Branko Džinović is a Toronto-based accordionist focused on the contemporary repertoire for the accordion. He holds a Master’s degree from the Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama, and Dance in Linz (Austria) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in performance at the University of Toronto, where he is the teaching assistant to Prof. Joseph Macerollo, O.C.
He took part in numerous accordion competitions and has been the grand-prize winner at the “Accordion World Cup” held in London (UK) in 2001, “Das Podium” competition held in Linz in 2004, and the DMA Recital Competition held at the University of Toronto in 2013.
He sits on a stage like a dangerously active volcano… (Kronen Zeitung)
Being an avid proponent of avant-garde music, he has shared the stage with some of the finest improvisers of today, including Pavel Fajt, Mia Zabelka, Robert Piotrowicz, Johannes Frisch, Tomáš Žižka, Luka Toyboy, Zahra Mani, Sainkho Namtchylak, Karen Ng, Tomasz Krakowiak, Allison Cameron, and Rick Sacks. He has collaborated on many projects with the members of The Array Ensemble, Thin Edge Music Collective, Essential Opera, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, and many more. He has performed an on-stage role for the accordion in the North American premiere of the National Ballet of Canada’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.”
As an artist with a strong interest in contemporary music, Branko regularly collaborates with Canadian composers on the creation of new solo and chamber music works for the accordion. He has premiered works by John Mark Sherlock, Elisha Denburg, August Murphy-King, Bekah Simms, Sophie Dupuis, and many others. He was also part of creative interactions with some of the most prominent contemporary composers of today such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Per Nørgård and Phillipe Leroux.
Branko has performed in such reputable Canadian art festivals as 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, Nuit Blanche and Luminato Festival, where he performed with Svetlana Spajić, a Serbian traditional artist known for her collaboration with Marina Abramović and Robert Wilson. He regularly performs with Payadora Tango Ensemble, Toronto’s premier tango ensemble.
Ingenious playing… (Neues Volksblatt)
Branko Džinović frequently co-produces and composes for various genres of the media; he has composed the soundtracks for two award-winning short films “Tata Morgana” and “Daddy’s Pride.” In 2010, he worked on “Phonart,” a cross-cultural project supported by the European Union, aiming to connect traditional and contemporary artists from Central and Eastern European countries.
Džinović has recorded for Radio Belgrade, Radio Austria 1, and the BBC. As a soloist and a chamber musician, he has toured in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, and the Czech Republic.