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Sofija Knezevic

“Recognized as one of jazz's pre-eminent vocalists, young Sofija Knezevic  is making her name as one of the most significant singers in jazz today. While her singing is steeped in tradition, her improvisational virtuosity and creativity are breathtaking.” 

Sofija graduated from University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, in the class of Dena De Rose. She received a full tuition scholarship at the age of 16. 

She has won many awards and scholarships including the Marianne Mendt Jazz Award,Tesla Award for the achievements in Music, Thailand International Jazz Voice Competition 2016 , Unesco Scholarship for young talents, Golden Mermaid award, and was recently chosen in 2013 for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program which identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists and composers.

She's been based in New York since 2011, and teaching voice at the Music School of New York City since 2012.  
Sofija is also an ambassador of CYE and NFCA - Celiac Youth of Europe, and one of the ambassadors for the Estee Lauder and their Breast Awareness Camapign, and an Amazon Aid Foundation Artist.   Sofija is listed as first of Elle Magazine`s 30 under 30 (30 most successful people under 30 years of age), and third on Cosmopolitan Magazine`s  list of the most beautiful women in 2013. Sofija is included in newly published Jazz Encyclopedia `Serbian jazz, Bre`, and is writing two books of her own at the moment, one about vocal technique and the other one that includes her jazz arrangements of Balkan folk music.
Sofija held and performed at many humanitarian events, including her own organization of a concert to help the Sandy Hook victims in 2013

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To call Ms. Knezevic a warbler or a songbird is not just to trot out shopworn terms for a young female jazz vocalist, but to actually point out how many of her introductions to songs are wordless, improvised exercises in tonal coloration. - CNN

Recognized as one of jazz's pre-eminent vocalists, young Sofija Knezevic (only 22) is one of the most significant singers in jazz today. While her singing is steeped in tradition, her improvisational virtuosity and creativity are breathtaking. - CNN

“Mind blowing musicianship, fearless and creative. There is no one else quite like her” - Village Voice

“Sofija is outstanding…, one of the best vocalists around, she intoxicates with a combination of power and tenderness” - Jazz Times

“ With and brilliantly authoritative and gentle touch of her voice, Knezevic has a very bright future in jazz

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


University for music and performing arts The New School of music Music School Of New York City $80 - $120 / 1 hour lesson

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Archival Records



Self Produced


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