portraits and remembrance

Theme of the Call refers to the culture of remembrance of the World War II, Holocaust victims and the Righteous Among the Nations. Emerging composers have the opportunity to give their contribution to world heritage, by composing works based on historical, literary or other sources, as well as personal stories, deeds and events during World War II. 

This way Rossi Fest aims to encourage the young artists to research and interpret the historical events in their own personal way and to give an important contribution to the  remembrance culture of the Holocaust.

This year's edition focuses on the topic of the Righteous Among the Nations - the honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis for altruistic realsons.


The Artistic Committee of the festival will select up to 7 pieces to be included in the Rossi Fest 2022 Programme. The composers whose pieces are selected will be provided with:

  • Active contribution in music and stage rehearsals with performers, conductor and stage director 

  • Performance of the compositions as part of the concert Portraits and Remembrance

  • Audio and video recording of the performance 

  • Media support and promotion 

  • Accommodation 

  • Certificate of participation in the festival

  • In this edition the advantage is given to works that are inspired by the personalities and deeds of Righteous Among the Nations. More on this subject can be found here.

  • The prize of 50.000 RSD will be given for the best composition written by a composer from Serbia..

  • The prize of 50.000 RSD (paid in EUR, based on the average exchange rate of the prize-announcement date) for the best composition of foreign composer.


  • The Call is open for students of Composition and composers not older than 35 year of age.

  • The work should fit the theme of the Portraits and Remembrance as explained above.

  • Length of the work: up to 8 minutes.

  • The piece should be written for a chamber ensemble of up to 7 performers, from the following selection:

    • Voice: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, reciter; 

    • Instruments: violin, viola, cello, double basi, piano, flute, oboe, clarinet / saxophone, bassoon, percussion*

    • Tape, electronic instruments and devices, ambient sounds etc.*

* Kindly contact us if you have any further information regarding the options for performing ensemble.

  • The application is done by submitting the Application form, click here to apply.

  • In order to apply it is needed to provide a short biography with the information about the education, prizes and awards and professional activities, a high resolution headshot, score of the piece and the artistic explanation for it.

  • Call timeline:

  • Opening: October 18th 2021

  • Application deadline: December 18th 2021

  • Announcement of the results: December 31st 2021

  • Rehearsal period: 23-26 January 2022

  • Concert Portraits and Remembrance, announcement of the winners and the awards ceremony: 27 January 2022


If you have any questions regarding the Call and the Festival, do not hesitate to write to us via contact form on website, email (rossi.fest.belgrade@gmail.com) or social networks.