The Flute Association of Serbia “Miodrag Azanjac” was founded in 2002 as a non profit professional organization which assembles all the generations of flutists in our country. The seat of The Association is at The Music School “Kosta Manojlovic” in Zemun.
Due to the great number of its members and its diffusion in all music schools all over Serbia it takes a prominent position in our country as a professional organization in the domain of culture and education.
The Association was founded out of the need of young musicians and their pedagogues to advance their knowledge. In order to improve the quality of its work and the performance of the flutists in our country The Association is planning a number of activities. Following the example of similar associations in other countries, our Association organizes different programs that deal with promoting the flute teaching at music schools, concert activities, performances…
Considering the fact that every professional organization of this kind assembles the great number of flutists, it was natural to expect that such a need will arise in our country as well.
One of the main roles of The Association is cooperation with similar organizations and foreign artists and pedagogues.
Besides “THE FLUTE FEST”, the central biennial international manifestation, held in Belgrade, The Association plans the events throughout the year depending on its financial situation. Our wish is to promote collegiality among young artists and to give them a chance to perform publicly more often.
Goals of The Association (from the statute)
The president of the association is Professor Rastislav Mendjan a pedagogue who has been teaching flute for a long time.
“According to our inheritance, first of all, a performer and an interpreter of the finest European artists-Bach and Mozart. However, both as a performer and a pedagogue, I was a supporter of what Isidora Sekulic called “metaphysical hearing”. I think that music, as all other forms of art, is the field of inspiration, which means breathing-in and breathing-out of the divine cognition.”
“For me the most personal is the artistic and pedagogical maxim: what you breath-in, you breath-out. If you breath-in God, you breath him out, if you breath-in devil, you take pride in him. Is that not alpha and omega and philosophy of music in general, especially flute music? The Serbian flute art was led by this maxim”.
Miodrag Azanjac was born in Kragujevac in 1932. He graduated from The First high-school in Belgrade in 1951. He graduated from Music School and Music Academy in Belgrade in 1958 in the class of Professor Jakov Srejovic with highest marks in the main subject as one of the best students of flute.
During the school year 1961/62 he takes the scholarship of the French Government, he stays in Paris and attends the classes with a well-known professor at Paris Conservatory, Gaston Crinel. During the summer of 1967 he stays in Siena (Academia Chigiana) with the famous flutist Severino Gazzeloni.
As a student he was accepted into The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in which he soon becomes the first solo flutist. In The Philharmonic Orchestra he stays until 1970 when he goes to music school ”Mokranjac” in Belgrade as a full-time teacher of the flute. Beside his work at music school ”Mokranjac”, he teaches flute at music school “Dr Miloje Milojevic” in Kragujevac, and in 1974 he becomes the principle of that school. In 1976 Miodrag Azanjac is elected an assistant professor of flute at The Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
The whole art work of Miodrag Azanjac develops in a few directions. He has been a concert soloist, excellent chamber musician (a member of several chamber ensembles) orchestral musician, and for the last few years he has been an art leader of the ensemble “The Flute Choir”, which he founded.
His concert activity started during his studies, he performed as a soloist with many symphonic and chamber orchestras, solo with the harpsichord and piano, in Belgrade and other cities in Serbia and Yugoslavia. His performances in music programs on Radio Belgrade attracted much attention.
With great success he performed the music of baroque, classic, as well as the compositions of modern authors-foreign and domestic. He was the first flutist who performed the cycles of Bach and Handel sonatas in Serbia, which attracted much attention of music world in Serbia, and he received acclamations of music critics. For the need of Radio Beograd he recorded a great number of compositions from the flute repertoire, among which the most important are the pieces for solo flute, flute and harpsichord, and several concerts for flute and orchestra.
The repertoire of Miodrag Azanjac is very rich and it includes many authors of different epochs and styles: Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Couperin, Mozart, Hindemith, Jolive, Debussy, Konjovic, Josif, Vauda and others.
In edition of PGP-RTB the performance of Miodrag Azanjac was published in the set of 10 LP records named “The Art of Flute”.
Among many reviews we could read:
Miodrag Azanjac had a very fruitful and versatile work in the field of chamber music. For many years he was a member of Belgrade woodwind quintet and one of the founders of our eminent chamber ensembles and he traveled with them to many European and Yugoslav cities performing the pieces of domestic and foreign authors. The quintets of Ljubica Maric, Enriko Josif and Milan Ristic are recorded and published by PGP-RTB. Miodrag Azanjac was a member and one of the founders of the chamber group “Musica Humana” and he was performing with them in many concerts during the period of four years.
Miodrag Azanjac was also very important as an orchestral artist in almost all Belgrade orchestras; Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of The National Theatre Opera, Symphonic Orchestra of RTV Belgrade, in which he was a solo flutist and he visited many venues throughout Europe.
For his contribution to the music art in Belgrade and Serbia Miodrag Azanjac was presented the following awards:
In 1977 Miodrag Azanjac founded “The Flute Choir”, made up of the pupils and professors from music high-schools and the students of The Faculty of Music. He is the art director and conductor of the ensemble which performed at a great number of concerts in Belgrade, Serbia, and The Tribune in Opatija, television, and the concerts in the organization of Radio Belgrade. Music audience and critics supported and followed the work of The Flute Choir from its foundation and at the time when it reached the complete recognition and became an important music organization in our country.
In the field of his art-researching activities we should mention his essay “Myth and Logos”, the lecture on “The Time of Flute”, the lectures in the programs on The Third Channel of Radio Belgrade and participation in The Ninth International Congress of Esthetics in Dubrovnik in 1980.
For decades, Professor Miodrag Azanjac has been writing essays on flute and music creative work, but he is well known as an excellent debater. Beside essays and debates he has published many interviews in magazines, collections and newspapers.