Branka

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Branka was born in Montenegro and grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, where she began studying the harp when she was eight. During and after the studies she was already working professionally as the principal harpist of the National Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Novi Sad and Belgrade. Branka has given numerous solo performances, as well as live and recorded appearances for the Serbian Radio and Television.
A graduate of the Academy of Music in Belgrade Branka continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, with Frank Sternefeld and completed her Postgraduate studies with distinction at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she studied with Caryl Thomas.
From April 2004 until August 2005 Branka was resident harp teacher at the Tamnak Prathom Harp Centre in Thailand. During her time in Bangkok, Branka gave solo performances, played with the Bangkok Opera and appeared as a soloist with Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Branka performed at numerous state occasions for members of the Royal Family. She also played at the prestigious Royal Ceremony celebrating the birth of the son of HRH Crown Prince of Thailand.
In April 2006, she won the prize at the International Folk Harp Competition in
Caernarfon, Wales, which led to performances at the Serbian Harp Festival in Belgrade, and European Harp Symposium in Cardiff, in 2007. In August 2008 Branka won the special prize at the “Camac Celtic Harp Trophy” in Lorient, Brittany.
Her book Tales of The River Danube, with arrangements of traditional Balkan music, is now available published by Alaw Music.
Branka is based on the Wirral, North West England, where she enjoys her busy freelance career as a teacher and performer.

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