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David Mastikosa (1992, BiH) is a younger generation Bosnian composer. He completed undergraduate and master studies at the Academy of Arts at the University of Banja Luka in the class of prof. Tatjana Milošević Mijanović, PhD. The same Academy elected him a teaching assistant in 2015, and later a senior teaching assistant at the Department of Musical Theory and Pedagogy in 2020.

David Mastikosa’s compositions are characterized by unique and distinctive artistic expression. He won several awards for music, most notably the award for the best music for contemporary film, awarded by British Council Ukraine in cooperation with Dovženko-Centr in February 2020. In addition to the award presented by the University of Banja Luka for achieved international results, distinguished work, and achievements in scientific and exploratory activities and the artistic work, David also won the award of the City of Banja Luka – to the youth for the contribution to the development of the culture of the city.

Following the appearance of David Mastikosa’s music in the international circles, he has been receiving commissions from prominent artists and music festivals. His music was performed by artists and ensembles such as: Bartolomej Stanković (piano), Sauro Berti (bass clarinet), Saša Mirković (viola), Andrea Nikolić (violin), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Metamorphosis, Кalamos quintet, Zagreb soloists, Zagreb flute ensemble, Novosadski duvački kvintet, Banja Luka Philharmony, Brass UL AG, and others. Mastikosa is the author of over 70 different compositions performed at festivals and events across the world, including but not limited to: Dani Vlade S. Miloševića (BiH), Vareš Classic Festival (BiH), Festivalis Druskomanija (Lithuania), World Music Day (USA), and AlbaNova (Belgium).

Mastikosa is one of the most active Bosnian film and media music composers. He is the author of the multiple award-winning documentaries “Lica Lafore” and “Djeca” by Denis Bojić, produced by the Radio Television of Republic of Srpska. In addition to the documentaries, Mastikosa actively writes the music for short and animated movies as well as theater music. Currently, Mastikosa is in his third year of PhD studies of composition in the class of prof. Aleksandra Vrebalov, PhD at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He is a long-term recipient of the stipend awarded by the Fond “Dr Milan Jelić”. Mastikosa’s music is exclusively published by Donemus Publishing House of Contemporary Classical Music from the Netherlands. He is also an alumnus of the French talent school Académie musicale de Villecroze. David Mastikosa lives, works and creates in Banja Luka.

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Compositions

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Suite for piano (2011)

Music for two pianos (2011)

Dialogue 7/8 for woodwind quartet (2012)

Memories `92 for flute (2012) Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings

Irons for flute, clarinet, piano and violoncello (2012)

Folk`azz for two pianos (2012)

Serenata for soprano and piano (2012)

Impressions françaises for string quartet (2013) Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings

Metastasi della felicità for bass clarinet solo (2013)
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Morning song for tárogató solo (or soprano saxophone) (2013)

Unknown flow for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin and violoncello (2013)

Conterpoint modernee for piano solo (2014)

Plastic raindrops for solo violin (2014)

Fragments of history for flute and electronics (2014)

Ave Maria for soprano and piano (2014)

The cycle of miniatures for wind instruments (2014):

* Expectations & Illusions for solo bassoon

* Error #1 for clarinet in Bb

* Error #2 for flute

* 60 seconds! for bass clarinet solo
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* New & York for oboe

Seasons for flute and string orchestra (2014)

Talons for two bass clarinets (2015)
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Zeitmachine, multimedia piece for narrator and electronics (2015)

Unusual thing for soprano and electronics (2015)

West for 10 flutes and electronics (2015)

Think of for woodwind quintet (2016)

iRitual for piano and human being (2016)

Panic. Attack. Anxety for reed quintet (2016)

Lullby electronic – soundtrack (2016)

in the BlackBox – live composed and recorded improvisation (2016)(collaboration with composer Adam Clarke)

Rosh Chodesch for (amplified) violin (2016)

Sutra/Tomorrow multimedia piece for 10 flutes, actors, dancers and laptop orchestra (2016)

In vitro ex vivo for simphony orchestra (2016)

In vitro ex vivo limited edition for simphony orchestra (2016)

Tutta la forza for brass ensemble and vibraphone (2016)

Izmaglica/Mist for clarinet, violin and piano (2017)

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