This year's festival masterclasses will continue the concept of our project “Guitar Integrations” with significant educational purpose. It includes the youngest and the most talented guitar students from Montenegro of various ages (10 to 22 years, pupils of elementary Music school, Music high school and Music academy students). They will attend the workshops every day during the festival and also perform on a concert on the closing ceremony of the festival on the 20th August at Music Square in Herceg Novi to present their work and talent to the audience. The total number of students is 10, and it is the selection of best pupils from Music school in Podgorica (4), Herceg Novi (2), Kotor (1) and other Montenegrin cities.
Masterclasses will take place as part of daily activities in the music school in Herceg Novi in the morning (from 9 am to 1 pm), at the same time in several classrooms. Students will actively and passively participate in classes where they will develop their emotional experience through direct contact, conversation, playing and listening, building the educational significance of the festival.
Pupils and students who are going to attend master classes this year are:
- David Marton, Music academy Cetinje (Cetinje)
- Nadja Grdinić, Art school for music and ballet ,,Vasa Pavić“ (Podgorica)
- Martin Jovović, Art school for music and ballet ,,Vasa Pavić“ (Podgorica)
- Kristina Miljenović, Art school for music and ballet ,,Vasa Pavić“ (Podgorica)
- Danilo Izgarević, High school for musical talents „Andre Navarra“ (Podgorica)
- Luka Marković, Music school Herceg Novi (Herceg Novi)
- Asja Radojević, Music school Herceg Novi (Herceg Novi)
- Nikolina Dževerdanović ,School for primary and secondary music education ,,Vida Matjan“ (Kotor)
- Martin Petković, Music school Tivat (Tivat)
- Anastasija Vukićević, School for primary music education Kolašin (Kolašin)
David Marton (March 4, 1997) is a classical guitarist. He was born in Vršac, Serbia. He started playing the guitar as an eight-year-old boy. He finished "Josif Marinković“ elementary music school in Vršac, in the class of professor Relja Turudić. After elementary school, he moved to Belgrade, Serbia. He graduated from Music high school "Davorin Jenko" in the class of the same professor.
Marton is a prizewinner at local and international competitions – he won first prizes at the Mali Virtuoso, Jarakova Guitar, International Chamber Music Competition "Davorin Jenko", Montenegro International Guitar Competition, and second prizes at the Republic of Serbia Competition, Montenegro International Guitar Competition... He performed in various cities, where we can single out solo concerts in Vršac, Belgrade and Čačak (Serbia), solo concerts in Kotor and Tivat under the name "Bach - Rozsa", and in the Music Center in Podgorica in 2023 (Montenegro) within of the "Young Musicians" project. He also participated in several festivals such as the Nikšić guitar festival (2017, 2018, 2019), the Bar Chronicle (2018), KotorArt (2021, 2022), Summer evenings of music (2021), the Wind Festival (2023)…
During his studies, he attended master classes with world-famous guitarists such as Zoran Dukić, Thomas Offermann, Raphaella Smits, Nikita Koshkin, Joaquin Clerch, Tillman Hoppstock, Costas Cotsiolis, Sabrina Vlaskalić, Goran Krivokapić. He also attended the Guitar Summer School 2018 (Donji Milanovac, Serbia) and Winter Guitar School 2020 (Capljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Marton started his teaching career at the age of nineteen, and in 2016 he started working at a music school as a guitar teacher. He worked at the "Josif Marinković" music school in Vršac (Serbia) and the "Davorin Jenko" music school in Belgrade (Serbia). Since 2017, Marton has been a guitar teacher at the music school "Vida Matjan" (ŠOSMO "Vida Matjan") in Kotor and since 2021 at the music school in Tivat (Ju Muzička škola Tivat) in Montenegro.
Marton was a member of the jury in the guitar discipline at the "Fantast" International Music Festival in Bečej (Serbia) in 2023. He participated in the project "Conversation with the artist" (online platform) in 2021. Also, he was part of the organisation of the Montenegro International Guitar Competition in 2022 and 2023.
Marton is a Master's student at the Academy of Music in Cetinje (Montenegro) in the class of Professor Danijel Cerović.
Nađa Grdinić was born in Podgorica on May 17, 2005. She completed Elementary school and the Elementary School for Music Education in Kolašin in the class of Professor Milena Vračarić and Professor Dražen Joković. Currently, she is a student of the third grade of the Secondary Music School Vasa Pavić in Podgorica, in the class of professor Dražen Joković. She participated in several international festivals where she had master classes with renowned guitarists and guitar teachers, among whom stand out: Costas Cotsiolis, Thomas Offermann, Srđan Tošić, Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević, Rafael Aguirre, Zoran Dukić, Aniello Desiderio... So far, she has won more than 20 awards at national and international competitions, of which competitions in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sarajevo, Bečej, Tirana, Herceg Novi and Tivat stand out. In the last two years alone, she won first place at the international guitar competition in Tivat, where she was declared the best guitarist/guitarist of Montenegro, then third place at the Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade. This year she also won first place at Guitar Art Festival and participated at the guitar festival in Berlin at the invitation of professor Thomas Offerman.
Martin Jovović was born on January 21, 2006. in Danilovgrad. In 2021, he graduated from the "Vuko Jovović" Elementary School and the "Vasa Pavić" Elementary Music School in Danilovgrad. He finished the second grade of the Secondary Music School "Vasa Pavić" in Podgorica. He is the recipient of an award from the Fund for Quality and Talents of the Ministry of Education of Montenegro for 2018. For the school year 2019/2020 he was a scholarship recipient of the Ministry of Education, whose scholarship is awarded to talented students. During his schooling, he won prizes at competitions, among which the first prizes at the National High School Competition in the field of musical art (2022) and the second and second Guitar Fest in Bijelo Polje (2021 and 2019) stand out.
Kristina Miljenović (2006) started playing the guitar at the age of 7 at the "Vida Matjan" Primary Music School in Kotor, and she continued her education at the "Vasa Pavić" Secondary Art School for Music and Ballet in Podgorica. During her schooling, she was in the class of professors Dražen Joković, Srdjan Bulatović and Romeo Lukšić. She attended master classes with famous domestic and foreign guitar masters, such as: Hubert Kaeppel, Sanel Redžić, Predrag Stanković, Costas Cotsiolis, Pablo Menedez, Vojin Kocić, Dušan Bogdanović, Dževdet Sahatdžija, Sabrina Vlaškalić, Jorrit Douwes, Vera Ogrizović, Boris Tešić. Until now, Kristina has won prizes at over 30 awards at competitions in the country and abroad, some of which are at: International guitar festival Rust (Austria, 2020), Guitar Art Festival (Serbia, 2019), Sarajevo international guitar festival (BiH, 2019), Montenegro international guitar competition (Montenegro, 2019), International Moscow Music Competition (Russia, 2021), ,London Classical Music Competition (England, 2022), XLVII Youth Music Festival of Montenegro (Montenegro, 2022). Kristina Miljenović held two solo concerts. She had her first solo concert at the age of 13 in the atrium of the Kotor Cultural Center, while she held her second at the age of 15 in the Church of St. Duh in Kotor. She recorded 4 music videos organized by the Port of Art. Her talent was recognized by the cabinet of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić, when, before the New Year 2022, Kristina received a monetary gift. She is the winner of the award "Odličan 5" from the fund for quality and talents of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports. She is also the holder of a scholarship for the best talented students of Montenegro.
Danilo Izgarevic was born on September 7, 2006 in Podgorica. In 2020, he completed his elementary music education at the guitar department at the Art School for Music and Ballet "Vasa Pavić", in Podgorica, in the class of Professor Bojan Đuković. He is currently attending the Secondary Music School for Talents "Andre Navarra" in Podgorica (he finished the 2nd grade) in the class of Dr. Rado Amanović.
During his education so far, he has won numerous awards at national competitions, including first prizes at the Montenegro International Guitar Competition (Tivat 2016), the International Guitar Fest Competition (Bijelo Polje, 2019, 2020), the International Guitar Competition "Tremolo" (Skoplje 2020, 2021 ) as well as other awards at the Montenegro International Guitar Competition (2019 and 2021), the "Danubia Talents" International Competition (Budapest, 2020) and the London International Music Competition (London, 2021), and others... He is a scholarship recipient of the Ministry of Education of Montenegro. He is a participant of the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Guitar Art Summer Fest in Herceg Novi. He attended master workshops with Dušan Bogdanović, Hubert Kappel, Goran Krivokapić, Miloš Janjić, Rafael Aguirre, Johannes Moler, Vera Ogrizović, Costas Cotsiolis, Diamond Campbell, Eduardo Pasqual Diez, Dževdet Sahatdžija, Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević, Dragan Nikolić, Maja Radovanlija, Silvijo Bilić, Emma Kapor...
Luka Marković (February 4, 2009) goes to the Herceg Novi Primary Music School and learns guitar in the class of Professor Aleksandr Bubanja. During his studies, he won several awards at competitions, including first place at the XLV Music Festival of the Youth of Montenegro and second place at the International Viva-music competition. He was invited to play at Carnage Hall in New York in October 2019, but was prevented due to the Corona virus pandemic.
Asja Radojević was born on June 3, 2010 in Herceg Novi. She finished the 6th grade of the School for Elementary Music Education in Herceg Novi in the class of Professor Aleksandar Bubanja. This year, she won second prize at the Guitar United International Music Festival in East Sarajevo. She participated in the XV and XVI Guitar Art Summer Fest. In addition to learning the guitar, he is also involved in ballet.
Nikolina Dževerdanović was born in 2009 in Kotor and graduated from the eighth grade of the "National Hero Savo Ilić" elementary school with excellent results. At the same time, she is an eighth-grade student at the "Vida Matjan" Music School in the class of professor Romeo Lukšić. She participated in numerous competitions and achieved significant results, among which stand out: first prize at the International Trio Guitar Competition and second prizes at the 14th International Guitar Competition and 16th International Guitar Competition, as well as second prize at the Music Festival of the Youth of Montenegro .
Martin Petković (June 19, 2010) was born in Kotor, Montenegro. He started playing the guitar as a seven-year-old boy. He finished the seventh grade of the primary music school in Tivat (JU Music School Tivat) in the class of professor David Marton. Martin won first place in school competitions from 2018 to 2023 and won 3rd prize at the XVI Montenegro International Guitar Competition 2022 (Tivat, Montenegro) and 2nd prize at the XVII Montenegro International Guitar Competition 2023 ( Tivat, Montenegro).
He performed at concerts at the JU Music School Tivat and at exhibition openings in Tivat. He also performed at the Wind Festival, Tivat (2023). During his schooling, he attended a master class with the famous guitarist Danijelo Cerović.
Anastasija Vukićević was born on May 15, 2009. in Kolašin. He attends the "Risto Manojlović" Elementary School and the Kolašin Elementary Music Education School and is an excellent student in both schools. She has been playing the guitar for seven years and is in the class of professor Dražen Joković. At previous competitions, she achieved remarkable results, which, along with her love for the guitar, gave her an incentive to continue her education.