Manja Ristić (1979) born in Belgrade.
In 2001 graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Music, then in 2004 awarded at the Royal College of Music, London, with PGDip Solo-Ensemble Recitalist. As a classical solo and chamber musician, as well as a composer and an improv musician Manja, performed all across Europe and in the US, involving collaborations with established conductors and performers, multimedia artists, visual artists, poets, theater, and movie directors.
During her undergraduate studies, Manja starts a collaboration with cellist Ivana Grahovac, forming experimental electro-acoustic duo Eruption, which brings progressive approaches in instrumental string performing within the SEE region and since the end of the 90s continuously supports the development of free improvisation scene in Belgrade.
After finishing post-graduate studies Manja is focusing on contemporary performance in the field of instrumental electro-acoustics, sound art, field recording, interdisciplinary sound-related research (mnemotopia, mnemopoetics and site-specific intervention), experimental radio arts, … In 2015 Manja presented the conceptual system of graphic notations dedicated to contemporary music composers and performers, under the title Violin Revealed – Alternative Guide to Violin’s Sonic Life, a concept developed during two decades of multi-instrumental improv practice and performance research.
Manja is the founder of the Association of Multimedia Artists „Auropolis“ (since 2004), that by her guidance developed a distinctive number of cultural events, international projects, cultural conferences, and educational modules in the fields of scene arts and multimedia arts.
Works and lives in Belgrade, Serbia, and Korčula Island, Croatia.