Harmonika Fest is the first International Music Festival for accordion in Montenegro. It was founded in 2010 in Cetinje, the same place where it was first held until 2014.“Harmonika Fest“ represents a professional event which promotes accordion players of all profiles and cherishes artistic accordion performance.The festival is organized by a „Harmonika Montenegrina„ NGO organization Podgorica.

The most eminent artists known in the world of classical music have performed at this festival:Juri Šiškin, Renzo Ruggeri,Pavel Fenjuk,Vladimir Murza,Petar Marić,Nikola Peković, Semjon Šmeljkov,Roman Žbanov,Dominik Emorin, Stjepan Hauser (violoncello) and many others.

We especially emphasize the participation of the most famous cellist of the present time,Stjepan Hauser, who performed at this festival in 2010.Stjepan Hauser performs all around the world as a globally famous music star.He often performs with Elton John with his duel (two cellos).During the festival there were all night concerts of the most eminent artists,along with master workshops for the students of lower and high music schools, as well as for Music Academy students , accordion department.The lecturers on these workshops were eminent teachers, who work at the most prestigeous Music Academies both in Europe and worldwide.

At last year's edition of the festival, we have included a new segment, International Competition for solo discipline. It was also the first international competition for classical accordion in Montenegro. From this year (2015) we have enriched the concept of competitive programs in a way that we have with the discipline of solo accordion included the discipline of chamber music. There will be a competition for Chamber music this year,too.Exchange of knowledge, practice and experience as well as meeting local and global tendencies in contemporary concert and pedagocgical practice for the accordion, is the primary aim of this project. In difference with many westeuropean countries where the accordion experiences its true expansion,its position is unfairly neglected , compared to other instruments with a greater musical tradition.

According to previously mentioned, this project shall present the most important musical, technical and technological potencials of modern accordion in all musical genres, by attracting the most popular artists from the world of the art of accordion.We are certain that this is the best way of presenting this instrument.

Great cultural, educational and psychosocial importance of the festival form the foundation to make our ideas real by promoting classical accordion music.

The author of the project, professor Predrag Janković

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