About Predrag Gosta
Predrag Gosta has been recognized as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted conductors of his generation. He is the artistic director of New Trinity Baroque, a widely-acclaimed and recorded period-instrument orchestra in London; the artistic director and chief conductor of the New Belgrade Opera and the Makris Symphony Orchestra in Serbia; the music director and chief conductor of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, USA; and the artistic director of the Belgrade Early Music Festival and the Belgrade Baroque Academy. He also served as the assistant conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC and was a faculty member at Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta. Born in Belgrade, he was originally trained as a violinist since the age of six. After starting his studies at the Belgrade Music Academy, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Trinity College of Music in London and the Leverhulme Trust, and this is where he received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in voice and harpsichord. He also received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he was studying under a graduate assistantship and several scholarships, including the Regents Opportunity Scholarship. His further studies in conducting were with Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Colin Metters (UK), Ennio Nicotra (Italy), Alexander Polyanichko, Vladimir Ponkin and Andrei Anikhanov (Russia), Jonathan Brett (England), Dejan Savic (Serbia) and Emmanuel Siffert (Switzerland). Currently, Gosta is DPhil Researcher at the Faculty of Music and a Junior Member of the Christ Church, University of Oxford. His work focuses on the development of the English opera between 1790 and 1850. Equally at home with the concert, opera or ballet performances, Predrag Gosta appeared at concerts and festivals in USA, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. He collaborated with artists and conductors such as sopranos Evelyn Tubb and Juilliane Baird; mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux; contralto Marijana Mijanovic; baroque violinists Florian Deuter, Ilia Korol, John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann and Ingrid Matthews; recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen; harpsichordists Ottaviano Tenerani and Steven Devine; lutenists Anthony Rooley and Michael Fields; trumpet players Justin Bland and Friedemann Immer; and many others. He performed at the Piccolo Spoleto, Boston Early Music Festival and Amherst Early Music Festival in the USA; Sastamala Gregoriana Festival in Finland; Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia; Korkyra Baroque and Varazdin Baroque Evenings in Croatia; Dartington International Summer School and Festival in the UK – just to mention a few. He conducted internationally renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella “Glinka”, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, and more. He appeared in opera houses in Biel and Solothurn (Switzerland), Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), Lexington (KY), Lüneburg (Germany), and his native Belgrade (Serbia). Gosta is an active recording artist and has over a dozen recordings to his credit, including 10 with New Trinity Baroque, three with the London Symphony Orchestra, and two with the Makris Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Conductor’s Guild in the US, the British Harpsichord Society, the Royal College of Organists, the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Golden Key Honour Society, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, as well as a member of MENSA and the International High IQ Society. He is also the President of the international early music society Early Music Network and the Makris Music Society in Washington DC (promoting the music and legacy of Greek-American composer Andreas Makris, and nurturing young talented musicians), and the principal editor of the UrtextEditions.com and the Mediterranean Press.