CLASSIC ART is a unique thematic guitar festival and competition held in Serbia. It was founded by Stevan Jović and his former guitar teacher Marko Erdevički. Each year the festival has a new guitar related theme in order to highlight and promote the classical guitar. The competition provides a great opportunity for young artists to show their skills and musicianship. This year the theme of the festival was Composers of the first half of the 19th century.
There were two evening recitals held in the Cultural Centre of Šabac. The performers of the first evening on December 26th were professors of Music Academy in Novi Sad, Aleksandar Tasić, clarinet and Zoran Krajišnik, guitar. The second evening on December 27th was dedicated to music of 19th century. Performers were Stevan Jović, Marko Erdevički and guest from Italy, Marko Battaglia.
In all, we had 76 competitors from all around Serbia. The special prize given by Marko Erdevički for the best performance of the piece from the first half of the 19th century included a trip to Norway, 7 days in Bergen and series of masterclass with Marko Erdevički. The jury panel consisted of 5 renowned artists and pedagogues from Serbia and abroad: Vera Ogrizović, Zoran Krajišnik, Miloš Janjić, Marko Erdevički and Marko Battaglia.
Winner of the Elementary school category:
Puljević Vida, Music School “Mokranjac”, Belgrade, prof. Adrijana Košutić
Winner of the High school category:
Marija Rašic, Music School “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, prof. Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević
Winner of Student’s category:
Viktor Đuknić, Academy of Arts Novi Sad, prof. Srđan Tošić
Special prize winner:
Zubac Miloš, Faculty of Music in Belgrade, prof. Vera Ogrizović
Stevan’s students, guitar quartet – Antica Moderna (Lazar Markovic, Bogdan Petrovic, Konstantin Becejic, Luka Petrovic), won first prize at the prestigious Republic Competition of Music Schools, Negotin, Serbia 2015.
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This project brings together two things that at first seem contradicting – Classical guitar and Dubstep musical style. The idea was to create an exercise for a certain technical problem (in this case for playing scales) using a song or a theme from a song that you like. This approach has endless possibilities, bringing something new and refreshing to your everyday practice routine. In this way practicing is more fun and most importantly more productive! This project inspired Serbian writer Ivan Glisic to write this poem:
THE OLD GUITARIST
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