Irena Josifoska is a serbian-hungarian cellist from Novi Sad, born 1996 into a family of musicians. She started playing the cello at the age of 5, in the class of her mother, Judit Niederholzer-Josifoska. She finished Academy of arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, in the class of prof.Marko Miletic, finished Bachelor studies at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Detmold, Germany, in the class of prof.Xenia Jankovic and at the moment she is a student of Master studies in "Universität der Künste" Berlin, in the class of prof.Jens Peter Maintz.
Irena was the youngest semifinalist of the "Queen Elisabeth competition" in 2017 and in the summer 2021 she was academist of the "Verbier Festival" and there the prize winner of "Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich".
From october 2021 she will be "Artist in residence" of the "Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel" for the chamber music and academist of the "Liechtenstein Musikakademie". From september 2022 she will be and academist of "Villa musica chamber-music Festival".
Irena is prize winner of many competitions, like: Dotzauer cello competition, Herann cello competition, international cello competition in Liezen, Austria, "Petar Konjovic" international competition, "Jeunesses musicales" international competition in Belgrade, Vienna international music competition, Manhattan international music competition, Janigro cello competition.
Irena is a recipient of several honorable recognitions, like: "St. Sava award" as the highest recognition being given by the Serbian Ministry of education, the award "Stanojlo Rajicic" for the most successful concert of the season 2009/2010 held in Gallery "SANU" in Belgrade, Art-link award "The most promising young music artist in 2013", "The prize for the best young music artist in 2015" given from "Society of music artists of Serbia", prize "The little prince" in 2018.
Irena performed all over the Europe and USA and she was a soloist of the eminent orchestras, like: Deutsche Sinfonietta Berlin, Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Hagen Symphony orchestra, NWD orchestra, Detmold chamber orchestra, Kaunas philharmony, Orchestra nazionale sinfonica, Jaener Pilharmony, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and she was participant of several festivals and projects, like: "Verbier Festival Academy", Musiktage Mondsee, Rutesheim Cello Akademie, "ISA"-International summer academy, Moritzburg Festival Academy (1st prize of audience), Thuringer Bachwochen, Burgos music festival (1st prize at the competition of the festival), Hohenstaufen chamber music festival, Nitzow chamber music festival, BEMUS, NOMUS, Cello Fest Belgrade, Ljubljana Festival, "Music Forum" in Trenta, Slovenia held by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.
In April 2014 “A-records” (Sweden) has issued Irena’s first CD and in September of 2014 “Art-link” and “Societe generale bank” has issued Irena’s second CD.
Irena plays also the barock cello. In september 2019, she recorded a CD with the „VOX barock ensemble“ for „Sony“ and „Deutsche Harmonia Mundi“, on barock instruments.
Irena is the „Thomastik infeld artist“, was the scholarship holder of „Deutschland stipendium“ and at the moment she has the „Ad Infinitum and DAAD“ scholarship.
Irena attended master classes with prof. David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jerome Pernoo, Claudio Bohorquez, Wenn Sin Yang, Marc Coppey , Mineo Hayashi , Marcio Carneiro, Christian Poltera, Istvan Varga, Alban Gerhardt, Daniel Müller Schott, Jan Vogler...
She worked and played also with eminent artists and conductors, like: Helmuth Rilling, Maria-Elisabeth Lott, Ivry Gitlis, Heinrich Schiff, Frank Braley, Jonas Vitaud, Andrea Lieberknecht, Dag Jensen, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Jean-Daniel Noir, Naoko Sonoda, Keiko Tamura, Frank-Michael Erben, Daniel Stabrawa, Annika Treutler, Auryn quartett, etc.
Composers Tibor Hartig, Dejan Despic, Svetozar Sasa Kovacevic, Aleksandar Vujic and Günter Puzberg dedicated their compositions to Irena.
She is a guest solo cellist of "Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie", „Detmolder-Kammerorchester“ and temporary substituion in „Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin“.
Words of musicians:
“Irena is for sure one of the most gifted musicians I met in my career. Her enthusiasm transports the music directly to the heart of her audience and her stunning technique, her variable, warm and brilliant tone and her virtuosity leave the listener stunned and grateful.”
“Irena is an exceptionally expressive musician, her technical abilities are of a high level and she has a very good sense for expressing different styles and colours in music.”
“It is unbelievable how someone can experience and convey all the sung and painful legato in Faure’s “Elegie” without having oneself suffered greatly and not having a wounded soul.”
”Contact with Irena Josifoska gave the audience moments of true joy in the beauty of music and a soaring performance which captivated with its genuine liveliness and unusual maturity of expression.”
“Each generation has its own aces and in the present one it is certainly Irena Josifoska.This child is talked about and has great prospects. ”
“Irenas determination, playing impulse, attitude, looks, dominance over the “musical matter“ and as always, such a striking fusion between the artist and instrument , left a huge impression...”
24th of May:
Beethoven Sonata No.2, g-minor
Naoko Sonoda, piano
15th - 25th of June:
Location: Novi Sad, Serbia
26th of June - 3rd of July:
Conductor: Frank Michael Erben
3rd of July:
Gulda cello concerto with "Deutsche Sinfonietta Berlin"
Location: Berlin, Germany
11th of July - 2nd of August:
"Verbier Festival Academy"
Location: Verbier, Switzerland
28th of August - 2nd of September:
Chambermusic-Festival on "Mondsee" with "Auryn quartett"
Location: Mondsee, Austria
15th of September - 18th of September:
VOX barock ensemble
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
22nd of September - 26th of September:
Location: Augsburg and Harz, Germany
3rd of October:
Bach, Gliere, Handel-Halvorsen, Piazzolla...
Location: Kaunitz, Germany
20th of October - 23rd of October:
Location: Augsburg, Germany
28th of October:
Mozart piano trio
Location: Brussels, Belgium
28th of November:
Haydn C-major cello concerto
Location: Kaunitz, Germany
14th - 18th of December:
2nd of February:
Shostakovich 2nd cello concerto
"Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra"
Location: Novi Sad, Serbia