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The strength of the festival is built around unity

The festival was founded by film director Emir Kusturica in 2013 and has been supported by Gazprom Neft since its inception as part of the company’s “Home Towns” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

The festival is a major landmark in the social and cultural landscapes of those cities in which the company operates. Taking part in the festival offers young performers the opportunity to share experience in music, engage with classical music maestros, and develop and improve their musical skills.

  • The strength of the festival — in the unification
  • The strength of the festival — in the unification
  • The strength of the festival — in the unification
  • The strength of the festival — in the unification

The competition is run across four specialities — piano, strings, woodwind and vocal performance. According to members of the competition selection committee, applications to compete in the festival are becoming more challenging and more intense, every year, as the level of competitors’ performing skills grows.

Russian musicians were able to participate in the festival for the first time in 2015, thanks to support from the Gazprom Neft “Home Towns” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, with music schools from Khanty-Mansiysk, Muravlenko, Noyabrsk, Omsk, Orenburg and Tomsk taking part.

Russia and Serbia

The key idea behind the festival is to support talented young musicians from music schools and academies throughout the Republic of Serbia and from Russia’s regions. The festival provides a forum for dialogue between talented young people from Russia and Serbia, providing an opportunity to share experience and develop musical connections and relationships.

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The festival programme

The festival includes mandatory competition and cultural programmes, with young performers competing in performing classical and modern pieces by Russian and Serbian composers, and the non-competitive cultural programme offering concerts and performances by famous Russian and Serbian musicians.


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The Golden Matryoshka

The festival’s key symbol — the musical matryoshka — reflects the genuine essence of pan-Slavonic unity, the embodiment of which can be seen in the freedom of musical expression.

Festival stars

World-famous classical-music celebrities perform as special guests at the festival, every year. In 2017, in particular, the festival’s star guest was Mariinsky Theatre conductor Valery Gergiev, who held an orchestral masterclass for the Serbian Symphony Orchestra. Artists appearing on the stage in Drvengrad include famous musicians Denis Matsuev, Yuri Rozum, Nemanja Radulovic and Alena Baeva.

Stars
Jury
  • Nemanja Radulović>
    Nemanja Radulović
    Serbian violin virtuoso, winner of international competitions

    Nemanja Radulović

  • Zoran Todorovich>
    Zoran Todorovich
    German opera singer of Serbian origin, lyric tenor

    Zoran Todorovich

  • Narek Hakhnazaryan>
    Narek Hakhnazaryan
    Cellist, winner of international Tchaikovsky competition

    Narek Hakhnazaryan

  • Valery Gergiev>
    Valery Gergiev
    Russian conductor, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg)

    Valery Gergiev

  • Roman Simovic>
    Roman Simovic
    Violinist and leader of the London Symphony Orchestra

    Roman Simovic

  • Tatyana Samouil>
    Tatyana Samouil
    Russian-Belgian violinist

    Tatyana Samouil

  • Justus Grimm>
    Justus Grimm
    Cellist, and a soloist with the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra

    Justus Grimm



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