A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Tatjana Rankovich

Described by The New York Times as an "astonishingly good pianist", Tatjana Rankovich is committed to continuously expanding the boundaries of the traditional repertoire, constantly searching for and discovering new contemporary music and devoting her interest to performing rarely heard works of the past. An innate instinct to create a spectrum of different styles, old and new, known and unknown, is the very essence of her as an artist and it takes place with every one of her concerts.

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She is the first pianist ever to play the First, Second and Third Piano Concertos of Nicolas Flagello, recording them with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Slovak Philharmonic, which were released to unanimous praise and chosen for one of the five "best of the year" recordings in 1996, 1999 and 2005, by Fanfare magazine. These premiere recordings were described as "splendid" and "superb." In his review (Classical Net, 2008), of the Naxos/Flagello Piano Concerto CD, Steve Schwartz writes: "The concerto holds no terrors for Serbian pianist Tatjana Rankovich, one of my favorite performers, who routinely takes risks on unknown repertoire. She undoubtedly knows like the back of her well-muscled hand the Russian school of piano writing Flagello makes use of. She plays with fiery power. At the end of the recording I, without giving it a thought, stood up. Imagine what she would do to a live audience."

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Ms. Rankovich has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Central and South America and as a guest soloist many orchestras worldwide. In 2002 and again in 2006, as a recipient of the Fulbright Grant and sponsored by the US State Department, Ms. Rankovich appeared in recitals throughout Serbia and Montenegro and as a Cultural Ambassador gave master classes at the Belgrade Conservatory. She is one of the main artists performing annually at the New York Contemporary Festival "Keys To The Future", where she received only lavish praise for her many premiere performances. In the summer of 2008, Tatjana Rankovich was a recipient of the prestigious State Award, "Golden Badge", which is awarded annually by the Serbian Ministry of Diaspora in Belgrade, Serbia.

Tatjana Rankovich has recorded several acclaimed discs for Phoenix USA, Naxos, Albany, Artek, Dezil, Citadel, and most recently (released in 2010), a highly praised 3-disk set of live recordings for IBOX. The review by Jerry Dubins of Fanfare Magazine (October, 2010) reads: "My long time favorite recording (of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1) has been the one with Argerich… But I think this version with Rankovich now takes pride of place. It"s quite stunning…"

A laureate of many competitions, Ms. Rankovich holds Bachelors degree from the Academy of Music in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, where she also won the Judelson Piano Award, Gina Bachauer Scholarship and a Teaching Fellowship Grant. She studied with Arbo Valdma (Belgrade, Novi Sad), Clifton Matthews (Sion, Switzerland and NC School of the Arts), Joseph Raieff (Juilliard) and Benjamin Kaplan (London).

Besides her busy performing and teaching career Ms. Rankovich is affiliated with a non-profit organization Performance Wellness, which is dedicated to treating many of the psychological and behavioral problems that afflict musicians and other performers. As a certified Performance Wellness Trainer, she often leads Performance Wellness seminars and workshops at colleges and universities worldwide.

Ms. Rankovich has adjudicated at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC. Recently, she has joined a distinguished faculty, at a prestigious InterHarmony Summer Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, where she will be teaching and performing in August of 2011. As a member of The Piano Teachers Congress of New York, Ms. Rankovich is the chairperson for the 20th and 21st Century Music Festival for young pianists and composers. She resides in New York City, where she is presently on the piano faculty in the Preparatory Division at the Mannes College of Music.

Source: Official Web-Site


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Tatjana Aleksic

Tatjana Aleksic received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 2007 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 2007. She is the editor of Mythistory and Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans (2007). Additional publications include articles on nationalism, gender, language, and myth and translations into Serbian of short fiction, haiku, and medical textbooks.  She is the recipient of research awards from the University of Michigan (2008), Serbian Ministry for the Diaspora (2008), and a Rutgers University Dean’s fellowship (2002-2004).

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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0

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