Bio: 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 music director and chief conductor of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, USA; the artistic director and chief conductor of the New Belgrade Opera and the Makris Symphony Orchestra in Serbia; 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.
Gosta was initially trained as a violinist, since the age of six, but later continued his studies in singing, harpsichord and conducting. After starting his studies at the Belgrade Music Academy, he continued his undergraduate education in voice and harpsichord at Trinity College of Music in London, where he received a full scholarship together with a full scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust. Subsequently, he finished postgraduate studies also at Trinity, after which he moved to the United States where he received three Master of Music degrees (in voice, choral and orchestral conducting) at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A recipient of a graduate assistantship and several scholarships - including the prestige 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 conducting doctoral research at the Faculty of Music of the University of Oxford and is a Junior Member of the Christ Church in Oxford. His work focuses on the English opera between 1790 and 1850.
Equally at home with the concert, opera or ballet, Predrag Gosta performed in USA, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. He collaborated with artists 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 virtuosos Marion Verbruggen, Emma Murphy and Karolina Bäter; harpsichordists Steven Devine and Ottaviano Tenerani; lutenists Anthony Rooley and Michael Fields; baroque trumpet players Justin Bland and Nathaniel Mayfield; and many others. He appeared at festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Boston Early Music Festival and Amherst Early Music Festival in the USA; Dartington International Summer School and Festival in the UK; Sastamala Gregoriana Festival in Finland; Korkyra Baroque Festival and Varaždin Baroque Evenings in Croatia; Budva Theatre Festival in Montenegro; and the Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia – to mention a few. His guest conducting engagements include renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, and others. He has been engaged as a guest music director in opera houses in Biel and Solothurn (Switzerland), Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), Lexington (KY), Lüneburg (Germany), and his native Belgrade (Serbia), performing operas such as Mozart's "Lucio Silla" and "Mitridate", Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", Handel's "Orlando" as well as Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea" and "L'Orfeo", for which he received the Best Opera Award from the magazine "Musica Classica" as well as the Artist of the Year Award from the Serbian Association of Musicians (UMUS).
Predrag Gosta is an active recording artist with over a dozen recordings to his credit with his period-instrument ensemble New Trinity Baroque (including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas"), three with the acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra (produced by the Grammy Award-winning artist Michael Fine and recorded by the Grammy Award-winning engineer Wolf-Dieter Karwatky at the Abbey Road Studios in London), and two with the Makris Symphony Orchestra. As an active educator, he regularly presents masterclasses in historical performance practice and in conducting. Gosta is a member of the Conductor's Guild, the British Harpsichord Society and the Royal College of Organists, among others. He is the President of the Makris Music Society in Washington DC (which promotes the music of composer Andreas Makris), as well as the principal editor of the UrtextEditions.com and the Mediterranean Press.
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