Ana Topalovic is establishing herself as a cellist without frontiers. Her repertoire ranges from solo pieces and chamber music to New Music and crossover with electronic sounds. Inspired by the diversity of her instrument, she continues to develop as a composer of original works, exploring undiscovered musical interfaces, alternative ways of thinking and new art forms. These new ideas are embodied in her own festival Treffpunkt: KUNST in Vienna’s BRICK 5. In a short time Ana Topalovic has made a name for herself as an ‘all-rounder’ and is injecting new impulse into Vienna’s music scene.
As creative director of the new festival “Treffpunkt: KUNST”, Ana Topalovic will bring together Austrian and Serbian artists and musicians for the first time in Vienna’s BRICK 5. Topalovic, born in Belgrade, will use this yearly event as a platform to promote creative exchange between artists from such varied cultural backgrounds, which will in turn encourage the development of joint ideas.
In recent years Ana Topalovic has been involved in many notable concerts and projects with renowned international artists. She has performed several concerts in Austria and Germany with Erwin Schrott and his Rojotango Ensemble, across Europe and in Israel with violinist Édua Zádory in Duo Zadory-Topalovic and toured across China in 2015 with the Janoska Ensemble. Topalovic is in high demand as a cellist and performs in multiple formations: as a member of the Green Thing Ensemble (GTE), a chamber group which specializes in contemporary music by living composers and seldom performed classics of the 20th century; in numerous recitals as part of Cello&Piano with Pierre Doueihi; with dancer and choreographer Rosalie Wanka as DAN_CE_LLO and most recently alongside accordionist Nikola Djoric in project ARCORD.
Numerous collaborations with renowned 21st century composers have come about as a result of her intensive involvement with contemporary music. These have included Thomas Larcher, Friedrich Cerha, Johanna Doderer, Giya Kancheli, René Clemencic, Georg Friedrich Haas and Gerald Resch. In orchestral concerts she has performed alongside Daniel Barnboim, Yakov Kreizburg, Julian Rachlin and Maxim Vengerov.
Ana’s creative personality is most palpable in her own compositions: “Two Serbian Melodies” for cello and piano (debut 2013 in Bucharest, recorded for Radio Romania), “Reflections” for cello and voice (debut 2012 in Carnegie Weill Hall, New York), and “Reflections II” (debut 2015 in Vienna). ‘I always felt the need to discover new and broader possibilities for the cello’s sound. My gut tells me the cello’s potential is limitless’, muses Topalovic.
Ana Topalovic has been featured on a number of CDs including Mosaique (Vienna, 2014), Bjarnat Krawc Kammermusik (Berlin, 2012), Sonic Screens(Rome, 2012), as well as her solo production CELLIPHONIA (Rome, 2015) and the DVD Rojotango Live (2013): all have proved great successes. A CD recording for ARCORD is in production.
Ana Topalovic has added another string to her bow in the form of teaching: she manages her own Cello-Studio in Vienna, gives master-classes and private lessons, and tutors students across the world via the online music school ‘VIOMUS’, of which she is a founder. Ana Topalovic is also on the panel of the IBLA Grand Prize in Sicily and the Muzicko Prolece in Serbia.
Ana Topalovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1981 and has lived in Vienna since 1999. She began her cello and piano studies very early on and was accepted at the age of 17 into the Conservatory of Vienna, where she studied performance under Jontscho Bayrov. Maria Kliegel supervised Ana’s studies at the Music University in Cologne, and in 2011 she completed her Masters degree at the Vienna’s Conservatory under Martin Hornstein and Lilia Schulz-Bayrova. One year later she was awarded first place at the 20th IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa, Italy, where she also won the special prize for her interpretation of P. Vasks Das Buch. Her first US tour and debut in Carnegie Hall followed shortly after. Sound Word Sight magazine described her playing as “…exceptional and … beautiful“
Ana Topaolivic plays a cello made by R. and A. Gagliano in 1815.
She is sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.