gosta

 
Name: Predrag Gosta
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Location: Atlanta
United States 30305
Contact: www.PredragGosta.com
+1.404.414 5510 (U.S. Mobile)

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Additional Info: Described by the critics as "an artist of dynamic temperament and impeccable expression" (Radio Television Belgrade), Serbian-born American conductor PREDRAG GOSTA is emerging as one of the most charismatic young conductors today. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Gosta started first studying violin at the age of six and later continued his musical training in music theory, piano, voice, harpsichord, organ and conducting. He finished “Mokranjac” Music School in Belgrade (music theory and voice), and after starting his studies at the Belgrade Music Academy, he was awarded a full scholarship from Trinity College of Music and the Leverhulme Trust to continue his studies in London, receiving an undergraduate degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in vocal performance and harpsichord. Following Trinity, he moved to the United States, where he received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta (in vocal performance, choral conducting and orchestral conducting), where he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship and the Board of Regents’ Opportunity Scholarship. He also studied in Russia and Europe, where his conducting teachers include Jorma Panula (Sibelius Academy, Finland), Gustav Meier (Peabody Institute), Vladimir Ponkin (Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow), Andrey Anikhanov (St. Petersburg Conservatory), Jonathan Brett (protégé of Yuri Simonov), and Ennio Nicotra (former assistant to the late Ilya Mussin).

Predrag Gosta has been featured on the concert and the operatic stage equally as a conductor, vocal soloist, and harpsichordist. At home with symphonic, operatic, ballet, chamber or choral repertoire, Gosta conducted ensembles such as the St. Petersburg State Symphony, Moscow Symphony and Maikop Philharmonic orchestras in Russia, Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, the Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), the Krasnodar Chamber Orchestra “Premier” (Russia), the Radom Chamber Orchestra (Poland), as well as number of choruses such as the Oxford Chorale and the Canterbury Choir in Atlanta. Last year, he debuted on stages of the Kennedy Center and Music Center at Strathmore in Washington DC while serving as the Assistant and Cover Conductor for the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, to which he returned as a guest conductor last November to conduct the concert in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Haydn and Mendelssohn (Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang). His most recent guest conducting engagements include St. Petersburg’s famous State Capella Symphony Orchestra  (“Glinka) in Russia, as well as the Rousse Philharmonic in Bulgaria. Among his ballet performances with the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta (where Predrag is the Music Director and Conductor since 2006) are Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. His operatic repertoire includes operas by Baroque composers such as Monteverdi, Purcell, Pergolesi and Handel, as well as operas of the standard repertoire by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.

Gosta achieved his biggest international acclaim with his period-instrument orchestra New Trinity Baroque, based in Atlanta. Recognized as a specialist in historically informed performance, Gosta worked with many early music specialists, including sopranos Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb and Julian Baird, Dutch recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen, British lutenist Anthony Rooley, harpist Andrew Lawrence-King, violinist and a Gramophone-award winner John Holloway, and others. In 2003, he was invited to be the Assistant Conductor to Andrew Lawrence-King in staged performances of Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco’s opera “La púrpura de la rosa” at the Amherst Early Music Festival (USA). That same year, he collaborated with the acclaimed stage director of San Francisco, Portland and Huston Grand Operas, Sandra Bernhard, as the Music Director of Claudio Monteverdi’s famous opera “L'incoronazione di Poppea” (“Coronation of Poppea”) for the Lexington Opera Theatre in Kentucky. Soon after, he was invited by the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta to form a new orchestra and become its first ever Music Director and Conductor. In 2008, he was invited by the National Philharmonic in Washington DC (after a search that involved over 100 conductors) to serve as its first ever Assistant Conductor - a post that he successfully completed just recently.

With New Trinity Baroque, Gosta performed at numerous festivals in the USA and overseas, usually directing the group from the harpsichord. He toured England, Finland, and Sweden, and has appeared at festivals such as the Boston Early Music Festival, the Vammala Early Music Festival “Sastamala Gregoriana” in Finland, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, where New Trinity Baroque will return for the fourth time in 2011, after receiving raving reviews and an “A+” rating for its series of concerts. With New Trinity Baroque, Gosta has produced over a dozen critically acclaimed CDs of music from Monteverdi to Mozart. Among them, the 2002 recording of Purcell’s opera “Dido & Aeneas” (with Evelyn Tubb and Thomas Meglioranza in the titles roles) has been labeled by “Early Music” journal (UK) and “Early Music America” magazine (USA) as one of the most successful recordings of this opera ever made, comparing it with the pioneer recording by Andrew Parrott, and putting it in line with CD recordings of the same opera by early music experts Nicholas McGegan and Emmanuel Haďm. Gosta also performed in England and in Serbia, including the Dartington International Festival and Summer School in England, Music Festival “Budva - the Theatre City” in Montenegro, as well as the Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS) and the Belgrade Early Music Festival.

Predrag Gosta is a regular presenter of master classes and lectures, and his articles have been published in music journals in USA and overseas. He is the Artistic Advisor and US Director of the Peter the Great Music Academy in St. Petersburg (Russia), the President of the international early music society Early Music Network, as well as the President of the Makris Foundation in Washington DC which promotes music of the Greek-American composer Andreas Makris and nurtures young and talented musicians.

Gosta is a recipient of numerous grants, awards and scholarships, including the Special First Prize at the Yugoslav Solfeggio Competition in Belgrade in 1995 and the Award from the “Miodrag Vasiljevic” Fund, the full scholarship for studies at Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the scholarships from the Vandervell Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust in England, the full scholarship and graduate assistantship from Georgia State University, medal and honorary membership in the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, as well as the Regents Opportunity Scholarship (which is awarded to the best student in the field of arts at Georgia State University in Atlanta). In 2006 he received the Leadership Award from the US Congressional Committee. He also received the research grant from the Porter Foundation for the world premiere performance and recording of the works by the Italian Composer, Francesco Portinaro, which will be soon released on a CD. He is also a member of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity. Gosta is on the faculty of Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta, and was the Artist Affiliate and Guest Affiliate Lecturer at Georgia State University.

For more information about Predrag Gosta, visit www.predraggosta.com.
Specialisms: Orchestral Conducting, Musical Direction, Musical Theatre, Early Music
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