Never put yourself before the music! – says Saša Mirković (1980), violist, founder and artistic director of the Metamorphosis ensemble and a professor at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac.
Saša Mirković is a soloist, a chamber, and an orchestral musician. He is also a pedagogue, and the event organizer. Described as the best Serbian violist with tireless performing energy he is critics’ favourite. His unusually named (“Patchwork”, “Nach Bach +1”, “Sun Moon Stars”, “Endless Poetry”, etc.), recitals and concerts, display musical diversity – from baroque to contemporary music composed by Serbian and international authors.
In his work Saša Mirković cultivates border genres that combine classical idioms with ethnic, jazz, and pop expressions, as well as audio and video technology. From his instrument, he managed to create a suggestive emotional apparatus with an emphasized rhetorical function.
Saša Mirković began his musical education at the School for Music Talents in Ćuprija. He completed his undergraduate and master’s studies at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade. He keeps developing his skills at numerous workshops and in collaboration with renowned artists and orchestras.
As a soloist, he played with a Symphonic Orchestra of Radio Television of Serbia, Belgrade Philharmonic, BKO Ljubica Marić, No Borders Orchestra, and many other local and foreign orchestras. He performed at all the most important classical music festivals in Serbia, as well as in prestigious halls and festivals in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. He premiered over 90 solo, chamber, and concert pieces for viola. Among the many composers who dedicated works to him are A. Vrebalov, Z. Erić, I. Stefanović, A. Sedlar, P. Mahajdi and A. Išmuratov. He also made many permanent recordings for national and international radio and television sound archives.
In 2017 he received “Muzika Klasika” magazine’s Award for the best male performer in 2016. Also, in 2017 he received “Aleksandar Pavlović” Award, which is the award of the Composers’ Association of Serbia for the best performance, presentation, and promotion of Serbian music.
He hopes that the creative fire of music will not burn him out.