Rossi Fest is an international music festival, named by the famous Jewish-Italian composer Salomone Rossi (ca.1570-1630). Rossi was a transitional figure between the late Italian Renaissance and early Baroque. His musical style was compound between a classical Renaissance and Jewish traditional texts, written in Hebrew. This combination makes him unique among Baroque composers. One of the most well-known is a famous collection of Jewish liturgical music, "Hashirim asher le Shlomo" (The Songs of Solomon), published in 1623.

Having in mind the nature of Rossi’s work and his contribution to music history, the main objective of the festival is to focus on an intercultural dialog by promoting the respect for diversity and embraces a unique heritage of Jewish, European and Serbian repertoire of the highest musical, artistic and poetic quality. Allowing musicians to evolve through joint musical performances, workshops, advisory sessions and the choice of venues. In these terms, Rossi fest is committed to music education for all ages, young to adult.

One of many advantages of this concept is the possibility for all singers to perform in excellent choral ensembles appropriate to their interest and abilities. Meanwhile, music professionals can benefit from resources that help them increase their musical and leadership skills toward their own pursuit of excellence. Rossi Fest, conceived as an innovative and dynamic multicultural musical event, has an inspiring passion for learning at its core and provides a necessary foundation for achievement and success.

Intended to be among future leaders of Belgrade’s cultural events and committed to musical education and implementation of quality in performance, this Festival will also be involved in the life of a wider community, both local and international. Festival will raise awareness through partnerships with various ensembles, music organizations, and individuals. This in order for all people to have same, equally designed opportunities in musical learning and education.

This project among other things offers to prepare artists and other participants for new opportunities and contemporary challenges. Hopefully, sharing together our experience and enthusiasm, Rossi Fest has a chance to become a significant contributor for all groups and individuals to meet the artistic challenges of the future. Rossi fest >>>

On the just closed second edition of the Rossi fest, the Baroque music festival dedicated to the work of Salomone Rossi. Rossi fest is an international music festival inspired by the unusual links created by cultural dialogue in the classical music. The festival has marked the start of the musical season in Belgrade. More on the festival in the TV coverage, with festival director and conductor Stefan Zekić.

“Portraits and Remembrance” concert

The "Portraits and Remembrance" concert is a very important part of the Rossi Fest program and is the only part of the festival that is constantly on the program of all festival editions. On the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims, the program will consist of works made by young composers, selected through the “Portraits and Remembrance” Composers Competition, as well as representative works composed by Jewish authors and historical works that correspond to the theme of the concert.

By participating in the Rosi Fest Composers Competition, young composers have the opportunity to contribute to the world's cultural heritage in the area of preserving memories of Holocaust victims and playing in honor to those who opposed it, using historical literature and other sources as an inspiration or part of their compositions. The Artistic Committee of the festival selects the most representative performances for the concert each year.

This year, applications from countries around the world have been received (Luxembourg, Portugal, Croatia, Hungary, Iran, Mexico, Italy, Serbia, Uruguay, Canada, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France , Israel, Russia, China, UK, South Africa, Armenia, Montenegro, USA, Ukraine), with nearly fifty compositions.

The Artistic Committee of the Festival selected five compositions, of the following authors: Lazar Djordjevic (Serbia), Nina Perovic (Montenegro), Bracha Bdil (Israel), Ben Lunn (UK) and Guy Ben-Tov (Israel). In addition to the various chamber ensembles that will be presented to us that evening, Jewish Chamber Orchestra, the Baruch Brothers Choir, and the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin will also take part in performing on the concert.

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Synagogal Ensemble Berlin in concert

The Ensemble consists of eight to twelve singers who work as freelance soloists or belong to the Berlin opera choirs. The Synagogal Ensemble Berlin is the only ensemble in the world that brings the liturgy of Louis Lewandowski to music every Friday night, Shabbat morning and on all Jewish holidays.

In his concerts with the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, cantor Isaac Sheffer brings this unique Jewish-German tradition to the world, with compositions by other great composers of the 19th century such as Salomon Sulzer and Samuel Naumbourg as well as from the 20th century such as Kurt Weill, Maurice Ravel, Ben Steinberg, Meir Finkelstein and others. The ensemble performs again and again in Poland, England, and France.

Solo singing masterclass

After successful and well attended Rossi Fest 2018 Opera singing masterclass, we have decided to include the Opera singing masterclass in the next festival edition as well. This time Rossi Fest will have the honor to welcome a renowned concert and operatic mezzo-soprano, professor of College of Music in Mainz and a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts - prof. Claudia Eder. The participants will have three individual sessions with Professor Eder and a pianist, and at the end of the course, a concert will be held at the Museum of the National Theater in Belgrade.

Both sessions and the concert are open for public with no entrance fee.

Performing the “L'incoronazione di poppea”, Claudio Monteverdi

Opera “L'incoronazione di poppea”, Claudio Monteverdi

It is our big pleasure to have Monteverdi`s "The Coronation of Poppea" enriched with Rossi`s sinfonias included to close the second edition of Rossi Fest! The cast of this production is selected from ensemble "Barock Vokal", led by the Professor of the Mainz University of Music and this year`s Rossi fest masterclass lecturer, prof. Claudia Eder. The members of the Ensemble New Trinity Baroque will be performing on historical instruments while the ballet ensemble is chosen from the Institute for Artistic Dance.

Julie Grutzka – Poppea

Larissa Botos – Nerone

Florian Küppers – Seneca

Christian Rohrbach – Ottone

Shai Terry – Ottavia

Sonja Grevenbrock – Drusilla/Virtù

Daniel Tilch – Lucano

Radoslava Vorgic – Valletto/Fortuna

Milica Lalošević – Amore

Bojan Bulatović – Arnalta

Conductor: Alberto Veronesi

Director: Aleksandar Nikolić

Choreographer: Aleksandar Ilić

Production: Rossi fest Belgrade 2019

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Film screening: Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi

Screening of the documentary film "Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi", Director: Joseph Rochlitz, Ensemble: Profeti della Quinta


In the period of late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua's artistic splendor, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. In 1622 he revolutionized Jewish music with his "Songs of Solomon", the first collection ever of originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers. Yet very little is known about the personal and creative life of Salomone Rossi Hebreo - Salomone Rossi the Jew.

“In this documentary, the prize-winning vocal ensemble "Profeti Della Quinta" rehearse and perform Rossi's music in the magnificent town of Mantua, in preparation for a special concert in the Gonzaga dukes' Pleasure Palace. With the help of expert historians and musicologists, they shed fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music”.

Joseph Rochlitz


HEBREO The Search for Salomone Rossi (2012) A film by Joseph Rochlitz Total running time: 45min. with Profeti della Quinta Vocal Ensemble Doron Schleifer Countertenor David Feldman Countertenor Dino Lüthy Tenor Dan Dunkelblum Tenor Elam Rotem Bass, Cembalo, Musical Director & Ori Harmelin Theorbo Music by Salomone Rossi Hebreo (c.1570-1630), produced by: Remmelt Lukkien, Lasso Film & TV Production with support from the Maror Fund for Joodse Omroep, Netherlands © 2012 Lasso Film & TV Production and Joseph Rochlitz.


Ana Stefanović: Biblical tragedy in French Baroque: Operas David et Jonathas, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jephtha, Michel de Montéclair

David et Jonathas, the biblical opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

In this lecture, we deal with the particular position of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s tragédie en musique David et Jonathas (1688) on the libretto by François Bretonneau, one of two operas based on the Old Testament − besides Jephté (1732) by Michel Montéclair − in the whole French baroque repertoire. Beyond that, the unique position of this work in the history of music lies in the fact that it is, in its first performance in the college of Jesuits Luis le Grand in Paris, performed in combination with the other biblical, literary drama, Saul by Father Étienne Chamillard. This opera is in this sense strongly marked by several crossings: of two religious and cultural paradigms, Judean and Christian / Catholic, of two genres, literary and musical tragedy, of two spheres, sacred and profane – the crossing obtained by the insertion of the religious subject in a secular musical genre −, and finally, of musical generic models, also involving a stylistic and musical poetic mixture that come from this opposition. The conference will focus on these multiple crossings, giving this Charpentier’s opera a special place in the French and European lyric field.


Concerto for Viola and Orchestra / Viola Tango Rock Concerto of Benjamin Yusupov Music has a Vision – Listening to Others and Oneself through It

Since music is primarily a cultural phenomenon (because there is no culture without music and because every man possesses that subtle skill of significantly yet intuitively understanding music), whose essential feature is diversity (the plentitude, variety, and coexistence of musical identities), the question that always imposes itself and now seems especially intriguing is when and how music moves us, or to what are we moved? In other words, if we model ourselves through music both as individuals and as participants in culture, and if in constructing musical traditions, we model the way culture is constructed by building the consensus of musical belief and commitment on which musical collaboration depends – the question that imposes itself is how does music give us a new identity today, which is both thoroughly other and fully ours, or to what extent people now tune their sense of self to (different) music (identities)?

From a postmodern perspective, the basic work of culture is to construct subject positions, and the primary action of music in this era is not to express but to invite subjectivity. In this context, the general power of music to implant subjective states in the listener that are paradoxically both native and alien, is perceived using the work of Benjamin Yusupov as an example (his approach combines the specific cultural identities of various ethnic groups with different styles of art and popular Western music), primarily his Concerto for Viola and Orchestra / Viola Tango Rock Concerto (2003).