Biography

Goran Stevanovic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1986 and was drawn to the accordion from an early age.  The instrument is an essential part of ‘Sevdah’,  the traditional music of his multicultural country. The accordion, which is often referred to as ‘the breathing instrument’, became his instrument.

In 2005, Stevanovic began studying the accordion with Professor Vojin Vasovic in Bijeljina, Bosnia-Herzegovina. During this time, he developed the essential technical foundations and the accordion quickly became an integral part of his life. In 2009, Stevanovic began studying in the class of Professor Elsbeth Moser at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover. Through the generous support of scholarships from Live Music Now, Hamburg and the Gundlach, Oscar und Vera Ritter and Edelhof Ricklingen foundations, he gradually developed his own contemporary language for the accordion and a distinct appreciation for the aesthetics of the instrument. Further musical influences include the teaching of Professor Walter Nussbaum, with whom he developed his understanding of interpretation and approach to contemporary music. In 2018, Stevanovic finished his studies, completing the ‘Solo Class’ degree and giving the first ever accordion concert in the series ‘Meisterstück’ at the HMTMH.

Stevanovic’s choice of compositions for his performances reflect his current state of mind and feelings. His interpretation is a – often critical – commentary on his environment. His main priority is the development of the sound of the accordion – he frequently experiments with overtone singing, electronics and the input of external sounds.

One of the most important parts of his musical work is direct cooperation with diverse composers. He has given world premieres of works by composers such as Feliz Anne Reyes Machais, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Belma Beslic-Gal, Aleksandar Sedlar, Randall Meyers, Harald Weiß and Markus Stockhausen.

He uses a button accordion (a Pigini Nòva Nr. 45)  for the performance of such works and either a bandoneon or an accordina for other styles (tango, chanson etc.).

Stevanovic has won prizes at numerous national and international competitions in countries such as China, USA and Spain. In 2012 he was awarded the Deutscher Akkordeonmusikpreis (German Accordion Music Prize).

He has appeared as a chamber musician and soloist at festivals including the Brahmsfestival Lübeck, Brucknerfestival Linz and  Orient-Occident-Festival Sierre/Switzerland. He has enjoyed solo performances with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Orchester im Treppenhaus and Klangforum Heidelberg.

As a teacher he holds positions at the HMTMH Hannover (musical performance and education, education projects), Musikschule Hannover, Kreismusikschule Gifhorn and is a guest Professor at the University in Bijeljina, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is also a jury member of the ‘Jugend Musiziert’ competition. As a result of his desire to inform audiences about the history and background of music, he founded and is the artistic director of the concert series ‘Vielharmonie Orange’.

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