One of today´s most promising guitar talents, Serbian born Sabrina Vlaskalic (1989) started her formal music education at the age of 7. Nearly refused at her entrance exam and labeled as "musically ungifted", she had choice of enrolling in the classical guitar class or not enrolling in the
music school at all. Sabrina's father, a genuine guitar lover, immediately decided to take over the role of her guitar guide and gave her his own inexpensive instrument. In a matter of months, Sabrina's father would discover an extraordinary talented child who is now praised as the phenomenon of classical guitar.
Growing up in a politically unstable region, wars and the strong tradition of the Balkans reflected on the refined musical taste of the young virtuoso. Her innovative programming is a refreshing guitar concert experience ranging from Bach to Brouwer and Bogdanovic. Ms. Vlasklic dedicates special attention to discovering and reestablishing seldom performed or forgotten pieces, such as: Manen's Fantasia-Sonata Op. 22 , Fossa's Fantasy Op. 5 and Divertimentos Op. 13, Cano's tremolo fantasy El Delirio and Elogio de la Guitarra, one of the most challenging of Rodrigo's composition. Sabrina's affinities for contemporary music expression brought out highly acclaimed performances of Ginastera's Sonata Op. 47 and Walton's Bagatelles, however, Balkan musical idioms in Tadic's Walk Dance and Bogdanovic's 6 Balkan Miniatures give the final stroke on her diverse repertoire. Awarded with the special prizes for the best interpretations of classical repertoire ("Anna Amalia Wettbewerb", Germany), Spanish repertoire ("Julian Arcas" International Guitar Competition, Spain) and the music of Bach (Iserlohn Guitar Competition, Germany), Ms. Vlaskalic´s performances include new and old music originally composed for the guitar and her own transcriptions of Albeniz, Zamboni, Cimaroza and Bach.
The pallet of prestigious awards in classical guitar competitions, including 12 special and 26 first prizes, positioned Sabrina among the most successful classical guitarists today. It is worth mentioning the selection of Sabrina's most important prizes, awarded at: "Julian Arcas" International Classical Guitar Competition (Spain), International Guitar Competition Iserlohn (Germany), Forum Gitarre Wien (Austria), Zuidlaren Guitar Festival (The Netherlands), European Competition for Young guitarists "Andres Segovia" (Germany), Sinaia International Guitar Festival (Romania), Concorso Internazionale "Giovani Chitarristi" (Italy), "John Duarte" International Guitar Competition (Austria), Twents Gitaar Festival (The Netherlands), "Anna Amalia" Competition for Young Guitarists (Germany), Murska Sobota Guitar Festival (Slovenia), Guitar Art Festival (Serbia), Niksic Guitar Festival (Montenegro), Guitar Art Summer Festival (Montenegro), etc. Sabrina was also awarded with special prize "The best upcoming performer" (Split Guitar Festival, Croatia) and EMCY "Art for Music Award" ("Anna Amalia" Competition for Young Guitarists, Germany).
Described as the "new Ida Presti", Sabrina Vlaskalic is already an established and appreciated performer seen throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Highlights of her extensive touring are Scandinavian, Balkan, Baltic, and Latin American tours, which included performances at organizations such as: Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Noreste (Mexico), Tallin Guitar Festival (Estonia), Guitar Art Festival (Serbia), Patras Guitar Festival (Greece), Helsinki Guitar Society (Finaland), Embassy Concert Series (Sweden), etc. She also performed at festivals throughout Europe, such as International Guitar Festival "Niccolo Paganini" (Italy), Classical Guitar concert series at St. Anne's Church (Ireland), Zuidlaren Guitar Festival (The Netherlands), Akbank Sanat (Turkey), "Anna Amalia" Guitar Festival (Germany), Jimena de la Frontera International Classical Music Festival (Spain), Niksic Guitar Festival (Montenegro), Forum Gitarre Wien (Austria), Balatonfured Guitar Festival (Hungary), International Guitar Festival "Friuli Venezia Giulia" (Italy), etc.
Sabrina has appeared numerous on TV and Radio (Norway, The Netherlands, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, etc.)
Her performance of M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concierto for Guitar and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 99 with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Oslo was radio broadcasted live in 40 European countries and her concert at Gitaarsalon in Enkhuizen (Netherlands) was chosen to be aired by BravaNL, classical music TV channel.
At the age of 16 Sabrina was accepted as one of the youngest students ever at the University of Music Art in Belgrade, where she consequently received her Bachelor title and graduated with the highest honors in class of prof. Srdjan Tosic. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in The Hague (The Netherlands) under the guidance of renowned prof. Zoran Dukic where she received the Master degree in 2012. Throughout her study years, Sabrina was acknowledged with diverse scholarships and prizes for excellence. She was the holder of Scholarship granted by Serbian Ministry of Education and Scholarship of Belgrade City. Simultaneously she received diverse prizes complimenting her music achievements, such as "The Belgrade Angel Prize" and "Funds for the Young Talents". In 2010, Sabrina was honored to acquire "The best young artist" Award, granted by Erste Bank (Serbia) and the following year, the prestigious Huygens Scholarship offered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Sabrina is the professor of classical guitar at The Prince Clause Conservatoire (The Hanze University) in Groningen, The Netherlands. She performs exclusively on D'Addario strings and guitars by Andreas Marvi.