Vladimir Tošić

Vladimir Tošić (Belgrade, 1949), composer, multimedia artist, full professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Tošić graduated at the same institution under the supervision of Vasilije Mokranjac. His works are regularly performed on Serbian and foreign concert stages and in festivals of contemporary music throughout the world: in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Peru, Portugal, the United States, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, etc. Works by Vladimir Tošić have been released on multiple CDs in Serbia and the United States. Three of them are author CDs: Muzika za klavir (Piano Music, 2014), Melange (2000), and Muzika za male pijaniste (Music for Little Pianists, 2016). His piece Voxal won the first prize at Thomas Bloch Competition in Paris in 2000. Tošić also won third prize at the 2011 Gitarrentage für Kinder, a children’s guitar music competition held in Lebach, Germany, and the awarded piece was published by Chanterelle, a renowned publishing house based in Heidelberg. Tošić’s creative approach is based on a reductionist principle of music construction. All of his pieces are processual, repetitive, and based on a rather restrictive number of different elements, sometimes even just one (colour, rhythm, harmony…). His most important works include Varial, Dual, Trial, Voxal, Fisija (Fission), Fuzija (Fusion), Altus, and Medial, among others.

The work Medial 9 for string orchestra is a version of his eponymous three-movement composition for a reed quintet commissioned by Akropolis Reed Quintet from the United States, who premièred it in 2015. The piece is based on a free treatment of third relations – hence its title – by means of a rather free variation of the initial harmonic-melodic material. Like all of my pieces thus far, it is predicated on a repetitive-processual type of organisation and its main feature is striving for maximum communication. The piece belongs to my third creative phase, which began in 2010, and in a way, it is the most complex piece in the Mediala series.