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David Mastikosa

concert and media music composer

about.

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.

art.istic portfolio.

Cherry With a Gold Pit

The chamber opera “Cherry With a Gold Pit” is an emotionally charged drama that follows the fate of Timotej Medoš, trapped in a triangular room in Bosnia under mysterious circumstances. Timotej finds himself in a position of waiting, much like all of us in the waiting room of history, politics, and our expectations from life. Through the task of translating secret messages, Timotej becomes a witness and bearer of a dangerous secret, while the symbolic triangular room becomes a place of limitation and isolation.

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Cherry With a Gold Pit The chamber opera "Cherry With a Gold Pit" is an emotionally charged drama that follows the fate of Timotej Medoš, trapped in a triangular room in Bosnia under mysterious circumstances. Timotej finds himself in a position of waiting, much like all of us in the waiting room of history, politics, and our expectations from life. Through the task of translating secret messages, Timotej becomes a witness and bearer of a dangerous secret, while the symbolic triangular room becomes a place of limitation and isolation.

concert music.

Nucleus. Expansion. for jazz big band (2021)
JAM 2021, Montenegro
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Poslovice for soprano, violin and violoncello (2020)
Written as a part of the project “Šta sve glas može”
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Void for string orchestra (2019)
Commissioned by Ensemble Metamorphosis
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Nucleus for saxophone quartet (2018)
Written as a part of the project “Quadrivium”, supported by AMUS – Association of Composers – Music Authors, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Trichord for viola and accordion (2019)
Commissioned by Saša Mirković & Vladimir Blagojević
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Jesus Prayer for mixed choir (2019)
Commissioned by festival “Dani Vlade S. Miloševića”
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Ul-la for violin and string orchestra (2017)
Commissioned by “Vareš Classic Festival”
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Tutta la forza for brass ensemble and vibraphone (2017)
Written as a part of the project “Balkan News”
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iRitual for piano and human being (2016)
Commissioned by Bartolomej Stanković for
“Balkan Madness BH Edition”
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media music.

upcoming events.

18 May
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“House of Mirrors” and “Bumper Cars” arr. for six flutes | Composers Concordance | Flautas and Flautists

Saturday , St John's in the Village 218 W 11th Manhattan, NYC
27 May

“Seasons” for flute and string orchestra I, II, III (2014 rev. 2022/23) | details TBA

Monday , National Theatre, Kralja Petra I Karađorđevića 78, Banja Luka 78000
07 Jun

“Praskozorje” for soprano saxophone and string orchestra | Javier Oviedo & Classical Saxophone Project

Friday , DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 37th St, New York, NY 10018, United States
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art.lab.


“Art Lab” brings art to Bosnia.

“Art Lab” is a classical music agency based in Banja Luka, devoted to bringing international artists to Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a pioneering creative laboratory, we specialize in artistic creation of concert and media music, performing arts, and cultural management. Renowned for our expertise in the classical music sphere, we proudly collaborate with esteemed ensembles such as the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Flutete, Ensemble Metamorphosis, Zagreb Soloists, Kugoni trio, along with prestigious festivals like “Autumn Sonata” and “Ubuntu Guitarfest” in Banja Luka and “Slovo Gorčina” in Stolac.

Our network extends to esteemed institutions across the region, including the Cultural Center Banski dvor, the Academy of Arts University of Banja Luka, the Cultural Center Budo Tomovic in Podgorica, Archaeological Museum Zagreb, and partnership with experts in field of creative industries such as “CreArt” and “Sonet”.

At “Art Lab,” we prioritize cultural exchange, collaboration, and diplomacy. Our core mission revolves around managing the existing repertoire and large-scale projects of composer David Mastikosa. With a steadfast commitment to creativity and an unwavering passion for the arts, we aim to foster meaningful cultural connections and curate unforgettable artistic experiences. Through our endeavors, we strive to deepen appreciation for cultural heritage and promote cross-cultural dialogue.

If you are interested in collaborating, please feel free to get in touch with us at composing1992@gmail.com.
We look forward to exploring creative possibilities together.

news.

contact.

Obtaining Scores and performance materials
Donemus | Publishing House of Contemporary Classical Music

Valeria Gorokhovskaya, Composers & Repertoire

E-mail: info@donemus.nl

Web: www.donemus.nl 
Phone: +31(0)70 2500 786

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