Biography

Marija Rašić was born on 15th of January 1998 in Belgrade, Serbia. She got her Bachelor degree at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of professor Vera Ogrizović in 2020 and her master’s degree with the highes honours at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with professor József Eötvös in 2022. On this Academy she previously spent one semester as part of the Erasmus exchange program.

Marija enjoys performing new music and believes in the great importance of commissioning new works. Therefore, she co-founded the Karika Project – new initiative for promoting contemporary music and artistic exchange.  Two concerts were held in Budapest and Belgrade with performers and composers from Hungary and Serbia. Program included two premiers. Within her latest project Guitarization, she premiered 5 new works for solo guitar by composers Dušan Bogdanović, Svetozar Nešić, Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer, Damjan Jovičin and Ivan Vukosavljević on the concerts at Princess Ljubica’s Residence in Belgrade and Isidor Bajić Music School in Novi Sad.

Marija received George Karagiozis / Manolis Hadjiemmanouil scholarship for the Volterra Project 2021, Scholarship for Akademia Gitary: Festiwal 2019 in Poland and Hungarian State scholarship – Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship. She was awarded several times by the Fund for Young Talents of the Republic of Serbia for the achieved successes in recognized competitions at home and abroad, Scholarship for exceptionally gifted students awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia, as well as award of The Education Foundation of Crown Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević for the best graduate students from Serbia and Republika Srpska. 

Concerts

Marija is actively performing as a soloist, in several chamber ensembles, and as a soloist with symphony orchestra. Some of the significant performances are:

  • Guitar Concerto by Iván Madarász with Szeged Symphony Orchestra – several concerts in 2022: Solti Hall (Liszt Ferenc Academy Budapest, Hungary),  Korzó Zeneház (Szeged, Hungary), House of Arts (Kanjiža, Serbia)
  • Guitarization Project – Five Premiers 2022, Princess Ljubica’s Residence in Belgrade and Isidor Bajić Music School in Novi Sad
  • Belgrade Guitar District Concerts – Guitar and Lute Concert in Đorđević Music School, Belgrade.
  • BorGuitar Festival 2016, Borgo Val di Taro, Italy
  • Guitar Academy Festival 2019 – Balkan face of the guitar, Kórnik Castle, Poland
  • Colour concert series 2019, Guitar and lute concert – Müpa Budapest, Glass hall, Budapest, Hungary
  • Naissus Guitar Festival 2019 – Niš, Serbia
  • ClassicArt Festival 2016 – Šabac, Serbia

Competitions

Marija has won more than 40 awards in various national and international guitar competitions, among which are:

  • 1st prize  – Sinaia International Guitar Festival 2015, Romania
  • 1st prize – BorGuitar Festival, Young Guitar Competition 2016, Italy
  • 1st prize – Guitar Art Festival 2014, Serbia
  • 1st prize – Naissus Guitar Festival 2019, Serbia
  • 2nd prize – Young Virtuosos 2016, Bulgaria
  • 1st prize – Serbian State Competition 2014, Serbia
  • 1st prize – Vojvodina guitar fest 2015, Serbia

Wanted to expand her knowledge of early music and historical performance, Marija started to study lute with prof. Darko Karajić in Josip Slavenski Music School, Department of Early Music. She had a chance to perform with ensembles (continuo player) and as a soloist on the lute, baroque guitar and theorbo. Furthermore, she took part in the Baroque workshop 2020 and 2022 in the National Museum in Pancevo, Days of early music 2019 at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and Belgrade Baroque Academy 2017 where she had masterclasses and performed on the concerts.

Over the years she has taken part in the masterclasses and attended advanced courses with leading guitarists such as: Hubert Kaeppel, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Paul ODette, Judicaël Perroy, Zoran Dukić, Pavel Steidl, Carlo Marchione, Paul Galbraith, Raphaella Smits, Pablo Márquez, Giampaolo Bandini, Thomas Offermann, Eliot Fisk, Dušan Bogdanović, Sergio Assad, Joaquin Clerch, Andriano Del Sal

Marija has been teaching 3 years in Starečević Guitar School (Balkan Art assosiation) and 2 years in Budapest British International School. Currently she is working as a guitar, chamber music and sight reading teacher in “Davorin Jenko” primary and secondary music school in Belgrade, Serbia.

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