Djordje Peric, a student of the elementary music school "Kornelije Stankovic" from Bijeljina, won in the pre-category at the 9th International Festival “Harmonika Fest”, which was held in Tivat from 29th to 31st May. In the II category, Vladimir Stojanović from the music school I and II degree from Mostar was awarded, and in the III category Pavle Djuric, a pupil of the school "Vasa Pavic" from Podgorica, was awarded. Petar Balaban, a pupil of the school "Savo Popovic" from Cetinje, triumphed in the IV category, in the V was Lazar Janjusević from "Vasa Pavić", Podgorica, and in VII Ante Selak from Makarska.
The first place in the VIII category was won by Stefan Dimitrijevic, a student of the music school "Dr. Miloje Milojevic" from Kragujevac, and in IX Bozidar Rajic (Faculty of Arts Nis).
When it comes to chamber music, the best works were presented by Valentina Celebic (violin) and Vujic Petar (piano), pupils of the school "Savo Popovic" from Cetinje. In the second category, the best were Emina Visnjic (violin), Milica Djurović (violin) and Milica Rabrenovic (piano) from the music school in Bijelo Polje, and in the third the accordion trio - Hristina Merdovic, Relja Cetkovic and Nemanja Boljevic from "Vasa Pavić" Podgorica.
“Inat trio”, consisting of by Azmir Halilovic, Danijel Lovric and Asmir Hamzic (Academy of Music Sarajevo), won the first place in the fourth category.
In the orchestra competition, the first category was won by the orchestra of accordions from the music school "Kosta Manojlovic" from Smederevo, in second was the orchestra of the accordions "Dara Cokorilo" from Niksic, and in the third Kragujevac Academy Accordion Orchestra.
The festival gathered around 250 accordionists from 12 European countries.
Director and founder of the Festival, Predrag Jankovic, said that “Harmonika fest” has been progressing and developing year by year and is positioned well on the map of the well-known European accordion festivals.
"This year, we had a record number of participants in the competition segment. This is an indication that the Festival is going upward," he says.
The contestants were presented in 17 categories.
The participants were evaluated by a renowned jury, including the French Frederic Deshamps, President of the World Conference on Accordionists, Radomir Tomic and Miljan Bjeletic from Serbia, Dalibor Boljun from Croatia, Damir Sultanov from Kazakhstan, Miroslav Ilic and Aleksandar Basarab from Montenegro.
The festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Tivat Culture Center, Tivat Municipality, and the General Sponsor is the Montenegrin Commercial Bank (CKB).
Text by CdM, on June 2nd, 2019, read more at CdM