Berislav Skenderovic, (born in Zagreb ,Croatia ) is founder and present Music Director & Chief-Conductor of Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra ( established in 2001 ). Recently he was also Artistic director of National Opera SNP in Novi Sad.He started his international carrier as ballet conductor at Bayerische Staats Opera in Munich ( 1979 ).In 1981 he was appointed as residence Conductor at the Opera of Croatian National Theatre (HNK) in Split.From 1986 he was Chief-Conductor of Sarajevo Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and Guest Conductor of Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra.From 1992 he was appointed as Chief conductor of Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) in Cape Town.
He studied piano and conducting at the Belgrade Music Academy and at Hochschule fur Musik ( Music Academy ) in Munich under Professor M. Hermann. He was also studied with great professors and conductors Wolfgang Sawalisch at Bayerische Staatsopera -Studio and Sergiu Celibidache at Munich Philharmonic.
Maestro Skenderovic has conducted with prestigious orchestras in Germany, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Korea , America, Israel …
He was guest conductor on concerts with such orchestras as Polish Radio Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM Mexico, Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL, Orchestra Metropolitana Lisbon, Pilsner State Philharmonic orchestra, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Odessa Philharmonic orchestra including successful debut in New York in Carnegie Hall. with New England Symphony Orchestra.During his fruitful career Berislav Skenderovic has collaborating with many international acclaimed artists, such as: Grigory Zhislin, Igor Politkovsky, Maria Kliegel, Ljiljana Molnar Talajic, Ciprian Katsaris, Dubravka Tomsic, Ksenija Jankovic, Stefan Milenkovic, Sreten Krstic, Nemanja Radulovic, Aleksandar Madzar, Jasminka Stancul, Roman Simovic, Chiristoph Berner, François Salque, Aniello Deasiderio, Lana Kos…
He participated at many international festivals, such as: Biennale Zagreb, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festival , Grahams Music Festival, Lithuanian Summer Festival, NOMUS . He made also recordings for many Radio and TV, recording also several CD.
Maestro Berislav Skenderovic has won critical and public praise for his interpretations of Russian masters as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and of the great German repertoire as Beethoven, Strauss, Bruckner, Mahler, Wagner. He has conducted almost all of the major orchestral works from classical to contemporary music as well as all major operas including: Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Aida, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Un ballo di mascera, Tosca, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Don Giovanni. and major Classical and XX Century ballet including all Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev ballet.