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Gwinnett orchestra conductor lands job in Washington, D.C.

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor Predrag Gosta has been appointed to the role of assistant conductor for the National Philharmonic in the Washington, D.C. area.

Gosta, who is also artistic director of Atlanta's New Trinity Baroque Ensemble, promises he is not leaving his musical posts in Atlanta and Gwinnett. He is simply adding a major role to his professional duties, contributing to a leading orchestra in our nation's capitol.

In addition to serving as the understudy for all National Philharmonic concerts at the Music Center in Strathmore, Md., Gosta will also serve as artistic director of the Philharmonic Singers and oversee the Philharmonic's education program.

Gosta came to the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre as a result of his involvement with the Gwinnett Philharmonic. Staff and patrons of the Gwinnett Philharmonic introduced him to Lisa Sheppard Robson, GBT's artistic director, and it took very little time for the ballet's orchestra to become a reality. Then, GBT was the only ballet company in the metro Atlanta area with a professional orchestra. The GBT Orchestra premiered in March 2006, accompanying dancers to Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The orchestra returned for GBT's annual production of "The Nutcracker" in 2006 and 2007. It will again return this year.

Sheppard Robson said, "From the day we met Pedja, I knew he was an artist of international scope. His musical talent as well as his ability to work with people easily and creatively make him a tremendous asset to any organization. I am not surprised he has won this post in Washington, D.C. It is gratifying to me that he made sure our Nutcracker dates were a part of his new contract, and that he will return to Gwinnett to conduct for us."

Gosta comes with a fabulous artistic pedigree. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, he is a graduate of the Trinity School of Music in London, with both undergraduate and post graduate certificates. However, his musical talent made itself known when he was just a child. At age 6 he began studying violin, gradually expanding his studies to piano, voice and theory.

His roots in the Atlanta area are also deep. He has three master of music degrees from Georgia State University. He also guest conducts other ensembles and orchestras, including the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia, which he conducted this past October.

Not content to only perform, he has also been published in music journals in the United States and abroad, and he taught at Oxford College of Emory University and Georgia State University. He is the president of the international early music society, Early Music Network, and serves on the Board of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance.

Although working partly in another state, Gwinnett can be proud to know that this internationally recognized artist has chosen to keep his Gwinnett affiliation intact.

For more information about New Trinity Baroque and Gosta, visit www.newtrinity

baroque.org.