Branka Popović (1977, Serbia) graduated from Musicology and Composition Departments (studying with Zoran Erić) of the Belgrade Faculty of Music. She obtained her Master of Music degree in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London studying with Judith Bingham. She stayed for another year at Guildhall as the Composition Fellow. Currently she finishes her doctoral studies in composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (with Zoran Erić).

Her trio Dream (I. S. o .F) won a prize at the Summer Music Academy Budapest-Prague-Vienna (2002, working with Gyula Fekete). She was one of the finalists of the Canterbury Festival Commission 2005 competition. The Alarmclock for clarinet, piano and percussion was written as a part of Stephen Gutman’s project What Strikes the Clocke? during the Sir Harrison Birtwistle Festival (London, 2004). Behind the Closed Doors for violin and piano was written in London (2006) during Park Lane Young Composers’ Symposium, and the piece for mixed choir Lorem ipsum was elected at the competition organized by John Armitage Memorial Trust among the four that were performed by BBC Singers at the workshop devoted to new choral music.

Her pieces were performed at: International Review of Composers, Belgrade (2002, 2004, 2008, and 2009); Birtwistle Festival (London, South Bank Centre, 2004), and Brass Spectacular (Glasgow, 2005). Dune for string orchestra on the occasion of the 125th  anniversary of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, preformed by Guildhall Junior String Orchestra with members of St. Martin in the Fields (London, St. John’s, Smith Square, 2005); Solitude self-reflections for piano (Stephen  Gutman,, Belgrade City Hall, 2007); Within a dense molecular cloud for piano (Bojana Dimković, London, LSO St. Luke’s, 2008, and Ellen Ugelvik, in Belgrade City Hall, 2009).

She won a prize for best movie music for Tačka prekida (dir. by Igor Toholj) at the 56th  Festival of Documentary and Short Film (Belgrade, 2009).

in nuce = in a nutshell; short, concise (Albin Vilhar – Latinski citati, Matica srpska, 1991).

The piece was inspired by Stephen Hawking’s book The Universe in a Nutshell.