Teaching Philosophy: "I believe that everyone can become an excellent musician, no matter the talent. With the right instruction, passion, and dedication, everything is possible."
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right,” (Henry Ford).
Biography: A native of Serbia, Milos Bjelica is a Boston-based clarinetist and educator, passionate about drawing audiences deeper into the art of music. His work as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player has taken him to many cities across Europe and the United States.
He has performed in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, Music Academy in Katowice, Selmer Show Room and Pompidou Square in Paris, Tsai Center, BSO concert hall, and Pickman Hall in Boston.
Dedicated to making classical, jazz, world, and Serbian music available to wider audiences, Milos also steps out of the concert halls and plays in unconventional venues such as public parks, metro stations, and large city squares across the USA and Europe. He is the recipient of numerous awards at national and international competitions including the Concerto and Honors Competition at Longy School of Music (2017), the Harold Wright Merit Award in Boston (2016), and the Concerto Competition at Boston University (2020).
Milos Bjelica has been teaching clarinet for the past fourteen years, both in public schools and summer programs in Serbia, Europe, and the United States. At the Longy School of Music, he was heavily involved in the El Systema program; he taught students from the Boston area at Longy El Systema weekend programs. He also participated in the 2019/2020 Global Leadership program cohort, and he worked at El Systema school in Santiago, Chile for two weeks.
His former students have won many prizes in national and international competitions. He currently has eight private students in the Boston area, and he works as a part-time clarinet and saxophone teacher at The Maestro Musicians Academy.
Innovation has been at the core of Milos’ teaching as well. In 2012, he was named the ‘Best Pedagogue of the Year’ by the Association of Music and Ballet Pedagogues of Serbia, and he regularly leads music summer camps and organizes as well as performs at charitable events. In 2013, he formed Synergy, a chamber orchestra based in Serbia, which brings together young professional musicians who desire to perform classical music for children.
Now in Boston, Milos is committed to expanding the role of music in the community, and to this end, has been working with children with disabilities as well as playing in hospitals as part of the Music as a Healing Art Program at the Longy School of Music at Bard College. He also leads the “Desea Sonar” music program for kids from Chelsea in collaboration with the “La Colaborativa” organization. In this program, Milos and his colleagues from the Eureka ensemble teach kids songwriting.
Milos has played in numerous orchestras across Europe and the USA. Some of his positions included first clarinet in Camerata Serbica (2009-2011), first clarinet in Synergy Orchestra (2012-2015), first clarinet in the opera La Boheme in production of Boston Opera Collaborative (2018), first clarinet in Boston University Symphony orchestra (2020-2022), and first clarinet in Eureka Ensemble (2021-present).
As a founding member of the Nevski Clarinet Quartet, Milos pushed the boundaries of the traditional classical music concert format, introducing elements of theater in dance in their performances across Europe. Nevski Clarinet Quartet was one of the finalists of the Serbia Got Talent show in 2013 and it performed in festivals across Europe including the European Clarinet Festival in Hungary, the Bemus Festival in Serbia, the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic in Germany, Fourth European Clarinet Congress in Poland, the ICA ClarinetFest Assisi in Italy, and ClarinetFest in Montenegro.
Milos holds a DMA from Boston University, a Master's degree, and an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard
College, as well as a BA from the University of Belgrade.
Throughout his career, Milos has studied with distinguished professors including Ante Grgin, Jonathan Cohler, Ljubisa Jovanovic, Wenzel Fuchs, Gabor Varga, Frank Cohen, Yuan Yuan, Philippe Cuper, Mate Bekavac, and Paul Mayer.
Milos has been teaching saxophone since 2017. He taught at Dana Hall Music School, and Maestro Music Academy along with his private studio. His students have played in the District band and orchestra.
Milos began teaching in 2006 and joined Note-worthy Experiences in July 2023, where he teaches clarinet, saxophone, and piano.
Learn more about Milos in his Teacher Feature.
"Milos playing is full of passion, perfection and has fantastic audience appeal- he's a true virtuoso" - Virginia Sindelar