To have a recital debut at Carnegie Weill Hall is a big success by itself, but to be praised by the most respected critics from The Strad for ‘’an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty and great maturity of interpretation” is a confirmation that a truly great artist stands in front of us!

Born in Belgrade, Maja Bogdanović began playing cello at a very early age, studying with Professor Nada Jovanovic at the Music School Kosta Manojlovic in Zemun. She graduated by winning the First Prize from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss, and pursued further studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Jens Peter Maintz.

Laureate of numerous international competitions, Ms. Bogdanovic won the First Prize at one of the most significant competitions in the world - Aldo Parisot Cello Competition in South Korea! In Tokyo at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition, she was awarded Second Place and the Special Audience Award.

Within her wide repertoire, she devotes a special place to contemporary music. Her collaborations with Krzysztof Penderecki include performances of his Second Cello Concerto and Concerto Grosso, conducted by the composer himself on several occasions. Among a select group of the world’s leading artists, Maja was invited to give a special performance in Warsaw on the occasion of the composer’s 80th birthday, collaborating with Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin and Barry Douglas.

Ms. Bogdanovic’s instrument was custom made for her by French luthier Frank Ravatin.If you are interested in its magical sound created by Maja, check out this video!