The eighth edition of the Dubrovnik international music festival the “Late Summer Music Festival” kicked off last night with a spectacular concert in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral. The opening night featured the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Tardue, and pianist Jasminka Stančul.
On the occasion of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, last night’s audience had the opportunity to listen to the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C major, while the selection of Symphony no. 8 in F major, the chief conductor of the DSO and music director of the festival Marc Tardue explained the eighth year of the festival, which aims to maintain the presence of music and excellent performers in Dubrovnik after the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
Pianist Jasminka Stančul can be said to be a true friend of the city and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. She is connected to the city by numerous performances, the first of which was almost thirty years ago. Since then, the connection between this artist and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has grown into a friendship that always gives birth to concerts of special energy, just like last night.
Based on her musical talent and exceptional approach to Beethoven's music, Jasminka Stančul was awarded the 1st prize at the Beethoven International Competition in Vienna. Since then, she has continued her musical career in the same city. She has also performed as a solist with Camerata Salzburg, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Essen Philharmonic, Nuremberg Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonic, Würt Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
The next concert on the festival program is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, when professors and students of the Laus Academy Dubrovnik will perform, and among them are renowned violinist Goran Končar, then our world-renowned pianist Bruno Vlahek and great pianist Dubravka Vukalović.
The concert will be held in the atrium of the Rector's Palace starting at 9 p.m.