Acclaimed as “exquisite” (TheaterMania.com) and “an imaginative artist willing to think big” (The Strad), Ana Milosavljevic is a Serbian native and New York City-based composer, performing artist, multi-instrumentalist on violin, Viper electric violin, and piano, collaborator, producer, and educator. Her cutting-edge contemporary music is influenced by disparate genres including traditional Balkan music, electronica, rock, jazz, classical, pop, hip-hop, and improvisation.
Ana is the 2013 Drama Desk Awards-nominated composer in the category of Outstanding Music in a Play. Most recently, Ana has been commissioned by the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra to compose a new work for the orchestra, in which she will be the featured soloist. Her “inventive,” “graceful,” ”showpiece” works (New York Times) have been premiered at Carnegie Hall, Off-Broadway, Le Poisson Rouge and the Tribeca New Music Festival; performed by the South Shore Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, string quartet ETHEL (with whom she’s also appeared as a guest violinist in concerts nationally and internationally), Ensemble Metamorphosis, pianists Kathleen Supove, Jed Distler, Vicky Chow, Marvin Rosen, Mary Schallhorn, Victor Manuel Morales, Terezija Cukrov, Marco Dalpane, Jasna Popovic, Lenka Petrovic, and Marija Ilic, violinists Kevin McMahon and Mariana Hernandez, cellist Jackie Ludwig, and featured in choreography by Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance). She has also received commissions from the Throes Theater, and artists Vittoria Chierici and Corrado Levi. Ana’s recent film score is Luci in the Sky (a film directed by Yuko Takebe). Ana composes music for film, dance, theater, and instrumental concert music, and fosters numerous multimedia collaborations.
Ana has performed solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Kolarac Concert Hall, The TimesCenter, Le Poisson Rouge, Cornelia Street Café, and The Stone, and has also appeared at major festivals including BAM Next Wave Festival, the Tribeca New Music Festival, Spoleto in Italy, Aspen, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MATA Festival, 2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music in China, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, Music With a View @ The Flea, ASCAP’s Thru the Walls showcase series, and Composers Collaborative’s Serial Underground. She has also performed with Thomas Dolby, Antony and the Johnsons, and Joy Askew with whom she appeared in the Art for Animals concert featuring headliner Laurie Anderson.
Recently, Ana collaborated with John King, a former Codirector of the Music Committee for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, on developing new repertoire for violin, Viper, viola, and interactive electronics. Her upcoming 2013 creative collaboration includes a project with the Silk Road Ensemble’s percussionist, Shane Shanahan, with whom she is developing a repertoire for violin, Viper, and various percussion instruments. Ana’s forthcoming project also includes a collaboration with Tokyo-based music group AUN & HIDE, featuring former long-time members of the Japanese Taiko groups Ondekoza and Kodo.
Ana has been awarded The MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and has also received awards from Artists International Presentations, Inc., New York Women Composers, Inc., ASCAP PLUS Award, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Soros Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ana was awarded a Permanent Resident status based on her artistic achievements. She attended the School for Musically Gifted Children, and completed her bachelor's degree at Novi Sad University’s Academy of Arts in Serbia. She received her master's degree and professional studies diploma at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York. In addition to her work as a composer and performing artist, she serves on the faculty of Mannes Preparatory Division and the Brearley School in New York City.
Ana has been featured on BBC, WNYC, WPRB, and WQXR / Q2 radio stations, the Voice of America international telecasts, New York’s MNN Public TV broadcasts, and Serbian radio and television. Ana's album Reflections was released on Innova Recordings. She can also be heard on Albany, Chandos, Pitch, and Neos Classics labels. Ana is currently working on the new album, which will feature her music.
Ana’s website is www.anamilo.com