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Slobodan Atanacković was born in Idvor, Serbia (September 23, 1937). He studied composition at the Music Academy in Belgrade (classes of Prof. Milenko Živković and Prof. Enriko Josif). After graduation in 1965, he worked as a pedagogue in Josip Slavenski music school and Lujo Davičo ballet school in Belgrade.

Since 1970 he has been musical editor on Radio Belgrade (The First Program) and afterward musical editor-in-chief of all music programs on Radio Belgrade. He was also a director of Music Production of Radio Television Serbia in two mandates and president of the Musical board of Association of Amateurs of Serbia for 20 years. Atanacković was active member of Composers Association of Serbia and Union of Yugoslav Composers Associations (SOKOJ), where he acted as a member of Governing Board, Editorial Board as well as Advertising Board. He was President of Council of Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Today, he is professor at the Academy of Arts in Banjaluka, where he teaches orchestration, music arrangement and octoechos.

            Slobodan Atanacković received several recognitions and prizes on public competitions for his work. His audio illustrated publications were reworded on Yugoslav Radio Television competitions, and his compositions won prizes on Serbian Composers Association competitions in various categories (soloistic, chamber, symphonic and vocal-symphonic). It should be mentioned that Atanacković won The October Prize of Belgrade for oratorio Acathistus as well as recognition on UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for Ad vivum and Simfonia eterofonica. He wrote numerous informative papers and musical critics. He is author of over 100 papers and musicological studies about composers and their works from various epochs: Three Centuries of Violin Music, On The Road of Symphony, Searching for Development of Chamber Music, Contemporary Yugoslav Creativity and The Morning Service – historical monograph about Serbian religious culture, development of chant and prayer forms and especially Orthodox Church feasts.

            Plenty of Atanacković’s compositions were performed abroad and some pieces became the world standard repertoire. His whole opus was recorded and offered to radio programs in country, and through European Broadcasting Union and International Rostrum of Composers to all interested abroad.

            Slobodan Atanacković’s creative interest includes variety of genres – from chamber music to instrumental and vocal-instrumental, and in last decade of 20th century he wrote sacred music in Serbian octoechos tradition. His opus includes children, stage and applied music.

Atanacković was twice proposed to The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.