Program 2023




Banski dvor - Concert hall
Friday, 8.12.2023, 20.00h

Nikita Bogoslowski (1913-2004)
„Sleeping swarthy kurgans…“

Francis Kleynjans (*1951)
A L’aube du dernier jour
I. Attente
II. A L’aube

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Prelude N° 3

Nuccio D’Angelo (*1955)
Due canzoni lidie
I. Tranquillo
II. Agitato

Leo Brouwer (*1939)
Dos temas populares cubanos
– Cancion de Cuna
– Ojos Brujos

Konstantin Vassiliev (*1970)
VIAMARIN – Hommage à Roland Dyens
– The Forgotten Island
– Sovereign of the Waves


Banski dvor - Concert hall
Saturday, 9.12.2023, 20.00h

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
 From Bardenklänge , Op. 13

– An Malvina
– Capriccio
– Lied ohne Worte
– Tarantella

Luigi Legnani (1790-1877)
Selected caprices Op. 20

Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne op. 20, posth.

Three Russian pieces:

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Valse sentimentale

Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov (1855-1914)
Music box

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Flight of the Bumblebee


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2023 / 16.30h
Banski dvor Cultural Center

Traditionally, luthier Zoran Kuvač will present his newest instruments built right here in Banja Luka!

Zoran Kuvač guitar is the grand prize for the winner of the 7th category competition!

TALK WITH THE ARTIST - Roman Viazovskiy

"Musician's Focal Dystonia"

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023 / 10.00h
Art School “Vlado Milošević”

Roman Viazovskiy brings his life story of extraordinary success and a career that was supposed to go only upward but was abruptly interrupted by Focal Dystonia in 2011.

He brings us the story of the realization that he can no longer play the same way as he used to, the story of fighting, not giving up and finding a way to continue playing the guitar professionally and to express his deepest emotions through music.

What is Focal Dystonia?

Dystonia is a neurological condition that causes involuntary or unusual movements in body parts. Focal dystonia affects only one part of the body, usually the fingers or hands. It is estimated that 1 to 2 percent of all professional musicians suffer from focal dystonia. It occurs more often in men. Focal dystonia is also common in tailors, hairdressers, and people who mainly type on computers.

If a musician has focal dystonia, his hands do not react as intended when trying to play an instrument because, for example, fingers curl or clench, hands “freeze” or stop moving completely, or fingers shake. The fourth and fifth finger are usually the most affected.

Focal dystonia is the result of changes in the way nerves in parts of the body communicate with the brain. As a result, the instructions from the brain do not correspond to the desired movements. The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation compares the affected neural transmission to a “computer virus” or “hard drive crash” of a person’s internal programming and movement.

Many causes of focal dystonia are primary, meaning that a doctor cannot identify the underlying medical condition that is causing the focal dystonia. However, some types of focal dystonia are secondary. This means that a person may associate their focal dystonia with a medical condition or cause. Musicians who have focal dystonia may relate the cause to a change in their habits, such as: an increased amount of practice or performance time, change in technique, changes due to nerve injury, playing a new type of instrument etc. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023 / 11.00h
Art School “Vlado Milošević”

Let’s Play! is a collection of stepwise Braille and audio classical guitar lesson and it is a collaboration between Austin Classical Guitar and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, made possible by The Rea Charitable Trust, The Cain Foundation, Texas Women for the Arts, The Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation, and many generous individual donors. 

The Let’s Play! core curriculum was designed by Joseph Palmer, and Jeremy Coleman, along with the Austin Classical Guitar, and education team.