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03|08|21 – 06|08|21

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The City of Vranje, with a population of 83,524 inhabitants, is the capital of Pčinja district in southern Serbia. Birthplace of the Vranje song, “Vranjska gradska pesma”, which features on the list of intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Serbia, music reflects the deep sensitivity, feelings, temperament of the people living in this city. For them, music is a means of communication between peoples, in the sense that it knows no language barriers. The city cherishes both traditional and classical music.

The city’s most famous musical celebration is the Piano Summer Festival, which annually welcomes classical musicians from all over the world to share and showcase their passion for both modern and traditional classical music. In addition to this, every May, the city comes alive with the sound of Serbian heavy metal for Vranje’s Mud Factory festival. This unique festival has sent shockwaves through the Heavy Metal scene and put the city on the map for metal aficionados.   

Culture and creativity have been identified as strategic development areas in numerous city policies: Sustainable Development Strategy 2010 – 2019, Creative Industry Development Plan 2019 – 2024, and the City of Vranje’s Branding Strategy 2018 – 2023. As a result of these focus policies, every year, Vranje provides funds for various types of cultural projects to support its creative and artistic sectors in particular music. In 2019, the city supported 25 culture related projects. Furthermore, Vranje has also promoted its local music sector by advancing its participation in various events and programmes at the national level. It participated in the project “Serbia in the rhythm of Europe”, that enables children from primary and secondary schools from all over Serbia to participate and present their cities in various languages.

Added Value

As a Creative City of Music, Vranje envisages:

  • providing facilities, human resources and support for the organisation of relevant activities;
  • financing and co-financing of activities to further collaborate and network with and amongst Creative Cities;
  • encouraging participation of authors from Creative Cities in the International Documentary Film Festival “Document”;
  • organizing international conference on cross-cutting creative themes to promote and develop the creative industries; and
  • promoting the UNESCO Creative Cities Network at the local, national and international level.

PIANO SUMMER project is the festival par excellence in Southern Europe – a project that has already established itself in eight years and attracted over 8000 visitors. An unusual cultural project, far away from the safely travelled cultural highways of Europe with their accompanying folklore, which seems inevitable at classical music festivals, offers first-class musical experiences. The audience has the opportunity to experience the world stars and at the same time refreshing news from the art scene at close range.

So far, artists such as Natalia Gutmann, Gülsin Onay, Klaus Schilde, Miku Nishimoto and Goran Jurić have had the opportunity to show their skills on our stage, and the festival has not only offered successful summer academies, but also many world premieres and support programmes for the youngest.

A festival that awarded a Unesco prize to a sleepy southern Serbian provincial town far from the capital, which is now part of a worldwide network of 20 creative cities in the field of music.

The project includes numerous concerts, a summer academy and competitions to promote young talent, an artist-in-residence programme and a creative network initiative that enables young people from all over the world to participate, organise and gain experience in such a project.



Zoran Imširović
Founder & Artistic Director

Zoran Imširović
Founder & Artistic Director

Dear music lovers, dear music envoys,

I wish you a warm welcome to Vranje and I invite you to, along with numeroud esteemed world virtuosos, be a part of the “Piano summer” festival, which justifiably bears the epithet of the biggest classical music festivity in the Balkans. The uniqueness of all five editions of the festival so far, are the best recommendation for concert gourmands.

It is said that music is the queen of all arts and it is a reflection of the multiculturalism of our local community. Unique with the traditional musical heritage, in addition to the Vranje’s songs and trumpets, classical music has become an indispensable segment of the city’s cultural treasury.

The diversity of musical forms, just like the cultural identity, makes a society special. It is of great importance that such an event gathers artists from all meridians. Thanks to them, in a few summer days, the symphony of sound evokes the beauties of diversity that Vranje knows how to preserve and appreciate.

In addition to the audience, the energy of musical interpretations of the authors past and present keeps the attention of the participants, which is why many of them gladly return to our city.

Vranje exudes a special sensibility. The combination of merak and sevdah that spreads like sound is an emotion that cannot be told, it must be experienced.

I want all the guests of the festival to have their stay in Vranje imbued with the most beautiful moments, and just as music evokes memories, let socializing and new friendships remain the universal note of this festival.


Dr Slobodan Milenković
Mayor of Vranje

Dr Slobodan Milenković
Mayor of Vranje

It is an honor for me to greet the Piano Summer in Vranje on behalf of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) and to welcome both foreign and domestic participants of the festival! Also, I cordially greet all the organizers from Serbia and abroad who have granted us this valuable musical event. SANU, for its part, is honored to be able to join these musical days in Vranje, the hometown of our great writer Bora Stanković, so that together we can achieve continuity in the culture of this region, our southern Serbia. Speaking as a composer, music culture is of fundamental importance to me, and the Piano Summer Festival enriches it, inspires our musical life and gives opportunities to our young artists to show their skills at the highest level. Firmly believing in the multiple values of this festival, I wish it success and a long life. For many summers!


academic Ivan Jevtić

academic Ivan Jevtić


"Bora Stanković" Theatre | Vranje

03|08|21, 20h


Toccata BWV 912 D Major

Sposalizio „Anne du Pelerinage II“
La lugubre gondola I & II
Invocation „Harmonies poetiques et religieuses“
Valse oubilee no. 1
Consolation no. 3

Iberia Book I
• Evocation
• El Puerto
• Fête – Dieu à Séville

"Bora Stanković" Theatre | Vranje

04|08|21, 20h


Prelude and fugue BWV 543 a minor

3 sonatas
• A major
• C Major
• D major

Sonata Hob. XVI:35 C major
• Andante con espressione
• Rondo Allegro

Sonata op. 13 c minor “Pathétique”
• Grave – Allegro di molto con brio
• Adagio Cantabile
• Rondo:Allegro

• Pagodes
• La soirée dans Grenade
• Jardins sous la pluie

"Bora Stanković" Theatre | Vranje

05|08|21, 20h

Piano duo

Fantasy f minor
• Allegro molto moderato
• Largo
• Scherzo: Allegro vivace
• Finale: Allegro molto moderato

Norwegian dances op. 35
• Allegro marcato
• Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso

Slavic dances, op. 72, no. 2 & op. 46, no. 8
• Dumka
• Furiant

Melody from “Orfeo ed Euridice”


"Bora Stanković" Theatre | Vranje

05|08|21, 21h


Preludes book 1
• Dancers of Delphi
• Veils/Sails
• The Wind in the Plain
• “The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air”
• The Hills of Anacapri
• Footsteps in the Snow
• What the West Wind Has Seen
• The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
• Interrupted Serenade
• The Submerged Cathedral
• Puck’s Dance
• Minstrels

"Bora Stanković" Theatre | Vranje

06|08|21, 20h


Kornelije Stanković
Variations to the song “Što se bore misli moje” (“Why my toughts fight”)

Miloje Milojević
Miniatures op. 2
• Preludium
• Sadness
• Dance No. 1
• Dance No. 2
• Dance No. 3
• Memory
• Fairies’ kolo
• Postludium

Ljubica Marić
Branko’s kolo

Scherzo op. 39, c sharp minor
Eture op. 10, no. 6, e flat minor
Etude op. 10, no. 7, C Major
Fantasy op. 49, f minor