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 the 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.

The Artistic Committee of the Festival will select up to 7 pieces that will become a valuable part of the world's artistic heritage and an important part of the Festival programme. 


The Artistic Committee of the festival will select up to 7 pieces to be included in the Rossi Fest 2021 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 

  • B&B accommodation 

  • Certificate of participation in the festival

  • Pieces written for either of the recommended poems will have the advantage:


This year, Rossi Fest is proud to introduce two special prizes: 

  • The prize of 500 euro will be given for the best composition written by Serbian composer.

  • The prize of 500 euro will be given for the best art song based on poetry that follows the Open Call theme.


  • 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.

  • Available ensemble: 

  • Solo voices: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenore, baritone

  • String orchestra (first violins-4, second violines-3, violas-2, cellos-2, double bass-1)

  • Piano, flute, oboe, clarinet / saxophone, bassoon, percussion*

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

* Please contact us in advance for further information.


  • The application is done by submitting the Application form, available on

  • 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: 12 July 2020

  • Application deadline: 30 November 2020

  • Announcement of the results: 15 December 2020

  • Rehearsal period: 23-26 January 2021

  • Concert Portraits and Remembrance, announcement of the winners and the awards ceremony: 27 January 2021



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