Since 2010. Aleksander Kojić is a permanent principal conductor at the Serbian National Theatre, Opera, and Ballet in Novi Sad– Serbia.
Born in 1984, Aleksandar Kojić received his first musical education in piano at the age of 5. At the age of 13, he wrote his first short composition for piano. He studied piano for ten years. In the Secondary Music School at the age of 16, he started to sing in the Orthodox church choir and has been regularly singing for ten years. In that period, he wrote some compositions for a capella choir which was used in the church services and it is with the church choir that he gained his first conducting experiences.
From a very early age, he accompanied his father on the piano, an amateur opera singer, performing baritone opera arias and songs, and until today he accompanies opera singers on the piano on a regular basis. He has worked as répétiteur in several vocal workshops by the acclaimed Serbian opera singer Nikola Mitić, baritone, and also with the students of Radmila Bakočević, soprano, and Biserka Cvejić, mezzo-soprano.
Aleksandar Kojić completed his undergraduate 2008 and specialist 2009 conducting studies at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, and also attended several masterclasses on Opera and symphonic conducting with Riccardo Muti, Uroš Lajovic, Vladimir Kiradjiev.
During his studies, he formed a student chamber orchestra ‘Capella accademica’. A year before graduation he was engaged as the conductor of the Youth Symphony orchestra of the “Isidor Bajić” Secondary Music School and for that orchestra, he made numerous arrangements and orchestrations.
His Ballet in 2 acts “La Dameaux Camélias”, based on the music form Verdi’s La Traviata was programmed for the opening of season 2018/2019 in the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.
Interested in reviving forgotten works, in 2015 he made a new orchestration and edition of the forgotten Serbian opera “Prince Ivo of Semberia” by the Serbian composer Isidor Bajić. For that work, he has been awarded the Special prize of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.
His orchestrations were tremendously well received and after the first performance, they were very soon performed again with different orchestras.
Aleksandar Kojić has been répétiteur from 2010 and also has the position of the permanent conductor at the Opera and at the Ballet of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, conducting numerous opera and ballet works.
With his vast knowledge of musical literature and work with opera and symphonic orchestras, he is capable of improving the orchestra sound and bringing it to a higher level in a very short time.
Also, he is often called to step-in, at very short notice with or without rehearsals. Kojić has received several awards for conducting new productions – to name just two, Queen of Spades in 2012 and Simone Boccanegra in 2013.
Languages: Serbian – native language; English, Italian, Russian – fluent; German – intermediate