Radio SMCQ: Ana Sokolović

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Belgrade, Serbia, 1968

  • Composer

Ana Sokolović was born in 1968 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She studied composition at the University of Novi Sad with Dusan Radic and at the University of Belgrade with Zoran Eric, prior to completing her master’s degree at the Université de Montréal with José Evangelista. Her repertoire includes orchestral and piano works and several chamber music compositions. She has also written numerous theatrical scores. Between 1995 and 1998, Ana Sokolović received three prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. In 1999, she was awarded two prizes in the CBC National Young Composers’ Competition, first prize in the “Chamber music” category, and the major prize, in “All categories.” In 2005, Ana Sokolović received the Joseph S Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2007, she was awarded the Opus Prize for “Composer of the year” and in 2008, the SOCAN Jan V Matejcek Prize for the “présence exceptionnelle de la musique de concert pour l’année écoulée“ (exceptional concert music presence during the past year). In December 2009, she received an award from the National Arts Center in Ottawa consisting of commissions, artist-in-residencies and teaching projects for the next five years. In 2005 she created her first opera, The Midnight Court, performed by the Queen of Puddings Music Theater Co. During the summer of 2006 the work had its European premiere at London’s Royal Opera House. Currently she teaches composition at the Université de Montréal. In 2011-12, Ana Sokolović was the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Homage Series composer, an event where her works were showcased at more than one hundred events and concerts.

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