Camerata Balcanica in Novi Sad October 18, 2023

On October 18, 2023 in partnership with the Cultural Center of Novi Sad, with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland, the Fund for the Western Balkans, ArtLink organized a concert of Camerata Balcanica as part of the program Women ArtLinks. The concert was held  in the City Hall in Novi Sad, and  presented the ensemble Camerata Balcanica (chamber orchestra), after  their artistic residency this summer under the mentorship of the prominent conductor Srboljub Dinić (Serbia /Switzerland). Jovanka Višekruna Janković, pianist and Artistic director of the ensemble, performed Weber’s piano piece with the ensemble, and the young cellist Valentina Lučković with the visiting Swiss-Bulgarian conductor Viliana Valcheva. 
 
Pianist and founder and artistic director of the ensemble, Jovanka Višekruna Janković, pianist, Master of Arts with specialization at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, is one of the leading musical artists and artistic directors in the Balkans. Her artistic work and dedication to music includes not only performances with world-renowned musicians, but also a strong focus on young musical talents and artistic direction of the ArtLink festival and the Camerata Balcanica chamber orchestra. After several years of work as an assistant piano professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and as an artist at the long-term development program at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, Mrs. Višekruna Janković was the initiator and creator of the first cycle of young musical talents in Serbia. Ms. Višekruna Janković has performed at numerous recitals and multidisciplinary projects in her country and the Western Balkan region, but also in Canada, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, including notable solo performances with the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Serbia, Camerata Janaček, Zagreb Quartet, Orchestra of Music Center Des Invalides in Paris, St Georgios Stings and with artists including Igor Lazko, Mohamed Schams, Pablo Rossi, Alban Gerhardt, Jan Vogler, Isabel Vaz and many others. In 2017, Mrs. Višekruna Janković was awarded the knighthood of the Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) for her exceptional work and commitment to the improvement of cultural cooperation.
 
Viliana Valtcheva is a Bulgarian-Swiss conductor. In 1999, she successfully graduated from high school of music in Varna as a pianist. During her studies in Varna, Miss Valčeva won top prizes as a pianist at the Czech Music Competition in Varna (1994), the Young Talents Competition in Sofia (1996) and the German Music Competition in Burgas (1998). In 2001, she graduated from the Conservatory in Bern, and in 2004, from the Higher School of Music in Neuchâtel, she obtained a diploma in piano accompaniment. In 2010, she completed her studies in Switzerland, obtaining a master’s degree in opera and symphonic conducting at the Conservatory in Luzern under the direction of Professor Ralf Weikert. In 2009, Miss Valčeva participated in a conducting masterclass under the patronage of the Berlin Philharmonic (Dirigenten Werkstatt). In 2010, she participated in the final stage of the conductor competition in the city of Cadaques/Spain. In the meantime, she had the opportunity to participate in various master classes led by conductors Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Bernard Haitink. Since 2004, her stage performances as a conductor have gradually progressed. She has already conducted the Luzern Symphony Orchestra, worked as an assistant conductor at the Wagner Festival in Wales/Austria, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Nordbomische Philharmonie Orchestra, Baphil-Czech-Baden Republic. Since 2013, Miss Valčeva has been regularly invited to the Luzerner Theater as an assistant conductor and pianist. In 2008 and 2014, Miss Valčeva received a scholarship for further education from both the Zeno Karl Schindler – Geneva and Richard Wagner – Baireuth foundations. At the beginning of 2014, Miss Valčeva was invited by maestro Borislav Ivanov – the chief artistic director, to conduct the orchestra of the Varna State Opera.