Without changing a single note of the original music scores, Ana Topalovic und Nikola Djoric bring to life classical music repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary pieces.
With their unique formation, Duo ARCORD is a welcome guest in
diverse concert cycles ranging from early music to new formats. More than a
dozen newly composed works have been dedicated to Duo ARCORD, by renowned
composers like Johanna Doderer and Gabriele Proy.
Duo ARCORD performed in Musikverein Vienna, Gasteig Munich, Austrian Broadcasting Company, as a part of Salzburger Festspiele programme , as well as at numerous national and international festivals in Germany, Italy, England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and China amongst others.
Their debut CD “Inspired by Songs & Dances” was received with great critical acclaim: Radio Klassik (“CD of the day”), Wiener Zeitung, Kurier, Klassik Heute, Online Merker and was presented in Konzerthaus Vienna. They performed pieces by Beethoven, Purcell, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Bartok, evoking new sound dimensions with their unusual combination of instruments.
Further highlights of the current and upcoming seasons are tours through England and China, concerts in Musikverein Vienna, concerts promoted by “Jeunesse Austria”, as well as the CD release and presentation (Capriccio Label) of the portrait album "Johanna Doderer - Mein Leben ist die Musik".
Ana Topalovic, Violoncello
“Outstanding cantabile...new dimensions of intensity. Marvelous!” (Wiener Zeitung)
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 Treff • Kunst bei Ana Topalovic in Vienna's BRICK 5.
In a short time Ana Topalovic has made a name for herself as an 'all-rounder' and is reimagining Vienna's music scene.
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 ANA TOPALOVIC Exceptional. Cello. Sounds., Erwin Schrott and his Rojotango Ensemble, across Europe and in Israel with violinist Edua Zadory 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 specialises 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 Duo 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, Gabriele Proy, Giya Kancheli, Rene Clemencic, Georg Friedrich Haas and Gerald Resch. Ana received many compositions dedicated to her which she includes regularly in her repertoire.
In orchestral concerts she has performed alongside Daniel Barnboim, Yakov Kreizberg, Julian Rachlin and Maxim Vengerov. Ana performs regularly at important venues and festivals like Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein, Salzburger Festspiele, Berliner Konzerthaus, Gasteig Munich, Carnegie Hall NY, Tokyo Opera City House.
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).
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 (Sony, 2013): all have proved great successes. Her most recent album Inspired by Songs and Dances (Vienna, 2016) as Duo ARCORD received most positive reviews.
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 (Razumovsky Academy for gifted students, Vienna) 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. In 2016 Ana was appointed honorary guest professor at “Jose Hernandez” Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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 as well as degree in music education at the Vienna's Conservatory under Martin Hornstein and Lilia Schulz-Bayrova.
One year later she was awarded Grand Prize 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 Topalovic plays a cello made by R. and A. Gagliano in 1815.
Nikola Djoric, Accordion
Vienna-based accordionist Nikola Djoric is considered one of the greatest talents in his field in Austria. Thanks to his great musical devotion and expression on
stage, he has already been described as an “accordion poet” (Basellandschaftliche Zeitung).
He achieves, with the sound spectrum of the accordion, new and never before perceived hues in works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart or Scarlatti, resulting in enthusiastic cheers from the concert audiences of all ages. In various musical formations (among others with Ensemble Wien (Vienna Philharmonic), with cellist Ana Topalovic (Duo-Arcord) with Signum Saxophone Quartet as well with the singer Juliette Mars(Vienna State Opera) he performed on international stages, such as the Philharmonie in Cologne, Musikverein in Vienna and at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn and convinced both the audience and the critics of his musical excellence.
With the program of the CD „Accordion Album“ (CD off the week on the Vienna Classic Radio Stephansdom), he makes his debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus and at the Gasteig in Munich.
Important competitive achievements in his career are, among others, the first prize of the Fidelio University competition at Vienna Conservatory in 2009 and 2011. This competition offers high visibility in Austria and leads to numerous international engagements.
Nikola Djoric studied at the Vienna Conservatory with Svetlana Kravchenko, Jovica Djordjevic, and then Grzegorz Stopa and graduated in 2013 with the Master of Arts.
Contemporary music is also of great interest to him. He works with many composers and has performed premieres of works by Johanna Doderer, Akos Banlaky, Gabrielle Proy, Margareta Ferek-Petrić,Armin Sanayei, Marc Frieden, Ricardo Tovar, Elzbieta Wiedner-Zajac, Adrian Artacho, Wen Liu, Alexander Chernyshikov and Lukas Neudinger.
Find out more about upcoming concerts here.
"Ana Topalovic's and Nikola Djoric's art unite equally harmony and tension; the both performers, or rather their instruments blend together and complement each other in a most excellent way, they meet in an intimate embrace. Wonderful!"
Klassik Heute, 22nd April 2016
"Cello and accordion – a strange combination at first glance, yet in reality a wonderful pairing. Above all because it is the superb cellist Ana Topalovic and the equally fantastic accordionist Nikola Djoric, two top-artists, who are making this musical journey together. Well worth a listen!"
Kurier, Peter Jarolin, 31st January 2016
"Duos can usually squeeze onto the smallest of stages. But stylistically these two musicians hardly fit within the same framework. The combination is a surprise: its not everyday one sees a cellist and an accordionist working together artistically. In addition, Ana Topalovic and Nikola Djoric, for lack of fitting repertoire, move freely and easily through centuries of music. Opera even gets a look in: an absolute highlight is the moving and delicate voice of the cello in Purcell’s ‘Dido’s Lament’ from Dido and Aeneas. Tchaikovsky’s ‘Lenski Aria’ from Eugen Onegin, held in a tight chamber music corset, is also a charming interpretation. The two Serbs deliver not only hearty elegance, but also sheer exhilaration: Bartok’s ‘Romanian Folk Dances’, or the ending of a Piazolla Tango - to a certain extent the accordion’s natural habitat. The suppleness of the accordion, which tends to be more penetrative, is astounding. This, in combination with the velvety-smooth cantilenas of the cello, allows for a sound quality that one could name a tender metallic string quartet."