Equally at home as a violinist and violist, Serbian Milena Simovic is enjoying an illustrious international career of concerto, recital and chamber music performances. Acclaimed for her work in Europe, Asia and America, Milena appears as a soloist in the 2019/2020 season in Italy, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Portugal, and through the countries of former Yugoslavia, performing alongside some of the most established artists of today’s music scene.
Milena’s chamber music partners include Ivry Gitlis, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Antonio Meneses, Yuja Wang, Vadim Kholodenko, Konstantin Lifschitz, Boris Andrianov, Itamar Golan, Julian Rachlin, Roman Simovic, Gordan Nikolitch, Tim Hugh, Olga Sitkovetsky, Vadim Kholodenko, Alena Baeva and many others.
Season 2019/2020 will bring Milena to Trans-Siberian Art Festival for a series of concerts with Vadim Repin, Antonio Meneses and Denis Kozhukhin.
Milena will be touring Europe playing Hindemith Kammermusik No 5 with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Andres Mustonen.
In May 2018 Milena premiered Berlioz’s Harold in Italy in Belgrade with Serbian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was broadcasted live across the country. Milena’s performance of Harold in Italy was then praised as “...exceptionally delivered performance, charged with brilliant combination of operatic quality and diversity, which was jaw-dropping at times”, “seductive and exciting…with rare artistic sensibility” in the press.
Milena has enjoyed an honour to premier a M Fariouz’s concerto for viola, tenor and chamber choir in Northern Ireland in April 2019, based on the verses of Seamus Heaney’s Anything can happen. This concerto was later on recorded for Signum Records and it is due to be released in 2020.
Milena is a resident viola and a chamber music coach at the Culture Festival in Sardinian town of Santulussurgiu, taking place in August every year, which enjoys versatility of students and exciting musicians from all continents.
In 2017 Milena acted as a principal viola of the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra, and has been a recording artist of Nigel Kennedy between 2015 and 2017.
Milena Simovic studied violin with professor Maja Jokanovic and Krzysztof Smietana, and received her Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from the Belgrade University of Arts and Music, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
After this Milena continued her further studies with viola and has completed another Masters degree at the Zurich University of Arts under Lawrence Power.
Milena Simovic plays a Giovanni Battista Rogeri violin ca. 1680, and Paolo Antonio Testore viola from 1740.