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Vladimir Kostadinovic, award winning drummer (Tuscia in Jazz 2008, Jimmy Woode competition) ,composer & arranger started his musical education at the age of seven when he began studying classical accordion. He began playing the drums at the age of eleven when he got his first drum set from his brother Srdjan. Drums has always been his real love and he wanted to pursue it, with a passion! Vladimir ranks high among drummers who are versatile and savvy enough to play different styles of music, as a sideman and with his own projects. In August 2009 he was invited to perform with a master of organ Tony Monaco
Vladimir Kostadinovic, award winning drummer (Tuscia in Jazz 2008, Jimmy Woode competition) ,composer & arranger started his musical education at the age of seven when he began studying classical accordion. He began playing the drums at the age of eleven when he got his first drum set from his brother Srdjan. Drums has always been his real love and he wanted to pursue it, with a passion! Vladimir ranks high among drummers who are versatile and savvy enough to play different styles of music, as a sideman and with his own projects. In August 2009 he was invited to perform with a master of organ Tony Monaco. During that time Vladimir also formed his own quartet with Jimmy Greene, Danny Grissett and Matt Brewer which featured his own compositions. In 2009 he went into the studio in New York with his new band and recorded his first CD COURSE OF EVENTS. In 2012 he joined the band Antonio Farao Trio, with whom he is currently playing and traveling all over Europe. In last few years, Vladimir has spent a lot of time playing in The Big Apple with many great jazz musicians on the world scene. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with: Antonio Farao, Benny Golson,Till Broenner, Dusko Gojkovic,Danny Grissett, Jimmy Greene, Gregory Porter, Vincent Herring, Johnny O'Neal, Tony Monaco, Peter King, Bill Ramsey, Seamus Blake, Vicente Archer, Joe Sanders, Matt Brewer, Benito Gonzales, Donald Smith, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Eric Lewis, Antoine Drye, Tivon Scott Pennicott, Marcin Wasilewski, Ben Flocks, Mansur Scott, Franco Ambrosetti, Joel Holmes, Alegre Correa, Andy Middleton, Chris Jefferson, Rob Bargad, Jonathan Powell, Martin Djakonovski, , , Eddi Palermo, Flavio Boltro, Max Grosch, Stjepko Gut, Renato Chicco, Fritz Pauer, Andre Heller, Andrea Eckert, Maria Bild, Katharina Strasser, Imre Lichtenberger Bozoki, Kevin Glasgow,Thana Alexa, Sergio Salvatore, Paul Kirby, Oliver Kent, Uli Langthaler, Johannes Strasser, Francesco Angiuli, Mathias Bublath, Tonc Feinig, Peter Herbert, Harry Sokal, Herwig Gradischnig, Christian Havel, Erwin Schmidt, Karl Ratzer, Philipp Nykrin, Daniel Noesig, Gina Schwarz, Julia Siedl, Bastian Stein, Michael Kroess, Benjamin Schatz, Jaka Kopac, Marko Crncec, Igor Matkovic, Robert Jukic, Lenart Krecic, Nina Strnad, Blaz Jurcevic, Nikola Matosic, Jani Moder, Adam Klem, Jure Pukl, Filip Bulatovic, Bojan Turkic, Nikola Stanosevic, Marija Blagojevic, Meca Ahmetovic, Baobab Ensemble, Stefan Pista Bartus, Ljubos Sramek, Tomas Gajlik, Michael Bugala, Ondrej Stveracek, Robert Ragan, Rado Tariska, Lucia Luzinska, Branko Markovic, Aleksandar Jacimovic, Ivan Aleksijevic, Sava Mutic, Marko Djordjevic, Fredi Stanisavljevic, Milan Pavkovic, Milan Nikolic, Sava Miletic, etc.. EDUCATION: He finished primary and secondary music school in Belgrade and graduated from the jazz department for drums in the class of Miroslav Karlovic. After music high school Vladimir enrolled at the University for Musik and the Performing Arts in Grac. In 2009 he graduated his Master's Degree with honours in the class of Professor Howard Thomas Curtis. With this great man and teacher, from whom I received valuable instruction, I've significantly upgraded my playing skills and music language. AWARDS: BEST DRUM PLAYER- Tuscia in jazz 2008 Jimmy Woode competition.Teachers and jury: Kenny Barron, Francisco Mela, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Shawn Monteiro, Eddi Palermo, Karl Potter, Rick Margitza,Tony Monaco, Ray Mantilla, Flavio Boltro, Giorgio Rosciglione, Gege Munari. WORKSHOPS: He participated in the workshops of Greg Hutchinson, JeffTainWatts, Kenny Barron, Joey Calderrazzo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Scott Coley, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Bob Mintzer, John Hollambeck, Ron McClure, Trilok Gurtu, Horazio Hernandez, Dennis Irvin, Obed Calvaire, Jonathan Blake, Rodney Holmes.. FESTIVALS: Vladimir has played many prominent festivals in the United States, Cuba, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, etc.. CLUBS: Blue Note (Milano), Porgy&Bess (Vienna), ORF Radio Kulturhaus (Vienna), Jazzland (Vienna), Birdland, Jazz Showcase (Chicago), Bird's Eye (Basel), 55 Bar (Nyc), Smalls (Nyc), Fat Cat (Nyc), Ibeam (Nyc), Somethin Jazz (Nyc), Palace Of Arts (Budapest), Blue Note (Nove Mesto), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana), Zwe (Vienna), Bird (Vienna), Stokwerk (Graz), Royal Garden (Graz), Jazz Bar (Edinburg), Miles (Graz), Satchmo (Maribor), Sax Pub (Ljubljana), Cekaonica (Belgrade), Jazz Hram (Divaca), Hlava XX (Bratislava), Cultural Center (Zagreb), Jazz Club (Sarajevo), etc... Performance in Theatre productions: Graz National theatre Schauspielhaus and Volkstheater in Vienna Big Band/groups: Bob Mintzer, Peter Helbozheimer, Steve Gut, Sigi Feigl..
AWARDS: BEST DRUM PLAYER-Tuscia in jazz 2008 Jimmy Woode competition.Teachers and jury; Kenny Barron,Francisco Mela,Kiyoshi Kitagawa,Shawn Monteiro,Eddi Palermo,Karl Potter,Rick Margitza,Tony Monaco,Ray Mantilla,Flavio Boltro,Giorgio Rosciglione,Gege Munari.
BEST- Scholarship (Berkley College of Music) Boston 2002.
Gretsch drums USA Maple: 18 BD, 14 FT, 12 TT
Antiko snare drum wood hoop (handmade)
Ride 22' Spizzichino, 20' Zildijian K Constantinople, 13' Old K hi-hat