Biography

Chronological order Competitions:

  • Republic Festival of Music Schools of Serbia, Šabac, May 10, 2024. Prize laureate with 100 points, played at the final concert.
  • Republic Competition of Music Schools of Serbia, Novi Sad, April 15, 2024. Prize laureate with 98 points.
  • “Isidor Bajić” International festival in Novi Sad, March 17th, 2024. Laureate award with 100 points.
  • International competition “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, 12. februar 2024. First prize with 99.75
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  • “Saxperience” in Belgrade, international saxophone competition 17. december 2023. Category winner with 99.50 points, and the most points scored in the entire competition.
  • European Union of Music Competition for Youth (EMCY) “Ohrid Pearls”, Ohrid, June 16-18, 2023. First prize with 99.60 points. Winner of the entire preliminary category for woodwind players.
  • “May Meetings of Young Musicians” in Lazarevac, May 22nd. Golden first prize with 99.50 points. Winner of the competition.
  • “Isidor Bajić” International festival in Novi Sad, May 20th, 2023. Laureate award with 100 points.
  • Competition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the “Dušan Skovran” Music School in Ćuprija, April 1st, 2023. Laureate award with 100 points.
  • International competition “Woodwind & Brass”, Varaždin, Croatia, March 28th, 2023. First prize with 98.67 points.
  • International competition “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, February 14th, 2023. Laureate award with 100 points. Received an award for the most beautiful performance in the saxophone discipline. Performed at the final concert.
  • “International Festival ART IN”, Kavadarci, North Macedonia, May 29th, 2022. Laureate (100 points). Absolute winner of the wind instruments discipline in all categories.
  • “Festival of Music Schools in Serbia”, Niš, May 9th, 2022. Laureate (100 points). Invited to perform at the final concert.
  • Republic Competition of Music Schools in Serbia, Novi Sad, April 3rd, 2022. Laureate (100 points).
  • International competition “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, December 4th, 2021. Laureate (100 points).
  • European Union of Music Competition for Youth (EMCY) “Ohrid Pearls”, Ohrid, June 16-19, 2021. Laureate award with 100 points.
  • International Moscow Music Competition, June 1st, 2021. Second place.
  • “Virtuosos V4+ we play the same language”, Budapest, September 1-20, 2020. Superfinal, silver medal, youngest finalist in the history of the competition. President of the jury in the superfinal, maestro Placido Domingo. Earned a spot in the superfinal through an elimination system. Audience favorite in the final, won a special cash prize, a life-sized porcelain violin, became the face of the production. Kristina’s semifinal performance became the most viewed on social media. President of the jury in the semifinal, Maksim Vengerov, announced Kristina’s advancement.
  • International Festival “Musical Spring”, Smederevo, December 13th, 2020. First prize with 98 points.
  • Memorial “Kosta Manojlović”, Smederevska Palanka, December 1-6, 2020. Laureate award with 100 points and absolute winner of the wind instruments discipline in all categories.
  • Audition for the “Virtuosos V4+” competition at RTS Studio, Belgrade, August 6-7, 2020. Among over 60 applicants, four representatives of Serbia were selected through an elimination system in two stages. Kristina was the youngest candidate and was chosen as one of the four winners to represent Serbia at the prestigious competition in Budapest.
  • “Kamerata” Festival, Paraćin, March 14th, 2020. Laureate award with 100 points, member of the “SaxPiano kids” chamber ensemble.
  • “Kamerata” Festival, Paraćin, March 14th, 2020. First prize with 98 points, member of the “Two ladies” chamber ensemble.
  • International competition “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, March 1st, 2020. Laureate award with 99.25 points.
  • International Theater Festival “DOPS”, Jagodina, October 25th, 2019. Performed in the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as a saxophone-playing fairy, won the award for the best overall performance.
  • Republic Competition of Music School Students in Serbia, Novi Sad, April 2-17, 2019. Second prize with 93.67 points.
  • “Saxophone Festival”, Smederevo, March 16th, 2019. First prize with 98.5 points, and winner of the category where all competitors were four years older than Kristina. Earned a masterclass with Professor Georgios Ligeros.
  • International competition “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, March 1st, 2019. First prize with 98 points.
  • Woodwind competition, Požarevac, April 2018. First prize with 98 points.
  • “Saxophone Festival”, Smederevo, March 24th, 2018. First prize with 91.33 points.
  • International competition “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, March 1st, 2018. Second prize with 94.25 points.

Kristina Vasić

She was born on February 25, 2012, in Paraćin. She started playing the saxophone at the age of three and a half, and had her first public performance at the age of four in the premises of the music school. At the age of five, she performed as a soloist in the school orchestra in front of a full theater, and at the age of six, she won her first prize at an international competition in Belgrade, becoming the youngest awarded saxophonist in Serbia.

Kristina has won over 30 awards at various competitions in Serbia and abroad. She regularly competes in all prestigious international and national competitions, often winning laureate awards with a maximum score of 100 points. She is one of the few in Serbia who consistently wins and achieves top results in competitions. In addition to awards from various competitions, Kristina is the youngest recipient of the special award for culture and art “Svetislav Milić,” which was presented to her in Niš. The Serbian Music Center declared Kristina a musical talent in 2022, and in the same year, she was named Student of the Year by the publisher “Vukova Zadužbina”. Kristina is also the recipient of the Golden Plaque of the municipality of Paraćin. In 2023, Kristina was the winner of a one-time scholarship from the “Dobar Glas” foundation.

In 2020, she was the youngest registered candidate at the audition for the prestigious classical music competition “Virtuosos Talent Show,” which took place at the RTS studio with a television broadcast. Through several rounds of eliminations, Kristina was chosen as one of the four winners who would represent Serbia in the competition. “Virtuosos Talent Show” brings together the most talented children from five European countries and is presented in the format of a television show with well-known presenters and world-class artists from the classical music world in the jury. Kristina was the youngest participant in the competition, which was broadcast on national channels of the participating countries. She advanced through two more elimination rounds and reached the final, competing against children who were at least twice her age. This made her the youngest finalist in the history of the competition. She won a special award, was the audience favorite, and her performance from the semifinals became the most popular and watched on social media. “Virtuosos Talent Show” had over a hundred million viewers on television alone since its inception.

After the competition, Kristina’s popularity significantly increased, and since then, she has been a guest on many TV shows such as “RTS Morning Program,” “I Love Classical Music RTS,” “Šarenica RTS,” “This is Serbia RTS,” “Belgrade Chronicles RTS,” “NTC Quiz RTS,” “Tanjug News,” “Nova S Morning Program,” and “Prelo in Our Alley Happy TV.” Additionally,Prva TV has produced a mini-documentary about her, and RTS is currently working on a documentary about Kristina’s life, which is being filmed for the “European Broadcast Union” under the title “I can do it.”

Various newspapers like “Politika,” “Večernje novosti,” “Vesti,” and others have often written about her, and she has frequently appeared on the front pages. Social media platforms regularly follow her development.

Although very young, Kristina has had the privilege of performing under the baton of world-renowned conductors such as Maestros Dian Tchobanov, Apor Szuts, Gabor Bolerung, Janos Kovacs, Tibor Boganyi, and Vladimir Krnetić. Maestro Eugene Kohn, the concert director for Andrea Bocelli, wrote a recommendation for her. She has had the opportunity to perform at concerts around the world, playing with orchestras or as a soloist accompanied by piano. Some of the places and events where she has performed include the Nišville Jazz Festival (main stage), Tašmajdan Stadium in Belgrade, radio Belgrade, DKC Belgrade, KC Vlada Divljan Belgrade, Kolarac Great Hall in Belgrade, Hotel Constantine the Great Belgrade, ArtGet Gallery in Belgrade, Beli Dvor Belgrade, Eđšeg Cultural Station Novi Sad, Vigado Concert Hall Budapest, House of Music Budapest, Museum of Fine Art Budapest, Zeneakademia Great Hall Budapest, Hotel Aria Budapest, Olympic Center Gyor, and the Jubilee Stage Dubai World Expo.

She has performed at various events and venues alongside renowned artists such as Beti Đorđević, Maks Kočetov, Marija Jelić, Ana Pirozzi, Elina Nechayeva, and Gergely Boganyi. Maestro Placido Domingo invited her as a guest to a crowded stadium Tašmajdan, which was hailed as the cultural event of the year. He later praised Kristina as one of the greatest young musical talents in Europe. She was also selected to be a member of the orchestra accompanying the famous opera singer Alicja Wegorzewska, who is also the director of the Polish National Opera. The orchestra consisted of renowned artists such as Croatian guitarist Petar Čulić, the chief conductor of the Slovak National Opera pianist Peter Valentovič, and the chamber ensemble Virtuoza. Kristina was the only underage member of the orchestra.

In addition to these concerts, Kristina had the opportunity to perform at two international political events – the Transatlantic Summit in Budapest and a concert for high-ranking officials of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. She was a special guest of the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television of Serbia when she was only eight years old, and two years later, she performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television of Hungary. She also had the honor of performing with the RTS Big Band.

Thanks to her immense talent and progress beyond her years, Kristina attends regular school in Paraćin and takes weekly saxophone lessons with high school teacher Srđan Paunović in Belgrade. She also often consults with academic professor Gabor Bunford in Novi Sad. She has had masterclasses with professors Marko Džomba, Bojan Vukelić, Georgios Ligeridis, Detlef Bensmann, and Gordana Tudor, who described her as a world wonder

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Chronological order Concerts:

  • Festive hall of the “Mihailo Vukdragović” music school, Šabac, May 15, 2024. Final concert of the Republic Festival of Music Schools of Serbia.
  • Theater “Paracin”, 22. december 2023. Performance at the concert “Pjevat cemo šta nam srce zna” in the organization of the association “Lazar Đorđević”.
  • National Museum in Belgrade, 20. december 2023.  Performance at the “Dobar Glas” foundation’s New Year’s concert.
  • Dorćol platz, Belgrade,  8. october 2023. Performance at the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Alternative Center for Girls.
  • Radio Belgrade, Studio 6, September 15, 2023. Performance with the RTS Big Band, recorded for the RTS archive in the presence of the audience.
  • “Ravanelius” Festival of Musical Excellence, Ćuprija, July 4th, 2023. The festival featured the most successful students from music schools in Jagodina, Ćuprija, and Paraćin.
  • Artget Gallery, Belgrade, March 21st, 2023. – Final concert of the international competition “Davorin Jenko”.
  • KC “Vlada Divljan”, Belgrade, February 5th, 2023. – Closing concert of the Winter Classical Music School. Invited as a special guest to conclude the concert.
  • Hotel “Constantine the Great”, Belgrade, December 18th, 2022. – Gala concert and announcement of winners for the competition organized by the Serbian Music Center and Rotary Club.
  • “Find the star within yourself”, Children’s Cultural Center, Belgrade, December 15th, 2022. – New Year’s concert of the private school “Creative Pen”. Special guest at the concert.
  • “Creating Means Existing”, Eđšeg, Novi Sad, September 16th, 2022. – Guest at the concert of pianist and composer Petra Spasojević, as part of the project “Novi Sad European Capital of Culture”.
  • “Nišville” Jazz Festival, Niš Fortress main stage, August 11th, 2022. – Special guest at the festival’s opening. Performed in a duet with Beti Đorđević and Maks Kočetov with orchestra accompaniment.
  • “Virtuosos V4+”, MTVA studio, Budapest, July 20th, 2022. – Invited as a representative of Serbia to play in an orchestra where the renowned opera singer and director of the Polish Opera, Alicja Wegerzovska, performed as a soloist. The only underage member of the orchestra. Other members included Peter Valentovič, Petar Čulić, and the Virtuosos chamber ensemble.
  • Royal Complex “White Palace”, Belgrade, June 8th, 2022. – 30-minute solo concert. Held on the invitation of the Mozzart Sport company.
  • “House of Music”, Budapest, May 28th, 2022. – Performed upon the invitation of the institution’s director and presented an award to a Hungarian saxophonist on live national television.
  • TRANSATLANTIC SUMMIT “Political Network for Values”, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, May 27th, 2022. – Mini concert at the formal dinner for distinguished politicians participating in the summit. Speaking countries at the summit: Chile, Spain, Hungary, Brazil, Guatemala, Croatia, America, Colombia, Austria, Slovakia, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Argentina, France, the Netherlands, Peru.
  • Cultural Station “Eđšeg”, Novi Sad, February 25th, 2022. – Solo performance as a special guest at the student concert.
  • Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, February 18th, 2022. – Solo performance with the accompaniment of the Hungarian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, conductor Kovacs Janos. National television recorded the concert in the academy’s grand hall.
  • “World Expo 2020”, Dubai Jubilee stage, December 20th, 2021. – Solo performance and performance with the Virtuosos chamber ensemble, along with the piano accompaniment of renowned pianist and luxury piano series designer Gergely Bogany, and vocal accompaniment of Eline Nacheyeve. Conductor Tibor Boganyi.
  • Šumadija Fair, Kragujevac, November 26th, 2021. – Solo performance, representing the town of Paraćin.
  • Gala Virtuozok Concert, Gyor, Hungary, November 5th, 2021. – Performance in an orchestra and a solo performance. City Sports Hall.
  • Concert for the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 29th, 2021. – Performance in an orchestra and a solo performance. Parc de l’Orangerie Josephine hall. Guests at the concert included the President of the Republic with their delegation, judges of the European Court of Human Rights, presidents and general secretaries of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, ambassadors, diplomats, parliamentarians, and other high officials from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states.
  • Gala concert at Vigado Concert Hall, Budapest, September 17th, 2021. – Soloist accompanied by the Virtuosos chamber ensemble. Conductor Apor Szuts.
  • BELEF closing concert, Tašmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, September 8th, 2021. – Duet performance with maestro Placido Domingo and a solo performance accompanied by the RTS Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Dian Tchobanov.
  • “Nišville” Jazz Festival, Niš Fortress main stage, August 12-15, 2021. – Performer, surprise guest, and special guest at the opening. The youngest performer ever on the main stage.
  • “Virtuosos mini concert”, Budapest, July 20th, 2021. – Concert for shareholders of the music production Aria hotel. Only four of the most talented children were chosen from over a thousand who went through the production. The purpose of the concert was to showcase the production’s best.
  • “Virtuosos V4+”, Budapest, July 18th, 2021. – Performance in an orchestra composed of the most talented children from the production. The project was named the “super group”.
  • “Night of Music”, Tašmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, August 28th, 2020. – Solo performance as a special guest at the concert of the RTS Symphony Orchestra.