Maja Bosnić (1985, Belgrade) is Assistant Lecturer in Composition at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade. She holds a PhD diploma in Music Composition and MA in Music Pedagogy, and is currently studying for PhD in Transdisciplinary Studies of Contemporary Arts and Media in Belgrade, researching theory behind conceptual music and possible ways of classifying it.
Her first composition lessons took place at the Irish Composition Summer School in Limerick and the Festival of Young Artists in Bayreuth in 2003. From 2004 to 2007 she studied composition with prof. dr. Svetlana Savić and prof. Milan Mihajlović at Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia) and continued with prof. Roger Redgate at the Goldsmiths University of London (UK). She completed master studies in Composition in 2008, and proceeded with postgraduate studies earning a PhD diploma in Music Composition in 2015 from the Goldsmiths University of London (UK). Bosnić’s research PhD thesis in Music Composition “Re-question, reset.” and portfolio of compositions (download link) were evaluated by composers Peter Wiegold (Brunel University, London) and James Saunders (Bath Spa University, Bath).
In parallel to composition studies, from 2003 to 2007 she studied Music Theory and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), and received Master’s diploma in Music Pedagogy with major thesis in Music Analysis, supervised by composer prof. Miloš Zatkalik. She shortly studied Harpsichord at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (2006-07), as well as Modern Greek Language at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade (2003-05).
Having been selected for numerous workshops and master classes, Bosnić had the opportunity to work with many great composers, such as: Michael Maierhof, Simon Steen-Andersen, Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, James Clarke, Martin O’Leary, Kevin O’Connell, Nicola LeFanu, Ian Wilson.
She was awarded a scholarship In memoriam Iannis Xenakis by Delian New Music Academy to have a work premiered by Klangforum Wien ensemble, Donaueschinger Muziktage 2014 scholarship for the Next Generation Student Festival programme, and was awarded annual grants by the Ministry of Youth of the Republic of Serbia five years in a row (2008/09 – 2012/13).
Bosnić’s works have been performed in music and art festivals, such as: CTM Festival, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth (Germany), Impuls (Austria), International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston upon Thames, Composers Forum in London (UK), Sites + Subjects in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Timsonia new music festival in Timisoara (Romania), International Review of Composers, S.U.T.R.A. – In the Name of Algorithm, Aprilski susreti, KOMA, Music – Here & Now in Belgrade (Serbia).
Since 2010, she manages and curates contemporary music projects, events, concerts and lectures at the Zabuna Association – organization she founded to support development of new music scene in Belgrade. Her works Zabuna on Stage were performed around Europe with the support of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia , Secretariat for Culture, Goethe-Institut and European Cultural Foundation.
In year 2020 she has received a 3rd Prize at the “New Music Generation 2020” – Second International Competition of Composers in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and the Honorable Mention at Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand.
In her music, she re-questions and examines accustomed phenomena in the process of music making, exposes them to concepts of every day life (habits of the society, modern trends, pop culture, science, etc.) then resets them in compositions that often include audience action in the performance. She is interested in creative power of non-musicians and music amateurs and likes leading workshops that engage community into gathered sound making experience. She is drawn to impossible missions, absurd solutions, limited material, playfulness, uncertain outcomes, treating instruments as ready-made objects of expression and treating real life objects as music instruments.