Ognjen Popovic, Clarinet, Composer
Ognjen Popović was born in Pančevo, Serbia in 1977. In 1994 he initially studied at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart and pursued further studies starting in 1997 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich with Ulf Rodenhäuser. He has performed as a soloist with such leading ensembles as the Munich Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Philharmonic of the Nations, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Valencia Radio Orchestra and the Serbian RTS Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked as an orchestra member with Stuttgart’s State Opera, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, the Passau Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic of the Nations.
Ognjen Popović has won several prizes at international competitions including Jeunesses musicales in Belgrade and the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition. He has been principal clarinet of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002. In the same year he founded the Balkan Chamber Academy ensemble, which performs with well-known musicians from around the world. He is featured on several CD recordings, including with his Ognjen Popović Band as well as with the highly respected Villa Musica chamber music ensemble. He has also performed with that ensemble throughout Europe and been a guest lecturer at the Villa Musica Academy of Chamber Music in Germany.
Ognjen Popović is the initiator and artistic director of the Classic Fest Chamber Music Festival in his native city of Pančevo. He regularly gives clarinet master classes in Serbia, Spain, Montenegro, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia. He has been teaching clarinet at the Faculty of Music (FMU) in Belgrade since 2010, where he received his PhD in 2012.
Ognjen Popović’s own compositions for clarinet and piano, as well as various chamber music works, are published by Köbl in Munich.
Photo: Marko Djoković
Works by Bozza, Burgmüller, Arnold, Müller, Popovic, Saint-Saëns and Yuste
Mirjana Rajic, Piano - Ognjen Popovic, Clarinet, Composer