Serbian government has appointed Ivan Tasovac director of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra again – the Philharmonic’s press release reads.
After the competition for selection of new director from November 2016, the Managing Board of the Belgrade Philharmonic suggested to the Ministry of Culture and Information to appoint Ivan Tasovac as the orchestra’s director.
The Managing Board made an unanimous decision to re-appoint Tasovac based on his knowledge in managing music institutions, his experience in working in cultural institutions, the impression he left at the official interview, and the opinion of the Philharmonic’s employees about his proposed work programme.
“The decision made by the Serbian Government absolutely concurs with the opinions of the Belgrade Philharmonic employees which the Managing Board had seriously considered because the Philharmonic operates as a community, and the relation between the director and the employees is exceptionally important for the institution’s success”, the press release says.
During Tasovac’s first stint as the Philharmonic’s director, the orchestra positioned itself as the best in the region, and a real breath of fresh air on the international concert scene. Tasovac also managed to turn the Philharmonic into the most successful cultural institution in Serbia, and was strongly advocating better treatment for talented artists. During his term in the office, the institutional and regional cooperation between the orchestra and other cultural institutions was improved, particularly the cooperation between the three national philharmonic orchestras from Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia (the Pika-Točka-Tačka project).
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