was born in 1995 in Belgrade. He finished his primary and secondary education in Prijedor, and is currently studying Master studies in composition at Faculty of Music in Belgrade in class of prof. Zoran Erić. He received commission from 49. Belgrade Music Festival (2017), as well as first prizes in composition at International student piano competition in Niš (2015), International pianist competition in Smederevo(2016), Festival Isidor Bajić in Novi Sad (2016). He participated international courses and seminars: Time of Music 2017(Finland), Soundmine 2017 (Belgium) Walden Creative Musicians Retreat 2016 (Dublin, New Hampshire, USA) , Days of Vlado S. Milošević (Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska), Showroom of Contemporary Sound 2015 (Zagreb, Croatia), Trstenice Symposium 2015 (Trstenice, Czech Republic) Ruidalsud 2015 ( Novi Sad, Serbia) i BEMUS 2017 (Belgrade, Serbia). He attended master classes held by: Michael Daugherty, Mark Applebaum, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Osnat Netzer, Wim Hendrickx, Renee Favande See, Nicholas DeMaison, Caroline Malonee, Alessio Sabella, Wolfgang Heiniger, Jeff Beer, Ivo Medek and Dimitris Andrikopoulos. Notable performances of Damjan’s compositions were given by : Orchestra of the RTS Serbian Broadcasting Corporation, Hermes ensemble, Choir of the RTS Serbian Broadcasting Corporation, Mivos quartet, Manojlović quartet, Zagreb Flute Ensemble, String Orchestra of Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Belgrade Guitar Duo and numerous soloists. His music is for now performed in USA, Belgium, Finland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
Psalm, for soprano solo (poetry by Paul Celan)
Paul Celan was born in 1920 (Cernăuţi, Romania) as Paul Antschel into a family of German Jews. In 1941, after the German troops had marched into his hometown, he was taken and pressed into labour on building roads. A year later, his parents were sent to internment camp Mikhailovka. His father died of typhus, and his mother was shot after being exhausted by forced labour. This will later become the main motif in his poetry. Celan himself was also imprisoned in the work camp in Tabarest until 1943, when he managed to escape. Celan’s writings gained recognition across Europe in 1952, when he published the poetry collection Poppy and Memory (Mohn und Gedächtnis) that contains the poem Death Fugue (Todesfuge), and the theme - how to write poetry after Auschwitz - which was together with Adorno’s works discussed a lot in post-war Germany, emanated from the theme in this Celan’s poem. His wishes moved towards a correspondence / a tie between language and reality, within an individual’s private history, towards remaking the language out of its roots in direction of The same theme is present in Celan’s Psalm, the poem that is being studied at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and in which the author was initiated, by his own and his people’s painful history, to (re) discover the secret of the Divine. Music of the composition was formed through poetry’s philosophical and emotional experience.