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Clarinetist

Clarinetist Veljko Klenkovski (2015-19) was born in Pančevo in Serbia. He graduated from the Kornelije Stanković Music School in Belgrade and then pursued further education at the Georges Bizet Conservatoire in Paris. He graduated with highest honors from the Conservatoire National in Paris. Two years later, he completed the post-graduate course at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, and in 2008 he also earned a master’s degree at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Klenkovski is a laureate of several national and international competitions. The most significant include first prizes at the Concours International Leopold Bellan in Paris, the International Competition in Picardy and the National Competition in Ljubljana, as well as special prize in the International Competition in Paris and third prize in the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Royal Orchestra of Brussels, Philharmonie der Nationen (Hamburg), Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Serbia Radio-Television (RTS) Symphony Orchestra, Niš Symphonic Orchestra, the Belgrade string ensembles Dušan Skovran and St. George Strings, and others. He has performed with many chamber ensembles, at home and abroad, including guest appearances in Spain, Russia, China, Germany, France, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, the United States and India.

Until 2002, Veljko Klenkovski was the principal clarinetist of the Philharmonie der Nationen, as well as the first clarinetist of the Madlenianum Chamber Opera and the RTS Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade. Since 2002, he has been the principal clarinetist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and also a permanent member of the Balkan Chamber Academy. Veljko is a founding member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the Belgrade Wind Trio. He has appeared with the Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Cyprus National Orchestra. Over the years, he has cooperated with many eminent musicians, including Zubin Mehta, Christian Mandeal, Barry Douglas, Muhai Tang, Leopold Hager, Paul Angerer and others.

Veljko Klenkovski has also been active as a professor and teacher. He has held master classes in France, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. He is a jury member of international competitions Ohridski Biseri in Macedonia and Davorin Jenko in Serbia. He is a recipient of Belgrade’s October Prize and of the award for pedagogical achievements. Veljko holds a PhD degree from the Belgrade Faculty of Music.