Biography of Nikola Starcevic
Classical guitar player, teacher, composer and arranger, was born in 1980. He graduated at the Belgrade Music Academy - FMU, in Professor Vera Ogrizovic’s class, and now he works as a classical guitar teacher in Belgrade-Serbia. He plays and composes very different kinds of music for guitar, chamber and symphonic orchestra and many famous guitarists perform his pieces.
Awards: FIRST PRIZE WINNER of the JoAnn Falletta International Composition Competition for Guitar 2007 Buffalo, New York (with Asiana IV); FIRST PRIZE WINNER in the World category of the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition with composition Water-mill written by him and performed by Trio Balkan Strings; FIRST PRIZE WINNER -Trio Balkan Strings won first prize and the Dolphin statue for being the best instrumental ensemble on the Music World 2004 Italy Festival Internacionale Fivizzano. FIRST PRIZE WINNER and the Dolphin statue in a category -Classic guitar- diplomati on the Music World 2004 Italy Festival Internacionale Fivizzano.
Trio Balkan Strings on Reviews: "Clearly, highly gifted of musical talent, his musical mind is a very imaginative one..." Angelo Gilardino; "Very original music, an own and characteristic style and very well written..." Wolfgang Lendle (about Cosmoniums); "Il Fuoco is very well performed by Nikola Starcevic. I apreciate its dedication..." Christopher Parkening; "Trio Balkan Strings dedication to the music of the Balkans and central Europe is inspiring. The guitar interpretations of this music are wonderful. Really good" John McLaughlin.
As a member of the acoustic guitar ensemble Trio Balkan Strings, a family project where his father, brother and he compose and perform the original Balkan instrumental music. They has performed in many Jazz, Classical Guitar, World music festivals and concerts in: USA (Boston, New York, Chicago, Portland, Washington DC, San Francisco, Charlotte, Greensboro…), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver...), Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Luxembourg, Netherland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia...They did master classes-clinics and concerts for classical and Jazz guitar students in Europe and in the USA. (NYU - New York University, New Trier High School-Chicago, The Rivers Music School-Boston...).
Recordings: CD Balkan Guitars -Trio Balkan Strings-published by Sunset-France-PlayaSound/PGP RTS and Starcevic Production mp3; Belgrade Serbia CD Water-mill - Trio Balkan Strings-published by PGP RTS and Starcevic Production mp3; CD Classical Hits and Modern Guitar World - Nikola Starcevic & Duo Starcevic (Nikola & Zeljko Starcevic)-published by PGP RTS and Starcevic Production mp3 CD also available on CD Baby.
Guitar strings: Trio Balkan Strings (Nikola, Zeljko and Zoran Starcevic) uses La Bella strings. Thanks to Bob Archigian, we are very happy to announce our relationship with famous La Bella, maker of great guitar strings.
Guitars: Nikola Starcevic and Zeljko Starcevic are playing Classical Guitars by John H. Dick, very famous USA Classical Guitar maker.