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Ognjen Popović was born in Pančevo in 1977. He completed primary and secondary music education at theJovan Bandur Music School in Pančevo. He then studied the clarinet at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Prof. Ulf Rodenhäuser. Ognjen completed his graduate studies and earned the Master degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.
Popović has given concerts around the world, as both soloist and member of chamber ensembles. As a soloist, he has cooperated with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia of the Nations, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, St. George Strings, RTS Symphony Orchestra, as well as with academic orchestras from Munich and Stuttgart. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Symphony Orchestra from Passau and others. In 1998, Ognjen won the first prize at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Berlin, while in 1997 he won the second award of the jury and the first audience award at the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade. He triumphed at several national music competitions and, in 1992, he represented Yugoslavia at the Eurovision Young Musicians in Spain.
Since 2002, Ognjen Popović has been a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, in the position of the principal clarinetist. In the same year, he founded the Balkan Chamber Academy, a chamber ensemble consisting of eminent persons from the Serbian classical music community. With his band Ognjen and Friends he has recorded four CDs and has given many concerts in Serbia and abroad. He has also recorded two CDs with the renowned German ensemble Villa Musica and toured with it across Europe. Ognjen Popović teaches the clarinet at the International Workshop for Wind Instruments in Tivat. He has held clarinet masterclasses in Germany, Spain and throughout Serbia. Since 2007, he has worked as the visiting docent at the prestigious German chamber music academy Villa Musica as well as the clarinet and saxophone professor at the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2010, he has been teaching at the Belgrade Faculty of Music. He earned his Ph.D. at the Belgrade Faculty of Music in 2012.

Đuro Pete was born in Laslovo (Croatia). He finished secondary music school under the mentorship of Vjekoslav Burić, and he graduated from Academy of Music in Novi Sad, in 1984, under the mentorship of Mihajlo Kelbli. As a student he won numerous awards, including the first prize at the Festival of Serbian Music Youth in Knjaževac and the second prize at the competition of artists in Zagreb in 1983. He participat¬ed at the meeting of Academies of Music in Ljubljana and Youth meetings “Zajedno” in Sarajevo. In 1983 he acquired the status of an artist from Vojvodina. He has played with the Youth philharmonic orchestra of Vojvodina, the Youth philharmonic orchestra from Pečuj, Hungary, and he has also recorded for RTV Zagreb, and Novi Sad. He has been teaching at the secondary music school “Isidor Bajić” in Novi Sad, since 1984. His students have also won the highest awards at the republic and state competitions. He has been a member of the jury at several republic competitions, and also at the Competition of Woodwinds in Požarevac.

Robert Pirc has graduated on the Musical Academy in Ljubljana, class of Professor Slavko Goričar. After the graduation he specialized at bass clarinet in class of Paolo De Gaspari. He was also a member of Clarinet quartet ClariFour, which performed at numerous successful concerts. However, he is dedicated to teaching in Gklasbena šola Krško, his students are very successful at competitions, they achieve high awards. He is a member of Wind Band Krško and Slovenian Clarinet Choir.

 
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