17 November 2018 8:00 PM


National Theatre Sarajevo

F. Mendelssohn: The Hebrides / Fingal's Cave, Overture op.26       
F. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1, op.25, G minor                  
F. Mendelssohn: Symphony no.4, op. 90, A major "Italian"




Samra Gulamovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She completed Elementary and Secondary Music Schools in Sarajevo, after which she enrolled in the Department of Composition and Conducting at the Sarajevo Music Academy under the supervision of Prof. Teodor Romanic. While a student, she conducted the Sarajevo National Theatre Opera Choir.

It was during this time that she began working as an artistic director of the Sarajevo vocal octet “Preporod" which presents Bosnian cultural creativity across BiH, Austria, Germany, Turkey, Morocco, etc. She also traveled to France to attend a seminar for conductors and, for the first time, performed outside of BiH with the International Symphonic Orchestra A.I.D.I.M.O.S. in Basel, Switzerland and Lyon, France. In 1998 she conducted a public graduation concert with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Upon graduation from the Music Academy, she began working as an assistant conductor with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, she completed her postgraduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Julijo Maric. Since then, she has served as the Director of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra.

To date, Samra has conducted a number of concerts with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia and Hezegovina as well as concerts in Ljubljanja (Slovenia) in 1999, Potenza (Italy) in 2005, and Istanbul (Turkey) in 2011. In 2001, magazine “Žena 21” (Woman 21) proclaimed her the most successful woman in the field of art. In 2008, Samra won the award “Sloboda” (Freedom) awarded by the International Peace Center Sarajevo for her contribution to humanism, human rights, and freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe, and the world.  Samra is also the founder of the Women’s Vocal Ensemble "Allegro," which has achieved great success and won a number of awards at international competitions. 


Pianist Ivana Gavric has attracted considerable praise for her interpretations of Janacek, Liszt, Schubert, and more recently Grieg. Following her US solo debut, the Washington Post described Ivana’s playing as ‘impressive, insightful… a ravishing performance’. Ivana has been heard on the major concert platforms including a sell-out Royal Albert Hall last month, The Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, KKL Lucerne, Gilmore Festival Rising Star Series, as well as across China, in Canada and Japan.

She created a sensation with her debut disc In the mists, winning BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year for ‘playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre’. Her recent disc ‘Chopin’ was Classic FM’s CD of the week, and described by Gramophone as ‘stylish readings.’ Ivana has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Trondheim Soloists, Aurora Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia. She has collaborated with conductors including Rafael Payare, Nicholas Collon, Christian Kluxen and Ben Gernon.

Also a dedicated chamber musician, Ivana performed with violinist Maxim Vengerov as part of Live Music Now. She has partnered colleagues on the concert platform in festivals in the UK and Europe, taken part in the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions and is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. Outside the concert hall she is featured playing Chopin and Beethoven in BBC2’s adaptation of The Line of Beauty, and Bach in Anthony Minghella’s film Breaking and Entering.

Born into a musical family in Sarajevo, Ivana completed Sarajevo Junior Music School ‘Mladen Pozajic’ with professor Farida Musanovic. Following her move to the UK, Ivana studied at the University of Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music. Her teachers include Niel Immelman, Peter Bithell and James Gibb.

Ivana’s new album featuring concertos by Haydn and a new concerto composed for her by Cheryl Frances-Hoad will be out in the Spring.



Sarajevska filharmonija promo spot 2013

Sarajevska filharmonija promo spot 2013


Solisti i Uros Lajovic

Solisti i Uros Lajovic



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