Festival of Russian Music
Kustendorf CLASSIC

An annual competitive festival, established in 2013 by world-famous Serbian director Emir Kusturica. VII Festival was held in Serbia on July 10-12, 2019

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Broadcasts from the Festival

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Official Closing and Awards Ceremony
Beginning at 21:30, July 12, 2019
The following broadcast Moscow time is indicated
12 July
Yuri Bashmet on the radio "Culture"
Kustendorf CLASSIC 2019: festival participants' impressions
Official Closing and Awards Ceremony

What exactly is the Kustendorf CLASSIC
Festival of Russian Music?

Launched in 2013 by world famous director Emir Kusturica, the Kustendorf CLASSIC is an annual competitive festival directed at supporting young musicians. Held over four categories — piano, strings, wind instruments and vocals — participation in the Festival is completely free of charge, with the winners in the selection rounds given the chance to travel to Serbia and perform on the same stage as international stars.

Serbiavenue –
the ethnic village of Drvengrad
66 concertsover the three days of the Festival
StarsValery Gergiev, Denis Matsuev, Nemanja Radulovic and others
  • Music gives us the opportunity to escape limitations, and feel genuine freedom. This independence of spirit is, for the fourth year running, filling Mokra Gora.

    The main symbol of the festival is the musical matryoshka, reflecting the real essence of pan-Slavic unity — the embodiment of which lies in freedom of musical expression.

    Emir Kusturica
    Film director and founder of the Bolshoi Festival

    Emir Kusturica

    Film director and founder of the Bolshoi Festival
    Emir Kusturica - Film director and founder of the Bolshoi Festival
  • The Bolshoy Festival is a unique forum, harmoniously mixing musical styles, with both master musicians and absolute beginners performing on the same stage, and with everyone mixing with everyone else. There are no VIP zones, no ‘gongs’, and no hierarchies or one-upmanship, just creative freedom — making for a unique, festive atmosphere. And more and more young Russian musicians are coming to Drvengrad every year. For young people, taking part in the festival represents a very important stage in their creative journey — an event that shapes their world view, and highlights the boundlessness and universality of the language of music. And meeting famous stars gives them a genuinely unique opportunity to understand the secrets of mastering their art.

    Alexander Dybal
    Member of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft

    Alexander Dybal

    Member of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft
    Alexander Dybal - Member of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft
  • I’ve been involved in organising many festivals, and I can say that Mecavnik has an absolutely amazing history of what you might call love of the land, love for one’s people, and love for music. You have here that bustling “Kusturican” atmosphere, a vortex of passions — in the best sense of the word. From the minute I stepped onto the stage, I could feel how understanding and receptive the audience were. We can be proud of the fact that a generation has emerged over the past 20 years, brought up to attend concerts like this. This festival makes names — names that will, in the near future, make the Russian school of musicianship famous.

    Denis Matsuev
    Pianist and People’s Artist of the Russian Federation

    Denis Matsuev

    Pianist and People’s Artist of the Russian Federation
    Denis Matsuev - Pianist and People’s Artist of the Russian Federation

Drvengrad — the village of Emir Kusturica

Drvengrad was built for scenes in Emir Kusturica’s film “Life is Beautiful” near the station on the narrow-gauge railway that once united Belgrade with Dubrovnik, on the Mecavnik hill in the Mokra Gora national park.

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Festival stars

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

  • Denis Matsuev
    Russian virtuoso pianist and public figure. People's Artist of the Russian Federation. Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
  • Valery Gergiev
    Russian conductor, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg)
  • Monica Bellucci
    Italian actress and model.


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