Chamber orchestra of JMM “Sasha Nikolovski-Gjumar”
The Chamber orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales Macedonia was established over 35 years ago as the main segment of JMM Summer music camp in Ohrid in 1986. It is the only ensemble of its kind in South-East Europe. To this date the orchestra has welcomed more than 400 young musicians mostly from Macedonia but also guest musicians from other countries. Artistic directors and conductors of the orchestra include: F. Muratovski, G. Korunovski, S. Nikolovski-Gjumar, V. Nikolovski-Gjumar, M. Spasov, B. Canev, A. Remereit, B. Chadlovska, O. Kondratenko, Misha Katz, Gianluca Martinenghi, Elena Mitrevska. In 1995 recognizing the orchestra’s qualities and impact the ensemble was invited and featured in the celebrations of the 50 years Anniversary of the International Federation of Jeunesses Musicales in Budapest. For 35 years the final concert of the summer session of the orchestra is part of the official programme of the Ohrid Summer Festival, and for 12 years the young musicians also perform at the Skopje Summer Festival and Bitola Summer Festival. Since 2018 the orchestra is named aftetr the Macedonian conductor Sasha Nikolovski-Gjumar..
Borjan Canev- conductor
Winner of the prestigious Virtuosi award for “Best music performer” in 2013, conductor Borjan Canev is one of Macedonia’s finest musicians. A graduate of the Faculty of Music in Skopje, Canev earned his Master’s degree at the State Academy of Music in Sofia and following his studies, he was immediately appointed conductor of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. Canev earned his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance -Conducting at Royal College of Music working with such renowned conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Danielle Gatti, Janos Fürst and Sir Colin Davis. In the following years, Canev conducts numerous concerts with the Macedonian Philharmonic and its Chamber orchestra in Macedonia and abroad. Since 2002 he is a professor at the Faculty of music in Skopje. His successful debut with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004 was followed by consecutive engagements with this highly acclaimed Bulgarian orchestra and in 2006 he is appointed as their Permanent guest conductor. Apart from the Macedonian and Sofia Philharmonic orchestras and the London Symphony Orchestra, Borjan Canev has conducted such orchestras as: Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, Arad Philharmonic Orchestra, Wagner Society Orchestra Tokyo, Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta – Sofia, Orchestra of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, ensemble “Alea”, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Zadar Chamber Orchestra, etc. He performed with renowned soloists such as: Ivo Pogorelich, David Garrett, Johannes Moser, Stefan Dohr, Gautier Capucon, Simon Trpceski, Ana Durlovski, Blagoj Nacoski etc. Canev has conducted in the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Turkey, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan and has recorded music for the Macedonian radio and television, Bulgarian national radio as well as for the F.A.M.E.S. Macedonia. In 2010, the Composers association of Macedonia awarded him the “Georgi Bozhikov” prize for best performance of works by Macedonian composers in 2009.
In October 2015 he conducted the Macedonian philharmonic orchestra on the orchestra’s first tour in the USA, including two concerts in New York at the famous venues like Carnegie Hall and Kaufman music center.
Bogdana Bushevska started her musical education at the age of ten, in the State Music school “Todor Skalovski – Tetoec” in Tetovo and continued to earn her bachelor’s diploma at the Faculty of Music in Skopje, in the class of prof. Mr. Straso Temkov. In 2019 she moves to Paris after receiving a scholarship at the prestigious music school Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot”, where she studies for Diplome Superieur de Musique under the mentorship of the remarkable flutist professor Mihi Kim. In 2020, along with her studies at “Alfred Cortot”, she starts a specialized cycle of studies for piccolo in CRR de Paris, in the class of Anne-Sophie Neves (first piccolo in the Orchestra of Radio France) in the Conservatory Mozart. She took part in a lot of state and international competitions winning numerous prizes and accolades. In 2017, after successfully auditioning she started playing in the orchestra of the Macedonian Philharmonic. The same year she played as a soloist with the orchestra and was a soloist with the “Orfej” ensemble in Bulgaria, two years in a row. In 2018 she represents her Macedonia at the European Music Finals Competition (Thomas Kuti prize) for flute, where she performs in the final alongside 17 other competitors from 17 European countries. She has performed at the Skopje Summer Festival, Ohrid Summer Festival, the festival “Golden Lyre”, at jubilee concerts of Macedonian composers (Risto Avramovski, Tome Mancev, Stojan Stojkov). She was a member of the flute quartet Aulos for 5 years. In 2020 she performed at the opening of a gala at the Russian Embassy in France.