photo by Christian Colberg
Listen to Ivan's interview with Judith Krummeck
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Read Ivan's 'Meet Our Musicians' Feature
Chamber Music Performances:
February 9, 2014
March 16, 2014
June 1, 2014
Ivan Stefanovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and began his violin studies at the age of five. At sixteen, he came to the United States to continue his education at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Cerone, Victor Danchenko, David Updegraff and Cathleen Winkler. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1989 and an Artist Diploma in 1991, both with honors, from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2003, the Cleveland Institute of Music awarded him an Alumni Achievement Award “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the fields of Violin Orchestral and Chamber Music Performance.”
As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Stefanovic has won many first prizes in local and national competitions in Yugoslavia. He has performed numerous times as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Radio and TV Belgrade and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has made live recordings for Radio and TV Belgrade, Radio Yugoslavia and WCLV in Cleveland, in addition to numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Yugoslavia, Spain, and the United States.
Some of the reviews of his performances include:
“The surprise star was Stefanovic…breathtaking agility” - Portland Press Herald (Maine)
“Deftly virtuosic and musically compelling” - Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Golden tone and tender phrasing; Considerable technical flair” - The Baltimore Sun
Mr. Stefanovic is Principal Second Violin of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, a baroque violinist in Pro Musica Rara, and a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of “Chamber Music by Candlelight,” a series featuring BSO members. He is a violin teacher and chamber music coach, and conducts orchestra sectionals, at both the Preparatory Department of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Baltimore School for the Arts. He has conducted master classes throughout the United States and Japan, and is a member of the Clipper Mill Quartet. At the invitations of their respective Music Directors, Ivan has recently served as Guest Concertmaster in Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA).
Under Music Director David Zinman, Mr. Stefanovic joined the second violin section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1991, moving up to a third chair position a year later. In 2004, Maestro Yuri Temirkanov named him Assistant Principal Second Violin. He was named Associate Principal Second Violin by Maestra Marin Alsop in 2012.