Pianist Milena Gligić from Belgrade, Serbia, is now in her second year as a member of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Before that she was active as a recitalist, chamber musician and vocal coach in the Washington D.C. area, where she is also finishing her doctoral degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland. A student of Rita Sloan, Ms. Gligić has worked closely with the Maryland Opera Studio as well as two local opera companies lead by Music Director Jose Sacin: Opera NOVA and Opera Camerata.
As a core member of Contemporaneous ensemble in NYC, since 2012 Ms. Gligić premiered numerous works in venues such as Roulette, National Sawdust and the Fisher Center for Performing Arts. With the ensemble she did several residencies at universities and performed at the Bang On a Can Marathon.
Ms. Gligić was a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she worked intensely with the Vocal Arts Program under the direction of Dawn Upshaw and Kayo Iwama. She was also a Vocal Piano Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West.
Ms. Gligić previously studied at the University of Arts in Belgrade and Mannes College The New School for Music in NYC. She is the recipient of several major national scholarships in Serbia as well as the winner of numerous prizes in international solo piano and piano duo competitions. Before coming to the United States in 2010, she taught piano and was an accompanist in the music school in Vršac, Serbia.
Also an accomplished singer, Ms. Gligić has been performing professionally as a soloist and choir member. From 2002 until 2010, she was a member of the prestigious Academic Female Choir Collegium Musicum, led by Darinka Matić-Marović. As their piano soloist and singer she participated in over 400 performances throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia. As a vocal soloist she performed with Contemporaneous, Washington Bach Consort, UMD Wind Ensemble and with the choir of St. James in the City in LA. An experienced Balkan folk dancer, since 2014 she has been performing with the Bulgarian Dance group Zharava in Washington D.C., and now with Horotroptzi in Los Angeles.