Somus 2022

In the first autumn days, from September 29 to October 2, the people of Sombor, as well as lovers of good music from other parts of Serbia, will be able to follow through and watch the jubilee, tenth in a row, Sombor Music Festivities, which in 2017 was the winner of the “Festival of regional importance” of the most prestigious magazine for classical music, Muzika klasika.This musical event, once better known as the Sombor Music Evenings, is considered one of the oldest classical music festivals, which was conceived by professor and pianist Dušan Trbojević back in 1961.His guiding thought was enlightenment, which followed the entire festival, because the goal was to educate a young audience.With a lot of love, dedication and effort, the professor successfully built the foundations of that music festival until the eighties of the previous century.After that, in 2012, professor and pianist Mihajlo Zurković, inspired by the celebratory character of the first classical music festival in the former Yugoslavia, launched the initiative to establish a new festival, which while nurturing tradition relies on old foundations, but with the application of modern, new ideas,meet today’s needs.

Professor and pianist Mihajlo Zurković

Nikola Jeremić

A film composer, a native of Šabac, created film themes imbued with the melodies of ambient, rock and pop music, with an unusual sound design, attracted the attention of the world film industry as a student, participating in conferences across Europe and America where he was awarded five times for his work in the field of sound and music for visual media by the Audio Engineering Society (AES). Through his first compositions in the films The Killer Mermaid, Amanet and The Rift, he formed a recognizable artistic style and attracted the attention of many fans of film music. His works have been broadcast and performed on many radio and television stations, cinemas and YouTube. At the second short film festival “Revolution Me” in New York in 2015, he was awarded for the best music for the short film Tata. He is currently mostly dedicated to composing music for video games, among which Destiny 2, Warhammer 40K Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2, Pagan Online, Starpoint Gemini and many others stand out. He established cooperation with the Radio-Television of Vojvodina, for which he composes music for the radio drama Kosingas by Aleksandar Tešić. In addition to his artistic work, he is currently an associate lecturer at the Belgrade SAE Institute.


Nikola Ćirić

This artist, a native of Niš, captivates with his modesty, but also with great talent. Holding the horn, the queen of instruments, in his hands, in front of eminent artists such as Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, Emmanuel Pahud, Stefan Dohr, Steven Isserlis and many others, he attracted the attention of the world public.

Irena Josifoska

The youngest participant in the semifinals of the “Queen Elisabeth” Competition in Belgium, the 24-year-old artist started playing her first cello tones at the age of five, in the class of Judit Niderholcer Josifoski, and before going to study in Germany she studied at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts in the class of Marko Miletić. She is known to have extraordinary talent, to be adorned with great musicality, with which she manages to perform some of the most difficult works written for cello with the most renowned symphony orchestras. In addition to great successes and recognitions at the most prestigious competitions, she especially attracted media attention of the domestic and world public by participating in the “Queen Elisabeth” competition in Brussels, to which participants up to the age of 35 can apply. After completing her studies in the class of Ksenija Janković at the University of Music in the German city of Detmold last year, she continued her musical training in Berlin at the University of the Arts in the class of Jens Peter Maintz. She gained the attention of the Berlin audience with her performance in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the German Symphony Orchestra.

Hadži Jakov Milutinović

A young man, who with his nobility and talent draws the attention of the local and international public. At the early age of 14, he wrote his first composition “Sve si premudro stvorio, Bože” which was brought to life by the Niš church choir “Branko” at prestigious concert halls such as the Moscow and Warsaw conservatories, and then the oldest theater in Mexico and the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, the Novi Sad Synagogue but also at Christ’s Tomb in Jerusalem and the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade. This young artist, with his modesty, captivates and awakens admiration with his art of composing, permeating the subtle melodies that emerged from the foundations of Byzantine music.

I have visited all of those halls with the “Branko” Niš choir. In some of those halls, some of my other compositions were performed, in some there weren’t any of my compositions on the repertoire at all. However, it is always a great pleasure to represent my culture in such classical music temples that somehow give you inspiration to show the world how valuable our culture is. The composition, “Sve si premudro stvorio, Bože” is a piece I wrote at the age of 14, and is the first composition I wrote for the choir. The lyrics were taken from the first collection of poems “Košulja od snova” by my mother, Hadži Marina Milutinović. What is interesting is that, that poem “Sve si premudro stvorio, Bože”, is in a way my peer, because it was written by my mother in 2001, the year when I was born. Many wonderful people participated in the creation and performance of this composition. Thanks to them, this work has travelled through many countries. What is the most precious to me is, when performers enjoy playing my music, I think that is crucial for a composition.