Živković, Nebojša Jovan

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Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic


Born: July 5, 1962 - Sremska Mitrovica, Yugoslav

Country: Serbia

Studies: Stankovic (Belgrade), Mannheim- Heidelberg State College of Music;

Teachers: H. Schäfer, M. Keleman, K. Tresselt

Wesbite: http://www.zivkovic.de/

Performer Zivkovic completed his master's degrees in composition, music theory and percussion in Germany. His consistent duality, his untiring work - both as composer and performer - account for his unique artistic personality. His concert tours have taken him through many European countries, repeatedly to the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and recently Mexico. Contemporary music is an important part of Zivkovic's repertoire, and many composers have written works dedicated to him. His own music can best be described as "New Music with flesh and soul" and specially his works for marimba and percussion published in the USA and Germany have entered the standard repertoire of many percussionist world-wide.Zivkovic has also made a number of radio recordings in Germany and abroad, as well as several TV appearances.

His creative output is currently captured on four CD's of marimba and percussion, and one CD with the recording of Darius Milhauds marimba /vibraphone concerto. As a soloist he perform often his own marimba concertos in Germany and abroad, - among others with Hannover Radio Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Münchner Symphoniker, Österreichischer Kammersymphoniker, etc.In 1995 he made his Austrian debut in famous Vienna's "Konzerthaus" with Milhauds Concerto, and 1997 was marked by world premiere of his own second concerto for marimba and orchestra in Munich's Herkulessaal, with Munich Symphonic Orchestra. Beside his concert activities he gaves master classes and seminars in allmost all European countries, in Asia and at about 30 universities in the USA so far.In 1996 and 1997 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and University of Hartford, Connecticut.

Zivkovic performs on the One-of-the-kind Marimba, made in 1997 by YAMAHA in JAPAN especially for him. ComposerWithout doubt Nebojsa Zivkovic is one of the most successful German composers of his generation.His chamber music and orchestral pieces were performed in more than 30 countries all over the world, from Iceland to Indonesia, from Tokyo to New York. Renowned conductors and orchestras took care of his percussion and marimba concertos. During the last two years his compositions were performed among others in Washington, London, Stockholm, Rom, Tokio, Wien, Belgrad, New York, Reykjavik, Paris, Taipei, Osaka, Manchester etc...Merely some of the orchestras should be mentioned: National Symphony Orchestra, USA, BBC- Concert Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Rom, Northern Sinfonia, New Castle UK, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra, and many others.Since the world première of his second marimba concerto in April 1997 in Munich (Herkulessaal) with Zivkovic as soloist, many performances of this successful piece followed world-wide: just that very year in Austria and USA and in 1998 also in Japan.

The world première of his latest orchestral work, his percussion concerto "Concerto of the mad queen" commissioned by the Northern Sinfonia (UK) and Evelyn Glennie took place in England in the year 2000. In less than one year the concerto (at present exclusively performed by Nebojsa Zivkovic and Evelyn Glennie) was already crowned with success on the concert stage. After its successful world première the orchestra immediately commissioned a new composition: a horn concerto for the season of 2002.(première in May 2002).Zivkovic was also commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs in Baden-Württemberg (GERMANY) the foundation "100 YEARS YAMAHA", several cultural initiatives, orchestras and soloists at home and abroad[1]

Works for Percussion

"Generally spoken it's nothing by rhythm" - Multiple Percussion Solo
ANBA (tanz der kleinen schwarzen Hexe) - Marimba; Piano
Andante for Uta - Marimba
Bayerscher Ländler - Marimba
Born to Beat Wild - Multiple Percussion; Trumpet
Cadenza für 5 timpani - Timpani
Castle of the Mad King - Multiple Percussion
Collateral Damage - Multiple Percussion; with tape
CTPAX: STRAH, op.12 - Multiple Percussion; with tape
Das Innere des Schweigens - Drum Set; with tape; Voice; Actors
Der kleine Paganini - Xylophone
Drei Phantastische Lieder (Three Fantastic Songs) - Marimba
Drei Unverbindliche Stücke (3 Unforgettable Pieces) - Marimba
Ein Liebeslied? - Marimba
Fluctus, op.16 - Marimba; with tape
Il canto dei gondolieri - Marimba
Ilijas - Marimba
In Erinnerungen Schwebend - Vibraphone; Flutes (3)
Lamento e Danza Barbara - Marimba; Percussion Trio
Les Violons Morts - Marimba
Macedonia - Marimba; Piano
Quasi Una Sonata - Multiple Percussion; Piano
Song for Simone - Marimba
Sta Vidis - Marimba; Male Chorus
Suomineito - Vibraphone
Ten Etudes for Snare Drum - Snare Drum
Tensio, op.11 - Marimba
To the Gods of Rhythm - Djembe; Voice
Trio per Uno - Percussion Trio
Ultimatum 1 - Marimba
Ultimatum II - Marimba Duo
Uneven Souls (Sta vidis II), op. 22 - Marimba; Percussion Trio
Valse Serbe für Marimba und Klavier - Marimba; Piano
Walzer for Herbert - Marimba


Concerto No. 1 per marimbafono e orchestra - Marimba; Orchestra
Concerto No. 2 per marimbafono e orchestra - Marimba; Orchestra
Percussion Concerto No. 1, Opus 28 (Concerto of the Mad Queen) - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
Percussion Concerto No. 2, Opus 33 - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
Pezzo Da Concerto No. 1 - Snare Drum
Tales from the Center of the Earth - Multiple Percussion; Wind Ensemble


Die Arten Des Wassers - Percussion Duo; Pianos (2)
Quintetto per cinque solisti - Marimba Quartet; Percussion
Sandy - Percussion Trio
Sex in the Kitchen - Percussion Duo
Tak-Nara, Op.36 - Percussion Quartet
Zwischen Tag und Nacht - Percussion Sextet

Method Books

My First Book for Xylophone and Marimba
Funny Marimba - Book 1
Funny Marimba - Book 2
Funny Vibraphone - Book 1
Funny Vibraphone - Book 2
Funny Xylophone - Book 1