ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival

ArtLink Young Talents' Festival 2016

Dear Friends of great music, supporters of young talents!

ArtLink's 2016 Young Talents' Festival is just ahead.







ArtLink Young Talents' Festival 2015

Dear visitors of the ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival,

Dear Friends of the arts,

The ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival supports the professional advancement and preforming talent of young artists. The Festival fulfils ArtLink’s founding idea to present the most promising as well as the established young artists from Serbia, but also to present to the national audience the international rising stars and the already recognized young artists. Following last year’s success of its first edition, the Festival received the prestigious EFFE Label for 2015-2016, awarded by the project of the European Festival Association and the European Commission – Europe for Festivals Festivals for Europe (EFFE).

At the second ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival, ArtLink has the honor to present you several brilliant artists and ensembles from Serbia, the Western Balkans and the countries of the Visegrad group. The 2015 Festival has a particular focus on developing inter-regional cultural cooperation between Serbia and the Western Balkans, and the Visegrad countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. The “Balkan-Visegrad Cultural Bridge” project, substantially supported by the International Visegrad Fund, sets up an “infrastructure” for a continuous cooperation among well-established structures and individuals from several Visegrad countries with the artists and performing arts managers in the Balkans, through performances, trainings and education for artists, and in managerial capacities for art managers.

As a first concrete result of this cooperation, the audience of the 2015 ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival will have an opportunity to hear several outstanding ensembles and artists from the Visegrad countries, including the Epoque Quartet, the Janoska Ensemble, violinist Maria Machovska, and pianist Zoltán Fejérvári. The Visegrad artists will also share their artistic know-how through ArtLink’s trademark Festival segment of masterclasses for talented young musicians from Serbia and the Western Balkans. This cooperation will continue throughout the year and include the 2016 ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival.

Following the public presentation of twenty renowned national festivals, recipients of the EFFE Label, in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, on Tuesday, 29 September, Serbia’s famous pianist Nataša Šarčević and the young Italian flutist Aron Chiesa will hold the opening concert of the Festival, in cooperation with the Italian Institute for Culture, at Belgrade City Hall.

Young Austrian flutist Marianna Busslechner, accompanied by pianist Alisa Bešević, will perform on Friday, 2 October, also at the City Hall in cooperation with Austrian Kultruforum. The successful young Polish violinist Maria Machovska, accompanied by the renowned and well recognized Uki Ovaskainen on piano, and in cooperation with the gifted Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári, will appear, for the first time, in Zemun’s Madlenianum, on Saturday, 3 October, supported by the Institute Balasi.

The exceptional German violinist Kai Vogler’s, and Serbian pianist Mirjana Rajić’s concert at Madlenianum will mark the 25 years of German Reunification, in cooperation with Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Belgrade, on Sunday, 4 October. The Novi Sad audience will have an opportunity to hear the remarkably talented French pianist Jean-Paul Gasparian, at Novi Sad City Hall, on Monday, 5 October. Gasparian will appear again before the audience in Belgrade on Thursday, 8 October, at Kolarac Endowment’s Great Hall, in cooperation with the Symphony Orchestra of the Radio-Television of Serbia, conducted by Serbia’s outstanding maestro Bojan Sudjić. Both Gasparian’s concerts are organised in cooperation with the French Institute in Belgrade under the patronage of ArtLink’s Strategic Partner, the Société Générale Serbia.

In the Festival’s segment dedicated to young talents, and as a part of the ArtLink - Société Générale Young Talent’s Cycle, the String Orchestra of the region’s unique educational institution – the School for Music Talents of Ćuprija – as well as the participants of the special program through which young talents, up to the age of 15, are given a unique opportunity through auditions to earn an active participation at creative workshops led by Serbia’s prominent musicians, will hold a concert on Tuesday, 6 October, at the Gallery of Frescos. The distinction of this particular program is that it provides a possibility for the young talents to jointly form new ensembles as wall as to perform in ensembles together with their mentors. The new ensembles that emerge out if this project are regularly presented at concerts within the ArtLink – Société Générale Young Talents' Cycle.

Quartet Epoque, from the Czech Republic, will delight you again this year in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Belgrade, this time at Belgrade’s City Hall, on Wednesday, 7 October. As a part of the “ArtLink(s) Balkans program”, on Saturday, 10 October, at Belgrade Cultural Centre, you will be able to hear several rising artists from Serbia and the Region – pianist Azra Medić from Sarajevo, trumpeter Demir Kanturovski from Skopje, guitarist Nadja Janković from Kotor, and the winner of the “ArtLink Most Promising Young Artist in Serbia Award” for 2007, cellist Nemanja Stanković.

The unforgettable Janoska Ensemble from Slovakia will appear for the first time at the closing concert of this year’s ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival on Sunday, 11 October, at Kolarac Endowment’s Great Hall.

Thank you for supporting these young artists and their work with your presence. Welcome and enjoy the ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival 2015!

Jovanka Višekruna Janković

ArtLink’s Artistic Director




ArtLink Young Talents' Festival 2014

ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival, drawing from the founding principles of similar festivals in Europe, supports the professional advancement and performing talent of young artists. The young artists are provided an opportunity to jointly think of and to realise fresh cultural content through an interaction of their individual artistic expressions, ideas and experiences, within an inspiring and creative environment. 

Every year in Belgrade the ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival aims to bring together the already established and recognized artists and young promising artists – winners of international competitions and awards – with the goal of creating a Festival with a pronounced European character allowing for an international promotion of the best individuals from European countries.

This project supports the fulfilment of the goal to present the most promising young artists from Serbia as well. Through cooperation with eminent national and international artists and through quality art programmes – workshops, master classes, discussions as well as concerts – the young artists are offered highly professional art advice, training and opportunities to perform. The ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival offers the audience a succession of concerts at prestigious Belgrade venues such as the Belgrade City Hall, the Students’ Cultural Centre, the Gallery of Frescos and other similar venues. During the Festival, the “The Most Promising Young Artist” of the year is promoted and supported. This year’s Festival will promote the brilliant young cellist Irena Josifoska, whose CD was published with the kind support of Société Générale Bank in Serbia, ArtLink’s strategic partner.

With its partners and associates, ArtLink has already implemented a number of projects accomplishing significant cultural exchange and cooperation with artists and cultural institutions from all around Europe. The 2014 ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival is brought to you in partnership with the French Institute in Belgrade, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Kulturforum of Austria, the Italian Institute in Belgrade, the Central European Initiative, the Students’ Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the National Museum’s Gallery of Frescos and the Belgrade City Hall, Bergen International Festival (Norway), Ljubljana Festival and Festival Czech dreams from Czech Republic.