Mina Mendelson

Serbian violinist, Mina Mendelson, PhD graduated from the Music Academy in Belgrade, where she subsequently completed both her Master’s Degree and DMA, the latter with the highest mark and constituting the first ‘Doctor of Performing Art –Violin’ awarded in Serbia. Throughout this time she studied under Prof. Fern Rasković, a student of the great David Oistrakh, and participated in masterclasses with Mateja Marinković, Professor of the Royal Academy of Music; Sreten Krstić, leader of Munich Philharmonic orchestra, as well as Sabine Grollmus and Stefan Barratdue (Norway).

During her studies, Dr Mendelson won various top prizes in national and regional competitions as well as international prizes. She has performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the Balkan region including Kolarac – Belgrade, Sinagoga – Novi Sad and Glazbeni zavod – Zagreb as well as a soloist with several important orchestras including UIC Strings- Zhuhai (China), Belgrade Strings ‘Dušan Skovran’, Niš Symphony Orchestra, Jewish Chamber Orchestra  and St George Strings.

Known for her elegant and sophisticated performances, Dr. Mendelson is an active and successful chamber musician. As a student and member of St George quartet she participated in a masterclass with Prof. David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music (London). Her outstanding performances led to a scholarship from the Norwegian government to study at the University of Kristiansand.

As a soloist, chamber musician and in leading positions of St George Strings, Belgrade Strings ‘Dušan Skovran’ and Jewish Chamber Orchestra she has appeared in many festivals, including BEMUS, NOMUS, NIMUS, Ohrid Summer Festival and European Days of Jewish Culture, as well as music festivals in Sofia, Bodrum, Sapanca and Kalemegdan. In addition, she has performed in France, England, Bulgaria, Holland, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Turkey and China as well as all across her native Serbia where she made many recordings for the leading Serbian radio and television stations.

In parallel with her busy performing career, Dr Mendelson is also in demand as a teacher. She is Full Professor of violin and Head of Strings at the Faculty of Arts- University of  Niš, Serbia.

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