A great performance by 48th IJMC award-winning competitors

Professional music audience, but also passionate music lovers, are always eagerly awaiting some kind of “exclusive” from the world of music. One such “exclusive” was performed on 31th of March at the National Museum Gallery in Kragujevac. The seventh concert of season “Convivium Musicum 17/18” was tied to the prestigious Musical Youth Competition in Belgrade. Only one day after the end of the 48th International Jeunesses Musicales Competition – Belgrade at Kolarac, Kragujevac had the opportunity to hear the winner of the competition in this year’s discipline – guitar. Not so rarely, the jury of competitions does not award the first prize, or announce the winner, which happened this year. For this reason, the audience in Kragujevac had the opportunity to hear two of the first-ranked ones, Sanel Redzic (BiH) and Vuk Dragicevic (Serbia). The first one to perform was domestic young guitarist Vuk Dragicevic. Successful young artist and a student of the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade is yet to have great successes. Dragicevic performed classics of guitar literature Invocacion y Danza by Joaquín Rodrigo and Fantasie vilIageoise Op. 52 by Fernando Sor. The performance of this newcomer exuded with considerable musical maturity and certainty.
After Dragicevic, the highest-ranked Sanel Redzic presented himself to the audience. Young artist from Tuzla, by the age of thirty had already achieved an enviable world career. It is difficult to state in one place all his successes so far – awards, performances at famous European concert halls, recordings for numerous radio and TV stations, master-classes he attended and which he is currently holding. With his performance, Redzic added to the performance of Dragicevic, the work of another Spanish composer Joaquín Malats – Serenata Español. Then he performed the piece of the domestic author, Dusan Bogdanovic, which was this year’s compulsory composition of the competition. Sonata op. 77 by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco was the next on the repertoire. It brought us back to Spain and to the last performed work – the brilliant Fantasia on Themes from La Traviata by Francisco Tárrega. Redzic’s virtuosity and technical precision are clearly implied, but what attracted the attention of the audience was his fantastic pianissimo.
Both guitarists took us to some warmer landscapes with their interpretations, showed us the amazing possibilities of the guitar and presented us to the sound and spirit of Spain and Italy. Let’s hope that they felt back the warmth of numerous Kragujevac audience.
Author: Anja Lazarevic Kocic, Translation: Ljubica Guzvic
Photo: Milos Dasic