Ivan Tasovac (age 55), the director of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, died on Wednesday night after suddenly felt sick.
He led the Belgrade Philharmonic from 2001 to 2013, and again from January 2017, when reappointed by Serbia’s Government.
During this period, the building of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra had been reconstructed, the instruments in most of the orchestra had been renewed, the orchestra hired a number of younger musicians and top quality musicians who had returned from studies abroad were recruited. During his tenure, institutional and regional cooperation had improved considerably. In addition to the orchestra’s notable international appearances throughout Europe, in the autumn of 2014, he led the orchestra on the first tour in the history of the Belgrade Philharmonic in the United States
During his first mandate, the Philharmonic became „one of the leading European orchestras“ (The Independent), „cult Serbian orchestra“ (Financial Times), „the most successful cultural institution in Serbia“ (Jutarnji list, Zagreb) and „the strongest PR weapon in Serbia“ (Kvällsposten, Malmö).
Tasovac served as Serbia’s Minister of Culture and Information from September 2013 to August 2016.
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