Aleksandar Serdar

...clearly thoughtful musician with imagination and personality.
Gramophone, Feb 1999

Pianist Aleksandar Serdar won several international competition awards including the Concorso Rina Sala Gallo - Monza, Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition - Vercelli, Concorso Carlo Zecchi - Rome in Italy, Palm Beach and Cincinnati in the USA and the 4th prize at the Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv.

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Aleksandar Serdar graduated from the Art Academy of Novi Sad and received his Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where he studied with Leon Fleisher for five years. Later he continued his studies with Sergio Perticaroli at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Aleksandar Serdar performed in Italy (Conservatory hall in Milano, Palermo, Venezia, Roma, Bari, Trento, Reggio, Torino), the United States (namely at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Washington DC), France (Paris-Musee d'Orsay, Auditorium du Louvre, Theatre du Chatelet, Nice, Lion, Orleon, Marseil, Toulouse and Festivals such as La Roque d'Antheron, Sully sur Loire, St. Riquier, Piano Jacobin, Radio France Montpelier), Switzerland (at the prestigious Zurich Tonehalle), Russia (at the Saint Petersburg festival and in Moscow), Israel, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia (in Ljubljana, Bled Festival, Celje, Gorizia), Croatia (Zagreb and Dubrovnik Summer Festival), Brazil, Peru, Chile, Portugal (Lisabon festival Folles Journeaus), Maroco, Lebanon (Bustani Festival in Beirut), Thailand, Japan, Canada, Luxembourg, Germany (Munich, Nuremberg, Hamburg-Schwlesi Holstain festival).

Aleksandar Serdar played with such orchestras as the Dresden Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Sophia Philharmonic, San Jose Philharmonic, Cincinnati Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Belgrade Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Athens Philharmonic, Vancouver Island Symphony, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Santa Cecilia and with conductors Marcello Viotti, Erich Kunzel, Emil Tabakov, Mendi Rodan, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Milan Natchev and Jeansuk Kahidze.

Serdar's CD, released by EMI Classics, in 1998 arouse strong interest from promoters and the press. His second double disc has been released in Luxembourg in December 2004. He has recently recorded a first CD for the Serbian discographic house PGP with an all-Baroque repertoire.

Currently, Serdar is a Professor of Piano at Academy of Arts in Belgrade and at the Faculty of Arts in Nis, both in Serbia and appears as a jury member at the national and international piano competitions.