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Studied flute at the Music School “Stanislav Binicki” and “Josip Slavenski” Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in the class of Prof. Ljubomir Dimitrijevic where she was honored with the Most Outstanding Young Musician award “Orpheus’ Laureate” in 1991 under patronage of “Junesses Musicales” in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She continued her studies at the University of Belgrade, Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Tahir Kulenovic majoring in flute performance. In 1993 she moved to USA. There she continued her studies at the Southern California Conservatory of Music in the class of Prof. Toby Caplan-Stonefield.
Masterclasses include: Julius Baker, Alain Marion, Patrick Gallois, Anne Diener Zentner, Carol Wincenc, Tadeu Coelho, Brad Garner, Gary Schocker, Sandra Church, Susan Hoeppner, Nobutaka Shimizu, Peter Lloyd, Miodrag Azanjac, Ljubisa Jovanovic, etc.
-Four times 1st prize winner of State Competitions for flautists (Serbia-Yugoslavia) in 1985, 1988, 1990 and 1991
-Three times 1st prize winner of National Competitions for flautist (Herceg Novi-Montenegro in 1988, Ljubljana-Slovenia in 1990 and Belgrade-Yugoslavia in 1991).
-CAPMT California State Competition (Collegiate Division), 1st prize winner in 1998.
-Numerous honorary awards from local and international competitions.
As a professional flautist, performing and recording artist and teacher, Ljiljana is currently the principal flautist of the Los Angeles Valley Symphony Orchestra, Celestial Opera in Pasadena, "Casa Italiana" Opera Company, works as a flute teacher, freelance performer, and is a member of several chamber groups in Los Angeles. She also teaches music & movement classes in many preschools in Los Angeles area as well as beginners/intermediate piano.
As a soloist and a member of various chamber groups and orchestras, she performed in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA and all over Ex-Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia). Her credits also include many performances, interviews and recordings for Yugoslavian National Radio and Television Stations and in Los Angeles, CA.
The last 20 years I rediscovered my love for the Opera and have been performing with local companies both original operas and timeless classics.
In my 30 years of teaching experience, and being exposed to many methods, I chose to mix and match them to each student's ability and disposition. Each student is different with variety of expectations, abilities and interests, so as I get to know them, I try to best cater to their needs and find ways for them to learn while growing and improving on every level, not just musically. Engaging students in variety of ways of learning (visual, auditory, etc), I also care of their personal stories, which I find brings great connection and makes learning much more fun for my students as they feel heard.
While emphasis is on flute performance, included in lessons are: theory, ear training, sight reading, solfege, articulation, tone color & intonation study. Lessons are tailored in accordance to student's level and ability. Engaging students in variety of ways of learning (visual, auditory, etc), I also care of their personal stories, which I find brings great connection and makes learning much more fun for my students as they feel heard. I also teach beginners piano.
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