“Without music, life would be a mistake.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Cello, Theory, Musicianship
Aleksandar Zivkovic is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. The cellist and registered music therapist works with an unusually broad repertoire from early baroque to contemporary and popular music. He was born into the sixth generation of renowned musical family. He started his violoncello studies at the age of seven. During his primary and secondary school days Aleksandar competed in and won many youth state competitions in 1983, 1986 and 1989 in various age categories.
He studied with a number of famous professors and cellists including Prof. Aleksandr Kirilovich Fedorcenko (Russia), Marc Bonetti (Australia), Lazlo Varga (USA), Eleonore Schoenfield (USA), Kazimir Michalik (Poland), Michael Flaksman (Switzerland) and Ljubomir Polojac(Yugoslavia).
At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Aleksandar Zivkovic studied cello with Prof. Georg Pedersen. After completed his Undergraduate course Aleksandar continued to compete in numerous local cello and chamber music Eisteddfod competitions. As a member of St Laurence Piano Trio, Aleksandar won the 2MBS-FM Radio Competition in 1996.
In 2010 Aleksandar completed his Master Degree in Advanced Music Performance at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Professor Alexander Chaushian, where he continued his post-graduate studies in baroque cello with Professor Richard Tunnicliffe.
Aleksandar Zivkovic played all over the world with the greatest musicians of our time.
Voice and Violin
Marija Stojakovic received her formal education at the Academy of Music in Belgrade (Bachelor of Music) and the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music.
As an accomplished musician, Marija has won a number of awards in Australia and overseas including Belgrade, Dubrovnik and the International Violin Competition “Jaroslav Kocian” in Czechoslovakia. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
She has been singing as far back as she can remember. The gift was passed on by her grandparents Radojka and Milutin - Tine Zivkovic, duo-accordionists and her father Slobodan Zivkovic, pianist.
In 1995 Marija commenced private singing with Australian Opera Principal Ms Arax Mansourian and became the leading soprano with ASAS choir.
Rita Hunter ( one of the major Wagnerian sopranos of the later 20th century) was her next teacher, who enhanced her already exquisite vocal ability.
In 1997 Marija won a scholarship at the Marthy Awards in Brisbane to study singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London, that she completed in 1998.
In 2000 Marija won the first prize at the Roger Woodward Competition and in 2003 completed the Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Ms Maree Ryan.
Her affinity for recital and concert repertoire, including many 20th century works has led to guest appearances with Dean Olding and Australian Ensemble, singing Shostakovich's Seven Poems.Marija has also performed and recorded for Australian ABC, 2MBS-FM and SBS Radio.