is a concert pianist and piano professor from Serbia living and working in Berlin for six years. He studied at the Academy of Arts Novi Sad and the University of Arts Belgrade (Faculty of Music) with renowned pianists such as Rita Kinka and Natasha Mitrovich, where he successfully graduated earning a Master's degree in piano with a highest given scores (10/10).
During his studies, he was constantly deepening his understanding and knowledge of music and piano playing by regularly attending masterclasses given by world-leading pianists and piano professors such as:
- Karl-Heinz Kämmerling / Hochschule für Musik Hannover
- Bernd Goezke / Hochschule für Musik Hannover
- Arbo Valdma / Hochschule für Musik Köln
- Kemal Gekic / Florida International University in Miami
- Barry Snyder / University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music
- Anton Voight / Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz
- Dorian Leljak / Royal College of Music London
- Yale School of Music Masterclass
Apart from classical piano repertoir, with a lot of commitment and experience, he is active in the performance and mediation of 20th and 21st century music. In his worldwide concert appearances (UK, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Germany, ect.) he has performed works by György Ligeti, Ferruccio Busoni, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Arnold Schönberg, Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Sergej Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian, Nikolai Medtner, John Cage and Rodion Schtschedrin with great success as a soloist and with orchestra. His chamber music repertoire counts wide range of classical piano trio and quintet works, that togther with his solo career earned him victory at various piano and chamber music competitions. Among those are Association Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Rome, Sabac International Piano Competition, Davorin Jenko International Piano Competition, Pancevo International Chamber Music Competition, Sremska Mitrovica International String and Chamber Music Competition, etc.
Boris Hadžija had a honer to be chosen by the government of the city of Novi Sad, as one of the most promising young pianists, to perform series of charity concerts in the UK and Serbia for the children without housing and parental support.
He was a holder of scholarships provided by the German and Serbian government, such as DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and talent foundation provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture Serbia. During his studies, he was also awarded a scholarship given to thousand of most successful students of all universities and disciplines in Serbia.
As a piano teacher, he actively took part and attended for many years European Piano Teachers Conference (EPTA VOYVODINA) and World Piano Conference (WPC), where he gained first-hand experience and overview in newest methodologies in piano teaching for different ages and stadiums of playing.
In his teaching practice, apart from overcoming technical challenges of the instrument, he devotes himself with great dedication in providing his student with a broader understanding of the music and the knowledge of being able to understand a piece of music and it's historical context, theoretical background and different ways of possible storytelling in music, which he finds just as important as training body and concentration abilities needed to perform a composition successfully.
How do we listen to music? What are the characteristics of different music epochs and how tendencies changed over time? What is the hidden story that every piece of music contains within itself and how to play it - these are just some of the questions that together with the main focus on practical challenges of playing the piano, in a fun and dynamic environment, Boris Hadžija goes into exploring with his students.