Mirna Ogrizovic, was born in Croatia, but grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, where she received her violin performance degree from the School of Music, Belgrade University of Arts. She also received a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and earned her doctorate degree in conducting from the University of Georgia.
Mirna’s conducting experience includes the University Philharmonia of UGA, as well as the UGA Symphony Orchestra. For her work at UGA she was recognized with the Director’s Excellence Award. She also conducted the ARCO chamber orchestra in a Carnegie Hall performance, and recorded a CD with the same orchestra and violinist Levon Ambartsumian as soloist in music by renowned Russian composer Mikhail Bronner.
Before she moved to the United States (in 2001), she was Associate Concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Serbian Radio Television in Belgrade, the Associate Artistic Director of the Ensemble of the Studio for Early Music, and a soloist of the Ensemble Renaissance.
Mirna has received numerous awards in national and international competitions, including the silver medal at the international violin competition in Stresa, Italy. She recorded several CDs with Atlanta based, period instrument ensemble, New Trinity Baroque.
Mirna is a member of the Balkan Quartet (in residence at Georgia Perimeter College), which recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Berry College in Rome, GA, and conducts the Oak Hill Symphony Orchestra.