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The strength of the festival — in the unification

The key idea behind the festival is to support talented young people from music schools and academies throughout Serbia and Republic of Srpska, as well as talented young people across Russia. The festival is a site for a dialogue between the youth of Russia and Serbia, it provides an opportunity for sharing experiences and musical networking.

Supporting the Festival is Gazprom Neft’s contribution, as a major international investor in Serbia, into the development of cultural and social cooperation between the two countries.

  • 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 will be organised across four specialities — piano, strings, wind instruments and vocals.

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

Russia and Serbia

The key idea behind the Festival is to support talented young people from music schools and academies throughout Serbia and talented young people from across Russia, providing a platform for dialogue between talented young people in Russia and Serbia, allowing them to share experience and develop musical and cultural ties.

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Festival program

The Festival includes mandatory competitive and cultural programmes, with young artists competing in the performance of classical and contemporary pieces by Russian and Serbian composers. The non-competitive cultural programme includes concerts and performances by famous Russian and Serbian musicians.


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The Golden Matryoshka

The Festival is symbolised in the “Golden Matryoshka”, reflecting the real essence of pan-Slavonic unity, exemplified by freedom in musical self-expression.

Bigger and more international

Every year, special guests of the festival are the celebrities of classical music. In particular, the head of the Mariinsky Theater, conductor Valery Gergiev was the honorary guest of the festival in 2017, he held an open master class for the Serbian symphony orchestra. Among the artists who performed on the stage of Drvargrad are famous musicians: Denis Matsuev, Yuri Rozum, Nemanja Radulovich, 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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