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29-Jul-2022

12th International Music Festival “Harmonika Fest” - Montenegro

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12th12th concertThe International Music Festival “Harmonika Fest” is the first International Music Festival for Accordion in Montenegro, founded in 2010 in Cetinje, where it was held until 2014.

Since then the festival hosts all participants and audience in the beautiful Adriatc town of Tivat and is aimed at accordionists of all ages and abilities.

Founder and director of the festival is Prof. Predrag Jankovic. The festival is organized by the NGO "Harmonika Montenegrina" with the support of Cultural Centre Tivat, Municipality Tivat and Ministry of Culture and Media.

The festival has featured the most eminent artists in the field of classical accordion: Yuri Shishkin, Sergey Osokin, Renzo Ruggieri, Pavel Fenjuk, Vladimir Murza, Petar Maric, Nikola Pekovic, Semion Shmelkov, Roman Jbanov, Domi Emorine (Duo Paris Moscou) and many others.

The festival consists of three main events: competition, masterclasses and evening concerts. Also, in addition, every year, the festival organizes scientific lectures, round tables, promotions of books, textbooks, leading accordion factories, etc.

The International Competition includes categories for accordion solo, chamber music, orchestras and variety.

An important part of the festival are the Master classes which are held for students of lower and middle music schools, as well as students from the Music academy, accordion department. Lecturers at the workshops are eminent professors who work at the most prestigious Music Academies in Europe and the world.

The exchange of knowledge, practice and experience, promotion of the classical accordion as well as meeting local and global tendencies in contemporary concert and pedagogical practice for accordion are the primary goals of this project.

This year's 12th edition of the International Music festival Harmonika Fest was held from June 24th to 26th at the Cultural Centre Tivat.

At the opening ceremony, Predrag Jankovic addressed the audience and the media. He said: “With the continuous development of the festival, recognizable artistic and educational qualities, as well as the participation of an increasing number of participants and competitors from year to year, the festival became recognizable on the map of the most important European festivals for classical accordion. For the past 11 years, we have tried to make quality imperative, that is the basis our festival. When I say quality, I mean not only good organization, but what is most important the expertise and competences that adorn the renowned members of international jury, professors and lecturers. World-renowned artists also made a great contribution to the festival, they strengthened and enriched this project with their performances”.

Predrag Jankovic then gave a plaque for contribution to the development of the festival to Prof. Radomir Tomic, who is one of the world's most respected professors and the founder of the modern accordion school at the Balkan.

We had the honour and pleasure to host Mirco Patarini, President of the CIA, who thanked all the students and their parents for being a part of this project. He emphasized the importance of education and guidance of the individual and providing support to young people in order to develop the entire society.

The festival was officially opened by the mayor of Tivat, Mr. Zeljko Komnenovic. At the Opening ceremony Radu Ratoi, winner of world competitions (Coupe Mondiale, Castelfidardo, Klingenthal, World Trophy, etc.) held a memorable concert.

During the two festival days the eminent international jury evaluated the competitors. Members of the jury were: Mirco Patarini (ITA), Radomir Tomic (SRB), Radu Ratoi (MOL), Marjan Krajna (CRO), Slavisa Peric (BIH), Aleksej Molcanov (MNE), Ivana Cvetkovski (CRO), Vujadin Krivokapic (MNE), Vesna Sarac (MNE) and Tijana Ilic (MNE).

A great contribution to the development of techniques and skills of students was made by Mirco Patarini, who imparted his artistic and pedagogical knowledge to young artists at the master class.

Mag.art.Dr.phil. Ivana Cvetkovski presented her primer Hocus Pocus Harmonicus and held a lecture on the method of pedagogical work with pupils who encounter the accordion for the first time.

An important goal of the festival is the education of young artists whose work and progress at the festival follows year after year. The best students of primary and secondary music schools and students of the Music Academy in Montenegro performed on June 25th at a concert called Young scene of Montenegrin accordionists.

Also, on the same evening, the Winners Concert was held with winners of all categories of the competition performing.

Predrag Jankovic and Mirco Patarini presented prizes, cups and diplomas to the contestants, ending the 12th International Music Festival Harmonika Fest.
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