Zoran Erić (1950, Serbia) completed his graduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Stanojlo Rajičić.
His oeuvre comprises compositions of different genres written for various ensembles and soloists. Some of the most prominent pieces are ballets Banović Strahinja and Jelisaveta; Subito for two basses, female choir and tape; Artes Liberales for mixed choir, timpani and gong; Senario for two cellos; Off for double bass and strings; Cartoon for strings and harpsichord; Talea Konzertstück for violin and strings; The Great Red Spot of Jupiter for amplified harpsichord, percussions and live electronics; The Abnormal Beats of Dogon for bass clarinet, piano, bass mouth harmonica percussions and live electronics; Helium in a Small Box for string orchestra; I have not spoken for alto saxophone, bass harmonica, actor-narrator and mixed choir; Oberon Concerto for flute and instrumental ensemble; Six Scenes – Comments for three violins and string orchestra; Who Shot the Seagull? for 12 cellos; Seven Glances at the Sky for string sextet; Entr’acte, farce-episode for orchestra etc.
His compositions have been performed by various Serbian and foreign ensembles, such as Belgrade String Orchestra Dušan Skovran, St. George Strings, Kreisler Strings, Zagreb Soloists, Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker, Camerata Serbica, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. He collaborated with the most important performers incuding Živojin Zdravković, Pavle Dešpalj, Uroš Lajovic, Aleksandar Pavlović, Bojan Suđić, Darinka Matić-Marović, David Takeno, So-Ock Kim, Malachi Robinson, Ion Bogdanesku, Marija Špengler, Arisa Fujita, Nebojša Ignjatović, Miloš Petrović, Emanuelle Pahud, Ljubiša Jovanović… Erić’s works have been performed in almost all European countries, USA, China and Australia.
Erić is also a prolific composer of theatre and film music. He has collaborated with our most prominent theatre artists Dejan Mijač, Vida Ognjenović, Nikita Milivojević, Gorčin Stojanović, Boro Drašković, Egon Savin, Milan Karadžić, Nebojša Bradić, Sonja Vukićević, etc. He has also written music scores for films Ubistvo sa predumišljajem, Stršljen, Senke uspomena.
He has been awarded October Prize of the City of Belgrade, YUSTAT Grand Prix for theatre music, Gold Medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Mokranjac Award (three times), Golden Mimosa for film music (twice), Sterija Prize for theatre music… He held international master classes and lectures at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Iressia in Athens. He is professor and head of Department for Composition and Orchestration at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
Seven Glances at the Sky
In our lives, there are and there have been people who always were, are and forever will be with you. Wherever you glance – you will notice something that reminds you of them. Whenever you glance at the sky – you do it knowing that they can see you. Smile and wave – show them you know they’re there, at your side. Whatever it means to them – it means more to you.
This piece is dedicated to the memory of Barbara Takeno.