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She won many national, republic and federal competitions and took a first prize at the 1993 International Sergei Rachmaninoff Anniversary Competition. Radokovic was described as possessing 'A volcanic temperament and a tender Slavic soul' and she subsequently toured widely with concerto performances and recitals throughout the Balkans and later in Italy and Sweden.

Sonja on a New Zealand farm, holding a lamb. Photo © 2003 Hans Zulauf
Sonja on a New Zealand farm, holding a lamb. Photo © 2003 Hans Zulauf

Nonetheless last month Sonja came to New Zealand direct from the still harsh conditions in her own land. And for the first time she patted a horse, saw newly-born lambs up close, and she clambered over slippery shoreline rocks to confront seals at Palliser; just one bay away from Wellington.

Sonja with a horse in New Zealand. Photo © 2003 Hans Zulauf
Sonja with a horse in New Zealand. Photo © 2003 Hans Zulauf

Each evening Sonja found a phone booth and in 'rapid-fire' Serbian she acquainted her husband and mother -- back in Belgrade -- with the day's events 'Down Under'.

A devout Orthodox believer, Sonja loves her audiences ... Serbian, Croat, Muslim or Maori ... and she prepares her programmes assiduously. Consequently nothing seems to phase her.

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Copyright © 21 September 2003 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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