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Members

Aleksandar Nikolic / Bandoneon & Artistic Director

Born in 1973. Founder of Beltango quinteto, first authentic tango orchestra from Balkan. He attended Music School "Vuckovic" in Belgrade and later he continued his education at "Musical Academy" in Bratislava - Slovakia, where he has graduated in classical accordion department in 1997. As a student he were laureate of international competitions "Citta di Castelfidardo" and "Premio Stefano Bizzari - Morro d'oro". He had series of concerts inland and abroad. He performed like soloist with all important Balkan symphony and chamber orchestras like Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra, Symphony orchestra of RTS, Symphony orchestra Stanislav Binicki, St George strings, Vojvodina Symphony orchestra, Nis Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists and Macedonia Philharmonic orchestra. His passion for tango made him the first musician to play bandoneon in Serbia.

He worked as director of State Music Conservatorium in Belgrade. He is a jury member of biggest international music contests "Akkordeon & Bandoneon Wettbewerb - Klingenthal", "CIA - Coupe Mondiale", "CMA - Tropheo Mondial"...

Aleksandar Nikolic is founder of Belgrade Tango Association and artistic director of International Belgrade Tango Festival and Balkanico Tango Fest.

He composed many pieces of own music performing by Beltango in "Balkango" opus.


IVANA NIKOLIC / PIANO & VOCAL

She graduated in 1998 at the FMU in Belgrade - piano department, in the class of prof. Tijane Humo, and in 2001 she also graduated from the department of solo singing, in the class of prof. Aleksandr Ivanovic.
During fifteen years of pedagogical work at Dr. Vojislav Vučković Secondary School, students from Ivana Nikolić's class won numerous awards and prizes at international and domestic competitions.
Ivana is also very active on the concert stage, as a permanent member of our renowned quintet "Beltango", with whom she performed as an instrumentalist and vocal soloist at a large number of international festivals around the world (Argentina, Finland, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece...).

She also performed as a soloist with the orchestras: Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Wuppertal Sinfonikers, Vojvodina Philharmonic, Niš Symphony Orchestra, Serbian Army Symphony Orchestra Stanislav Binički, Strings of Saint George
As a top instrumentalist, singer and dancer, Ivana is certainly one of the most universal tango artists in the world at the moment


ANTONIJA BARNA / VIOLIN

Antonija Barna, a gifted violinist was born on February 17, 1990, in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Her musical journey began at a young age, as I attended Primary Music School, such as High School “Isidor Bajić” in Novi Sad. She furthered education by completing both bachelor's and master's degrees at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Along the way, Antonija enriched  skills through participation in various international courses. She performed with numerous bands, chamber ensembles, and orchestras, showcasing artistry on diverse stages.
Passion for music took ANtonija even further, as I embarked on a journey as a first violin of String Quartet on a Cruise Line - Holland America captivating audiences with evening concerts.
Since 2014, Antonija have held the esteemed position of first violinist in the renowned Beltango Quinteto, gracing stages at countless concerts and festivals worldwide.
In 2022, Antonija expanded  musical influence by joining teachers team of the Music School “Stanislav Binički” in Belgrade, Serbia


BOGDAN PEJIC / GUITAR

Bogdan Pejic is a guitar player who enjoys exploring different music genres. His music expression, thus, cannot be categorized under one particular style. He simply tries to transfer music on his own way.

He was born in 1981 in a family of cellists. In early childhood he fell in love with guitar and started his education on acoustic, electric, and then on a classical guitar. He has made his baby steps in guitar playing with the professor Dejan Sazdanovic in Paracin, continued his education in Music School Kosta Manojlovic in Zemun in the class of the same professor.  In that period, he wins many awards on national guitar competitions. His further education continues on the University of Arts, Faculty of Music in Belgrade on department for classical guitar in the class of professor Srdjan Tosic, where he graduates in 2007.

In parallel with classical education programs there is a growing interest in him on jazz music and other types of guitar music. He plays in many bands for which he composes and arranges music. He also composes plays for classical and acoustic guitar, performed by himself, but also by his students in numerous schools where he works as a teacher.

He has been a pedagogue since 2000, when he started working in a Music School Davorin Jenko in Belgrade, where he won many awards with his guitar and chamber music students. He has also worked as a teacher to young guitar players, in the fields of classical, acoustic and electric guitar


PETAR HOLIK / DOUBLE BASS

Petar Holik was born in 1985. and he received his first double bass lessons when he was 11 years old.
He studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and received a master's degree at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.
15 years ago, Petar performed his first concerts with Beltango, becoming the first lineup a few years later.
Since then he played more than 500 concerts, milongas, and shows with Beltango Quinteto all over Europe.
Falling in love with tango, at the beginning of his career as a bassist in Beltango, he also received his first dance classes at a local tango school in Novi Sad.
Since then he always used the opportunity after playing to dance the tango at “pista”, continuing to communicate with the audience through dance and embrace.