Sonja Kalajic, Graduated at The Faculty of Musical Arts in Belgrade, class of prof. Dejan Mihailovic. As a soloist she introduced the Serbian audience with a succession of premiere performances - compositions of Sibelius, Piacola, Respigio and Enesco- within the concert programmes of Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Ethnographic Museum, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Culture hall of the Student center and the Kolarac Foundation. With pianist Vanjuška Martinovic participated at the Greek summer festival in Symi in 2002.
One of the participants of Television Belgrade program "Associations". Music author of radio drama "Midnight legend" (RTS Belgrade 1999) and solo author of radiophone work - Lament over Belgrade (Oratory for reciter, mixed choir, orchestra, typewriter and radiophone effects as per the renowned Miloš Crnjanski poem (RTS, Belgrade 2002).) At the 2012 festival KOMA, orchestra Metamorfozis and violinist Saša Mirkovic performed Sonja’s composition "Soko" (The falcon) in the hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. The famous violinist Nemanja Radulovic, elected Sonja's composition "Vatra suze"(The fire of tears) on his album "Journey East" published by Deutsche Grammophon.
After brief teamwork with Belgrade strings "Dušan Skovran" and participation in trio "Singidunum", in 2004 Sonja founded ensemble Quintecho conjoining her performing and composing talent. In addition to about 30 music works of this author for documentary feature series "Forgotten Serbian intellectuals" (2006-2007) recorded by Quintecho for Radio television of Serbia, the overall Quintecho programme consists of tango music. In that relation more than any other violinist in her country Sonja’s contribution to Tango culture in Serbia is primary. She also was the first Serbian violinist attending specialization in the domain of interpretation and arrangement of Tango music in Buenos Aires with the most prestigious experts - Fernando Rodriguez (violinist Color tango ensemble) and Enrique Postma (professor at the Tango Academy in Buenos Aires.
During her two year residence in the capital of Argentina, Sonja performed with various ensembles classical and tango music. From September 2008 till April 2009 she was member of the sextet "El sonido de los durmientes" performing throughout the concert program of Buenos Aires. In October she recorded music of composer Gabriel Lombard for the theatre play Cenestesia performed in theatre "El Espion" (BsAs). She performed as a violinist in the Quintet Lucas Kohan and several times performed on international radio Continental within the program Plataforma (Continental, March 2009). On Radio de la Ciudad several times Sonja’s tango arrangements for sextet Quintecho were performed.
In 2008 learns to play on the saw with the help of Rodrigo Gerra – one of the greatest Argentine experts on this instrument and in 2011 perfects playing castanets with famous Inma Gonzalez in Barcelona with whom she performs.
In 2010 forms duo Seme with guitarist Slobodan Milivojevic and duo Mask with Vanjuška Martinovic, and in 2012 quartet Sensartika recording two CDs in the edition of Music Center of the Kolarac Foundation. https://sensakvartet.webs.com/
As a very active multi -instrumentalist player and composer Sonja challenged the attention of various theatre directors engaging her for their plays. In this way she performs as an actress-performer in the play “Patriots” by Sonja Vukichevic (SNP Novi Sad 2011-2012) in the play “The Baby’s world” by Ivana Koraksic (Cirkusfera, Belgrade 2012), "The Kreutzer Sonata" (Madlenianum 2015 -2016., Belgrade), in movies "Longing" by Dejan Karaklajic (2015.), "Stevan Hristic" (RTS 2016.) , "Josip Slavenski" (RTS 2018.) as a composer and performer in the play “Analogy” by Boško Mandic (SNP Novi Sad 2011). She recorded composer Irina Dechermic’s music for the theatre play “Wire” by Goran Šušljik (JDP Belgrade 2012.) music for TV series “Cismasi”(RTS 2017.) and “Koreni“(RTS 2018.) , Zvonimir Djukic’s music for the album "Not moderate in all" - Van Gogh group in 2013 and CD "Sound of birds" composer Jasna Jovicevic (January 2014). Milan Petrovic’s music for the albums "Lady's Touch" (2017.) and "Emotions" (2018.)
She has a solistic album "Saw friendly" published by Metropolis music from Belgrade in June 2016., which represents the first record of this species (with a carpenter's saw as a solo instrument) in the Balkans.
As from January 2013 her continual music column „Zvukovanje“within the program „Colours of life“ on RTS 2.
Regarding her pedagogical work Sonja from 2001 worked as an assistant and later (from 2007) as Senior violin assistant and methodology instructor with professor Dejan Mihailovic and professor Irina Jašvili at the Academy of Music in Serbian Sarajevo (Republic Bosnia and Herzegovina). From 2010 till 2012 worked as a professor of violin in Music school “Stankovic” in Belgrade. (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)
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