Ana Topalovic

Cello

As an all-around cellist, Ana Topalovic is an active member of the musical scene, performing as a soloist, chamber and crossover musician.
Besides standard cello repertoire Ana’s concert programs also include less known works which she is very fond of promoting as well as her own compositions and arrangements for solo cello and other formations. Ana’s performance of her solo cello piece “Reflections” in Carnegie Weil Hall in New York (2014) was greeted with ovations and great critics. Her piece "Two Serbian Melodies" for violoncello and piano was premiered in Bucharest and recorded for Romanian National Radio.

A very important part of her artistic work is the engagement with the contemporary music. Many composers dedicated their pieces to Ana which she premiered and included in her repertoire. She has worked and collaborated with many renowned composers, including Friedrich Cerha, Johana Doderer, Thomas Larcher, Rene Clemencic, Horst Ebenhöh, Calin Ioachimescu and many others.

In 2013, Ana premiered "Violoncello Solo", a piece by Johanna Doderer dedicated to her.
Ana is winner of many international music competitions, she was awarded for solo and chamber music performances. In 2011 Ana was selected a top winner of the XX IBLA Grand Prize international music competition and also won a special mention for P. Vasks’ “The Book”. She was invited to give a concert tour throughout USA and perform her debut in Carnegie Hall in May 2012. This concert was described in The Sound Word Sight Magazine, NY as "...exceptional and...beautiful".

In 2012 Ana won 2. prize at TIM competition in Paris. Ana also won at "Mamriev International Music Competition" in Braunschweig, Germany with "Vienna String Duo" ensemble.

She had an opportunity to collaborate with great cellists like: Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Martin Loehr (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Christoph Stradner (soloist Vienna Symphony Orchestra), Robert Nagy (soloist Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Csaba Onczay, Young Chang Cho and Stefan Popov; as well as to play with famous artists like Daniel Barenboim, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Peter Keuschnig, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Christoph Staude, Erwin Schrott, Paul Rosner and Yakov Kreizberg.
She is invited to be part of international jury in several competitions such as IBLA Grand Prize Competition on Sicily.

Since her first solo recital at the age of nine, Ana has regularly appeared in some prestigious venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein, Salzburger Festspiele, InnerSound Festival, Tokyo Opera City Hall to name a few. Ana performed throughout Europe, Americas and Asia as a soloist and with various ensembles (Oltenia Filharmonic Orchestra, Vienna String Duo, Rojotango and Janoska Ensembles, Trio Incognito, Ensemble Hombroich, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, a. o.).

She recorded and broadcasted solo works, chamber music and musicals for Sony, RBB, ZDF, ORF, RTS, TVR and TV Metropolis. Her albums are released on Sony Classical, Synesthesia Records and ViennArt.
Ana owns a cello teaching studio in Vienna and an online music learning school Viomus (www.viomus.net)

Ana was born in Belgrade, Serbia, beginning her piano studies there at the age of 6 and chose cello as her instrument three years later. Ana graduated with honors both cello and music pedagogy from Vienna Conservatory studying with Jontscho Bayrov, Lilia Schulz-Bayrova and Martin Hornstein (Altenberg Trio) after which her musical interests took her to Hochschule für Musik Köln and renowned cellist Maria Kliegel.

In 2010 Ana graduated in Master of Arts at Vienna Conservatory.

Ana Topalovic plays on cello made by R. and A. Gagliano in 1815.