BIOGRAPHY

Mirza Redzepagic started his musical education at the age of 8 as a guitar player. At  the age of 10 on a Talents competition in Novi Sad, Serbia he played his first concert, where he was recognised as a huge talent and there he begins his music career. Already within the age of 15 he held a series of concerts across the country and took part to many national and international competitions.  

Mirza continued his secondary music education in Belgrade in a class of Mr. Zoran Anic, and simultaneously attends regular high chool in his hometown. In 2006 he continues his education at Music Academy in Sarajevo as a solo classical guitar player in the class of Prof. Alexander Swete, where he graduates in 2010 with the highest possible honors. In may 2010 on the invitation of his professor, who works as a full time professor at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wienna (Austria), Mirza performed a concert in Vienna as a representative of guitar department of Music Academy in Sarajevo. During his young music career he held concerts in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Austria.

The same year (2010) Mirza started the secondary studies of composition at the Music Academy of Sarajevo. He attended classes for two years and decided to stop it.

His field of musical journey entered the faze of exploration of the oriental music  (Arabic & Turkish maqam music) where he studied with Sanel Sabitovic in Sarajevo. Beside oriental he also attended classes of jazz music with highly respected Bosnian jazz musician Sinan Alimanovic. 

Summer of 2012 Mirza spends in Granada (Spain) where he attended classes of flamenco guitar with various masters of flamenco such as Juan Habichela, Jorge el Pisao and Ruben Campos. 

At 2013 Asociación Española de Guitarra Flamenca (AEGF) located in Madrid provided him a scholarship for studies of flamenco guitar and arts, where he specialised his flamenco studies with renowned flamenco guitarist and teacher Jose Deluna. 

Beside guitar, Mirza plays an Arabic oud which puts him in the spotlight of this instrument in his country and region,  as  one of the few who plays it.

His performing opus includes various music styles as flamenco, classical, Balkan, maqam and World Music. He gives concerts regularly in his country and abroad and performed at respected festivals in Europe such as Jazz Fest Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Ethno Fusion Fest Belgrade (Serbia), Approdi Festival Trieste (Italy), Ankara Flamenco Festival (Turkey), Bi Flamenko Festival (Slovenia), Festival Teatro le Castello di Gorizia (Italy). Also, Mirza performed at various venues such as Croatian Hall “Vatroslav Lisinski” in Zagreb, Cankarjev Dom Ljubljana (Slovenia), National Theater Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and many others.

Mirza was the founder of Sarajevo Guitar Quartet on 2012.

Mirza is a professor of flamenco guitar and a representative of Asociación Española de Guitarra Flamenca (AEGF) for Balkan countries since 2014.

From 2018 Mirza works as music director of the World Music Fest Zeman (Serbia) and brought many renowned artists such as: Damir Imamovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, Mavi Siyah, Sentido Project, Marko Louis, Kolektif Istanbul, Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra etc. World Music Fest Zeman is recognised as one of the most ambitious festivals in the Balkan region.

Together with renowned Bosnian musician Damir Imamović he established and organised World Music Jam Sessions in Sarajevo on 2019.

His actual project NAiRUZ is international band that performs music of sufi and flamenco culture with whom Mirza currently performs concerts in Europe. NAiRUZ is one of 10 bands selected in MOST - The Bridge for Balkan Music, program supported by Creative Europe in 2020.

On Womex 2020, Mirza performed an online session of Microtonal Guitar, explaining the possibilities of performing Maqam music on the flamenco microtonal guitar.

During Covid 19 lockdown at the beginning of 2021, Mirza performed four online concerts. “Una Noche al Lunar” - flamenco and Sefardic music concert with guest singer Esma Numanovic and “NAiRUZ Trilogy” - series of three videos of his band NAiRUZ. 

In May 2021. he published EP “Flamenco Clásicos” as homage to old Masters of flamenco guitar.

As the Covid 19 pandemic was still active and there was no possibilities to perform live, Mirza focused on music recording and at the moment he is preparing three albums for publishing.

— “Brouwer’s Cuban Landscapes” - 20 guitar studies and 5 pieces for solo guitar and guitar quartets composed by Leo Brouwer.
— “Maqam Guitar” - 10 pieces of music composed by various oriental composers of maqam music performed on Mirza’s microtonal guitar.

— “NAiRUZ” - first album of his band “NAiRUZ” for Mirza composed and arranged the music.