SANJA ROMIĆ DRAŽIĆ- Biography
Sanja Romić Dražić is a Serbian oboist who lives and works on a long distance spread between Slovenia and Serbia, holding citizenships of both countries. Born in Novi Sad in Serbia, Sanja's musical path started there, with professor Ž. Egić who gave her a huge impulse to continue her music studies. It was the beginning of an interesting trip and growth that after a number of years brought her back to her native country as the principal oboe of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. The experience that she received on this path developed her potential and defined her subtle and refined musical style.
After Novi Sad, Sanja's studies continued in Budapest, Hungary at the famous List Ferenc Music Academy. She studied with professors Peter Pongratz and Gabor Dienes. Winning a scholarship, she was a stipendiary of the »Soros Foundation« and graduated with honours. A chance encounter with professor Stefan Schilli took her further to the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Intensive solo, chamber, and orchestral experience was an important part of her studies, as were numerous masterclasses with renowned oboists such as Han de Vries, L. Lencses, L. Hadady, D. Walter, G. Hunt, E. Abbuhl, and others.
Sanja's professional orchestral engagements started by winning the audition for the principal oboe at the opera orchestra SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, Slovenia (2005-2009). She continues to collaborate with different European orchestras from Hungary (Erdody chamber orchestra, Weiner-Szasz, Matav orchestra), Austria (Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie, Blaeser Philharmonie, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Academia ArsMusicae), Germany (Bad Reichenhal orchestra), Nederlands (NJO orchestra), Serbia (Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra, Vojvodina Philharmonic orchestra, St. George Strings, Orfeo orchestra, RTV orchestra), and Slovenia (SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, Koss DSS- Society of Slovene composers, Slovene Radio orchestra, Festine, Slovene Philharmonic orchestra, Camerata Labacensis…). She took part in the projects of the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica under the guidance of Julian Rahlin in 2011 in Dubrovnik, as well as with the Prague Chamber Orchestra in Belgrade.
She has toured Europe, USA, and China, and took part in festivals such as Prague Spring Music Festival, Pau Casals Festival in Spain, Salzburger Festspiele, Mozartwoche in Salzburg, Festival Julian Rachlin and Friends, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, NOMUS Festival in Serbia, Christmas concert series in Novi Sad, Street Musicians Festival in Novi Sad, Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, Carintischer Sommer Festival in Austria and others. The tours included performances at some of the most beautiful and well-known halls of the world such as Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Severance Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Concertgebouw Hall, Kolarac Hall, Canakarjev Dom, and others. She played under the baton of many renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Sir Dennis Russel Davies, Mladen Jagušt, Uroš Lajovic, Noam Zur, Cristian Mandeal, Jan Cober, Daniel Raiskin, Howard Griffiths and others.
As a soloist, she performed with Erdody chamber orchestra (Hungary), Salzburg Kammerphilharmonie in Germany, Slovene Army Orchestra in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Zagreb Soloists (Croatia), Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (Serbia), Vocal studio- choir and orchestra Orfelin (Serbia), Tambour Orchestra Dobreč (Slovenia).
Sanja is actively involved in projects of the »Academia ArsMusicae« chamber orchestra from Klagenfurt and regularly collaborates with a wind quintet »Ventus« from Salzburg. Her interest in modern music led her to join a modern music ensemble »Gradiliste« from Serbia. In 2013, she took part in the concert cycle tour of the No Borders Orchestra (NBO), an orchestra that grew out of a desire to create a regional cross-border symphony orchestra of the Western Balkans that gathers together the best soloists from this region. Their first CD »The Opening« was released in 2015 under the Universal Music Austria/ Deutsche Grammophon label.
Living in Novo Mesto in Slovenia, Sanja felt a lack of the high professional music projects in that region. Consequently, she established »Kvintart« Cultural Music Society, whose aim is to promote classical music in the Balkan region and connect it with the international musical scene creating diverse musical projects. She is the founder of the Quintologia wind quintet based in Slovenia and is member of various chamber music groups, such as a oboe-harp duo with Paola Baron and a two oboe-piano duos – one with Danijel Detoni and one with Nataša Srdić-Jahn. In 2012, within the International concert cycle »Musical Postcard« (Ireland, Serbia, and Slovenia), she collaborated with the Irish pianist Fionualla Moynihan. Their collaboration continues in 2015 with a new project »Composers Around the World«. Recognising common musical sensibilities, the artists are creating projects that reflect their recognizable musical styles by commissioning new pieces for oboe and piano.
Sanja is highly interested in promoting the oboe, an instrument that is not well-known in the Balkans and is often regarded as an instrument with limited possibilities. She experiments with new chamber combinations and sound mixtures, involving traditional aspects of the region through which the full potential and expression of the instrument are shown. Her projects often include an educational component, where she presents the oboe and classical music to children and adults.
As a professional musician, she is continuously researching techniques and ways to reach an easiness of playing and well-being, which led her to creating her own teaching approach, based on the Alexander technique and movement inspired by the Argentine tango. She taught at music schools in Jesenice and Ljubljana in Slovenia and lead workshops and masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Summer workshops for wind instruments in Tivat, Montenegro, as well as at the Academy of Music in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Since 2011 Sanja has held a position of the principal oboe of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sanja plays the oboe line 2000 made by Marigaux, Paris.