Đurđa Papazoglu graduated as a pianist from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She gained professional experience in Moscow with Elena Grechnikova and through work in the Moscow Choral Theater of Boris Pevzner. After returning to Serbia, Đurđa founded the art association Music Art Project (MAP) in order to promote cooperation in the field of art and culture. In the same year, she signed a Letter of Intent with the “Simon Bolivar” Music Foundation, thus making official the position of the association within the global El Sistema network, continuing to work consistently and dedicatedly to achieve MAP’s mission. Her enthusiasm, energy and organizational skills enabled MAP to develop through the successful implementation of projects in cooperation with international institutions such as: UNOPS, UNHCR, UNICEF, the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Serbia, as well as the government of Switzerland, among others.
Actively working on the expansion and sustainability of the program, under her leadership the organization successfully establishes partnerships with relevant state bodies (the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the National Commission for UNESCO, the Standing Conference of Cities and Municipalities, the Team for Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, units of local governments and self-governments, and schools where the program was implemented) and partner organizations of civil society, thus contributing to progress in the fields of education, human rights, minority rights, poverty reduction, social inclusion and preservation of cultural heritage. Her vision is to encourage and create creative leaders, who will motivate others in the future, whether they become professional musicians, successful executives or entrepreneurs.