In January 2019, ended the second edition of the Rossi Fest 

you can check more about the events of Rossi fest 2019 here.

 

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.

OUR TEAM

 

 

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Stefan Zekić

CONDUCTOR

Born in 1983. in Belgrade. Graduated from the Faculty of  Music – University of Arts in Belgrade in two departments: in the department for conducting and department for 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 in 2006 and he is the chief conductor of the Baruch Brothers Choir, the oldest Jewish choir in the world, established in 1879. Stefan Zekic won numerous national and international rewards at the prestige festivals and competition (Italy, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Switzerland, Israel...). He started his engagement as an Opera conductor at the National Theatre of Belgrade in 2009. His first performance - Le nozze di Figaro (W. A. Mozart) was withal the best performance for the season 2009/10.  In 2014. he became a 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, Symphony orchestra and choir of National theatre in Belgrade, etc. He's the founder and artistic manager of the ensemble for early music Canticum novum and the chief conductor of the Baruch Brothers Choir.

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Zoran Erić

COMPOSER

Zoran Erić is the current Rector of the University of the Arts in Belgrade and, full-time professor of composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and a president of the Executive Board of Serbian music copyright agency SOKOJ. He earned his BA and MA degree in Composing (professor Stanojlo Rajičić) at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, and went on te specialize at Orf Universty in Salzburg, as well as on V. Lutoslavski`s masterclass in Groznan. Mr. Erić is the winner of the City of Belgrade October Prize, triple Stevan Mokranjac award, two Golden Mimosis Awards for theater music, two Sterija Awards for theater music, YUSTAT Grand Prix for theater music award and Great Golden Plaque of the University of Arts. For two years he was the artistic director of Belgrade Music Festival BEMUS (2011-2013). In the period between 2000 and 2004, he acted as the Vice Rector of the University of Arts in Belgrade and from 1992 to 1998 he was a Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Music. His opus includes works of different genres, ensembles and soloists, such as: balets Banović Strahinja and Jelisaveta, Slovo Siluana za baritone, women`s choir and tape, Off for double bass and strings,, Cartoon for strings and harpsichord, Talea Konzertstück for violin and strings, The Great Red Spot of Jupiter for amplified harpsichord and percussion and electronics live, Abnormalni udarci Dogona for bass clarinet, piano, percussion,  bass mouth-organ and electronic live,  Helium  u  maloj  kutiji  for strings, Nisam govorio za alt sax, bass mouth-organ, actor narrator and mixed choir, Oberon for flute and instrumental ansable, Six scenes - comments for three violins and string orchestra, Ko je ubio galeba for 12 chellos, Sedam pogleda u nebo for string sextet, Entracte for symphony orchestra, B&R for double bass. Special place in his opus takes theater and film music, created in collaboration with notable theater and film makers. He was the artistic director of BEMUS festival (2011-2013), as well as the selektor of the Music in Serbia Festival (1987) and International Composers ` Meeting (1994).

Ana Stefanović

MUSICOLOGIST

Ana Stefanović is full-time Professor at the University of Arts, Faculty of Music in Belgrade and Associate Researcher at IreMus, Paris. She received her MA degree at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and her PhD in musicology at the University Paris IV Sorbonne. 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 engaged in several international and national projects in musicology and is the author of a large number of studies and articles published in reviews for musicology and music theory, and in collected papers. She edited several collections of papers and organized several international conferences in the field of music theory. She published the 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. She is also the author of the Anthology of Serbian Art Song I-VI, Belgrade, UKS, 2008-2014.

Branka Cvejić-Mezei

FLAUTIST, PIANIST, DIRECTOR OF BELGRADE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN RETIREMENT

Branka Cvejić-Mezei, the president of Braća Baruh Choir, during her career 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, and than went on to specialize in Paris, with the French government , at the École Normale de Musique, where she receives a diploma Licence de concertes . She started her career as professor of Flute and Piano in Music school Kosta Manojlovic (1960-1971) and full-time member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (the position of solo/principal flutist). She was an active Board and Artistic Council member of Belgrade Philharmonic (1971-1988), which was followed by her 12-year mandate on the position of the director of Belgrade Philharmonic (1988-2000), the position of deputy Director of Belgrade National Theatre (2001-2002), as well as the position of coordinator and counselor on cultural and humanitarian matters within Karic Foundation (2001-2006), where she used her knowledge and ​and previous experience to publish two capital Anthologies of Serbian traditional art, where the presentation of cultural heritage and ethnomusicological (field) work was set on a very high level with the use of the new possibilities of multimedia. As a director of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra she managed to achieve notable success in spite of complicated social situation of the given period. In the period oher mandate, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra was an important pillar of music life of Belgrade and Serbia, with concerts in Kolarac Concert Hall and in Sava Centar on the regular basis, numerous eminent guests and two foreign artistic directors, conductors - Vasilii Sinayski and Emil Tabakov, recording of four CD-s and supporting young musicians, conductors and composers.

Ladislav Mezei

VIOLONCELLIST

Ladislav Mezei is a full time Professor at the Chamber Music Department of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, where he earned his BA and MA degree, and after that went on for specialization at the Ferenz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. Mr. Mezei is a violoncellist whose broad artistic biography includes two seasons as a solo cellist of Sarajevo Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, full-time membership in Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and lead cellist position (1975–2004), guest lead cellist position in Skopje Chamber Orchestra, numerous recitals around ex Yugoslavia conutries, solo performances with Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Military Orchestra of Yugoslavia and Skopje Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra, a membership in Baroque Ensemble Muzika Florida and Academic Chamber - Ensemble Jeunesse Musicale, as well as the participation on Millenium Gala Concert in NY Lincoln Center with gathered concertmasters and instrumental group leads from all over the world (maestro Piero Gamba) He is a permanent associate at the orchestra Camerata Serbica, as well as the member of Pancevo string quartet (today: Arco String Quartet) for many years, with which he made more than a hundred performances and published two CD’s with music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy, as well as a CD with the music of Serbian composers: Despić, Šepić and Raičković. In the recent years he became very active as a full-time member of couple ensembles who nurture contemporary music and had noted performances on TV show World premieres, as well as on the. String quartet TAJJ, that he is also member in, is the first quartet that earned MA degree at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, in 2005. Mr. Mezei is a founder of Jewish Chamber Orchestra, with which he has made a large number of performances. He was the adjudicator at the 30. Jeunesses Musicales International Competition (cello category) in Belgrade (2000).​

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