Draško Adžić (b. 1979) acquired his doctoral degree in composition from the class of Academician Isidora Žebeljan at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he currently teaches as an assistant professor. He also taught Applied music at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in 2017/2018.
Works by Adžić have been performed in Serbia, USA, Canada, UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Armenia, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia, in festivals such as the Month of the Contemporary Music (Berlin), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Amsterdam), ISA PragWienBudapest, NOWA MUZYKA (Bydgoszcz), Music Biennale Zagreb, Belgrade Music Festival – BEMUS, International Review of Composers, BUNT and others. His music was heard in prestigious concert halls such as the Berghain (Berlin), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Uilenburger Synagoge, and Bethaniënklooster (Amsterdam), Salão Nobre da Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional (Lisbon), Narodowe Forum Muzyki (Wrocław), Koerner Hall (Ghent), Dvorana Union (Maribor) Muzej Mimara, Lauba and Studio Bajsić HRT (Zagreb), Kolarac Endowment Hall (Belgrade), Radio Belgrade Studio 6 and Drugstore.
Draško Adžić has received commissions from and collaborated with numerous ensembles, including the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, No Borders Orchestra, Ensemble Metamorphosis, St George Strings, Cantus Ensemble, Academic choir Collegium musicum, FILUM Ensemble, etc.
He is active as a composer for theatre, film and TV. So far, he has written music for more than 60 productions in Serbia, Germany, and in the region. His incidental music could be heard in numerous festivals such as the Berlinale, Neue Stücke aus Europa (Wiesbaden), Raindance (London), Ulysses Theatre Festival (Brijuni), Dubrovnik Summer Festival, MESS (Sarajevo), FEST, BITEF, Sterijino pozorje. He was one of the artists who represented Serbia at the 13th Prague Quadrennial, and he was a part of the team of mentors of the Serbian students’ selection at the 14th Prague Quadrennial. He was twice laureate of the Sterija Award (2012, 2020) and he was a jury member at the 51st BITEF festival. He was a member of the Artistic committee of the International festival “Isidora Žebeljan” in 2021. Since 2019 he has served on the Board of SOKOJ – Organisation of Music Authors of Serbia.
He attended masterclasses of Heiner Goebbels, Nigel Osborne and Luca Francesconi. He is active as a performer (singer, pianist, and conductor).
About the piece
Mistake These Walls For Skin, soliloquy for symphony orchestra after reading Ocean Vuong, is my musical interpretation of the poem Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong by the Vietnamese-American poet, writer and essayist Ocean Vuong (b.1988).