Friends of Music Artist Series

Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 3:30 pm, featuring Dennis Krasnokutsky, on viola and Maja Rajkovic, on piano at Murfreesboro Baptist Chruch



Principal violist of the internationally acclaimed Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Krasnokutsky is a seasoned chamber and orchestral musician.  Lauded for performances “…building in passion and intensity,’ (The New Times), “…exceptional experience for the audience,” (Srđan Teparić, Radio Belgrade), he had appeared in major concert halls nationally and around the globe including Avery Fischer Hall, Maryisnki Theatre, Kravis Center, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Teatro El Círculo, and more. A founding member of the Samuel Barber String Quartet, Krasnokutsky’s list of professional orchestral appearances include Reno Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Harrisburg Symphony to mention a few.  As a member of the award-winning Rowan String Quartet, he has toured the East Coast giving a number of chamber music recitals.  Since 2006, he has been a principal violist with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra with whom he has toured North and South America and the Europe.  His collaborative work on recording projects with PVCO and other ensembles can be found on such renowned labels as Naxos, Connoisseur Society, Arabesque, New World Records, and New Ariel.  The 2015-16 season will be one of the busiest for Dennis Krasnokutsky with a series of chamber music concerts and solo recitals in the United States and Europe, featuring several premieres of newly composed works for the viola.

Dr. Krasnokutsky holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University where he was a student of Michael Tree (Guarneri String Quartet) and Paul Neubauer (Principal Viola, NYP).  He performs internationally on violas made by Sergio Peresson and Maurizio Bissolotti as well as gives master classes and adjudicates competitions around the world.


Maja Rajković was born in Belgrade (Yugoslavia). She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, the class of Konstantin Bogino. She attended advanced studies at ”Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale” in Portogruaro (ltaly), the same class. She received her Master of Arts degree at the Academy of Music in Belgrade, the class of Dušan Trbojević. Employed at Academy of Music in Belgrade as Full Professor. In 2014 got a PhD on theme  “Polyphonic way of musical thinking” at Academy of Music in Belgrade, mentor Dr. Ljiljana Vukelja.  In 1998 became a president of Jeunesses Musicales of Belgrade, in 2001 vice president of MCNM (Mediterranean Collaboration of New Musicians).

She had her first recital at the age of 14, and in course of her schooling and studies won several first prizes at national competitions.1984 -Third prize at ”Carlo Soliva” International Competition in Italy. Laureat at ”Rachmaninov ’93” Concours . 1994 – Audience First prize and official Third prize at 24 Jeunesses Musicales International Competition.

In 2013 she won Silver medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) for special achievement on concert podium. Review “ Musica classica” gave her the prize “ Performer  of the Year “ for the year 2013.

Recorded for Radio and Television, played with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphonic Orchestra, ”St.George Strings”, ”Belgrade strings”,”Camerata Serbica”…

She played at Festivals ”Days of Music” in Herceg Novi, Belgrade Music Festival BEMUS, ”Split Summer”, “Podgorica Summer”, ”The power of the piano”, EPTA-Festival, ”Emil Hajek” Festival, “Festival Internazionale di Musica da Camera” – Portogruaro – Italy, “Mokranjac Festival – Negotin”, “International review of composers”, “International Women’s Musical Meeting” Athens… She performed in Yugoslavia, Italy, England, Greece,Luxembourg,Hungary, Germany,Portugal… Also very active as a chamber musician.

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