My musical biography

Considered the most promising young accordionist in the international scene, Nikola Tanaskovic achieves unparalleled international career thanks to over forty awards won at international and national competitions, among them are highlighted: the First Prize at the 51st Internationaler Akkordeonwettbewerb Klingenthal (Germany); First Prize and prize for the best interpretation of the test piece and audience award at the 16th International Accordion Competition Arrasate Hiria (Basque Country); First Prize in the 58th Trophee Mondial de L’Acordeon (Sarajevo, Bosnia); First Prize at the 32nd International Accordion Competition (Pula, Croatia); First Prize at the 15th International Accordion Competition (Sanok, Poland) and First Prize in the 78th Contest of young performers Juventudes Musicales (Gerona, Spain).

He began his music education at the School of Music Isidor Bajic in Novi Sad (Serbia) with Professor Nada Vjestica. For his excellent achievements, both the government of Vojvodina and Serbia’s government granted him special awards in recognition for the success and disclosure of his talent.

He continues his academic training at the Conservatory of Music of the Basque Country Musikene with Professor Iñaki Alberdi. To complement his education, he participates in Masterclasses of the most important teachers from different international schools, as Janne Rättyä (Finland), Mika Väyrynen (Finland), Alexey Artemyev (Russia), Yuri Shishkin (Russia), Elsbeth Moser (Germany), Tibor Ratz (Slovakia) and Vojin Vasovic (Serbia).

He has toured and given concerts in Germany, China, Hungary, Serbia, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Slovak Republic, Croatia, Czech Republic and Spain. He has also performed at festivals such as Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, in San Sebastian, Spain; Kragujevac International Accordion Festival in Kragujevac, Serbia; Accordion Festival in Palanga, Lithuania; Nomus Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia; The Second International Accordion Festival in Beijing; Música en Domingo and Concierto de Mediodía for the Fundación Juan March, Madrid.

He participates as soloist with the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Vojvodina (Serbia) conducted by Director Caba Zima, and under the direction of Stefan Fraas with the Vogtland Philharmonie Greiz / Reichenbach (Germany).

His career and personal view of interpretation have led him to collaborate with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Jesus Torres, Ramon Lazkano, Felix Ibarrondo, Fabià Santcovsky, Svetozar Sasa Kovacevic, Aitor Furundarena and Francisco José Ríos.

In his multiple performances he demonstrates his commitment to contemporary music, premiering works like Hungarian Fantasy for accordion solo and its version for accordion soloist and string orchestra by composer Svetozar Sasa Kovacevic; Desierto y Oasis for accordion and clarinet by composer Fabià Santcovsky; Jalkin2 for accordion quartet composed by Ramón Lazkano and Quarteto IIIB for accordion quartet, by Stefano Bonilauri.

The Fundación Paper de Música from Barcelona edits the live recording of Concert d’Hivern, and under the label of Musikene, the album Akordeoi Klasikoa with the Ensemble Geosinfonía and Iñaki Alberdi. He records with Trio Arbós Cuentos de Andersen composed by Jesus Torres for RTVE (Spanish National Radio and Television) and with RTVE Symphony Orchestra he performs the recording of the work Izarbil for the monographic CD from the composer Felix Ibarrondo.