Music Biennale Zagreb raises a new audience: great programs for little ones

14 March 2017

Being aware of the importance of raising the audience from the youngest age, Music Biennale Zagreb has organised a whole series of programmes dedicated to children and youth.

Programmes for children and youngsters a valuable festivals' guideline which is being underlined at this years' edition.

Day after their concert at Zagreb Youth Theatre, on April 28th Les Percussions de Strasbourg will move to Zagreb Puppet Theatre at 5 p.m. With an attractive programme with the use of new technologies they will surely kindle the children's imagination and gain new fans of contemporary music. 

Childrens' percussion programme is not the only one. On the contrary, before the grand opning for grown ups, the children have advantage at the so called Grand opening for the little ones at the Zagreb Puppet Theatre on April 22nd at 6 p.m. where the premiere of the childrens' puppet play entitled The Frog Queen will take place. Music is written by young Croatian composer Sara Glojnarić and the play is directed by the renowned Croatian director Rene Medvešek. The Frog Queen will surely be one of the most attractive programmes at Music Biennale Zagreb! Besides from the Theatre's ensemble, the performers are Marija Lešaja (soprano), Gustav Barišin (double bass), Sanja Vrsalović (piano) and Josip Konfic (percussions).

But, there comes the time to change the roles – at MBZ young ones will no longer be just sitting in the audience. On April 26th at the Museum of Arts and Crafts at 6 p.m., MBZ is proud to present once again the youngest performers of contemporary music! The Ensemble for New Music of Elly Bašić Music School under the mentorship of professor Maja Petyo Bošnjak will perform music by John Cage, Jordan Nobles and Croatian composers Ivan Božičević and Sara Jakopović.

But not only children are in the focus of MBZ. Young audiences, authors and interpreters are a valuable creative group of future professional musicians and have their own space for creative expression.

Festival afternoons at the Cultural and Information Center are reserved for perspective young musicians and authors. From April 24th till 27th at 3 p.m. concerts of different young ensembles will take place. Led by their mentors, in a more unformal atmosphere, they will show their interests and artistic directions. On the first day, on April 24th, a programme entitled Electro–news from Czecho-Slovakia will take place with electronic pieces of young composers from Czech Republic and Slovakia, chosen by the Slovakian composer Daniel Matej. The following day, on April 25th, from Central Europe we're moving to Italy with a performance by Maurice Quartet. From Hungary, students from Franz Liszt Music Academy gathered under Dark Flow Trio and led by Zslot Sőrés will perform on April 26th. This youth cycle will be concluded on April 27th with domestic forces: soloists of the S/UMAS Contemporary Music Ensemble of the Art Academy in Split will perform supported by their mentor, composer and saxophone player Gordan Tudor.

At the Music Biennale Zagreb students from the Music Zagreb Academy will also represent themselves. On April 24th at the Museum of Arts and Crafts at 6 p.m. the Chamber Choir of the Music Academy under the baton of Jasenka Ostojić will perform a challenging programme. The day after, at Blagoje Bersa concert hall of the Music Academy, the recently established Ensemble for contemporary music of the Music Academy Zagreb (ASMANGU) will perform under the baton of Ivan Josip Skender.
For more details about these programmes, follow this link.