Violist Dejan Mladjenovic has performed more than 150 concerts in the last seven years, performing with significant chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras and in recitals with distinguished pianists in his native Serbia, France, Spain, Norway, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and Great Britain. He commands all of the instrument's standard repertoire as well as many new works. To date, five significant viola concertos and many sonatas and smaller works have been composed and dedicated to him. Mr. Mladjenovic is recognized as one of Balkans’ finest violist – an artist whose marvelous expressivity, sonorous tone, and color have won him praise by audiences and critics alike.
Born in Kraljevo, former Yugoslavia (now Serbia) Dejan Mladjenovic studied viola in his native country (University of Belgrade), then Norway and Germany. Subsequently, he received a scholarship by the French government and attended Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris where he pursued advanced studies and completed a Master's degree in viola performance with highest honors. He attended master classes in Siena (1986/7), again as a scholarship student, this time at the Academia Chigiana, where he studied with Gerard Causse and Jury Bashmet. In 1988 he went to Gronjan and studied with Grigory Zislin; in 1990 he studied in Paris with Jessi Levine; and 1991/2 studied with Emanuel Vardi and Rivka Golani in Great Britain. Besides his active career as a concert soloist, he currently serves on the faculty of the University of Belgrade, School of Fine Arts as the professor of viola, and string quartet studies.
His awards comprise a distinguished and impressive
list ranging from Laureate Yugoslav Artist (1987), and Best Concert Performance
of the year 1994 (Association of Music Artists of Serbia), to the Special
Prize delivered by Jury Bashmet himself at the International Viola Competition,
Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1994). In addition, he has won on four different
occasions first place awards for various performances at the international
review of modern compositions. Most recently (in 2007) he received the August
Klein Distinguished Artist Award nomation by the International Music Center
This is what critics say about Mr. Mladjenovic's playing:
" ... Mladjenovic showed himself capable of
quite big playing ..."
The Strad, 2002, Wigmore Hall recital.
"We were fortunate to hear him a the Jacqueline
de Pre music building ... the concert was truly memorable ... Both pianist
and the violist unleashed all their savoir-faire.... Both players rose to
the challenge magnificently."
Oxford Times, March 2004
"The performance of Dejan Mladjenovic was
grandiose, with a great security and intensive indulging. In addition to all
that, he has a warm and full tone that gave additional dimension to the performance.
We have not heard such an inspiring playing for a long time."
Sunnmorposten, April 2005, solo and chamber music
"Extremely refined, sonorous and colorful - the tone of Mladjenovic's viola, with its low sounds and timbres of a cello as well as the heights of a violin, remained a constant throughout tonight's concert. He used this rare quality without reservation filling the tone of this instrument with personal emotions.
Dejan Mladjenovic had his "tour de force"
in the interpretation of the Sequence No. 6 for Viola Solo by Luciano Berio.
Everything that one string instrument, at least hypothetically, can play,
is found in this expressive, fascinating composition. His interpretation had
to be considered first-class by any violist ...
Radio Belgrade, Third Program, February 2005 (The Night of Premiers of Italian Music for Viola - A Recital).