Even though Djuro Zivkovic always had a strong connection with the central European sound world, his prime inspiration and artistic incentive has always stemmed in his faith. In similar way to the classicals such as Bach, Bruckner and of the 20th century's Gubaidulina, Messiaen and Takemitsu, the importance of mysticism, faith and belief is the most central element in his creative and artistic work. Central passages on meditation, spiritual practice and the eternal light from the Eastern Orthodox church's prominent collection of mystic texts the Philokaliahas formed the starting point and often the main subject matter of most his major compositions from works "On the Guarding of the Heart", "Ascetic Discourse", "The White Angel" to the most recent "The Mystical Sacrifice" and "Bogoluchie".
Through the prestigious recognition of the world's largest composer award The Grawemeyer Award, Serbian-Swedish Djuro Zivkovic has quickly established itself as one of Europe's leading young composers. He has been played and commissioned by many of the world's most significant orchestras and ensembles. These include New York Philharmonic,Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien,Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern,ASKO|Schönberg and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among others.
The White Angel(2006),On the Guarding of the Heart(2011), Mystical Sacrifice(2016), Bogoluchie(2018), Unceasing Prayers(2013), PSALM XIII(2014).
- Lilla Chirs Johnson Award for Cello Concerto Unceasing Prayers, by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music (SE, 2019)
- Carin Malmlöf-Forsslings-Award, for artistic achievements, by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music (SE, 2018)
- Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco—le Prix de Composition Musicale nomination of Cello Concerto Unceasing Prayers (MO, 2015)
- Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, for On the Guarding of the Heart(USA, 2014)
- Mokranjac Award, Serbian State Prize, for Ascetic Discoursethe best piece of the year (SRB, 2012)
- Swedish Grammy Award (Grammis) on Sonanza's CD Unheard of Again for Le Cimetière Marin(SE, 2009)
- pre-art competition for Eclat de larme– second prize (CH, 2005)
- Workshop and Masterclasses at School of Music at the Gothenburg University (SE) 2019
- Lecture at Manhattan School of Music (USA) 2017
- Masterclasses at Mise-En Space in New York (USA) 2017
- Lecture at School of Music Chicago University (USA) 2017
- Lecture at Royal College of Music in Stockholm (SE) 2015
- Jury member for 5-Minute Opera Competition at the Music Biennale in Zagreb (HR) 2015
- Workshop and Masterclasses at Music School of the University of Louisville (USA) 2014
- Workshop and Masterclasses at Music Academy in Ingesund (SE) 2014
- Jury member for the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition (USA) 2014
- Lecturer in Ear Training and Instrumentation at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (SE) 2011-2013
- Lecture at Irino Institute (JP) 2011
Collaboration with ensembles/orchestras - selection (alphabetical order):
Alabama Symphony Orchestra, ASKO/Schönberg, Avanti!, Bielefelder Philharmoniker, BIT20 Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Curious Chamber Players, Ensemble Ernst, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Zeitfluß, Gageego, Gävle Symfoniorkester, Klangforum Wien, Kovilj Monastery male choir, L'Itinéraire, Ljubica Maric kamerni orkestar, Louisville Orchestra, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Mise-En, Musica Vitae, Netherlands Radio Choir, New European Ensemble, New York Philharmonic, Norbotten NEO, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej , Pre-art ensemble, Riot Ensemble, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, SAMI Sinfonietta, Seattle Symphony, Sonanza Ensemble, Stockholm Brass, Svenska Kammarorkester, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Int Ensemble, Trio Fibonacci, Uusinta Ensemble, Zagrebacka Filharmonija, (...)
Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Aleksi Barrière, Alexander Kalajdzic, Anna Larsson, B. Tomy Andersson, Baldur Brönnimann, Brad Lubman, Brett Dean, Carina Vinke, Carl Unander-Scharin, Christian Karlsen, Clement Power, Courtney Lewis, Danilo Kadovic, David Gompper, Edo Micic, Elim Chan, Emilio Pomarico, Hanna Dahlkvist , Hugo Ticcati, Jacob Kellermann, Jan Risberg, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Klaas Stok, Mark Padmore, Martyn Brabbins, Michael Bartoch, Pavle Zajcev, Pekka Kuusisto, Peter Eötvös, Rade Pejcic, Rei Munakata, Rune Bergmann, Shiyeon Sung, Stilian Kirov, Szymon Bywalec, Teddy Abrams, Thomas Rimul, Zubin Kanga, (...)