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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zoran Komadina received his primary and secondary music education in Sarajevo.
He studied composition at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad with Prof. Dusan Radic, he continued his studies at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade with Professor Vlastimir Trajkovic, a master’s degree.
He is engaged in music as a performer, composer and conductor. He writes chamber, solo and symphonic music.
Currently, he teaches at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo theoretical disciplines.
Zoran acted conductor at the premiere of the opera “Time of the Gypsies” in France and Serbia.
Russian pianist, People’s Artist of Russia, laureate of international competitions, soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society, president of the International Charitable Fund Yuri Rozum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Professor and Head of Department of Special Piano Russian Academy of Music. Gnesin.
Since 2011 Yuri Rozum is an honorary professor at Moscow State University of Culture and Arts and an honorary member of the International Academy of Arts.
Yuri Rozum was born in Moscow on February 22 at the family baritone Alexander Rozum and conductor-choirmaster Academic Choir of Russian Song of radio and television Russia Galina Rojdestvenskaya.
In 2005 Yuri Rozum founded the International Foundation Yuri Rozum, whose main purpose is to support young talents.