Milica Ilic

Milica Ilic

 London, England, GBR
BandClassical

(nat. Australian, based in London) "It was a great pleasure to work on two occasions together with this talented young artist. I wish Milica all the best for her career!" José Carreras, April 2007

Biography

Milica Ilic (pronounced Mel-itza Ill-itch) is a classical guitarist who plays a living music that’s vibrant, colourful, impassioned and her own.

In 2002, when she was just 20 years old, Milica’s dazzling musicality and alluring stage presence led to an invitation from the great tenor José Carreras to participate in his birthday celebration concert at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. Her performance on that occasion, as on many others since then, was warmly received and critically acclaimed.

Qualifications: BMus (Hons) UWA, Grad Dip Ed (UWA), Cit WA
Sighreading skills: Excellent (music notation, chordal and TAB)
Arranging/Composition: Extensive portfolio includes solo, chamber and orchestral arrangements as well as own work
Discography: 2 solo albums ‘Rouge Guitar’ 2005 & ‘Stir the Sky’ 2007
Record label: Twilight Classics (Independent)
Memeberships: Musician’s Union UK, APRA

Performance portfolio:
•Solo performances (1993-2007) in Australia, Europe, UK and Asia.
•Milica has played all the major guitar concertos by Rodrigo, Giulliani and Vivaldi with orchestra.
•Milica has acompanied tenor José Carreras on his tour of South East Asia and Australia in 2002/3 and has also toured with Tommy Emmanuel and John Renbourn, Australian and English guitar legends, respectively.
•Milica has been a member of Guitarstrophe!,world’s leading guitar orchestra for eight years.
•Current tour schedule listed on milicailic.com, under Calendar.

Press:

" It was a great pleasure to work on two occasions together with this talented young artist. I wish Milica all the best for her career!"
José Carreras, Tenor, April 2007

"It is clear from this 2007 release that Ilic has, in her short career, emerged as a voice worth hearing. A few years ago, it seemed that the younger generation of guitarists was starting to lose or, worse still, actively reject the instrument’s innate ability to ‘do lyrical’ so let’s all be grateful for one youthful exponent who is willing and able to enter the mode with genuine conviction. And let’s all enjoy the gently commanding musical one-off that is Milica Ilic."
Paul Fowles, Classical Guitar Magazine, Oct 2007

"An absolute must for anyone interested in modern, six-string based classical music… her virtuosity is aparent from the very first track…"
Musician Magazine, Journal of the Musician’s Union UK, Summer 2007

" The release that's caught my ear is from guitarist Milica Ilic. With her fiery virtuosity she's becoming an international superstar."
Lisa Duncombe-Classic FM Magazine, April 2006

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Discography


STIR THE SKY - release date 05/05/2007
Label: Twilight Classics (TCCD002).
The disc features Milica as a solo artist, with select guests, including: Paul Wright (violin), Jessica Ipkendanz (violin), Guy Ghouse (guitar), Damian Watkiss (acoustic guitar).

ROUGE GUITAR - released 15/04/2005
Released independently. Features Milica as a solo artist, with guest violin Paul Wright.

LINKS:

Hear online: www.myspace.com/milicailic
Buy online: www.guitarcds.net, www.buywell.com

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At the age of 15 Milica started to win prizes for her own compositions. She soon recognized that for her this was the way forward. Composing music not only met her creative needs, it also enabled her to buy her own guitar. After leaving war-torn Bosnia her parents had discovered that their professional qualifications weren’t recognized in Australia; these were difficult times for the family and Milica had to develop her talents using a borrowed guitar.

During her years of university study Milica immersed herself in the music of great composers like Dowland and Bach, but around the time she graduated she began writing her own material once again, now with an ear to shaping programmes for her concerts. She recalls, “I caught myself thinking programmes through on the basis of 'slow - fast - 'low', 'Romantic - Baroque - Classical' and I began to question my musical motives. I knew that I could best honour them by being true to myself and my audience and the only way forward was to allo