This year's MusMA Atelier took place from 27 - 30 June in the frame of the Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza de Granada which celebrates 40th anniversary. MusMA – European Broadcasting Festival is a special international collaboration project of 10 major European festivals, members of EFA (European Festivals Association) in a co-operation with European Radio stations, members of EBU.
Comprising Master Classes, workshops, forums and concerts, European Atelier was the unique opportunity for composers to present their work, specifically new MusMA pieces commissioned by each festival - a piece for piano, lasting up to 5 minutes, on a unique theme - Liszt and Landscape.
Plentiful sessions formed a summit-like event joining composers, pianists, festivals and media within creative interactive workshops where new pieces were performed and discussed – their style, as well as the practical and technical aspects and possibilities of their presentation. In addition to the presentation of new works at master-classes a special event – the MusMA concert – took place the last day of the Atelier, on June 30. Commissioned pieces of young composers were premiered at different evening concerts – recitals of prominent pianists, in the frame of the regular Festival’s program, involving also music of Franz Liszt.
Participants came from Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Serbia (Bemus Festival). Serbian delegation taking part in the European MusMA Atelier was composed of Božidar Obradinović, composer; Lidija Bizjak, pianist; Jasmina Zec, Head of Music Program, Radio Belgrade II and Vesna Kabiljo, Head of Program Department at Jugokoncert and coordinator of MusMA project in Serbia.
Obradinović’s new piece, Postman Cheval conquering time autonomously, had its festival premiere at the recital of young Turkish pianist Salih Can Gevrek held in the magnificent concert hall Hospital Real in Granada.
Pianist Lidija Bizjak participated in all master classes presenting new pieces of composers from Belgium (Thomas Smetryns - On the Nature of Program Music), Slovenia (Nana Forte - A broken car), Czech Republic (Vit Zouhar - Knots for piano), Portugal (João Godinho - Fogo Posto, Arson), as well as the piece of Božidar Obradinović.
All pieces were recorded and will be broadcasted at the programs of radio stations all over Europe, and will be selected for the international exchanging and collaboration program within the EBU members.