Premil Petrović


Premil Petrović is founder, chief conductor and artistic director of the No Borders Orchestra. He studied conducting under Professor Winfried Müller at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He was awarded the Heinrich Böll scholarship as well as the prestigious scholarship “Musik Theater Heute” of the Akademie der Deutschen Bank, which enabled him to attend interpretation courses held by the leading conductors of today.

In 1996 Premil founded the music theatre in Cinema REX – one of Belgrade’s most important, politically active venues during the 1990s. Premil is one of the leading personalities in the music industry of his native Serbia. He lives in Berlin, conducts various international symphony orchestras such as the Auckland Philarmonia Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra or the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra – Teatro Colón.

Premil’s repertoire includes historical interpretations of old music, classical-romantic operas and symphonic works as well as numerous world premieres of contemporary music. He was awarded the Hanns-Eisler-Award in Berlin for composition and interpretation of contemporary music. He maintains a special relationship with the music of Isidora Žebeljan, one of the most famous Serbian contemporary composers. He has conducted premieres of her operas at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, Settimana Musicale – Summer Festival in Siena, Italy and at the Zagreb Music Biennale in Croatia. He has also recorded several releases of Žebeljan’s music.

Premil frequently directs experimental music theater, including Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” at Berlin’s Hau 1, directed by Bruce Labruce. For Bruce’s film by the same title, Premil recorded a new interpretation of Schoenberg’s music. The film premiered at the Berlinale 2014 and won a Teddy Award. In 2014 he worked with director Brett Bailey on the new postcolonial production of Verdi/Cassol`s opera “Macbeth” in Cape Town, South Africa.

In 2015 the first recording of the No Borders Orchestra, conducted by Premil Petrović, was released by Deutsche Grammophon.

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