Bajšanski Milan (1903 - 1980)
Serbian director and composer; was born in Belgrade, where he graduated from music school. Most of his artistic work is devoted to choral conducting, both amateur and professional ensembles. He becomes one of the most important Yugoslav precentors. His work has brought choirs Karadjordje Abrašević and Serbian Church Choral Society to a high artistic level, but he acted as a head of the National Theatre Opera Chorus in Belgrade as well.He founded the choir Belgrade Madrigalists, Belgrade Radio Choir and the Choir of Radio Belgrade 2, which he conducted for a while. He has won Smetana's medal in Plzně, in 1929., and SR Serbia's award for choral conducting in 1946. As a composer, he was mainly oriented towards choruses and mostly composed vocal pieces in folk style. He also worked as a music critic (Sound, St. Cecilia, Roads, Movement, Local Government, Municipal newspapers and other publications). He conducted the choir Belgrade Madrigalists since its establishment in 1951 and until 1959.
Dimitrije Stefanovic, conducted since 1961. to 1964.
Academician, scholar, musicologist, researcher of old Neum records, a remarkable lover of choral singing. He brings novelties to the repertoire, and in a very short time he achieved remarkable results. Introduces our capital works of sacred music, the works of Mokranjac, Marinkovic and Hristić, which are still performed today as the most important part of the program to Madrigalists pride. To his merit is that, for the first time, Madrigalists performed the first Serbian composition "Their Heavenly Force" by Kir Stefan the Serb (XV century). He sang a range of beautiful English madrigals. When the choir performed at Oxford, the College Margaret Hall, the program was captured by the British broadcaster BBC as a part of the cultural program. In 1961 The choir performs at the Congress of Byzantine in Ohrid. In addition, there are the performances at the Sombor nights, then in Zadar at the Evenings of St. Donato (1963), also at festivals in Brno and Bratislava. The highlight of Dr. Dimitrije Stefanovic collaboration with the madrigalists is winning the first place in an international competition in 1962 in Llangollen, as well as winning the Arec jubilee in the same year.
Vojislav Ilic, conducted from 1964. to 1966.
Conductor, composer, professor at the Academy of Music, an expert on our side and choral literature, particularly spiritual. To his merits is that the Madrigalists, first of all choirs, performed one of the greatest works of Yugoslav classical choral music - Liturgy of Holy John Chrysostom by Stevan Mokranjac. This major work is performed at an international choir festival "Sagra Musicale" in Perugia (1966.), When he received the highest awards. Into the choir's repertoire Ilic included a series of new Italian and French madrigals, of which Monteverdi's were the hardest and most beautiful.
Maestro Dusan Miladinovic, conducted since 1966. to 1993.
He was a conductor of international repute, the longtime director and principal conductor of the Belgrade opera, a professor of the Music Academy, a composer, a real connoisseur of world and national choral liturgy, he provided the choir with multiple opportunities to further present and artistically prove and confirm itself. Choir expands its repertoire with new compositions from the National Heritage of secular and spiritual character, with many old-performances of contemporary artists, with spiritual compositions of Russian authors and with great vocal and instrumental works of world literature.
Belgrade Madrigalists were the first choir ever who performed Stevan Mokranjca's Holy Liturgy of John Chrysostomas as a concert. It took place at Kolarac University, in 1967, at a time when the performance of such music was seen with hostility, suspicion and disdain. At the same place there was the concert old-performance of Mark Tajčević's Liturgy of St.John Chrysostom.
for both of these acts exclamation and litany was written by Dusan Mladenovic.
Significant activity under the direction of Maestro was the recording of LPs of large choral works. Stevan Mokranjca's Liturgy was recorded in 1969. with an Italian label, and it was published by "Punik" travel agency on the occasion of the international year of tourism. Marko Tajčević's Liturgy was recorded in 1985. for PGP-RTB (Belgrade Radio Television Record Label). Mozart's Coronation Mass and Stevan Mokranjc's Liturgy was recorded for a record label in Rouen (France).A few plates of sacred music at 45 rpm had also been made. The Maestro's greatest contribution for Madrigalists' artistic confirmation is that the choir became an ensemble of high international reputation. There have been numerous appearances in European countries, music capitals, which started at the festival of sacred music in 1969 in Lyon, at St. John's Cathedral.
Maestro Miladinović achieved its highest artistic achievement with the choir thanks to the help of his assistants, to many of whom the work with the choir was important to start their artistic careers. These are: Zlatan Vaud, Dragomir Radivojevic, Aleksandar Pandurović, Stanko Sepic, Miodrag Janoski, Ivo Dražinić, Milos Pavlovic, Valentin Gamboc, Vladimir Milosavljevic, Bojan Sudjic and Zeljko Jovanovic.
Vladimir Milic, conducted from 1993 to 2004.
BS and MS in conducting at the Music Academy in Belgrade. He performed in many cities in Yugoslavia, as well as in concert halls of Austria, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia. He conducted the Belgrade and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, symphony orchestras of RT Belgrade and Zagreb, the Yugoslav Army Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 'Borislav Pašćan', the Niš Symphony Orchestra, as well as choirs of Radio-Television Belgrade and the choir Obilic. He worked for several years at the Academy of Art University in Novi Sad. Since 1987 he acts as a professor of conducting, but also works as a conductor of the symphony orchestra and the choir of Mokranjac music school in Belgrade. From 1993 to 2004 he is the artistic director and conductor of the Choir Belgrade Madrigalists.
Aleksandar Saša Spasić, conducted from 2005 to 2007.
BS and MS in conducting at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and graduated in opera directing at the Academy of Arts, also in Belgrade. Spasić worked as a conductor in "Madlenijanum" - Opera and Theatre in Belgrade, since its inception. As a director he staged several shorter unconventional musical stage shows. He has successfully worked with many choirs and conducted almost all the local bands, orchestras, as well as some orchestras from Romania and Poland.
A list of conductors who have worked with the choir to this day, would not be complete, if we wouldn't mention those artists who, with their authority helped the choir in its development, even if in the shortest of period. These are: Svetlana Pašćan, Lambro Dimitrijević, Dušan Kostić and Angel Šurov. In addition to conductors mentioned here, the Choir has been conducted by many local and foreign guests.
Alexander Brujić, conductor since 2008.
He was born in 1976 in Belgrade, where he finished secondary music school, faculty of Music (Conducting Department) and postgraduate studies. In year 2000, he was awarded as the best student of conducting with the prize "Predrag Milosevic". He gained a scholarship from the Goethe Institute in Mannheim, Germany (2000).
Until 2002 he worked in Germany as a choral conductor. As an accompanist and assistant he worked at the Belgrade Opera (2002-2005). In 2004 he became an assistant at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. At the same time he works as an accompanist and assistant to conductors: Stefan Schreiber, Karl-Anton Rikenbaherom, Zubin Mehta, Francesca Rosa, Carl Donadijem. As an assistant, in 2005 he took part at the Young Artists' festival in Bayreuth, where he prepared the first performance of Wagner's opera "Das Liebesverbot" (Ban on Love) in Bayreuth, with prof. Faust Nardijem and prof. Edvin Scholz from Berlin. As a music assistant he worked in masterclasses of Olivera Miljaković, the champion of the Vienna Opera.