Mirjana Živković (1935, Split) - composer, music pedagogue, writer-theoretician – graduated in composition at the Music Academy in Belgrade (class of Prof. Stanojlo Rajičić) in 1964. She alsostudied world literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. During 1967-68 she obtained a French government fellowship for furthering education at the Paris Conservatory under Olivier Messiaen (composition, musical analyses) and at the Fontainebleau School of Music under Nadia Boulanger (composition, harmony, musical analyses). She completed Master studies in Belgrade.


Biografija - Srpski

In Music School "Josip Slavenski"


From 1964 to 1976 she worked in Josip Slavenski Music School, while in 1976 he became assistant lecturer, and afterward full-time professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she later was a Head of the Music Theory Department (1998-2001). After retirement, she became postgraduate teacher in theory of music. She was also professor at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac.

Mirjana Živković has had an important role in reorganizing and bringing up to date curriculum for the subject ’harmony’, and received two significant recognitions for her pedagogical work: The Golden Medallion of the University of Arts (1997, Belgrade) and Life Award of The Union of Music and Ballet Pedagogues of Serbia (2004).


Faculty of Music, Belgrade, 2001.



She was involved in inventorying and editing the inheritance of Yugoslav composer Josip Slavenski and contributed in opening of his Legacy in Music Information Center in Serbia. She was also a member of the advisory board for publishing Slavenski’s complete works. After retirement Mirjana Živković is still active composer, and engaged in editing and publishing the Serbian composers’ works (Anthology of Serbian Solo-Song, Ballet Suites ’The Legend of Ohrid‘ by Stevan Hristić, Music from ’The Letters of Light‘ by Ljubica Marić…), as well as the papers refer to the music theory (Proceedings of Music theory and analysis published by the Music Theory Department, Faculty of Music in Belgrade; Josip Slavenski and his time, SOKOJ-MIC).

            From 1960’ she collaborated with various magazines such as Student (The Student), Danas (Today), Pro musica

Legacy "Slavenski", 1990.






Sinfonia polifonica, for symphonic orchestra

Radio-Television Belgrade  Award;  Stevan Hristić Award (1964)


Basma (Incantation), for mezzosoprano and 4 timpani

The First Prize of the Fontenblou Conservatory, France (1968)


A bit funny variations, for piano (old version)

SOKOJ Award (1982)


Domestic animals, the song cycle for children’s choir and piano

The First Prize of the Composers Association of Serbia (1982)




Mirjana Živković with her family