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The most promising young music artist in 2013 by "Art-link".
Biography

Biography

Irena Josifoska was born 1996 into a family of musicians. She started playing the cello at the age of 5 in the music school “Isidor Bajic”, in Novi Sad, 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, she 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.

Irena won around 50 highest awards in national and international competitions, like: “Dotzauer cello competition”, Germany, “Herann”, Czech republic, international cello competition in Liezen, Austria, “Petar Konjovic”, “Belgrade stage of young talents”, "Auryn competition of chamber music", Republican competition of music and ballet schools in Serbia etc. In 2015, as the youngest contestant, she was the finalist of „Jeunesses musicales” big international competition in Belgrade and won “The audience prize”, bow made by Vladimir Radosavljevic and several special prizes. In 2018 she got a SILVER MEDAL in „Vienna international music competition“ and in 2019 GOLDEN MEDAL with High distinction in „Manhattan international music competition“.

Irena is a recipient of several recognitions, like:“Provincial award”, award “Golden bell”, “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 main prize of the club “SUPERSTE“-Erste bank, "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 in USA, England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, etc.and she was a soloist of the eminent orchestras, like: "Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen", „Hagen Symphony orchestra“, „NWD orchestra“, „Detmold chamber orchestra“, „Kaunas philharmony“, "Orchestra nazionale sinfonica", "Jaener Pilharmony", "Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie", "Beaufort Symphony Orchestra", „OWL Junge Sinfoniker“, “Vojvodina Symphony orchestra”, “Symphony orchestra of RTS”, “European CEI youth orchestra”, etc.

Irena was participant of several festivals and projects, like: "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 attended master classes with prof. David Geringas, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jerome Pernoo, Claudio Bohorquez, Wenn Sin Yang, Marc Coppey , Mineo Hayashi , Marcio Carneiro, Christian Poltera, Istvan Varga, Stefan Popov, Alexander Kniazev, Daniel Müller Schott, Laszlo Mezö, Leonid Gorohov, Robert Nagy, 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, etc.

Composers Tibor Hartig, Dejan Despic, Svetozar Sasa Kovacevic, Aleksandar Vujic and Günter Puzberg dedicated their compositions to Irena.

Words of critics...
“Belonging to the category of the most exceptional, obviously even today existing “child prodigies”, or wunderkids, Irena Josioska perplexes and delights from the very first contact with the instrument...”
M. Adamov, 2008
“I do not know whether to call her a child prodigy, or to say that she played as a mature artist. Irena plays more colourfully than most child prodigy virtuosi and more likably than the artist with an already developed musical personality.”
P. Oskar, 2008
“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.”
G. Krajacic, 2009
”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.”
B. Hlozan, 2011
“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. ”
B. Radović, 2010
“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...”
M. Adamov, 2013

Repertoire

J.S.Bach:
6 Suites for solo cello
Gabrielli:
Ricercare in G-major, No.6
A.Piatti:
12 caprices for solo cello
G.Cassado:
Suite for solo cello
Nimrod Borenstein:
“Soliloquy”
Z.Kodaly:
Cello solo sonata
E.Ysaye:
Sonata for solo cello, Op.28
K.Penderecki:
Solo suite for cello
Divertimento

Beethoven:
7 variations on a theme from Mozart’s “Magic flute”
Mendelssohn: „Lied ohne Worte“, Op.109
D.Popper:
“Gavotte”, Op.23,No.2
“Concert polonaise“, Op.14
“Hungarian rhapsody”, Op.68
“Tarantella”, Op.33
“Mazurka”, Op.11,No.3
“Elfentanz”, Op.39
R.Schumann:
“Adagio and allegro”, Op.70
“Fantasie Stücke”, Op.73
Bruch: “Kol Nidrei”, Op.47
A.Dvorak: “Rondo”, Op.94
C.Saint Saens: “Allegro appassionato”, Op.43
P.I.Tchaikovsky:
“Nocturno”
“Valse sentimentale”, Op.51
“Pezzo capriccioso”, Op.62

G.Faure:
“Elegie” in C-minor, Op.26
“After a dream”
“Papillon”
G.Cassado: “Requiebros”
M. Marais: “La Folia”
N.Paganini: Variations on one string on a theme by Rossini (“Moses”)
B.Martinu: Variations on a theme by Rossini (“Moses”)
Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise brillante
D. Despic:
“Scherzo for Irena”
“Rečitativ i passacaglia funebre”
A.Vujic:”Jewish suite”
Williams: “Schindler’s list”
S.Rachmaninoff: “Vocalise”
P.de Sarasate: “Gypsy airs”, Op.20
Chopin: Etude Op.25 No.7 for piano, arr. for cello and piano
M.Milojevic: “The legend of Yephimia”, Op.25
Annelies van Parys: Chacun(e) sa chaconne

A.Vivaldi: Sonata in A-minor
G.Sammartini: Sonata in G-major
F.Francoeur: Sonata in E-minor
P.Locatelli: Sonata in D-major
L.Boccherini:
Sonata in A-major “L’imperatrice”
Sonata in G-major, G.15
Beethoven:
Sonata A-major, Op.69, No.3
Sonata C-major, Op.102, No.4
Sonata D-major, Op.102, No.5
Schubert: “Arpeggione sonata” in A-minor
C.Debussy: Sonata in D-minor, L135
J.Brahms:
Sonata in E-minor
Sonata in F-Major
C.Franck: Sonata in A-Major
F.Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sonata D-dur, Op.58
D.Shostakovich: Sonata for cello and piano in d-Minor, Op.40
S.Prokofiev: Sonata for cello and piano, Op.119

J. Chr. Bach:
Concerto in C-minor
J.Haydn:
Concerto for cello and orchestra, D-major
Concerto for cello and orchestra, C-major
Saint Saens:
Concerto for cello and orchestra in A-minor
R.Schumann:
Cello concerto in A-minor
E.Lalo:
Cello concerto in D-minor
E.Elgar:
Concerto for cello and orchestra in E-minor
P.I.Tchaikovsky:
“Rococo variations”, Op.33
A. Dvorak:
Concerto for cello and orchestra in B-minor, Op.104
D.Shostakovich:
Cello concerto in E-flat major
S.Prokofiev:
Sinfonia concertante, Op.125

Handel-Halvorsen: “Passacaglia”
R.Gliere: Duets for violin and cello, Op.39
Handel: Sonate for two cellos and piano in G-minor
M.Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello
J.Francoix: String trio
Hans Krasa: Dance for string trio
Glinka: “Pathetique trio” in D-minor
Piazzolla:
“Spring”
“Winter”
”Oblivion” for piano trio
J.Haydn:
Piano trio G-major, “Gypsy”
Quartet in D-major, ”The Lark”
R.Schumann: Piano trio in D-minor, Op.63
A.Arensky: Piano trio in D-minor, No.1
F.Mendelssohn: Piano trio No.1 in D-minor, Op.49
J.Brahms:
Piano trio Nr.1 B-Major
Clarinet trio in a-minor, Op.114
P.I.Tchaikovsky: Piano trio a-Minor, Op.50
S.Rachmaninoff: Trio “Elegiaque” No.1 in G-minor
W.A.Mozart:
Flute Quartett in D-major
Quartett in C-minor, ”Adagio and Fugue”
L.van Beethoven:
Piano trio in G-major, Op.1, No.2
String quartett Op-18, No.4 in c-minor

F.Schubert:
Piano trio in B-flat major, D 898
“Quartettsatz” in C-minor
Quartet No.14 “Death and the Maiden”
F.Mendelssohn-Hensel: String quartet in E flat-major
S.Rachmaninoff: “Unfinished quartett”
D.Schostakovich: Quartet in C-minor,No.8
C.Debussy: String Quartet in G-minor, Op.10
M.Ravel: String Quartet in F-major
Janacek: String Quartet No.1
E.Schulhoff: Five pieces for string quartett
Goddard: “Allaqi” for string quartet
A.Glazunov: 5 Novelettes, Op.15
W.A.Mozart: Piano quartett in g-minor No.1
A.Dvorak: Piano quartet E flat Major, Op.87
J.Brahms:
String quartet No.1 in c-Minor Op.51
String quartet No.2 in a-Minor Op.51
Clarinet quintet in in b-Minor Op.115
Piano quartet Nr.3 C-Minor
Piano quintet in F-minor, Op.34
C.Franck: Piano quintet in F-minor
D.Schostakovich: Piano quintet in G-minor, Op.57
R.Schumann: Piano quintet in E-flat major, Op.44
E.Elgar: Piano quintett in a-minor, Op.84
A.Schonberg: String sextet “Transfigured night” Op.6
R.Strauss: String sextet “Capriccio”
P.Schonfield: “Cafe music” piano trio
M.Bruch: Octet for strings


Schedule

  • 3rd - 13th of September:
    VOX barock orchestra

    CD recording, concerts

  • 21st of September:
    Brahms Doppelkonzert

    Maria Elisabeth Lott, violin
    Florian Ludwig, conductor
    Location: Kaunas, Lithuania

  • 12th of December:
    Piano Trio

    Una Stanić, violin
    Ivan Bašić, piano
    Location: Zürich, Switzerland

  • 19th and 20th December:
    Barock concerts

    Location: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

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