Snežana Vlastić was born in 1964 in Kragujevac (Serbia) where she attended primary and secondary music school in the class of Radomir Tomic. She continued her music studies in Bratislava (Slovakia), in the class of Rajmund Kakoni and graduated in 1986. During her studies she performed as a soloist at numerous concerts, cultural events, as well as national and international competitions where she won major awards.
After graduation, she returned to her hometown and has been fully committed to teaching ever since. A large number of students aged between 10 and 19 have passed through her class. After 33 years of teaching career, she can boast over 300 awards, both at domestic and internationally renowned competitions. Among them there are Republic Competition laureates as well as laureates of the competitions in Smederevo, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Loznica and also major international competitions in Pula (Croatia), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Ohrid (Northern Macedonia), Poprad (Slovakia), Prague (Czech Republic), World Cup (CIA), World Trophy (CMA), Castelfidardo (Italy), Klingental (Germany). She has also been a jury member at most of the competitions listed above: she has been a jury member at all competitions in Serbia, and also at CIA and CMA in Pula (Croatia), Podgorica (Montenegro).
For many years she has been the chairman of the Accordion State Committee which has dealt with all major issues related to accordion teaching and its place in the education system of Serbia. This includes developing plans and programs for students of primary and secondary music schools in Serbia, selecting mandatory compositions and designing rulebooks for competitions held under the auspices of the Republic of Serbia. Along with her students she has had the privilege and honour to participate in master classes held by Jacques Morne, Elsbeth Moser, Teodoro Anzellotti, Mika Vayrynen, Alberdi Iñaki, Yuri Shishkin and many others.
For over 20 years she presided over the accordion teachers’ board at the Music School of Kragujevac. Hard teamwork, mutual respect and positive energy have raised the level of primary and secondary music school performance quality in Kragujevac to high professionalism, as confirmed by countless first prizes from all well-known competition podiums in the world.
For her accomplished pedagogical results, Snežana has received the following awards in Serbia:
1997 Award from the Music and Ballet Pedagogues’ Association of Serbia for outstanding one-year pedagogical results,
2006 Award from the Music Pedagogues’ Society of Serbia for outstanding multi-year pedagogical results,
2008 Award from the Music School DrMilojeMilojevicfrom Kragujevac, charter for exceptional merits and contributions to the development of the Kragujevac Music School,
2013 Award from the Music and Ballet Pedagogues’ Community of Serbia for long-term pedagogical results and comprehensive work in education.
Snežana Vlastić works as an accordion and chamber music professor at the Music School DrMilojeMilojevićin Kragujevac.