The Cold/Živanović Duo was formed in 2018 by Benjamin Cold and Filip Živanović, both D.M.A. alumnus from the University of Minnesota. Since it's formation, the CZ Duo has performed as guest artists at various universities throughout the United States. In November 2018, they performed as guest artists (by invitation) at the International Contemporary Music Festival in Havanna, Cuba. This was their international debut.
Filip and Benjamin are both strong supporters of new and contemporary music written by living composers. As such, they have worked with a variety of both young and established composers on commission projects, expanding the repertoire available for this unique chamber instrumentation.
Filip Živanović - Guitar
Filip Živanović was born in Belgrade, Serbia. During his early education, he has won over 30 first prizes at national and international competitions in Serbia and abroad. In 2010 he enrolled the University of Belgrade, School of Music. Since 2011 he has performed in a duo with his fellow guitarist Momčilo Aleksandrić as Belgrade Guitar Duo. He has attended master classes with some of the renowned classical guitar experts such as: Aniello Desiderio, Hubert Käppel, Roland Dyens, Paolo Pegoraro, Denis Azabagić etc.
In 2014 he graduated with the honors at the University of Belgrade under the guidance of professor Srđan Tošić. He has achieved a master’s degrees in both classical guitar performance and chamber music at the same University. He started Doctorate studies in chamber music performance in Belgrade, and now he is working on his Doctorate in classical guitar performance with prof. Maja Radovanlija at University of Minnesota School of Music. During his time at University of Minnesota he has won top prizes at the numerous competitions across the United States such as International Memphis Guitar Competition 2017, Appalachian Guitar Festival 2018 (North Carolina), Southern Guitar Festival 2018 (South Carolina), Schubert Club Competition 2018 (Minnesota), etc.
Since 2003. he has given numerous solo recitals and performed in Europe and United states. Also, he performed actively as a member of various chamber ensembles (guitar duo and trio, and duos with flute, saxophone and violin).