The Serbian pianist Srdjana Jovanovic Gouka (1987) started her musical education at the age of 7 as an exceptionally gifted pupil of Aleksandra Striković at the music school of Mokranjac in Belgrade. In 2010 she graduated with the highest grade from the Faculty of Music where she studied with Professor Dejan Stošić. That same year she left her home country to start a Master Program at the University of Stavanger. She obtained her Postgraduate diploma in the class of Håkon Austbø in 2013.
Srdjana has won many prizes in both national and international piano competitions.
In 1998 she received the 2nd Prize in the Competition for Young Pianists in
At the international competition “Pietra Ligure” in Italy she won a 2nd
prize in 2000. In 2002 she was awarded the Absolute 1st Prize at the International Young Musicians Competition in Barletta, Italy.
In 2013 she was unanimously awarded the prestigious Shell Prize in Stavanger, Norway. Her first recording was released in November 2013 as part of this prize.
Despite her youth, Srdjana Jovanovic can already look back on extensive concert activity.
She performs regularly in Serbia, Norway, the Netherlands and Italy, as a
soloist and in chamber music ensembles. As a student in Stavanger she was
engaged in a great number of performances and projects, thus notably contributing to the cultural life of Rogaland County. She received high acclaim for her participation in the children’s opera “Brundibar” by Hans Krása with performances in Bryne, Oslo and Stavanger and “The Telephone” by Gian Carlo Menotti with sixteen performances in Stavanger in April 2013.
In her extensive repertoire, ranging from Bach to Messiaen, twentieth century music plays a significant role. The two year Master course with Professor Håkon Austbø was specifically aimed at deepening the understanding of contemporary music as a vital part of our whole musical heritage.
For two successive years Srdjana was invited to work as the official accompanist of Elizabth Norberg-Schulz and Erling Eriksen at the Filarmonica Romana in Rome, Italy.
Her love for chamber music resulted in founding two ensembles: piano duo Gouka-Jovanovic, with the Serbian-Dutch pianist Miloš Gouka, and Duo Slavistico