The third Bolshoi Music Festival, supported by Gazprom Neft, took place between July 9 and 11 2015 in Drvengrad, Mokra Gora — the unique architectural intuitive of international film director Emir Kusturica.
The key idea behind the Festival — founded by Kusturica — is to develop cultural ties between Russia and Serbia, as well as supporting talented young people from music schools and academies throughout Serbia. The Festival was widened in 2015, with children from Russia taking part in the competition programme for the first time.
The Festival Competition included performances of compositions by classical and modern Russian and Serbian composers, with more than 100 talented musicians competing for the main prize — the Golden Matryoshka. The Festival Jury included well-known Serbian and Russian music professors and musicians, including Victoria Matelinen and Zoran Komadina as well as Miroslav Pavlovic, conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic.
Guests attending the Bolshoi Festival also enjoyed a varied musical and cinematographic programme.
The Festival was opened by the outstanding pianist and winner of innumerable prestigious international competitions, Yuri Rozum.
The stage at Drvengrad was also host to Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović, accompanied by the “Bolshoi” Symphony Orchestra conducted by Srboljub Dimich, head of the Mexico City Opera de Bellas Artes.
The final chord of the festival were struck by the “Bolshoi” quintet, playing musical themes from the film “Happiness” by Alexander Medvedkin, with the “No Smoking Orchestra” making sure all guests and participants left the Festival on a high note.