Miloš Milivojević – classical accordion
Award-winning Serbian born Miloš Milivojević has been described as
“A hurricane of imaginative invention” by Hilary Finch, The Times. His versatility as a musician performing different genres including classical, tango and world music, has ensured he is in demand internationally.
Miloš began his musical education in Kragujevac with Professors Milica Lazarević, Radomir Tomić and Vojin Vasović. He won first prize at the International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo Italy, Diremose Prisen Denmark, Grand Prix France and Klingental Germany.
In 2002, Miloš was awarded a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) for Undergraduate,Postgraduate and Master degrees studying with Professor Owen Murray.
In 2004, Miloš made his debut at London’s Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series to critical acclaim. In the same year, Miloš was selected to perform as soloist at the Foundation Awards Ceremony before HRH The Princess Royal at the University of London Senate House.
In 2007, Miloš became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize open to all instrumentalists and in 2008 was selected to represent the RAM and subsequently won the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall – contested by students from all four of the London conservatoires. At graduation, Miloš was awarded a Distinction and the Vice Principal’s Special Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.
Miloš is an ambassador for the classical accordion and has premiered works and collaborated with British composers including Anthony Gilbert, Howard Skempton, Elena Firsova, Patrick Nunn, Ben Foskett, Julian Philips, Anna Meredith, Philip Venables, Bushra El-Turk, Errollyn Wallen as well as the UK premiere of Sequenza No.13 by Luciano Berio.
As a result of his diverse musical interests, Miloš has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at many prestigious classical and world music festivals across the UK, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Serbia, Montenegro, Spain, the Canary Islands, Malta, Australia and New Zealand. Miloš enjoys performing with the London Tango Quintet, Kosmos Ensemble, AccordDuo and the Balkan group Paprika.
Miloš has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the Fields, Kings Place, Snape Maltings, Jersey Opera House, Teatru Manoel Malta, Kolarac Hall Belgrade, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Powerhouse Brisbane and Forum Theatre Melbourne.
Appearances at festivals include: Park Lane Group Young Artists, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh,
Jersey Liberation, Leeds International Concert Series, Norfolk & Norwich, Berio Festival, Oxford Chamber Music, Norfolk & Norwich, Machynlleth, Sounds New, Canterbury, Oundle, Auckland (New Zealand), Belef, Nomus, Exit (Serbia,) Grad Teatar (Montenegro), Camilieri (Malta), Womad, WomAdelaide Festival, Melbourne Festival (Australia), Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury.
Miloš regularly performs with acclaimed violinists David Juritz, Harriet Mackenzie, classical guitarist Craig Ogden, cellists Adrian Bradbury and Matthew Sharp and soprano Bibi Heal.
Miloš has also appeared with the London Mozart Players, Russian Virtuosi, London Sinfonietta, Filharmonika Orchestra, Chroma Ensemble, Chorus of Opera North and has worked with conductors including Zoltán Kocsis, Oliver Knussen, Brian Schembri, Paul Kildea, Christopher Austin, Gerry Cornelius, Toby Purser, German Clavijo and Duncan Ward.
Miloš has given live interviews and broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 – Friday Night is Music Night, BBC Radio 3 World Music on BBC 3, BBC Radio 4, Classic FM, ABC, Serbian national radio and television networks. His playing is featured on the award winning Bollywood movie ‘Barfi’ and he has performed tango live in front of millions on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing TV programme.
The versatility of Miloš’s playing extends to working with leading opera companies and he is regularly invited to perform with Opera North, most recently in their production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Humperdinck’s – Hansel and Gretel and Donizetti’s Elixir of Love. In 2017 Miloš performed Brett Dean’s new opera of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Hamlet, with Glyndebourne Opera’s touring production.
In 2014, Miloš was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music ARAM for his contribution to music. Miloš is extremely grateful to the Burton Bradstock Festival for generous support towards his professional music career. He is an official artist and exclusively performs on Pigini Accordions.
Miloš’s debut solo CD “Accord for life” is available on Nimbus label.