Members

Jasmina Talam

Prof. Dr. Jasmina Talam
Chair

Jasmina Talam completed undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD studies at the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo. She is professor of the ethnomusicological subjects and Head of Institute for Musicology at Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo. She regularly presents the results of her research in national and international conferences and contributed to numerous articles, book chapters and edited works. She was academic editorial contributors to Grove Music Online, Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology. She is a member of editorial board of the magazine Muzika (Academy of Music in Sarajevo and Musicological Society of FBiH) and Journal of Literature and Art Studies (David Publishing Company, New York, USA). She is the editor/co-editor of a few collections of papers (Music in Society, Maqām: Historical Traces and Present Practice in Southern European Music Traditions), a member in editorial boards (Muzika, Journal of Literature and Art Studies), a member of the Steering Committee of the Musicological Society FB-H and is the Chair of the ICTM National Committee for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Milorad Kenjalovic

Prof. Dr. Milorad Kenjalović
Vice chair

Mr. Milorad Kenjalović graduated from the Academy of Music in Sarajevo, and got his M.A. degree at the Academy of Music in Belgrade. He worked as a music editor for Sarajevo Radio-Television, and afterwards for Radio Banja Luka, or Radio and Television of RS. He started his pedagogical career as a teacher at the Pedagogical Academy in Banja Luka, after that he worked as a docent at the Banja Luka Faculty of Philosophy. Shortly after he became the dean of the Academy of Arts at the University of Banja Luka for 6 years. His contribution can be seen through many projects and activities in all kinds of music; written material, engagements in radio and television productions and scientific work, for example researches in the area of ethnomusicology.

Tamara Karaca Beljak

Dr. Tamara Karača Beljak
President of the Assembly

Tamara Karača Beljak has received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ethnomusicology at the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is professor for ethnomusicological subjects (Musical folklore, World Music, Applied Ethnomusicology) and Head of Department for Musicology at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. Her primary area of scholarly interest and specialization are vocal music tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially sevdalinka. She regularly presents the results of her research in national and international conferences and in scholarly publications. She is an active member of the Musicological Society Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and secretary of ICTM National Committee for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her professional experiences also include presentations and invited lectures.

Ass. Mr. Amra Toska
Secretary

Planning, support and project development board

Mr. Mirza Kovač
President

Kristina Čustonjić

Mr. Kristina Čustonjić
Member

Kristina Čustonjić was born in Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 12th, 1989. She graduated from the Secondary Music School in Zenica as pianist in 2008 and enrolled in the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Academy of Music, at the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology (M & E) in 2012 with a major in Ethnomusicology.
Since enrolling Academy of Music, she has been a  member of Musicological Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the academic year of 2011/2012 she was a demonstrator at the Department of Musicology and Ethomusicology, for the subject of Musical Folklore. She has also been a member of “Etnoakademik” ensemble that performs as part of the Academy.  She is a conductor for the Church Choir “Mary Help of Christians” in Globarica, and a member of Catholic Youth “Dominiks” in Žepče. She is due to become a member of ICMT this year. In the academic year of 2012/2013 she enrolled in masters in Ethnomusicology, at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. She has been working as a piano teacher for five years in Music School “Katarina Kosača Kotromanić” in Žepče.
Cristina’s primary interest is in position of women in national tradition and social sphere of the community and by that she explores women as musicians using national instruments as well as female vocalists in Žepče and surrounding areas. With her research she wants to emphasize on the importance of women in national tradition of Bosnia And Herzegovina and to encourage new research and awareness of their position in society.

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Lejla Džambazov
Member

Graduated from the Department for Ethnomusicology at the Music Academy Sarajevo in 2008. In 2005, started her first fieldwork in the area of the village Goduša near Visoko known by making of breed pipes and double breed pipes. The research was supervised by professor Vinko Krajtmajer and represents the process of traditional making the instruments on a study based on Vehab Halilović case as one of the oldest maker and craftsman of this musical heritage. During 2012, starts ethnomusicological fieldwork research in the village Kraljeva Sutjeska in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to develop Master thesis paper, under the supervision of Tamara Karača-Beljak, Ph. D. As Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Beneficiary, previously graduated Social Sciences at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium engaging in the field of Music and Disability based on a case of Institute for the Blind in South Africa.
Currently, active as a member of the Musicological Society FBiH and The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)- National Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Board for the cooperation with the institutions of government, non-governmental and international organizations and foundations

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Doc. Dr. Fatima Hadžić
President

Fatima Hadžić (1979) graduated in piano (2003) and musicology (2005) from the Academy of Music, Sarajevo. After that, at the same institution, she received her master’s degree (Role and importance of Czechs in development of music culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 2009 and doctor’s degree (Musical life of Sarajevo in the period between two world wars 1918–1941) in 2012. After working as a piano teacher and piano accompanist at the High School of Music in Sarajevo for three years, she received assistantship in the field of musicology at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo in 2006. She was elected assistant professor in the field of musicology in 2012. Apart from teaching at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo she is also secretary of the Musicological Society of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a contributor in research projects of the Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Furthermore she is contributor of the Magazine for musical culture “Muzika” edited by the Musicological Society of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Academy of Music in Sarajevo.

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Dr. Nirha Efendić
Member

Nirha Efendić works as a curator for oral literature at the National Museum of BiH, Department of Ethnology. Her works mainly focus on oral literature, and especially lyric poetry, while her current research interest is extended to anthropology. She had gained valuable academic and research experience during her visitsto Oxford and Staffordshire University in the period 2006-2008. She obtained her Master degree in 2009 and PhD degree in 2014 both at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo.

Zvonko Martić
Member

Board for marketing, media communication, media presentation and publication design

Dragica Panic

Doc. Dr. Dragica Panić-Kašanski

Lana Pacuka

Doc. Dr. Lana Paćuka

Lana Paćuka (1983) was born in Sarajevo, where she finished her primary and secondary musical education at the department for the piano. Since 2002 Lana was a student of Music academy Sarajevo at the Department of Musicology (class of professor Ivan Čavlović). In that period, she has been promoted for the student of generation (2004), and several times was rewarded with scholarships by FB&H. She also worked as demonstrator at the department of Musicology on Music academy Sarajevo. Lana received her B. A. degree in 2006 with highest marks.  In 2008 she enrolled postgraduate study on the same institution and took her M. A. degree in 2010. The same year she enroll doctoral studies on Music academy Sarajevo with topic of doctoral dissertation Musical life in Sarajevo in period of Austro-Hungarian rule (1878–1918).
From 2007 Lana workes as a teacher’s assistent on the department of Musicology on Music academy Sarajevo, and as musicological collaborator at the Institute of Musicology. Also, she is member of redaction magazine Muzika in which she posted many papers about music history in Bosnia and Herzegovina and musical journalism. Several times she was part of organisational commitee of International Symposium „Music and Society“, and was one of  the editors of its Collection of papers (2008). She is involved in project Fundamental investigationes of music in Bosnia and Herzegovina wich resulted with the first Alphabethic lexicon of musicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina – artistic music.
She presented her papers at the meetings and symposiums organized by Musicological society of FB&H, IMS, ICTM, etc.

Ass. Mr. Ivana Rosić

 

Other members:

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Dr. Ivan Čavlović

Ivan Čavlović completed his music studies at the Teachers’ College in Pula (1972) and the Academy of Music in Sarajevo, Department of Music Theory and Pedagogy (1977), and the two-year piano studies in Prof. Matusja Blum’s class (1979). He took his Master’s Degree (1983) with the thesis entitled Sonata-style in J. S. Bach’s works and application of its principles in D. G. Scarlatti’s piano sonatas, and his Ph.D. degree (1991), with the thesis Composing-technique and style characteristics of Vlado S. Milošević’s creative opus. He has published five books, four short monographs on B & H artists and over 200 scientific, professional and publicist papers in local and international periodicals and proceedings of musicology events. He is also involved in composing theatre music. He is one of the initiators of the journal Muzika, a founder of the Musicological Society of FB&H, and an initiator and organizer of the international symposium “Music in Society”. At the moment, he serves as the Dean of the Academy of Music in Sarajevo.

Mr. Jasna Spaić

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Marina Kovac

Mr. Marina Kovač

Marina Kovač (1986) graduated from the Academy of Music in Sarajevo, and received M.A. degree at the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology with a major in Ethnomusicology. As a student she participated in projects of Music Academy in Sarajevo (Revitalization of legacy of Cvjetko Rihtman), and also in numerous conferences and meetings (International Symposium, ICTM meetings, Music Festival). She was a subcontractor in the college magazine of the Academy of Music, and a volunteer at the college radio in Sarajevo. Marina also worked as head of the vocal section of the Cultural-Artistic Association Saobraćajac in Sarajevo, and as a student was a member of the vocal ansamble Etnoakademik. In 2011 she was awarded with the Golden Badge of University of Sarajevo as one of the top students at the University. Today Marina works as a music teacher in the primary and secondary music school, and at the field of the Ethnomusicology her research has focused on the local church singing on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Esma Sulejmanagic

Mr. Esma Sulejmanagić

Esma Sulejmanagić was born in 1989 in Sarajevo. She finished elementary, grammar high school and music high school in Sarajevo. In 2008 she started her bachelor studies on Music academy in Sarajevo on Department for musicology, where she graduated in 2012 with Major in Musicology. At the moment she a student on master studies on this Department researching on subject of History of music performance and interpretation with focus on flute school in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2009 she started her bachelor studies on Department for wind instruments (flute) on the same academy in class of professor Sakib Lačević, and at the moment she is a student of the finishing year of this study cycle. As a flutist she played in many youth orchestras and wind ensembles in Germany, the Netherlands, and countries of region of southeast Europe, with whom she performed in halls like Concertgebouw  in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Berlin. She also participated on competitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and attended master classes with professors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, USA. She occasionally performs as a member of Sarajevo philharmonic orchestra. On the academy, she is the president of Students’ association, member of Student parliament of University in Sarajevo and student coordinator in InMusWB Tempus project of European Commission. She participates in many projects and festivals of Music academy and other music institutions in Sarajevo both as a musicologist and as flutist. In 2013 she became a student member of ICTM. She is also a member of Pontanima choir, female vocal ensemble Corona and ensemble for traditional music Etnoakademik on Music academy in Sarajevo.

Mr. Nerma Hodžić Mulabegović

Nerma Hodžić Mulabegović (1978) obtained her MA degree in Solfeggio from the Department of Theory of Music and Pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. In 2006 she graduated and obtained a degree in Solfeggio from the Department of Theory of Music and Pedagogy In 2001. she graduated from the Department of Composition and Conducting with a degree and a title of Academic Musician – Conductor. From November 1999 to September 2006, she served as a permanent Conductor and Artistic Director of Chamber Symphony Choir and Orchestra Zenica. Since 2014, Nerma Hodžić Mulabegović has been employed at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo as a Senior Assistant Professor for Solfeggio. She has been employed as an Assistant Professor for Solfeggio since 2006, and engaged as a demonstrator for Solfeggio since 2005. From December 1999 through November 2006 she has been employed as a Professor at the Secondary School of Music in Zenica. She participated as an Exhibitor and a member of the Organizing Committee and Working Group at the 9th International Symposium “Music in the Society” in Sarajevo in 2014. Moreover, she participated to the Lifelong Learning courses as a lecturer.

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Mr. Naida Kuljuh

Nadia Kuljuh was born on 16th October 1979 in Foca. She works at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo, as a Senior Assistant at the Department of Music Theory and Pedagogy, subject Harmony I-VIII. At this institution, she graduated from the Department of Music Theory and Pedagogy and the Department of Piano. She holds a degree of Master of Science in Music, field of Harmony. She is a student of the third cycle studies at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. She is a member of the Musicological Society of FB&H. She participated in the eighth and nine International Symposium ‘Music in Society’ held in Sarajevo in November 2012 and October 2014, as well as in the 8th International Conference “Serbian language, literature and art” held in Kragujevac in Octobar 2013, with co-authors work. Her articles were published in the Collection of papers of the 8th Symposium ‘Music in Society’ (2014) and the 8th Conference ”Serbian language, literature and art” (2014). She presented her work in the journal for music culture “Muzika” in 2012, and her co-author work in The Collection of papers celebrating 110 years of the birth of Jelena Dopuđa (2014).

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Mr. Maja Ačkar Zlatarević

Maja Ačkar Zlatarević was born in 1978 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She completed her graduate and master studies at Piano Department of Academy of Music Sarajevo, and master studies at Royal Music Academy in Stockholm at Early Music Department with her major in harpsichord. Maja has won several national and international competitions and was scholarship holder of the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Government of Sweden. She won prestigious prize for a special contribution to cultural life in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Maja performed in her home country, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Egypt.
She currently works as an Associate Professor at Piano Department of Academy of Music Sarajevo and Vice dean for international cooperation.
As a Vice Dean she has completed many successful projects and activities, being a coordinator at AEC’s and Sida’s project Widening participation on the road to membership, a staff member at Tempus InMusWB project and participating in numerous other international activities, such as concerts of Young orchestra, concerts and masterclasses of artists and teachers from around the Europe. She organized as well various international relations meetings of  vicedeans and coordinators and took part in ones organized abroad.
She has a very good connections with academic society around the Europe. Together with Dean of Academy of music Sarajevo and other colleagues, she has done a great deal on promoting Academy of Music in Sarajevo and connecting it with other music institutions.

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Dr. Valida Tvrtković Akšamija

Valida Tvrtković Akšamija graduated from the Academy of Music in Sarajevo, where she later on got her Master’s degree (Teaching technology in music education – the role, experiences, appliance, 2008) and PhD degree (Innovations in music upbringing and education – preparing for lifelong learning, 2014). From 2004-2014 she worked as a teaching assistant and senior teaching assistant, subject Methodics of music education I-VIII, and from January 2015 she is a docent on the same subject. Until now she has published various papers in many scientific journals. She participated in numerous symposiums and held large number of seminars, workshops and other lectures (Dubrovnik, Mostar, Trogir, Pula, Brčko, TEMPUS project InMusWB of the Academy of Music in Sarajevo). She is the member of the Musicological Society of FB&H from 2004, in which she was engaged as a member of the board of directors from 2008-2012, and from 2012 the secretary of the Centre for music education. She successfully completed the Grant program of professional training of teaching staff of the University in Sarajevo and the University in Alberta and E-Net Centre from 2006-2007.

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Mr. Nihad Krečo

Nihad Krečo graduated from the Music Academy in Sarajevo, with prof. Neda Stanković. He specialized in 2000/2001. at the Royal Academy in Stockholm, with prof. Stefan Lindgren. He was the winner at the competitions for high school and University students in FB&H three times. He had concerts in the country and abroad (Sweden, Czech Republic, Israel, Greece, Canada, France and Germany); he performed with Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and made recordings for the Television of Federation of B&H and for the Television Sarajevo. Krečo attended master classes in Greece, Switzerland, Israel, Canada and Sweden with Alain Lefevre, Victor Rosenbaum, Jean-Paul Seville and August Hautbo. In summer 2002, he attended summer school at the American Conservatory in Fontenblaeu (France), with prof. Frederic Agassi, Philip Bianconi and Xu Zhang. He finished his postgraduate studies in 2006 with prof. Neda Stanković and prof. Boris Kraljević. Krečo works at the Music Academy in Sarajevo as the senior assistant professor.

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Dr. Snježana Šušnjara

Snježana Šušnjara, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. First MA degree – Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1997. Second and third one, University of Joensuu, Finland and University of Sarajevo, 2005. PhD – University of Joensuu, Finland, 2009. Published more than 20 articles, two books, editor of a book. Participant of a number of international conferences in reference to themes concerning the historical sphere, human rights, gender issues, social-anthropology researches, pedagogical-psychological researches, adult education, comparative pedagogy and multicultural education.

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Mr. Azra Medić

Azra Medić (1983) graduated from the Academy of Music in Sarajevo as the best student of the University in Sarajevo in the class of Neda Stanković and Boris Kraljević. In 2008 she finished specialisation studies in Zagreb in the class of prof. Đuro Tikvica. From 2008 till 2012 she studied in Germany where she finished two postgraduate programs, one in Kassel in the class of prof. Iwan Urwalow and the other in Freiburg in the class of prof. Elza Kolodin. She is now PhD student at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo in the class of prof. Aleksandar Serdar.During her studies she won many prizes on national and international competitions: International piano competition for pianists and piano ansambles in Moscow – I prize, Citta di Gorizia – I prize, Nicolai Rubinstein in Paris – II prize, Roma 2004. – IIIprice, Federal competitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina – first and special prizes.Azra Medic has participated in master classes conducted by professors Rudolf Kehrer, Igor Khudolei, Diane Anderson, Peter Feuchtwanger, Noel Flores, Martin Hughes, Leslie Howard, Christopher Taylor…She performed recitals and as a chamber musician in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Germany, Greece, Italy, France, Austria, Russia, Switzerland and Czech Republic. She works at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo as an assistant at the piano department.

Dr. Senad Kazić

Dr. Senad Kazić completed undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD studies at the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is associate professor for the subject matters of Solfeggio and Solfeggio Method at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. He published book Solfeggio –History and Practice (2013). He is author of four textbooks, five informative publications for Academy of Music and published more than twenty articles in scientific and professional magazines. He has participated in a number of symposiums and expert forums, and has conducted a numerous seminars, workshops and other lectures (Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Pula, Belgrade, Istanbul, Berlin, Stockholm, and many places throughout BiH). He is one of the founders of the Musicological Society of the Federation of BiH and its Chair for many years, currently holding the position of vice Chair. He is an vice dean for Teaching and Learning, a member of Council for PhD studies at the Music Academy in Sarajevo as well as a member of a number of Boards at the University of Sarajevo. He is a member of the presidency of Association for promotion of functional music pedagogy (Croatia).

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Mr. Lidija Vladić-Mandarić

Lidija Vladić-Mandarić (1971., Mostar, BiH) finished Grammar School as well as Secondary Music School in Mostar. Graduated Biology&Chemistry on Pedagogical Academy and Music culture and Ethnomusicology on Department of Musical Arts at the Faculty of Science and Education, Mostar University. Completed Master Degree by writing „Music Life in Mostar in the fist hlaf of 20th century“ (menthor: professor Ivana Tomić Ferić, PhD). At present is completing Doctorate in Ethnomusicology, PhD in science three year programme at the Department of Ethnomusicology, Academy of Art, Split University, Croatia.
Starts teaching Music, Chemistry and Biology in humanitarian programe helping the children war victimes from Mostar, based in Italy, Provincia Cuneo, Regione Piemonte, Cervere and Somariva del Bosco. Worked for ten years as archivist and Librarian in Mostar Symphony Orchestra. Was teaching Music Theory subjects in Music schools in Čapljina, Međugorje – Bijakovići as well as in Art School ”Gabrijel Jurkic” in  Mostar. Received Dean Award for outstanding academic achievements in year 2008/09. Full time employed on the Faculty of Science and Education at the Mostar University, in the field of Humanity Science, Music Science, Musicology and Ethnomusicology and is also currently holding the post of Deputy to the Head of Department of Musical Arts. Is active member of Croatian Musicological Society, based in Zagreb, Croatia. The Lecturer in anual Seminars on Croatian Traditional Folklore Music in Bosnia and Hercegovina, since it was established in year 2012.

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Dr. Semir Vranić

Medical doctor, graduated at the Sarajevo University School of Medicine in 2004. Since 2011 a staff pathologist at the Department of Pathology, Clinical Center of the University of Sarajevo. In 2012 completed the Ph.D. program in biomedicine at the Zagreb University School of Medicine (Croatia). Two one-year post-docs carried out in the United States (2008-2009) and Italy (2012-2013). A member of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), European Society of Pathology (ESP), European Society of Pathology Working Group for Breast Pathology, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), The European Network in Uropathology, European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), and Clinical Genetic Society of Croatia. Extensively publishing with more than 50 publications in international journals of which 31 are cited in Current Content Database (Thomson ISI). Current areas of research include molecular pathology of breast cancer with emphasis on special types of breast cancer, germ cell tumors of the testis, molecular profiling of rare tumors, and hereditary cancer syndromes.

Have been actively collecting the sevdalinka staff for more than 20 years resulting in one of the largest private sevdalinka archives; a part of the archive is available through web-sites: www.sevdalinke.com and https://soundcloud.com/semir-vranic

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Dr. Belma Šarančić Nahodović

Belma Šarančić Nahodović, born 19.07.1984, has finished: Music High school, department of accordion in the class of Professor Benjamin Kardaš in 2000. as the youngest high school student in the school history and the student of honour of the generation; Music High school, department of piano, in the class of Professor Milorad Jovanović in 2002; Academy of Music, department of music theory and pedagogy in March 2005 as a student generation of the Academy of Music and was awarded with “Golden Badge” of University of Sarajevo. Title: Bachelor degree, Professor of theoretical music subjects; Academy of Music,  University of East Sarajevo, department of accordion in the class of M.A. Danijela Kljajić Gazdić, docent, in July 2005, and was awarded with three awards and “Vojin Komadina” prize for the results achieved during the study. Title: Bachelor of accordion; Academy of Music, University of East Sarajevo, department of accordion, Master’s degree in the performing arts, Major concert performer in the class of Professor Radomir Tomić, in July 2009. Title: Master of Arts; Specialization in field of Alexander technique in accordion playing at Academia Superiore di fisarmonica, Urbino, Italy in class of Professor Claudio Jaccomuci, in June 2012. She is student of III cycle of studies, field of research: arts – accordion in class of Professor Geir Draugsvoll. Final dissertation exam is planned for June 2015.

Belma Šarančić has participated in many competitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad. She is the winner of several awards including some of the most important: the first and special prizes in competitions in Federation of BiH (1998-2003); I and III awards in the accordion competition in Smederevo, Serbia (2002-2003), winner of the accordion competition of the cultural salon Hörbiger, Vienna 2005. She performed at numerous concerts among which most important one were in Dayton (USA), Vienna, Belgrade, Banja Luka, Mostar, Tuzla, Zenica and Sarajevo.
As a professor of accordion and chamber music at Sarajevo Music High school she worked in period of 2005-2009. From September 2010 she is working as assistant professor in the department of accordion (on subjects accordion, chamber music, history and literature, methodology and sightreading) at the Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo. Her students have won over 30 national and international awards (Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, France, Italy).

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Mr. Anto Knežević

Anto Knežević was born in 1959 in Potočani, municipality of Odžak, in northern Bosnia. He attended the Zagreb University (Croatia), where he received his BA in Russian Language and Philosophy (1985). He earned two MA’s, one from the Zagreb University, in Linguistics (1989), the other in Teaching Foreign Language from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (California, USA, 2002). He taught at the Zagreb University, Indiana University in Bloomington, the California State University at Monterey Bay, etc. He participated in dozens of scholarly conferences in Europe, Turkey, the USA, and Canada. He has published three books (in Croatian) and over 50 papers (in Croatian, English, and Russian). He has translated a number of texts (including books) from, or into, English, Russian, and Croatian. His interests include linguistics, literature, philosophy, and history. He was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the fall of Communism (New York: Garland, 2000.). He is the author of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Bosnian Posavina (in press). He is president of the Father Grga Vilić Citizens’ Association (an NGO in Bosnia-Herzegovina). He is Assistent Minister for Culture of the Posavina Canton in Bosnia-Herzegovina.