Born in Croatia, Dr. Mirna Ogrizovic grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, where she received her violin performance degree from the School of Music at the Belgrade University of Arts. Upon earning her degree, Dr. Ogrizovic was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Serbian Radio Television in Belgrade.
In 2001, Dr. Ogrizovic moved to the United States to continue her studies in conducting. She received a Master's Degree in orchestral conducting from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and doctoral degree in conducting from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, Ogrizovic conducted the University Philharmonia and was the assistant conductor for the UGA Symphony Orchestra. Her Carnegie Hall debut was guest conducting ARCO Chamber Orchestra in a performance with violinist Levon Ambartsumian as soloist in music by renowned Russian composer Mikhail Bronner. The music was later recorded on a CD entitled “Haven’s Gate,” published by the Artservice label in 2008.
Dr. Ogrizovic is a full time faculty member at Berry College in Rome, GA, where she conducts the Berry College Symphony Orchestra and teaches conducting, violin/viola, and chamber music. Under her leadership, Berry College Symphony Orchestra presented many exciting projects and continued to make fantastic impact in a community of Rome, Georgia.
In her fourth year as the Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Ogrizovic is making a great impact in a community, making Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra one of the fastest growing ensembles in the Atlanta area. In the four years of her leadership, the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra's reputation is growing and the orchestra is emerging as an orchestra of note among Atlanta's ensembles. The orchestra regularly collaborates with national artists and is continually expanding their repertoire.
As a violinist, Dr. Ogrizovic has received numerous awards in national and international competitions, including the silver medal on the international violin competition in Strezza, Italy. She is a member of the Balkan Quartet with which she had notable performances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Kennedy Center, as well as the GMEA Conference in Savannah, GA and The Arts Club in Washington, DC. The quartet’s performances have been broadcast on NPR, and their concert at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage was streamed live online.
In addition to teaching, performing and conducting, Dr. Ogrizovic is also an avid researcher in a field of conducting and frequent presenter in music conferences around nation.