Ivan Stefanovic was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, and began his violin studies at the
age of five. At sixteen, he came to the United States to continue his education at the
Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Cerone, Victor Danchenko, David
Updegraff, and Cathleen Winkler. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1989 and an Artist
Diploma in 1991, both with honors, from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2003, the
Cleveland Institute of Music awarded him an Alumni Achievement Award “in recognition of
outstanding accomplishments in the fields of Violin Orchestral and Chamber Music
Stefanovic joined the second violin section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1991
under David Zinman, moving up to a third chair position a year later. In 2004, Yuri Temirkanov
named him Assistant Principal Second Violin. He was named Associate Principal Second Violin
by Marin Alsop in 2012.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Stefanovic has won many first prizes in local and
national competitions in Yugoslavia. He has performed numerous times as a soloist with the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Radio and TV Belgrade, and the
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has made live recordings for Radio and TV Belgrade, Radio
Yugoslavia, and WCLV in Cleveland, in addition to numerous solo and chamber music recitals in
Yugoslavia, Spain, and the United States.
Some of the reviews of his performances include:
“The surprise star was Stefanovic…breathtaking agility”- Portland Press Herald (Maine)
“Deftly virtuosic and musically compelling”- Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Golden tone and tender phrasing; Considerable technical flair”; “Particularly dynamic” – The
Stefanovic is Acting Concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, a Baroque
violinist in Pro Musica Rara, and a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music by
Candlelight, a series featuring BSO members. He is a violin teacher, chamber music
coach, and conducts orchestra sectionals at both the Preparatory Department of the Peabody
Conservatory of Music and Baltimore School for the Arts. He has conducted master classes in
the United States and Japan, and is a member of the Clipper Mill Quartet.
At the invitations of their respective Music Directors, Stefanovic has served numerous times as Guest
Concertmaster with Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA). He has
served on the faculty as a coach, soloist and a conductor at Apple Hill Center for Chamber
Music, Utah Summer Music Festival and School, and Peabody Chamber Week. He was
twice chosen to be a member of the All-Star Orchestra, comprised of some of the best
orchestral players in the country, in PBS tapings.
Stefanovic plays on a violin made by Nicholas Lupot in 1810, on a generous loan from the
private collection of the family of Marin Alsop.