Isidora Žebeljan (Belgrade, 1967) obtained her B.A and M.A degrees from the Faculty of Music where she studied composition with Vlastimir Trajković. She received international recognition as a laureate of the Genesis Opera Prize contest, held in London in 2002. Her opera Zora D., written as a commission of the Genesis Foundation from London, was premiered in Amsterdam in 2003, in co-production of the Opera Studio Nederland and Wiener Kammeroper, and directed by the renowned opera director David Pountney with Nicola Raab. It is the first Serbian opera which had its first performance abroad. Zora D.opened the 50th  season of the Wiener Kammeroper in October 2003. godine, and in four years it was performed 22 times in five European countries. The Genesis Foundation commissioned from Isidora Žebeljan a piece for the chamber ensemble for the opening of Bill Viola’s exhibition The Passions at the National Gallery in London, in October 2003 this piece, called The Song of a Traveller in the Night for clarinet and string quartet, was premiered by the members of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. So far the piece was performed 20 times in seven European countries and it regularly on the repertoire of the famous Brodsky Quartet. The Biennale di Venezia commissioned an orchestra piece from Isidora Žebeljan: the piece Horses of Saint Marco was premiered in Venice in 2004. The Minstrels’ Dance was written for the ensemble Academyof Saint Martin in the Fields, as a commission of the Genesis Foundation, and it was premiered in London, at the Wigmore Hall, with Isidora Žebeljan as a conductor. The piece Duhiz tikve was commissioned by the London Brass Ensemble and it had its first performance in London in 2006. The music of Isidora Žebeljan has been performed in the Great Britain, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Sweden, France, Ireland, Czech Republic, Italy, Estonia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia and the USA, as well as the prestigeous music festivals: Biennale di Venezia, RAI Nouva musica (Turin), Galway Arts Festival, Nous Sons Fesitival (Barcelona), Festival L’ Est (Milano), Crossing Border Festival (the Netherlands), Music Biennial (Zagreb) and Bemus. Her pieces have been performed by well known orchestras, ensembles and musicians such as RAI Symphony Orchestra Turin, Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, London Brass,  Brodsky  Quartet, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Zagros Ensemble Helsinki, Sentieri Selvaggi from Milano, conductors Christoph Poppen, Lorraine Villancourt, David Porcelijn, pianists Kyoko Hashimoto, Aleksandar Madžar and Marja Bon, clarinetist Joan Enric Lluna, singers Aile Asszonyi and Margriet van Reissen, etc. She has got an exclusive publishing deal with the Ricordi-Universal from Milano. So far, Isidora Žebeljan’s music was performed on two portrait concerts abroad: a chamber music concert in 2003, at the Ijsbreker Music Center in Amsterdam and on November 15 2007 in Ostrava. On that ocassion, Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava. performed Žebeljan’s orchestral music, including the piece Escenas picaras, sinfonia in tre movimenti, which had been awarded at the 2nd International Review of Composers in 1993. Isidora Žebeljan is also a prolific composer of incidental music for the theatre. She is a recepient of the scholarship of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation from New York, the Mokranjac Awards, three Sterija Awards, Gorki List Award and four Yustat Awards. In 2006 Isidora was elected a corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Since 2002 she has worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, department of composition and orchestration.