Guitar and Mandolin to Conclude KotorArt
The twenty-first edition of KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days concluded with a concert by two artists, one from Montenegro – guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and one from Israel – mandolin player Avi Avital.
With a concert entitled Traces from the Regulus Constellation, at KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days, the Collegium Musicum Academic Choir paid tribute to Darinka Matić Marović, a conductor who marked the music scene of the second half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century.
The concert of young artists from the United States of America and Montenegro was held on Friday, August 12, in the Church of the Holy Spirit where they performed for the audience of KotorArt the works of Joseph Haydn, Antonin Dvořák, as well as of contemporary young authors, Slobodanka Dabović Đurić and Dariush Derakhshani.
The artist whom the Kotor audience listened to during the previous editions of the Festival, a pianist recognizable for his research approach to piano repertoire, his virtuoso and intriguing performances – Kemal Gekić, held a recital in the atrium of the Church of St. Nicholas Franciscan Monastery in Prčanj.
It is always valuable for the festival program when the artists bring freshness to it with their repertoire, which results from the fact that the compositions are not sufficiently known to the general public, and that they are permeated by aesthetic norms related to art music.
Followed by the performance of students of the Vida Matjan Primary and Secondary Music School from Kotor, and the students of the Music Academy in Cetinje, the thematic segment titled KotorArt Talents at Don Branko’s Music Days was rounded off by members of the Iskra piano trio.
The fourth evening of the project titled CONTEMPORARY FORTRESSES OF CULTURE: BOKA, TREBINJE, NOVI SAD, a panel discussion and a music program, was held last night in front of the Trojica Fortress as part of the KotorArt Philosophers’ Square.
This year’s thematic segment of the KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days called the China Stage ended with the performance of the Chinese violinist Dan Zhu and the French pianist Michel Dalberto. On Tuesday, August 2, in the Church of the Holy Spirit, the artists performed the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bright Sheng and Richard Strauss.
Last night, a concert titled Montenegro and Austria: The Power of Music was held on the crowded Square of the St. Tryphon Cathedral. It was a joint performance of the Montenegrin Military Orchestra and the Military Music of Upper Austria under conductors Milo Belević and Gernot Haidegger.
It has long been a practice that, in addition to formal education, young talented musicians improve their skills by learning from eminent pedagogues at master classes. KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days, within the festival segment titled KotorArt Academy, offered violin, flute and piano master classes
After the high artistic achievements in the first part of the Festival, with exceptional young musicians gathered in the Camerata Balcanica Chamber Orchestra, the steady voices of the Ivan Goran Kovačić Academic Choir and a flawless presentation of authentic baroque music of the Accademia Bizantina Ensemble, a concert called The Music of Hope was held at KotorArt. In the Church of Our Lady in Prčanj
A book launch of the monographThe Boka Navy, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Prof. Dr. Antun Sbutega, was held last night with great interest and the presence of the audience in the Church of St. Nicholas Francisca Monastery in Prčanj, as reported by the KotorArt team.
The Bremen Youth Symphony Orchestra performed last night at the November 21 Square in Risan. The concert was organized by the NGOs Medaur Risan and Bocche di Cattaro – Perast String Festival. Partners of the event were KotorArt International Festival and the German Embassy in Podgorica.
The cooperation that KotorArt achieved a few years ago with the Embassy of thePeople's Republic of China, and with Chinese institutions – the Shanghai International Cultural Association and the Shanghai Music Association, contributed to the visibility of a whole range of young talented artists from China at the Festival and in this part of the region.
In the Church of St. Nicholas Franciscan Monastery in Prčanj, KotorArt Festival Don Branko's Music Days hosted the Slovenian composer Matija Krečić who, as part of the #synergy: Sharpening the Capacities of the Classical Music Industry in the Western Balkans project, is staying in Kotor to explore the environment and write compositions inspired by it.
The twelfth KotorArt Philosophers’ Square is being realized this summer through music, debate and educational programs of two important projects – Contemporary Fortresses of Culture: Boka, Trebinje, Novi Sad and Modifying Error 404: Towards Green, Digital and Inclusive Societies.
The first part of the Contemporary Montenegrin Musical Identity project, a CD release, commissioned by the KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days, inspired by important historical dates and heritage of Montenegro and Kotor, supported by the Montenegrin Ministry of Culture, was successfully realized in April.
With the support of the Western Balkans Fund, International Festival KotorArt, in partnership with the NGO Mostovi from Trebinje and the Almashani Association from Novi Sad, is implementing a significant regional project named Contemporary Fortress of Culture: Boka, Trebinje, Novi Sad
Project was initiated and implemented by the Don Branko Sbutega Foundation in 2021, with the aim of encouraging intercultural and intersectoral dialogue, as well as understanding the position, influence and importance of culture and arts in times of crisis.
Furtvengler chamber soloists will take part in this year’s KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days. Furtvengler is made of members of Berlin Philharmonics: violinist Cornelia Gartemann, violist Julia Gartemann and a cellist Knut Weber in collaboration with Turkish pianist Özgür Aydin
A new art festival called Wild Beauty Art will be held on Žabljak, from 19th to 23rd August under the patronage of Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development, Žabljak Tourism Organization supported by Durmitor National Park and Durmitor Touristic Centre.
The event The Week of Hungarian Culture in Montenegro will be held from the June 20th until end of September. During that time 24 events will be organized and the main event, a guest performance by Danubia Symphony Orchestra will be organized as a part of the KotorArt Festival Don Branko’s Music Days
On the occasion of the remembrance of the catastrophic earthquake, after which Kotor Old Town was enlisted in UNESCO’s world culture heritage list, we spoke to Antun Sbutega, the descendent of a 500-hundred-year old family of Boka navy captains
At the Sparks of Youth concert, scheduled for July 17th on Kotor Summer Stage, the audience will have the opportunity to listen to premiere performance of the author work by composer and saxophone player Safir Adizes along with the KotorArt Festival Orchestra and conducted by Jacek Rogal
Sergej Ćetković, one of the most beloved musicians in Montenegro and the region, will perform on KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days by joining forces with the orchestras of music schools “Vida Matjan” from Kotor and “Mokranjac” from Belgrade
The two artists who in past few days performed together several times in front of the audience of one of the most important festivals, in Verbier, with diverse programs and in various ensembles – violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang, played in a crowded Church of the Holy Spirit.
The presentation of local young musicians is especially pronounced at this year’s Don Branko’s Music Days, and for the past several years in a row, there perform the best students of the Vida Matjan School for Primary and Secondary Music Education in Kotor, with whom KotorArt intensively cooperates
As a member of Opera Studio of Belgrade National Theatre she has played many roles in the operas like “Pokondirena tikva” by Mihovil Logar, “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini, in the operetta “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss as well as in dramas of Belgrade Drama Theatre.
The relationship of the festival with the national philharmonic orchestra, the development of the festival with financial support outside of state budget and the festival’s infrastructure are the topics we discussed with Ratimir Martinović, director of Don Branko Music Days just days before the very beginning of the music program.