Djuro Zivkovic (Ђуро Живкоовић) is Serbian-Swedish composer, born in Belgrade 1975. Since 2000 he has been living in Stockholm, Sweden.
His early interest for folklore and Byzantine music has led him to develop a variety of compositional techniques such as polyrhythmic, improvisation, special harmony based scales, microtones, layer-polyphony and heterophony. “Harmonic field” technique, developed by him, has been a topic of an academic research at the University of Music in Graz (Austria).
His music is commissioned, performed, recorded and broadcast by the leading musicians, these include the New York Philharmonic (USA), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (Netherlands), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (USA), Klangforum Wien (Austria), Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra (Sweden), Seattle Symphony Orchestra (USA), Asko|Schönberg (Netherlands), Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatia), Tokyo Int Ensemble (Japan), New European Ensemble (Netherlands), BIT20 (Norway), Zeitfluß (Austria), Alabama Symphony Orchestra (USA), L’Itinéraire (France), The Netherlands Radio Choir; Anna Larsson, Christian Karlssen, Emilio Pomarico, Brett Dean, Clement Power, Brad Lubman, Shi-Yeon Sung, Martin Brabbins, Peter Eötvös, etc.
His music holds the Swedish Grammy Award 2010 (Grammis) with Sonanza for the piece Le Cimetière Marin for mezzo-soprano and ensemble. Ascetic Discourse a cantata for mezzo-soprano and ensemble has received the Mokranjac Award 2012, the state prize given by Culture Department for the best Serbian composition premiered 2012. His piece On the Guarding of the Heart has got the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition 2014. He studied and later taught at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
As a performer Djuro Zivkovic appears as a violinist and recently as a violist performing the standard repertoire as well as music from the XX Century and pieces written for him. Djuro Zivkovic is particularly interested in the improvisation of music. On his vast violin repertoire, beside a large amount of classical and romantic works, can be found Bartók’s Concerto No2, Prokofiev’s Concerto No2, Shostakovich’s Concerto No1.