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  • Duo Edit | Rossi fest

    ​ Concert: Inspirations for violin and harp Duo Edit National Theatre in Belgrade, "Raša Plaović" stage 28 January 2022 at 20:00 ​ The concert of Inspiration for Violin and Harp, interpreted by Duo Edit (violinist Edit Makedonska and harpist Gorana Ćurgus) includes a wide range of program arranged specially for this unusual ensemble - from famous works of classical music to music from musicals, all composed by composers of Jewish descent. The duo was founded in 2011 and performs a wide range of repertoires - from virtuoso works, popular classics, evergreen music, as well as works by Serbian composers, some of which were specially commissioned for the duo. So far, Duo Edit has made notable appearances at numerous festivals in Serbia, as well as in important concert halls in Belgrade and other places across the country. The Association of Composers of Serbia, the Association of Music Artists of Serbia, as well as Organization of Music Authors of Serbia have recognized the importance of this duo and its contribution to the preservation and nurturing of Serbian cultural heritage. For the Lilac record company, the duo released two CDs (2021) - Rhapsody of Sound and Inspirations for Violin and Harp. ​ Program: L. Grinski: Air Hebreic Rondino Soiréé Turque Danse Roumain J. Offenbach: Barcarola Princ von Arkadien F. Mendelson: Lied ohne Worte, op.30 J. Williams: Manha de carneval, Black Orfei L. Berenstain: Tonight, Somewhere (from the West Side Story) G. Gerswin: Rapsody In Blue ​ Edit Makedonska comes from a musical family. She started learning to play the violin with her mother Dijana Raponđijeva-Stojanović, and she graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Fern Raskovic. Makedonska completed her master's degree in violin and chamber music in Plovdiv, where she was engaged as an assistant at the Faculty of Music and Dance. She also graduated in solo singing at the Mokranjac Music School in Belgrade, as well as from the Ballet School in Sofia. She worked as a violin teacher at the Josif Marinković and Vladimir Đorđević Music Schools in Belgrade, as well as a professor of violin and sight reading at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. As a concertmaster she was engaged in the National Opera and Ballet in Skopje, in the opera houses in Varna and Plovdiv (Bulgaria), as well as in the Terazije Theater in Belgrade. She has been a member of the Association of Music Artists of Serbia (UMUS) since 1989. Makedonska is also the founder of the string quartet Edit (2000), which, among other things, performed at international festivals in Bulgaria in 2005 and 2006, performed chamber opera Romance, by Igor Ranković (under the baton of conductor Đorđe Stanković) and for which conductor Angel Šurev arranged Masne's opera Don Quixote - which was, with Živan Saramandić in the title role, performed for two years on the stage of Rasa Plaovic of the National Theater in Belgrade. She has given numerous concerts as a soloist and concertmaster throughout the former Yugoslavia, but also in Austria, Germany, England, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Denmark, USA and Italy (Puccini Opera Festival 2017 in Torre del Lago). The repertoire of her solo concerts especially focuses on Serbian classical music. She has recorded for radio and television, and is also engaged in composing children's music (songs Apple and Butterfly; Sasha, Gypsy Dog; music for the book Fairy Tale for Children by Princess Jelisaveta Karadjordjevic). She wrote the theme for Ballad of the Field (for violin and chamber orchestra), a composition by Mirjana Živković, which she premiered in 2016. She is the first concertmaster of the National Theater listed in the Museum of the National Theater, and in 2021 she was awarded with the Seal of the National Theater, for her special contribution to work. Gorana Ćurgus graduated and obtained her master's degree in harp at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Milica Baric. She has been the harpist of the Opera of the National Theater for 20 years, and for many years she was a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, the RTS Symphony Orchestra and other renowned orchestras in Serbia. She won first and special awards at national and federal competitions, as well as at the international competition Petar Konjović. She received the Golden Angel Award for the best young musician in Serbia in 1994. She was a member of the music-conceptual group Secondhanders, with which she participated in the projects: Play for Music (2009), Gentle, Gentle, The gentlest (2011), Six (not so) easy pieces (2012), Irritations (2013) and Tri(p)bina (2014). In recent years, he closely collaborates with mezzo-soprano Nataša Jović-Trivić, oboist Marija Lazić, flutist Vanja Đorđević and oboist Borislav Čičovački. In 2015, she premiered Stockhausen's composition for two harps and voices, Radost, with the harpist of the Belgrade Philharmonic, Milana Zarić. With Vanja Djordjević, she premiered the Sonata for flute and harp by Ivan Jevtić, in 2017. Together with Borislav Čičovački, she premiered and recorded the Sonata for oboe and harp by Petar Stojanović, organized by the Committee for the Protection of the Serbian Musical Heritage of Serbian Academy of Science and Art. As part of the Committee's projects, she participated in the performance and recording of music by Josip Slavenski, Aleksandar Obradović and Ljudmila Frajt, as well as music by Isidora Žebeljan. She collaborates with young Serbian composers and regularly performs at the Composers' Forum of the Association of Composers of Serbia. From 2015, she is a member of the author team of the Music Opera and Theater Organization MOTO, and in recent years she has been successfully writing projects in culture.

  • Concert: Portrait and Rememberence | Rossi Fest 2019

    ​ Concert Portraits and Remembrance Marking of Holocaust Remembrance Day National Museum Belgrade 27. January 2019 ​ The Portraits and Remembrance concert is a significant part of the Rossi Fest program and is the only part of the festival that is constantly on the program of all festival editions. On the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims, the program will consist of works made by young composers selected at the Competition for Composers: Portraits and Remembrance , as well as representative works composed by Jewish authors and historical works that correspond to the theme of the concert. ​ By participating in the Rossi Fest Competition Composers, young composers have the opportunity to contribute to the world's cultural heritage in the area of preserving memories of Holocaust victims and giving honor to those who opposed it, using historical literature and other sources as an inspiration or part of their compositions. The Artistic Committee of the festival selects the most representative performances for the concert each year. ​ This year, applications from countries around the world have been received (Luxembourg, Portugal, Croatia, Hungary, Iran, Mexico, Italy, Serbia, Uruguay, Kadana, Brazil, BiH, France, Israel, Russia, China, UK, South Africa, Armenia, Montenegro, USA, Ukraine), with nearly fifty compositions. The Artistic Committee of the Festival selected five pieces, from the following authors: Lazar Djordjevic (Serbia), Nina Perovic (Montenegro), Bracha Bdil (Israel), Ben Lunn (UK), and Guy Ben-Tov (Israel). In addition to the various chamber ensembles that will be presented to us that evening, the Jewish Chamber Orchestra, the Baruch Brothers Choir, and the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin will also take part in performing at the concert.​ ​ This year, the festival received entries from over twenty countries around the world from nearly fifty compositions, and the Artistic Committee of the Festival selected five compositions, from the following composers: Ben Lunn (UK), Bracha Bdil (Israel), Gay Ben-Tov (Israel), Nina Perovic (Montenegro) and Lazar Djordjevic (Serbia). Besides the Baruch Brothers Choir and Jewish Chamber Orchestra, Synagogal Ensemble Berlin and vocal soloists and musicians gathered in various instrumental ensembles and performed at the concert. The concert was conducted by Regina Yantian (Germany), Stefan Zekic, and Djordje Perovic. ​ 1/4 Ars Sonora - RTB 28. januar 2019 00:00 / 00:00 Nina Perovic Nina has completed her basic and specialist studies of composition at Music Academy in Cetinje in the class of professor Zark Mirkovic. She graduated piano in the class of Professor Alexander Serdar, and she completed her specialist studies in the class of Professor Vladimir Bockarjev. Thanks to the scholarship Basileus she continued her studies of composing at the Music Academy in Ljubljana, in the class of professor Uros Rojko, where she gained Master's degree. She completed her PhD studies in the class of professor Srdjan Hofman, at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She has been studying at numerous courses abroad with renowned international composers such as Klaus Lang, Peter Ablinger, Georg Friedrich Has, Beat Furer, Dmitry Kourliandski, Vinko Globokar, Nigel Osborn and others. She is engaged as an associate in teaching and as a guest lecturer at the Music Academy of Cetinje.​ Withesses The text of this piece consists of two different and quite remote texts. The first one, that the piece is named after, is a testimony of German military doctor that served on Russian front, taken from Hannah Ardent`s Eichmann in Jerusalem , and is "among the very few subjectively sincere memoirs of its kind" (The New Yorker) and the second one is Mirko Banjević`s poem Nad sobom nevječnim . The musical material is systematically organized by the looks of a keyboard and the relationship between black and white keys, where the note `D` has the `main role`. The soprano interprets the text of the poem, while the narrator delivers the textual basis of the testimony. The diligence and the simplicity of the music material, as well as the meaning and relationship of the two texts, invite the listener for inner viewing of this problematics and ethical values of that time`s individuals and society, but also of the time we live in." Braha Bdil Bracha Bdil, composer and pianist, born in 1988, has a B.ed in Music Education from Levinsky College and a Master's degree in Music Education and Composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, led by Professor Andre Hajdu, o.b.m. and Professor Haim Permont. Bracha won the first prize in the Wolf Durmashkin Composition Award , Germany, the first prize in the Yardena Alotin Composition Competition , Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and a prize in the International Choral Writing Competition named after A.D Kastalsky – Moscow. Her repertoire includes orchestral music, chamber, vocal and electronic music, as well as music for dance and theatre. Her compositions have been performed around the world, including: China International Choir Festival - Beijing, Belt and Road World Choir Festival - Hong Kong, International Jewish-German Festival – Bavaria, Concert sponsored by the Russian Musical Union - Saint-Petersburg, The Schnittke Festival - Seratov-Russia, Société de Concerts de Montréal – Canada, and more. Bracha is a member of the Israel Composers' League and her works are often performed on Israeli stages and the Israeli radio. Starting from season 2018-9 Bracha has been appointed as artistic director and chief conductor of the women's Zmora orchestra in Jerusalem. Hayom "This day He causeth all the creatures of the universe to stand in judgment. Have mercy upon us, O Thou, who art tremendous, holy". (Jewish prayer book) The composition Hayom is for a Tenor and Horn. It is a soloist meditative composition which is performed entirely behind the scenes in a dark hall. The soloist tenor hums pentatonic decorated melodic lines that imitate ancient 'genesis' singing. Further on a horn joins in and imitates the tenor line like an echo and creates a dialogue with it. Further on the tenor sings the words of poetry which are said on Rosh-Hashanah. This day – mining the holly important day which G-d is judging all human beings for their past acts and determines their future, for good or for bad. The composition ends with a horn blast that connotes the blowing of the shofar – the Jewish symbol of that special day - Rosh Hashanah (the first day of the Jewish New Year) - the day that human being was created and is to be judged for his acts. Gaj Ben-Tov Guy Ben-Tov is an Israeli born composer-performer and video artist, currently residing and studying in Austria. The conflict between the absolute power bestowed upon the artist (composer/director) and the need for collaborators (performers/actors) to achieve an artistic vision, is currently a fundamental element in his aesthetic and moral approach to artmaking. Exploring a wider definition of the relations between performer and composer, in 2018 he formed Ungrateful Ambassadors , a composer/performer duo with Mathilde Vendramin. Currently finishing his Master’s degree in Composition and Music Theater at the Kunst Universität Graz under the guidance of Prof. Beat Furrer and Bernhard Lang. During various workshops, festivals and other musical activities he had the opportunity to study with Mark Andre, Matthew Shlomowitz, Dimitra Trypani, Jennifer Walshe, Klaus Lang, Hannes Seidl, Rebecca Saunders, Milica Djordjevic and Marco Blaauw. His pieces have been performed in Israel (Va’Yissa Meshallo Va’Yomar - Modalius Ensemble at the Israeli Music Festival ), Turkey (Zrima -Herzafen Ensemble in Ankara ), Germany (Ḥibur-חיבור in Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2018 ), Austria (YomoLedeT and Song of Food-ensemble B.i.R.D as part of Obsession Zeichnen an exhibition in the BRUSEUM, Neue Galerie, Graz), Greece, and Italy. Liebe Luise! for Voice, Classical Guitar, Clarinet, Piano, Cello and Contrabass The texts in the piece are from a letter written shortly after WW2 by a German friend of my great grandmother, telling her about the last days of her parents in the concentration before they were murdered. In this piece, I am trying through very limited use of the instruments to present memories as unreliable and the past as a fading image, the past can be remembered in various ways and there is never a single monolithic objective perspective. This is the first movement of a bigger project I'm working on, but it could also be performed as a self-contained piece. Ben Lun His music has been described as ‘Evocative’, ‘Restrained Otherwordliness’, ‘Chilling’, ‘sophisticated and most importantly obsessive’ or ‘produces…glorious roaring sounds’ and ‘desolate monotone’. He has also been referred to as a ‘Composer of life music’. Ben Lunn is a Mackem composer who studied in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the guidance of Peter Reynolds, as well as studying in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Marius Baranauskas. He has also received guidance from Param Vir. Since graduating from his Master’s he now resides in Glasgow, working in various elements including conducting, musicology, teaching and composing. His work has been featured in many leading international festivals including Vale of Glamorgan , London New Wind Festival , Druskomanija , Leeds Leider+ , Zilele Muzicale Aniversare , HASS FEST , Toronto Contemporary Music Lab , and Occupy the Pianos . He has had the privilege of working with leading international ensembles and soloists like N.A.M.E.S, Sofia Soloists, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Synaesthesis , Music Theatre Wales, Ligeti Quartet , OeNM, Ensemble X and Y, Nikolai Matsov, Rolf Hind, Francoise-Green Duo, Zubin Kanga, Martynas Levickis, JVLMA, and Jauna Muzika. Currently, he has been made an associate artist for Drake Music . And in October he was appointed Trainee Artistic Director of the Hebrides Ensemble . Ben Lunn is also featured in the British Music Collection and the British Council’s Disability Arts Online as a featured artist. He is published by Oriana Productions ​ T-4 for Violin, Cello, Alto Trombone, Motion Detection, and Electronics T-4 makes reference to the Nazi euthanasia programme where thousands of disabled people were sterilised, experimented on, and murdered simply for being seen as 'defective'. The piece constantly references names of some of those lost and parallels them with disabled people being killed as a result of the British government's austerity measures. In short, it asks have we learnt our lesson from the past or are we repeating the same horrific mistakes? Lazar Djordjevic Lazar Djordjevic was born in 1992 in Kragujevac. In 2010 he enrolled in basic academic studies of composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Zoran Eric, a full-time professor. He is currently a student of the final year of doctoral academic studies. Lazar Đorđević was trained abroad by attending compositional workshops led by composers Peter Ablinger, Vinko Globokar, Stephen McNeff, Sidney Corbett, Johannes Kretz, Yann Robin... The compositions by Lazar Djordjevic were performed several times in the country and abroad. Apart from his own compositions, many of Djordjevic's orchestrations of other authors, as well as the works in the field of applied music, have been performed. For the composition Jednom sam negde čuo... for clarinet, accordion and string quartet (2016) he received an international award for the best composition at the contest New Serbian Music for the Accordion at the International Festival of Accordions Eufonija . He is a prize-winner from the Stevan Hristic Foundation in 2015 and Josip Slavenski Foundation in 2017. He is the author of the first Serbian concert for accordion and orchestra, premiered in 2017 at Novi Sad. Lazar Đorđević is currently employed as an assistant at the Department of Music Theory at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade. IV postcards from 1944 The inspiration for making this piece is the author`s first encounter with Bor`s Notebook (Bori notes ) of Miklós Radnóti. This "continuous lyric report on calvary and confrontation with calvary", as said by Aleksandar Tišma in the foreword, has its culmination in four postcards from 1944. The piece is written for a reciter and chamber ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, violin, viola and double bass, and the poetics of the piece is a result of the author`s exploring of sound colour and timbre of many years and of his constant search for the new means of expression. The form of the piece depicts in its four sections each of the four Radnóti`s postcards. Radnóti`s poem that is not a part of the postcards, but has made a strong impression of the author, appears as a leitmotif of the piece. Oratorio Todesfuge (Paul Celan), by Anna Segal Well known Israeli contemporary composer Anna Segal has extensive musical experience. She is working with different musical collectives and has been lucky to collaborate with the Berliner Symphonic Orchestra in Berlin and the great Israeli conductor Lior Shambadal. She composes music for orchestra, choir, quintet, suites, pieces for solo instruments, film scores as well as music for children. One of her latest pieces has been focussed around the Holocaust. She wanted to create something important that, in artistic form, will tell the world more about this tragedy. By chance, a friend drew her attention to the poetry of Paul Celan. And the jigsaw puzzle was completed. The poem is in narrative form and is from the perspective of the persecuted Jewish people. The poem begins with a very bright image – “black milk…” The white milk in Celan´s poetry turns black, symbolic of the world turning over to pain and horror. The obsessive repetition of those lines being the only thing left when all capacity to think is lost in the darkness. Celan’s poem does not have a happy end, and it cannot be in that situation, so Anna Segal decided to take a line from another well-known Celan’s poem Tenebrae for the end of this composition. In the final lines, the Jewish people ascend to “heaven”, they are next to the Lord. It seems to her that this is a symbolic end, so the last passage sound in major, as a symbol of hope and forgiveness. When this musical piece was finished, Anna Segal played it to her grandmother Frida, who survived the Holocaust. She could not listen to the end, tears welling in her eyes. The Israeli composer will dedicate the premiere of Todesfuge at the festival to her grandmother. Anna Segal´s personal interpretation of Paul Celan´s poem is taking the listener on a journey into the memory of the Jewish people. The music is giving the poetry of Celan colour and maybe a new life. Synagogal Ensemble Berlin The ensemble consists of eight to twelve singers who work as freelance soloists or belong to the Berlin opera choirs. The Synagogal Ensemble Berlin is the only ensemble in the world that brings the liturgy of Louis Lewandowski to music every Friday night, Shabbat morning and on all Jewish holidays. In his concerts with the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, Cantor Isaac Sheffer brings this unique Jewish-German tradition into the world, with compositions by other great composers of the 19th century such as Salomon Sulzer and Samuel Naumbourg as well as from the 20th century such as Kurt Weill, Maurice Ravel, Ben Steinberg, Meir Finkelstein and others. The ensemble performs again and again in Poland, England and France. Regina Yantian, director of the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin Already at the age of 12, Regina Yantian became interested in organ music. At the age of fifteen, she began her education as an organist and choirmaster and subsequently studied comparative musicology and Jewish studies in Jerusalem and Berlin. Since 1998 she is organist and choirmaster of the synagogue Pestalozzistraße in Berlin-Charlottenburg. For many years Yantian sang herself in the synagogue choir and got her artistic impulses through her work with Cantor Estrongo Nachama. She is also the director of the Synagogue Ensemble Berlin, which is known far beyond the borders of Berlin. Yantian is particularly proud of her latest project: since 2011 she has been Artistic Director of the Louis Lewandowski Festival, inviting synagogue choirs from all over the world to dedicate themselves to Louis Lewandowski's tradition. As part of the cultural program, the municipalities have two programs to choose from European and American Synagogal Music of the 19th and 20th Century and Jewish songs from Eastern Europe and Israel. Jewish chamber orcest Jewish Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2012 by Ladislav Mezei in cooperation with B'nei B'rit lodge of Serbia. The members of the orchestra are professional musicians of Jewish descent and their friends. The JCO's primary purpose is to present the music of Jewish composers, as well as the others, whose written work was inspired by Jewish themes. Their interpretations are related to tradition, culture and history of Jewish community of Serbia. Hor Braća Baruh The Baruch Brothers Choir from Belgrade was established as the Serbian-Jewish Singers Society in 1879, with the goal of cherishing and performing the cultural and artistic heritage and tradition of the Jewish people which lives in these parts. The Society changed its name in 1952 to the current name in commemoration of the three brothers from the progressive revolutionary Jewish family of Baruch, members of the resistance movement who were killed during the pogroms of the Nazi regime during the Second World War. Joshua Jacobson (Boston, USA), conductor and a renowned researcher in the field of Jewish music, has concluded that this choir is the oldest active Jewish choir in the world. From the year of its foundation until today, the choir has held numerous concerts and participated in many competitions and festivals in the former Yugoslavia (Yugoslav Choral Festivities in Nish, Mokranjac’s Days in Negotin, BEMUS, BELEF, Choirs among the Frescoes in Belgrade and others), as well as abroad (Israel, USA, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, the Netherlands, Hungary, Spain, UK and others). Among the most important performances of the choir, we would like to mention the concert in Carnegie Hall in 1978, as well as the attendance of our choir on numerous occasions at the most important Jewish choir festival Zimriya in Jerusalem. Our ensemble has gradually perfected its performance under the conductorship of the most eminent conductors and composers of our country (S. S. Mokranjac, J. Marinković, S. Hristić, B. Babić, B. Pašćan, A. S. Vujić, et al.), having gained under their guidance a high level of artistic interpretation and superb discipline in stage performance. The repertory of the choir consists of representative works of musical literature from both Jewish and Serbian composers, as well as all the most important works of the classical choir repertory of all styles and epochs and the works of modern composers. The Baruch Brothers Choir has been awarded two times for the cultural affirmation of its country by the presidency of Serbia, and in the past five years, the choir won many significant awards. The choir’s admirable success was largely achieved by the contribution of its conductor, Stefan Zekic, and the president, Branka Cvejic - Mezei. Mina Gligorić, soprano Rođena je 1993. godine u Šapcu. Osnovne i master studije solo pevanja završila je na Fakultetu muzičke umetnosti u Beogradu u klasi prof. Katarine Jovanović sa najvišom ocenom. Proglašena je za najboljeg studenta u akademskoj 2014/2015. godini. Višestruki je dobitnik nagrada na takmičenjima Nikola Cvejić, Srpska solo pesma, laureat na takmičenju Lazar Jovanović. Pored mnogih koncerata koje je organizovao Fakultet, ističe se učešće na Dunav festu, Rosi festu, a kao uspešnog studenta je nagrađuju Centar lepih umetnosti Guarnerius i Narodna biblioteka Srbije. U oblasti barokne muzike usavršavala se sa prof. Erihom Trakslerom sa Univerziteta umetnosti u Beču, sa Evelin Tab, a u okviru Barokne austrijske akademije sa Kristijanom Hilcom, Robertom Mameli i Marinom Bartoli. Na ovom kursu postaje stipendista za 2017. godinu. Izabrana je da bude polaznik majstorske radionice Vladimira Redkina, soliste Baljšoj teatra, i Dejvida Gaulenda, umetničkog direktora programa za mlade u Royal Opera House. Trenutno je polaznik Operskog studija Narodnog pozorišta, honorarni saradnik pozorišta Madlenianum i Duško Radović. Vuk Zekić, bariton Diplomirao je na odseku za solo pevanje na Fakultetu muzičke umetnosti u Beogradu u Klasi profesora Nikole Kitanovskog. Od 2001. godine angažovan je kao stalni solista hora Braća Baruh sa kojim redovno nastupa na svim značajnim koncertima, festivalima i takmičenjima u zemlji i inostranstvu (Italija, Slovenija, Austrija, Mađarska, Švajcarska, Španija...). Kao solista je učestvovao i u snimanju dva CD-a za hor Braća Baruh izvodeći dela srpskih, jevrejskih i svetski poznatih autora. Po završetku studija pevanja dobio je nagradu Fakulteta muzičke umetnosti za najperspektivnijeg mladog pevača sa najvišom prosečnom ocenom u svojoj generaciji. Pored brojnih nagrada koje je osvojio tokom školovanja, dobitnik je i specijalne nagrade na Međunarodnom takmičenju operskih pevača Citta' di Alcamo (Italija, 2008. godine) koju mu je dodelio žiri u sastavu Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Lella Cuberli. U okviru operskog studija Narodnog pozorišta tumačio je uloge Marčela (Boemi) i Enrika (Lučija od Lamermura), kao i u praizvedbi Pučinijeve opere Il Tabarro, u ulozi Mikelea. Od 2010. godine je solista u Narodnom pozorištu u Beogradu. Simonida Rodić, flauta Završila je doktorske akademske studije (2015), specijalizaciju (2010) i diplomirala (2009) na studijskom programu za flautu na Fakultetu muzičke umetnosti u Beogradu, u klasi profesora Ljubiše Jovanovića. Master studije i specijalizaciju za instrument Pikola završila je u Norveškoj na Univerzitetu u Stavangeru, u klasi profesora Vidara Austvika. Dobitnica je mnogih stipendija i nagrada na festivalima, republičkim i međunarodnim takmičenjima. Redovno nastupa kao solista i kamerni muzičar u zemlji i inostranstvu. Nikola Ðurica, klarinet Kada je kao petogodišnjak, prvi put čuo i video klarinet, rekao je: "Hoću to da sviram!” U periodu od 2003-2006 uzima 14 specijanlih nagrada (100 od 100 poena) I 9 prvih nagrada. U Septembru 2006 sa svojih nepunih 15 godina odlazi u Ameriku gde nastavlja srednju skolu u prestiznoj (Interlochen Arts Academy- Michigan USA) Nikola je bio vukovac, nastavio je svoje studije sa Pr. Franklin Cohen na “Cleveland Institute of Music” u Klivlendu/Ohio. Od leta 2012 Nikola postaje profesor na Internacionalom Festivalu Kamerne muzike u Pragu po imenu AMEROPA, Sa svojom 21 godinom Nikola diplomira sa cistim desetkama i nastavlja svoj put dalje u Japan. Po njegovom povratku u Beograd on je oformio Duo Gitarinet sa kolegom gitaristom – Mirkom Dimitrijevic. Gitarinet je pobednik na RTS emisiji “Najbolji Orkestar Srbije”. Od Novembra 2016, Nikola postaje kljucni deo Jazz Improvising Orkestra pod imenom “Stegreif” – Berlin Nemacka. Kao lider duvacke sekcije u ovom kamernom orkestru Nikola je svirao desetine koncertnih turneja u 2017 i 2018 godini. Nikola Ulemek, bas klarinet ​Nikola Ulemek rođen je u Beogradu 1989. god. Osnovnu muzičku školu , OMŠ “Stanislav Binički” , završio je u klasi prof. Nenada Ivanovića, srednju školu , SMŠ “Davorin Jenko“ u klasi prof. Ljubiše Jovanovića, a osnovne i master studijezavrsio je na Fakultetu muzičke umetnosti u Beogradu kodprof. Ante Grgina, sa prosekom od 10.00 . Pohađao je master klasove Ljubiše Jovanoviće, Jan JakubaBokuna, Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, Ante Grgina, Aleksandra Tasica, Pol Majera, Bruno Di Girolamo-a, Milan Reriche, Mate Bekavca, Jonatan Cohler-a i Rocco Parisi-a. Od 2010 do 2018. godine radio kao profesor klarineta u muzičkoj školi „Vatroslav Lisinski“,a po pozivu nastupa kao bas klarinetista u Simfonijskom orkestru RTS-a i Beogradskoj Filharmoniji. Artist je firme Heni Semer Paris. U julu 2013. godine je učestvovao na festivalu „ClarinetFest“ u Asiziju (Italija) , a u decembru 2014. na 4tom Evropskom Klarinetskom Kongresu u Katovicama (Poljska). Katarina Popović, horna Katarina Popović je rođena u Beogradu 1989. godine. Počela je da uči hornu u Muzičkoj školi ,,Stanković’’, gde je takođe završila nižu muzičku školu za klavir i solo pevanje, pa i srednju školu na odseku teorije muzike. 2010. ona diplomira hornu u klasi profesora Miloša Đorđevića i polaže prijemni na Univerzitetu Muzičke Umetnosti u Beogradu, gde je u klasu prima prof.Milan Radić, kod koga završava osnovne akademske studije 2014. godine. iste godine upisuje master studije kod prof. Milana Radića. Katarina je svirala u brojnim orkestarima i redovno pohađa stručne seminare. ​U Narodnom pozorištu u Beogradu od 2010., radi kao honorarni član u orkestru. Pozvana je i kao gost u Banjalučku Filharmoniju od 2011.; bila je stalan honorarni član simfonijskog orkestra radio televizije Srbije od 2012. – 2017.; Sa svojim bras kvintetom osvojila je Laureat na festivalu kamerne muzike u Pančevu. Mina Mendelson, koncertmajstor Rođena je u Beogradu. Doktorirala umetničke studije violine na FMU u Beogradu, u klasi red. prof. Fern Rašković. Usavršavala se kod profesora: David Takeno, Sabinne Grollmus, Stephan Baratdue, Sreten Krstić i Mateja Marinković. Gostovala je u brojnim gradovima Srbije i inostranstva (Kina, Turska, Holandija, Velika Britanija, Francuska, Nemačka, Mađarska, Bugarska, Hrvatska, Crna Gora, Makedonija). Kao solista sarađivala je sa Niškim simfonijskim orkestrom, BGO Dušan Skovran, Kamernim ansamblom Mokranjac, Gudačima Svetog Đorđa, Jevrejskim kamernim orkestrom, Orkestrom Univerziteta u Zhuhaiu (Kina) i sa dirigentima: Nelson Leong, dr Suzana Kostić, dr Milena Injac, Stefan Zekić, Vesna Šouc i Obrad Nedeljković. Na Fakultetu umetnosti u Nišu zaposlena je od 2003. godine i trenutno je vanredni profesor violine na Katedri za gudačke instrumente. Nemanja Marjanović, viola Nemanja Marjanovic je rodjen 1976. godine u Beogradu. Doplomirao je i Magistrirao na fakultetu Muzicke Umetnosti u Beogradu, u klasi Prof. Dejana Mladjenovica, a trenutno je student Doktorskih studija na Univerzitetu Umetnosti u Beogradu. Postdiplomske studije je zavrsio i u Madridu, na visokoj skoli za muziku Kraljica Sofia (Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia), u klasi renomiranog svetskog solo violiste, Gerard Caussea (Zerar Kosea), u cijoj klasi je Magistrirao kao student generacije na katedri, i primio licno diplomu od NJenog Kraljevskog Visocanstva Rrine Sofie. Trenutno deluje kao Docent na Fakultetu Muzicke Umetnosti u Beogradu, i na Akademiji Umjetnosti u Banja Luci,na katedri za gudacke instrumente na odseku viola. Ladislav Mezei, violončelo Redovni profesor na Katedri za kamernu muziku Fakulteta muzičke umetnosti Univerziteta umetnosti u Beogradu, na kojem je završio diplomske i poslediplomske studije, nakon čega se dodatno usavršavao na Muzičkoj Akademiji Ferenc Liszt, u Budimpešti. Bogata umetnička biografija gospodina Mezei uključuje dve sezone na poziciji solo čeliste Sarajevske opere i filharmonije, mesto stalnog člana Beogradske filharmonije i poziciju vođe grupe violončela (1975–2004), solističke nastupe sa Vojvođanskim simfoničarima, Simfonijskim orkestrom RTS i orkestrom Vojske Jugoslavije, kao i poziciju soliste i člana baroknog ansambla Muzika florida i Akademskog kamernog ansambla Jeunesse musicale, dok su naročito zapaženi i njegovi nastupi na solo resitalima širom prostora bivše Jugoslavije. Osnivač je Jevrejskog kamernog orkestra sa kojim je ostvario veliki broj koncerta. Miladin Stojković, kontrabas Osnovne i master studije zavrsio je na Fakultetu muzicke umetnosti u kalsi profesora Nebojse Ignjatovica. Saradjivao je sa kamernim orkestrom Orfej, Camerata Serbica, Camerata Pancevo, ansamblom Beogradski barok, Simfonijskim orkestrom RTS. Od 2013. godine predaje kontrabas u muzickoj skoli Dr Vojislav Vuckovic. Igor Dražević, klavir Igor Dražević (1989) je završio osnovne i master studije je klavira u klasi prof. Dubravke Jovičić. Trenutno je na završnoj godini doktorskih studija na Fakultetu muzičke umetnosti u Beogradu, odsek klavir, u klasi prof. Aleksandra Šandorova. Usavršavao se kod istaknutih profesora klavira: Svetlane Bogino, Vladimira Ugarkova, Aleksandra Serdara, Nevene Popović, Jokut Mihajlović, Arbo Valdme, Aleksandre Romanić, Natalije Trul i Siavuša Gadžijeva. Dobitnik je brojnih nagrada na domaćim i međunarodnim takmičenjima. Kao solista i kamerni muzičar radi na promovisanju u očuvanju muzičkog stvaralaštva domaćih autora širom Srbije i u inostranstvu. Učestvovao je na festivalima savremene muzike kao što su ,,ReConstruction” (2017), ,,KoMA” (2017, 2018), Rostrum+ (2018.) Milana Benedek, gitara Započinje muzičko obrazovanje u muzičkoj školi “Vatroslav Lisinski” u klasi prof. Gorana Popovića. Srednju muzičku školu završava u klasi prof. Aleksandra Hadži-Đorđevića. Školovanje nastavlja na Fakultetu muzičke umetnosti u Beogradu u klasi prof. Vere Ogrizović gde završava i master studije. Trenutno radi kao profesor gitare u muzičkoj školi „Vatroslav Lisinski“.

  • Press | Rossi Fest

    POČETNA O FESTIVALU ARHIVA PRES KONTAKT ROSSI FEST 2019 Politika „Крунисање Попеје” за крај Роси феста Kulturni dnevnik Rossi fest 2019 - Gostovanje direktora festivala, Stefana Zekića u Kulturnom dnevniku Politika Концерт класичне музике у синагоги Radio Beogrda Ars Sonora Jugoslovenska kinoteka Hebreo: U potrazi sa Salomonom Rosijem Narodno pozorište Опера Kлаудија Монтевердија “Kрунисање Попеје” 28. јануара на Сцени “Раша Плаовић” у оквиру “Роси Феста” IKC Belgrado „Krunisanje Popeje“ povodom Međunarodnog dana sećanja na žrtve Holokausta Beograd uživo Međunarodni muzički festival Rosi Fest Studio B Međunarodni festival „Rosi fest 2019“ krajem januara Kulturni dnevnik Kulturni dnevnik o završnoj večeri Rosi fest-a / Krunisanje Popeje - Narodno Pozorište u Beogradu Radio Laguna „KRUNISANJE POPEJE“ ZATVARA ROSI FESTIVAL Danas Druga edicija Rosi festa u Beogradu od 25. do 28. januara ROSSI FEST 2018 Na dlanu U januaru prva edicija novog beogradskog muzičkog festivala Kulturni dnevnik Rossi fest 2018 - RTS, Kulturni dnevnik, gost Stefan Zekic direktor Rossi festa ROSI FEST, BG Dan u Beogradu Rosi fest 2018 – međunarodni festival klasične muzike Narodno pozorište Завршни гала концерт Међународног фестивала класичне музике, 28. јануара на Великој сцени Mera za muziku Rossi fest 2018 - Profeti della Quinta: RTS, emisija Mera za muziku SEE CULT ROSI FEST (25-28.1.2018.) Beograd/Novi Sad Vecernje novosti Međunarodni festival klasične muzike prvi put u Beogradu Danas Prva edicija novog beogradskog muzičkog festivala Rosi fest IKC Beograd Koncert moderne muzike povodom Međunarodnog dana sećanja na žrtve Holokausta Beograd uživo ROSI FEST – MEĐUNARODNI FESTIVAL KLASIČNE MUZIKE Danas Prva edicija novog beogradskog muzičkog festivala Rosi fest Kulturni dnevnik Rossi fest 2018 - RTS, Kulturni dnevnik, Portreti i secanja Beogradske vesti MEĐUNARODNI FESTIVAL KLASIČNE MUZIKE „ROSI FEST 2018” POČINJE SUTRA Sputnik Srbija Počinje prvi Rosi fest

  • Masterclass | Olga Makarina | Rossi Fest

    Masterclass with Olga Makarina Saturday and Sunday, January 30th - 31st Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment - Rossi Fest office 17-20h A world-renowned opera singer, a professor of vocal pedagogy, and a long-term associate of Rossi Fest, Olga Makarina, joined us in this festival edition as well and held a two-day masterclass for young opera singers. Having in mind current epidemiological measures and restrictions, Ms Makarina joined us online via Zoom, while the participants and pianist Srđan Jaraković worked from the office of Rossi Fest at Kolarac Endowment. ​ The soprano from the Metropolitan Opera Olga Makarina was born in Archangel, Russia, where she earned her Masters in piano and voice from the St Petersburg Conservatory. She has won several important prizes and awards and is especially notable for her pedagogical work with young singers. Her first New York appearance was at the New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor . She has performed as well Gilda in Rigoletto , Konstanze in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio and Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann , Ilia in Idomeneo (Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival), Violetta in La Traviata (Kirov Opera) and Eudoxie in La Juive (Opera Orchestra of New York). Apart from these, she has also appeared as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Minnesota Orchestra and Orff's Carmina Burana . She performed the demanding role of Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine conducting, while at Opera Pacific she was Adina in the Jonathan Miller production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore . She appeared twice at the Bard Festival , singing scenes from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots as well as the final scene of Norma and then as a soloist in the Grand Messe of Franz Liszt. Apart from the Metropolitan Opera , Olga Makarina performed on various stages in Prague, Bratislava, Palm Beach, Warsaw, and in Carnegie Hall .

  • Movie: Hebreo: the search for Salomone Rossi | Rossi Fest 2019

    Festival opening and the screening of the film Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi Yugoslav cinematheque 26. January 2019 ​ On 26th January 2019, Rossi Fest opened with the screening of the film, by Italian director Jozef Roslitz, Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi . After the film, in the hall of the Yugoslav Cinema, guests enjoyed the welcoming buffet. ​ In the period of the late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua's artistic splendor, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. In 1622 he revolutionized Jewish music with his Songs of Solomon , the first collection ever of originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers. Yet very little is known about the personal and creative life of Salomone Rossi Hebreo - Salomone Rossi the Jew. In this documentary, the prize-winning vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta rehearses and performs Rossi's music in the magnificent town of Mantua, in preparation for a special concert in the Gonzaga dukes' Pleasure palace. With the help of expert historians and musicologists, they shed fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music. ​ ​ "In this documentary, the prize-winning vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta rehearses and performs Rossi's music in the magnificent town of Mantua, in preparation for a special concert in the Gonzaga dukes' pleasure palace. With the help of expert historians and musicologists, they shed fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music.". Joseph Rochlitz, director ​ Profeti della Quinta Focusing on repertoire from the 16th and early 17th centuries, the ensemble Profeti della Quinta aims to create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today while, at the same time, considering period performance practices. From its core of five male singers, the ensemble collaborates regularly with instrumentalists and additional singers. Ensemble Profeti della Quinta is based in Basel, Switzerland, where its members undertook further studies of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis . The ensemble collaborates regularly with colleagues from Switzerland, Japan, and Australia, sharing with them similar musical ideas. The ensemble has recorded two CDs of the music of the early Baroque Jewish-Italian composer Salomone Rossi, as well as the Penitential Psalms by Orlando di Lasso. Profeti della Quinta has also premiered and recorded two works composed especially for the ensemble by Elam Rotem, Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli and Quia amore langueo . In addition, they are featured in a documentary film by Joseph Rochlitz, Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi , and have had their concerts broadcast by numerous international radio stations. Profeti della Quinta have been active in performing and researching hitherto neglected repertoire, such as Emilio de' Cavalieri's Lamentations (1600) and Salomone Rossi's Hashirim asher li'Shlomo (1623), the first publication of polyphony in Hebrew, which they also recorded to critical acclaim. In 2011, Ensemble Profeti della Quinta won the York Early Music Young Artists Competition and has since toured Europe, North America, Japan, China, and Israel. It has performed in prestigious festivals and venues, such as the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht , the Shanghai Concert Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. ​ 1/4

  • Rossi Fest | International music festival | | Belgrade

    O festival Seventh edition of Rossi Fest January 27 - February 1, 2023. Belgrade ​ At the end of January, the Belgrade audience will be expecting the seventh edition of the international Rossi Fest, in which, from January 27 to February 1, 2024, various programs with excellent foreign and domestic artists will be held in the Jewish Cultural Center, Dorćol Platz and the Jewish Hall municipality of Belgrade. ​ MORE Rossi Fest - winner of the "Classical Music" award in the festival of the year category! 21. 03. 2023. Belgrade ​ ​On Tuesday, March 21, at the Museum of the National Theater in Belgrade, the annual awards of the "Classical Music" revue were held for the eleventh time. Rossi Fest was declared the best festival in 2022. ​ The "Classical Music" award was established in 2010 when the first "Classical Music" magazine issue was published. It was designed to recognize domestic artists, festivals, publishers, critics, music institutions, and media, who have left the most significant mark on the domestic music scene within the calendar year. ​ The sixth edition of Rossi Fest January 27th - February 6th 2023​ ​ European premiere of the lost oratorio Ester, works by young composers and lectures by musicologists LEARN MORE ROSSI FEST​ ​ Rossi Fest is an international music festival, named by the famous Jewish-Italian composer Salomone Rossi (ca.1570-1630). Rossi was a transitional figure between the late Italian Renaissance and early Baroque. His musical style was compound between a classical Renaissance and Jewish traditional texts, written in Hebrew. This combination makes him unique among Baroque composers. One of the most well-known is a famous collection of Jewish liturgical music, Hashirim asher leShlomo (The Songs of Solomon ), published in 1623. Having in mind the nature of Rossi’s work and his contribution to music history, the main objective of the festival is to focus on an intercultural dialog by promoting the respect for diversity and embraces a unique heritage of Jewish, European and Serbian repertoire of the highest musical, artistic and poetic quality. Allowing musicians to evolve through joint musical performances, workshops, advisory sessions and the choice of venues. In these terms, Rossi fest is committed to music education for all ages, young to adult. ​ One of many advantages of this concept is the possibility for all singers to perform in excellent choral ensembles appropriate to their interest and abilities. Meanwhile, music professionals can benefit from resources that help them increase their musical and leadership skills toward their own pursuit of excellence. Rossi Fest, conceived as an innovative and dynamic multicultural musical event, has inspiring passion for learning in its core, and provides a necessary foundation for achievement and success. Intended to be among future leaders of Belgrade’s cultural events and committed to musical education and implementation of quality in performance, this Festival will also be involved in the life of a wider community, both local and international. Festival will raise awareness through partnerships with various ensembles, music organizations and individuals. This in order for all people to have same, equally designed opportunities in musical learning and education. This project among other things, offers to prepare artists and other participants for new opportunities and contemporary challenges. Hopefully, sharing together our experience and enthusiasm, Rossi Fest has a chance to become a significant contributor for all groups and individuals to meet the artistic challenges of the future. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ FESTIVAL DIRECTOR ​ Stefan Zekić CONDUCTOR Founder and director of Rossi Fest . Graduated from the University of Arts, Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in two departments: conducting and solo singing. Additional education includes trainings and workshops with the most prominent european conductors, such as: Uros Lajovic (AU), Michael Sheck (BE), Andrew Parrott (UK), and Max Frey (GE). Currently, he's pursuing Phd at the University of Arts in Belgrade in the field of opera conducting. He began conducting at the age of 17 and since 2006 he’s the chief conductor of the Baruch Brothers Choir . He’s a founder and artistic director of the ensemble for early music Canticum Novum , and is the conductor of the Jewish chamber orchestra. Since the season 2009/10 he’s engaged at the National Theatre of Belgrade where his first performance was Le nozze di Figaro (W. A. Mozart). In 2014. he became the chief conductor of the Opera studio of the National Theatre and successfully performed two premieres - Die Zauberflote and Bastien und Bastienne . He also performed a notable concerts in cooperation with many different ensembles such as Madrigal Choir and Symphony Orchestra of University of Arts in Belgrade, Vocal Ensemble Oktoih , Musica (Slovenia), Vocal Ensemble Marienhain (Germany), St. George Royal Strings , Jewish Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Stanislav Binički , Montenegro Symphony orchestra, etc. Stefan Zekic won numerous national and international rewards at the prestige festivals and competition, as well as special reward of the state of Israel for a remarkable contribution to strengthening Israel-Serbia relations. Among the prominent artists he has collaborated with are Oscar-winner Jiří Menzel, John Ramster, Martin Evans, Olga Makarina, István Székely, Eraldo Salmieri, Claudia Eder and others. ​ ARTISTIC COMMITTE Zoran Erić COMPOSER, PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE Full-time professor of Composition at the University of Arts, Faculty of Music in Belgrade, rector of the University of Arts in Belgrade. He earned his BA and MA degrees in Composing (professor Stanojlo Rajičić) at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, and specialized at the Orf University in Salzburg, as well as on V. Lutoslavski`s masterclass in Grožnjan. His opus includes works of different genres, ensembles and soloists, such as: balets Banović Strahinja and Jelisaveta , Slovo Siluana for baritone, women’s choir and tape, then Off , Cartoon , Talea Konzertstück , The Great Red Spot of Jupiter , Abnormalni udarci Dogona (Abnormal punches of Dogon ), Helium u maloj kutiji (Helium in a small box ), Nisam govorio (I didn’t speak ), Oberon , Six scenes-comments , Ko je ubio galeba (Who killed seagull ), Sedam pogleda u nebo (Seven looks into the sky ) and more. Special place in his opus takes theater and film music that he created in collaboration with notable theater and film makers. He’s the winner of numerous rewards and recognitions. Additionally he was the artistic director and selektor of various music festivals (BEMUS and others), and currently is the president of the Executive Board of Serbian music copyright agency SOKOJ. Ana Stefanović MUSICOLOGIST, PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE Full-time professor at the University of Arts, Faculty of Music in Belgrade and associate Researcher at IreMus, Paris. She earned her MA degree at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and her PhD in musicology at the Paris-Sorbonne University (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV). Main areas of her research are: baroque opera, solo song, relation between music and text, as well as questions of musical style and stylistic analysis. She is also the author of six volumes of The Anthology of Serbian Art Song (Belgrade, UKS, 2008-2014), books La musique comme métaphore, La relation de la musique et du texte dans l’opéra baroque français: de Lully à Rameau , (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2006), Temporality and Narrativity in Music Drama (Belgrade, FMU, 2017), along with a large number of studies and articles published in reviews for musicology and music theory. Prof. Stefanović organized various international conferences in the field of music theory and is the author of various collections of papers in the field of music theory. Branka Cvejić-Mezei DIRECTOR OF THE BARUH BROTHERS CHOIR , DIRECTOR OF BELGRADE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN RETIREMENT Most of her career her held the leading positions in cultural institutions in Serbia. She graduated Flute and Piano at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, where she also earned her MA degree. Her specialization she did in Paris at the École Normale de Musique , where she receives a diploma Licence de concertes . Since 1971 she was a full-time member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, firstly as a soloist (first flute), and in 1988 she’s becoming the direct where she’ll stay for 12 years. Later she’ll become a deputy director at the National Theater in Belgrade (2000-2001), and then filled the role of coordinator and counselor on cultural and humanitarian matters within Karic Foundation (2001-2006). Ladislav Mezei VIOLONCELLIST​, PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE Full-time professor at the Chamber Music Department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he earned his BA and MA degrees. Specialization he did at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. His extensive artistic biography includes two seasons playing as a solo cellist of Sarajevo Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, full-time membership in Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and lead cellist position (1975–2004), then solo performances with Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra , RTS Symphony Orchestra, Military Orchestra of Yugoslavia and more. He was a soloist and member of baroque ensemble Muzika Florida and academic chamber ensemble Ensemble Jeunesse Musicale . Among his performances stands out the Millenium Gala Concert in NY Lincoln Center in 1999. He is a permanent associate at the orchestra Camerata Serbica , as well as the member of Pancevo string quartet (today: Arco String Quartet ). He’s the founder of Jewish Chamber Orchestra, with which he has made a large number of performances. The string quartet TAJJ, whose member mr. Mezei is, became in 2005 the first quartet that earned an MA degree at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade. ​ Contact us Pošalji Nas tim Kontakt

  • Summer Opera Academy 22 | Rossi Fest

    ​ ​ SUMMER OPERA ACADEMY September 2022, Belgrade ​ Rossi Fest Summer Opera Academy aims to present and promote opera to local and international audiences and contribute to the education of young opera professionals. The second edition of the Rossi Fest Summer Opera Academy will be opened by a pioneering event in Serbia, a hybrid between the urban pop culture and opera, happening on the barge 20/44 - a performance of Puccini's one-act Il Tabarro, and a DJ set. Since the development of the necessary professional skills for modern young opera artists is one of the festival's priorities, this Summer Opera Academy will offer young singers a master class with conductors Adi Bar Soria and Stefan Zekić, as well as a round table on the modern opera business with Serbian and world-renowned opera singer, Sanja Anastasia. ​ Artistic team: Stefan zekić conductor Ana Grigorović director Adi Bar Soria conductor Srboljub Dinić mezzo-soprano ​ OPERA IL TABARRO Rossi Fest & Opera Lab production September 1st, Barge 20/44 ​ Giacomo Puccini’s one-act opera Il Tabarro revolves around a love triangle amongst harbor workers, without opportunities or a bright future. This opera is considered to be a masterpiece of verismo style with its musical dramaturgy that includes a vast palette of documentary sounds of life on the river banks. This hyper-realistic approach aims to paint a location unintended for an upper-class opera audience. Rossi fest and Opera Lab’s production approach this classic with respect to its verismo style, performing on an authentic cargo ship on the river Sava. Boat club 20/44 is a legendary venue of Belgrade nightlife. Known for its concept of broadening the borders of freedom and conventions it is in line with our values and artistic concept. A contemporary take on this classical piece raises the questions of the visibility of different classes in the system and the concept of freedom regardless of class affiliation. Il Tabarro reveals human urges and aspirations to rebel against the concept of reality. Site-specific performance of Il Tabarro is a pioneering initiative in Serbia. It presents a big step in examining the potential of presenting the opera genre and creating a new audience. ​ Director – Ana Grigorović Conductor – Stefan Zekić ​ Scenic design – Dunja Kostić Light design – Ana Grigorović Graphic Design - Katarina Mrčela ​ ​ Michele, a barge-owner: Vuk Zekić Giorgetta, Michele's wife: Evgenija Jeremić Luigi, a stevedore: Marko Živković La Frugola , Talpa's wife : Nataša Rašić Talpa, a stevedore : Mihailo Šljivić Tinca , a stevedore : Đorđe Nenić Song Seller: Luka Lazarević Lovers: Sara Ristić and Luka Lazarević ​ The Baruch Brothers choir: Maša Nedeljković, Mlijana Zekić, Ivana Jovanović, Jelena Zekić, Teodora Trajković, Danilo Trajković, Milutin Svirac, Nenad Savić, Zoran Stepanović i Vladimir Atlagić ​ Chamber orchestra: Violin: Vesna Jansens Violin: Aleksandra Dimitrijević Viola: Mirko Crnojević Cello: Jasmina Vrbanić Bassi: Boban Stošić Flute: Jelena Španović Oboe: Viktor Isaković Clarinet: Mihailo Samoran Bassoon: Ana Đorđević First horn: Igor Lazić Second horn: Gordana Stojnić Trumpet: Jovan Savić Trombone: Ivan Jovanović Percussions: Aleksandar Radulović ​ ​ Hair and makeup: Marija Todorović Title operator: Emina Ukić Light rental: Fast Forward 011 ​ ​ Opera Lab Opera Lab was founded with the aim of examining the limits of operatic art in the public space and attracting a new opera audience. By researching the genre through actualization and deconstruction of classical opera pieces and the exploration of contemporary pieces through ambiental and site-specific productions, a new space is formed for an alternative opera scene. The initiative of Opera Lab is the first of its kind in Serbia and is extremely important for the development and modernization of musical theater in the country and region. Opera Il tabarro performed on the boat 20/44 is the first project of the association. ​ ​ Tickets can be purchased in Vulkan bookstores or through the website ​ ​ Gala concert September 4th, 2022, National Theater in Belgrade ​ As the Summer Opera Academy also follows the main theme of Rossi Fest, the program of the Gala concert, happening on the European Day of Jewish Culture on the Raša Plaović stage at the National Theater in Belgrade, will consist of a repertoire composed of attractive opera and classical instrumental music nummers, written by Jewish composers or with topics related to Jewish culture. ​ Performers: Jewish chamber orchestra Baruch Brothers choir Participants of the Summer Opera Academy Program: Verdi, Sen Sans, Ofenbach, Lewandowsky, Cohen ​ ​ Entrance to the Gala is free, however complementary tickets are needed in order to attend the concert and can be collected at the ticket office of the National Theater in Belgrade from September 1st, 2022. ​ ​ Gala koncert Renewal

  • Concert: Synagogal Ensamble Berlin | Rossi Fest 2019

    Concert of the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin Sukat Shalom Synagogue 28. january 2019. ​ On Monday, January 28, at the Belgrade Synagogue Sukat Shalom , the audience enjoyed the spiritual compositions, of mostly Ashkenazi traditions, in the performance of the Synagogal Ensemble from Belrin, led by conductor Regina Yantian and cantor Icaak Sheffer and the Baruch Brothers Choir conducted by Stefan Zekic. ​ Synagogal Ensemble Berlin The ensemble consists of eight to twelve singers who work as freelance soloists or belong to the Berlin opera choirs. The Synagogal Ensemble Berlin is the only ensemble in the world that brings the liturgy of Louis Lewandowski to music every Friday night, Shabbat morning and on all Jewish holidays. In his concerts with the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, Cantor Isaac Sheffer brings this unique Jewish-German tradition into the world, with compositions by other great composers of the 19th century such as Salomon Sulzer and Samuel Naumbourg as well as from the 20th century such as Kurt Weill, Maurice Ravel, Ben Steinberg, Meir Finkelstein and others. The ensemble performs again and again in Poland, England and France. ​ ​ Regina Yantian, director of the Ensemble Already at the age of 12, Regina Yantian became interested in organ music. At the age of fifteen, she began her education as an organist and choirmaster and subsequently studied comparative musicology and Jewish studies in Jerusalem and Berlin. Since 1998 she has been the organist and choirmaster of the synagogue Pestalozzistraße in Berlin-Charlottenburg. For many years Yantian sang herself in the synagogue choir and got her artistic impulses through her work with Cantor Estrongo Nachama. She is also the director of the Synagogue Ensemble Berlin, which is known far beyond the borders of Berlin. Yantian is particularly proud of her latest project: since 2011 she has been Artistic Director of the Louis Lewandowski Festival , inviting synagogue choirs from all over the world to dedicate themselves to Louis Lewandowski's tradition. As part of the cultural program, the municipalities have two programs to choose from European and American Synagogal Music of the 19th and 20th Century and Jewish songs from Eastern Europe and Israel. ​ 1/4

  • Summer Opera Academy | Rossi Fest

    ​ ​ SUMMER OPERA ACADEMY August 2021, Belgrade ​ Rossi Fest Summer Program focuses on the development of necessary professional skills for voice students and emerging opera artists, giving personalized attention to each participant, according to her/his specific strengths and needs. The Summer Program offers two packages: ​ 1) Carmen production two-week program of intensive voice lessons, coachings, musical and stage rehearsals, and a performance with an orchestra of Bizet’s Carmen on a theatre stage. 2) Voice Masterclass & Mozart Competition program consisting a voice masterclass, a performance at Mozart competition with an orchestra, and a possibility of winning several prizes. ​ ​ Opera "Carmen" Rossi Fest production August 18, National Theatre Belgrade ​ Ana Grigorović's Carmen focuses on the social question of Roma people and migrants' life in the systems of European countries - groups that were faced with different ways of discrimination throughout the migrant crisis from 2015-2019. The production is set in the present, placing the action in a guarded refugee house, where the characters` urge for freedom becomes apparent. The freedom that Carmen as the first operatic Roma heroine sings about is the same freedom that vulnerable social groups are looking for - the right to move, to work, and lastly, to love freely. This adaptation of the opera had its Serbian premiere with this Rossi Fest production with great success. This performance is the result of the Carmen production Academy program, in which vocal soloists had the opportunity to work on their vocal, artistic, and stage skills with Rossi Summer Academy lecturers throughout the period of two weeks. Conductor : Srboljub Dinić Director : Ana Grigorović Voice professor : Olga Makarina Second conductor : Stefan Zekić Répétiteur : Srđan Jaraković Stage design : Dunja Kostić Costume : Ivana Ivić Choreography : Tamara Pjević ​ Video art : Matija Novaković Light design : Vlado Marinkovski Carmen – Shai Terry (IL) Don José – Marko Živković (RS) Escamillo – Vuk Zekić (RS) Micaëla – Elena Kozina-Claps (RU) Zuniga – Milan Tošić Lillas Pastia – Nemanja Stamatović Garcia – Đorđe Živadinović Grgur ​ Orchestra ensemble: Concertmaster : Vesna Jansens Violin : Aleksandra Dimitrijević Viola : Mirko Crnojević Cello : Jasmina Vrbanić Double bass : Svetozar Vujić Flute : Jelena Španović Oboe : Marija Lazić Clarinet : Mihailo Samoran Bassoon : Ana Đorđević Horn : Igor Lazić Trumpet : Nenad Ninković Trombone : Ivan Jovanović Percussions : Aleksandar Radulović ​ Light operator : Igor Vukojević Video operator : Dejan Ostojić Subtitles operator : Ana Bunjak Stage master : Zoran Mirić ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Mocart takmičenje ​ MOZART COMPETITION August 12, National Theatre Belgrade ​ Rossi Fest dedicates its very first opera competition to W. A. Mozart, as 2021 marks 230 years from the death of this musical genius. After the online elimination process, seven participants will have the opportunity to work on their repertoire with Rossi Fest Summer Academy lecturers and present it with the orchestra on the main stage of the National Theatre Belgrade, in front of a renowned international jury and audience. ​ Competition Final: Tamara Mitrović Ach, ich fühl’s / Die Zauberflöte In uomini, in soldati / Così fan tutte Milica Damnjanac Der Hölle Rache / Die Zauberflöte Batti, batti, o bel Masetto / Don Giovanni Milutin Jocić Hai già vinta la causa Non più andrai / Le Nozze di Figaro Shai Terry Non so più / Le nozze di Figaro Smanie implacabili / Così fan tutte Helena Anat Susha Deh vieni, non tardar / Le Nozze di Figaro Padre, germani, addio! / Idomeneo Milos Milojević Madamina, il catalogo e’ questo / Don Giovanni Diggi, daggi, shurry, murry / Bastien und Bastienne Olivera Krivokuća Padre, germani, addio! / Idomeneo Strider sento la procella / Lucio Silla Conductors: Stefan Zekić and Adi Bar Director: Ana Grigorović Orchestra ensemble: Flute: Jelena Spanović Oboe: Marija Lazić Clarinet: Nikola Đurica Basson : Ana Djordjević Chorn : Igor Lazić First violin: Vesna Jansens Second violin: Aleksandra Jovanović Viola: Mirko Crnojević Double bass: Boban Stosić ​ Orchestration : Srđan Jaraković ​ ​ ​ ​ Jury members: Olga Makarina soprano founder of Grand Stage International Arts Foundation Aneta Ilić soprano Voice professor and Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade Katarina Jovanovič soprano Voice professor at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade Srboljub Dinić conductor General Music Director at the State Theatre Braunschweig Adi Bar conductor ​ ​Prizes & Awards Certificates for all participants I, II, and III prize Potential engagement for Serbian-speaking singers in one of the upcoming productions Scholarship for Setúbal CantoFest 2022 (Portugal) Scholarship for Neustadter Meistersingerkurs mit Wettbewerbskonzert 2022 (Germany) ​


    ​ ​ Concert The Psalms of David National Theatre in Belgrade, "Raša Plaović" stage 28 January 2020 at 20:00 ​ To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Baruch Brothers Choir, the oldest Jewish choir in the world, a special spiritual concert will be held on the final evening of the Rossi Fest. “Psalms of David” spans several centuries of art music inspired by the book of Psalms. The program will feature works by Solomon Rossi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alexander Gretchaninov, Aharon Harlap, Louis Lewandowsky, Max Janowski, and Leonard Bernstein. This unique program reflects the idea of ​​multiculturalism, particularly multi-confessionality, contributing to the popularization and convergence of different cultural and religious traditions. We encourage young people in the cultural field to develop a sense of community and solidarity. A meeting point can be found in the Old Testament, namely the book of Psalms, including texts written in 7 different languages. This concert will attract a wide audience of music lovers, as Psalms continues to inspire classical music composers. The special guests of the concert are soprano Olga Makarina, mezzo-soprano Alessandra di Giorgio, and soprano Ayelet Cohen, who will for this special occasion arrive directly from Israel. ​ P ROGRAM: ​ Elohim hashivenu Salomon Rossi (1570 – 1630) ​ Erbarme dich, mein Gott (Matthew Passion) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) ​ Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion (from the oratorio Messiah ) Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) ​ Shiru L'Adonai Aharon Harlap (1941- ) ​ Al tiro Jacob Leib Wasilkowsky (1882-1942) ​ Hallelujah (Exultate jubilate) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) ​ Fac ut portem (Stabat mater) Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) ​ Antiphons (Liturgy Domestica) Aleksandar Grečaninov (1864-1956) ​ Enosh Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894) ​ Avinu Mulkeinu Max Janowski (1912–1991) ​ The Chichester Psalms Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) ​ Hallelujah Louis Lewandowski ​ ​ Performers: The Baruh Brothers Choir ​ Olga Makarina (USA), soprano Ayelet Koen, (Israel) soprano Alessandra di Giorgio (Germany/Serbia), mezzosoprano Ivana Zavišić, violin Ladislav Mezei, cello Hristina Antić, organ Aleksandar Radulović, percussion Mina Marinković, harp Igor Dražević, piano ​

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