Praised by the New York Times for her “inventive,” “graceful,” ”showpiece” works and honored with a 2013 Drama Desk Awards nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play, Ana Milosavljevic is a New York City-based composer, performing artist, collaborator, producer, educator, and multi-instrumentalist on violin, Viper electric violin, and piano. Acclaimed as “exquisite” (TheaterMania.com) and “an imaginative artist willing to think big” (The Strad), Ana is a Serbian native whose cutting-edge contemporary music, both composed and improvised, is influenced by such disparate genres as traditional Balkan music, electronica, rock, jazz, classical, pop, and hip-hop.
Most recently, Ana has been commissioned by the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra to compose a new work in which she will be the featured soloist. She has also received commissions from the Throes Theater and artists Vittoria Chierici and Corrado Levi. Her works have been premiered at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, the Tribeca New Music Festival, and Off-Broadway, and performed by the South Shore Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, string quartet ETHEL (with whom Ana 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, and cellist Jackie Ludwig. Ana's music has been featured in choreography by Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance) and Vladimir Conde Reche (the University of New Mexico) as well as in performances by ArcDanz and Juilliard Dance. She also composes music for film -- including the score for Luci in the Sky, directed by Yuko Takebe -- and fosters numerous multimedia collaborations.
Ana has been recognized with the MacDowell Colony Fellowship and the ASCAP PLUS Award, as well as awards and grants from Artists International Presentations, New York Women Composers, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the Soros Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ana has performed solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Kolarac Concert Hall, the TimesCenter, Le Poisson Rouge, the Cornelia Street Café, and The Stone, and has appeared at major festivals including the BAM Next Wave Festival, the Tribeca New Music Festival, Spoleto in Italy, Aspen, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MATA Festival, the 2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music, 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 has partnered with John King, former co-director of the music committee for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, to create new repertoire for violin, Viper, viola, and interactive electronics. Her ongoing creative collaborations include working with the Silk Road Ensemble’s percussionist, Shane Shanahan, to develop repertoire for violin, Viper, and various percussion instruments, and a project with Tokyo-based Taiko group AUN & HIDE, featuring former long-time members of the Japanese Taiko groups Ondekoza and Kodo.
Ana attended the School for Musically Gifted Children in Cuprija, completed her bachelor's degree at Novi Sad University’s Academy of Arts, and received her master's degree and professional studies diploma at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York. Awarded permanent resident status in the U.S. in recognition of her artistic achievements, 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. Her album Reflections was released on Innova Recordings. She can also be heard on Albany, Chandos, Pitch, and Neos Classics labels and is currently working on a new album showcasing her music.
Ana’s website is www.anamilo.com