A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Marija Bubanj began studying violin at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, in addition to violin, Marija Bubanj started playing the viola. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 1993. During these studies, she played in a chamber ensemble Artisti Dell Arco, Belgrade, where she performed on numerous European stages as well as live Radio and TV broadcasts. The ensemble performed the pieces of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Corelli, Torelli, and Respighi. She also performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy of Novi Sad where she played a standard orchestra repertoire of classical and contemporary composers.
After receiving a scholarship to Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, Ms. Bubanj earned her Masters in Music from RU Chicago College of Performing Arts in 1997. Her principal teachers include Richard Ferrin, Viola (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Uroš Peši? and Mihajlo Mihajlovi?.
Marija is a Chicago-based freelance violinist and violist with various chamber ensembles and orchestras performing classical, jazz and pop music. She also performs in Europe and takes participation at Summer Festivals in Serbia and Italy.
She is on a Faculty at Sherwood, the Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago as a violin and viola teacher. Ms. Bubanj is also the artistic director of the string teaching program MB Muzik and Violin Conservatory, where she offers online violin tutorials.
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