Balkan Art Scene
Lorena Milina — Violinist With Tenacity
Photography - Mario Sitar
Born in Dubrovnik in 1990, Lorena Milina is a violinist originally from the island of Korčula. She started her music education at the age of eight in the class of prof. Boris Krasovac (Dubrovnik). Her violin studies began in 2008 at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of prof. Borivoj Martinić (Zagreb) and prof. Martin Draušnik (Zagreb) where she received her master's degree in 2014.
Through her education, she participates in various projects, regional and national competitions and has won numerous awards. From the beginning of her studies she was a scholarship holder of the Dubrovnik - Neretva County. She recieved the Erasmus scholarship for the five months she spent in Germany (Staatliche Hochshule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart), in the class of prof. Kolja Lessing. During this period, besides many classical music projects, she also participated in Jazz projects at the Jazz Academy in Stuttgart.
She dedicates part of her studies in Zagreb to the original performance of Baroque music, where her mentor was a leading name in the field of reproduction of music of the old epochs in Croatia, prof. Laura Vadjon. She places great emphasis on Croatian composers of the 21st century and was awarded the Rector's Special Award in 2010 for playing at the Zagreb Biennale.
Lorena was awarded the French Government Scholarship for 2016/2017, and with the highest grade in 2018 she completed her postgraduate ''Diplome de virtuosité'' in Paris at the prestigious La Schola Cantorum Conservatory in the class of prof. Violette Smailovic-Huart (Paris).
She got her degree at Diplome de concert at the Conservatory.
During her studying period, Lorena participates in various projects, regional and national competitions and has won numerous awards.
She has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in:
Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, France, Estonia, Poland, Germany and Austria.
She has won an Erasmus scholarship for 5 months spent in Germany at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, in the class of prof. Kolja Lessing.
Through her education she collaborated with numerous conductors: Catherine Mackintosh, Alun Francis, Pavle Dešpalj, Mladen Tarbuk, Tomislav Facini, Sigi Feigl, Oswald Sallaberger, Per Borin, Levin Ira, Pavle Zajcev, Dmitrij Kitajenko etc.
Photography - Slavenko Vukasović
She was working as a violin teacher at Luka Sorkočević Secondary and Elementary Music School in Dubrovnik. Her students won first prizes at national violin and chamber music competitions.
In 2016 she co-founded with her fellows soprano Helen Mamich and pianist Jelena Kovačević, the Arbor Vitae Trio and performed numerous notable concerts.
She has performed as a soloist or ensemble member in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Hungary, Italy and Estonia. She is currently employed as a Senior Assistant at the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo and has enrolled in the first year of the III cycle of study (PhD study).
Lorena participated in numerous masterclasses held by renowned professors (Tamara Smirnova, Asja Kouchner, Enrico Onofri, Violeta Smailović-Huart, Orest Shourgot, Catherine Mackintosh, Alena Baeva, Michael Frischenschlager, Georges-Emanuel Schneider, Leonid Sorokow, Pavle Zajcev, Kolja Lessing, Dora Schwarzberg, Stefan Milenković, Elizabeth Cooper etc)
Currently, she is working on her PhD studies at Sarajevo Music Academy, where she holds a position as Senior Assistant for the study of violin.