As an exciting, vibrant, expressive and inspiring Serbian violinist and baroque violinist, Ivana Ćetković has maintained a wide and varied career as concerto soloist, recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician.
Born in Serbia to a family of musicians Ivana began to play the violin at the age of 4. At the age of 12 she was accepted to a prestigious music boarding school in Ćuprija, Serbia and completed a special 4-year string program. At the age of 17, after coming 2nd at the International Konjović Competition she was asked to join St George String Chamber Orchestra with whom she has performed in all the main concert halls in Belgrade and throughout Serbia as soloist and as solo violin and has been a member of from 1998 and a principal Second Violin 2000 until 2004.
Ivana has received Bachelor’s degree (HONS) in Violin Performance from Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Very soon after graduating Ivana won a full scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where her teachers included David Takeno, Arisa Fujita and Jacqueline Ross. At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Ivana received PGDip and Master of Music with Distinction. After completing the Postgraduate and Master studies she was awarded a 2-year fellowship at the Guildhall School with special focus on Chamber Music and Period Performance allowing her to further expand her interests in Baroque Violin performance and allowing her to work closely with and alongside Rachel Podger and Pavlo Besnosiuk.
Ivana has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician at various concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St John Smith Square as well as all around England and UK. She made her US début in 2008 touring Georgia with Da Salo Solisti performing Mozart’s A Major Viiolin Concerto. Soon after this she was asked to guest lead Manchester Camerata and perform Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto as a soloist. She has since free-lanced as a principal violin in many UK orchestras, Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bornemounth Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Being a very passionate chamber musician she is a founding member of period ensemble Musicians of London Wall and Elmbourne Ensemble, violin and piano duo with whom together with pianist James Adutt she enjoys exploring the extensive and hugely popular repertoire written for these two instruments.