Branka Popović (1977, Serbia), holds degrees in musicology and composition (supervised by Zoran Erić). She also holds a Master of Music in Composition from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she was supervised by Judith Bingham. Under the auspices of the Student Fellowship programme, she stayed on at that school for another year, as a Composition Fellow. In 2012, she successfully defended her doctoral artistic project, her chamber opera Petrograd, supervised by Zoran Erić.
Her compositions have been performed at the International Review of Composers in Belgrade, Birtwistle Festival in London, Brass Spectacular festival in Glasgow, the City of London Festival, and KoMA festival in Belgrade. In 2002, she was awarded for her trio Dream (I. S. o. F.) at the International Summer Academy BudapestPragueVienna. Her original score for Tačka prekida (The Br(e)aking Point), a film by Igor M. Toholj, was awarded as the best original film score at the 56th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival in 2009.
Number 5 for clarinet, guitar, and accordion. The work was inspired by Mark Rothko’s eponymous painting. The work’s development of musical dramaturgy on the basis of a single chord evokes Rothko’s delicate blending of colours – from yellow to orange to red.