Robindro Nikolic, Clarinet

Robindro Nikolić was born in 1982, in Belgrade- Yugoslavia. He began playing clarinet at the age of 14. After winning the first prize at the Serbian republic competition (2001), and studying at the Music Academy in Belgrade, he entered the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (year 2002), where he received a scholarship from Hubel foundation.

After his first orchestra audition, in year 2007; he joined the Verbier UBS Festival Orchestra (chief conductor James Levine) in Switzerland. During Verbier Festival, he performed as a solo clarinetist of UBS Verbier Orchestra, and as a chamber musician. As an orchestra musician, he performed with maestro Zubin Mechta, Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Sir Andrew Davis, Manfred Honeck, Dennis Russell Davies, Hansjörg Angerer, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Lavard Skou-Larsen and others. He performed with such soloists as: Marta Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Evgeny Kissin and sisters Labèque… He appeared at some of the greatest concert halls in the world: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Harris Theater in Chicago, Jones Hall in Houston, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Tonhalle Zurich, Konserthuset in Stockholm, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Lyon Opera House, Mozarteum Hall in Salzburg and other. As a Member of the UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra, he performed with chamber ensemble in Luxemburg, Salzburg and in Schlos Elmau (Germany). He also appeared as a principal clarinetist of “Salzburg Chamber Soloists”; “Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein” and “Orchestra giovanile Federe Fenaroli”. He performed at the “Fêtes Romantiques de Croissy 2006” in Paris and at Stutgart Musikfestival in autumn 2011 – performing with Turkish singer Nihan Devecioglu.

Since 2005 he is a member of the “Live Music Now” concert program- the part of YEHUDI MENUHIN foundation. The focus of Menuhin foundation is to bring classical music to people who are living in hospitals or old people who are not able to visit concert halls. During years 2009 and 2010 he has been invited to do an intensive experimental research program in India supported by Mozarteum university. This process had inside also the idea of bringing music to less fortunate people. During his stay in India he dedicated his time to exploration of huge raga science and Indian approach to music medicine. He got a support from the libraries of "Sangeet Research academy for classical music" in Kolkata and big Research Library of Bihar School of Yoga. He performed in many groups playing different genres of music including Jazz, tango, flamenco, and music of Balkan and Middle East and has often been recognized with a stile that joins classical contemporary music and world music. He had a long and intense collaboration with contemporary dancers from SEAD dance academy in Salzburg, which resulted with two intercultural projects in India (2009-2010).

Robindro participated in masterclasses and had private lessons with prof. Alois Brandhofer (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Josep Fuster (OBC), Calogero Palermo (Opera di Roma / Orchestre National de France), Jim Ognibene (Metropolitan Opera), Mate Bekavac, Riccardo Crocilla (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Joan Enric Lluna, Prof. Lorenzo Copolla (ESMUC), Pascal Moragues and others. He Also learned chamber music from prof. Irena Grafenauer (Flute), Reiner Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Alfons Kontarsky, Thomas Riebl (Viola )and prof. Cordelia Höfer-Teusch. Performed chamber music concerts with various highly establish artists as Alexei Zuev, Peter Lang, American classical guitarist Eliot Fisk, Turkish ethnic guitarist Erkan Oğur, and prof. Cordelia Höfer-Teusch… Graduated in Mozarteum in year 2010 with maximum number of points, and started a PhD research on the subject of Nada Yoga and Music medicine.

Currently he is based in Barcelona, where he studies at ESMUC (Barcelona) with prof. Josep Fuster (OBC). He performs regularly with with different music ensembles: Swing Gitan (Jazz manouche, tango, Klezmer, Mediterranean music) and Sarki (Arabian music). He is currently employed at Bagua centre in Barcelona, doing a research on Indian music and its approach to ancient music medicine.

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