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A-FEST – Festival of the Department of Music
Novi Sad, 9th – 15th November 2012



The University of Novi Sad – Academy of Arts organises Intensive master classes for piano and guitar which will be held in the framework of the Festival of the Department of Music A-FEST from 9th to 15th November 2012.
The classes will be held by worldly renowned pedagogues and musicians.


9th – 15th November
University of Music, Cologne (Germany)

9th – 12th November
Conservatoire „F. E. Dall’Abaco“ Verona (Italy)


[accpane title=”Prof. ARBO VALDMA“]
[img style=”frame” align=”left”][/img]Arbo Valdma is an Estonian pianist and music pedagogue. He is a professor of piano at the University of Music in Cologne (Germany). He received his musical education at the Music Academy in Tallinn (Estonia) under Bruno Lukk (himself a student of Arthur Schnabel and Paul Hindemith) and later with Nina Emelyanova (a former student of Samuel Feinberg) at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (Masters and Doctorate degrees).
He performed as a soloist with many orchestras and with conductors including N. Järvi, K. Sanderling, E. Klas. A. Janson, A. Rabinowitsch, O. Danon, N. Debelic, I. Drazinic, A. Nanut, P. Despalj, A. Kolar and others. As chamber musician, he has performed with many well known musicians including Mstislav Rostropovich, Walter Despalj, Fern Raskovic among others. In 1984, he was appointed Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Head of the Piano Department at the University of Belgrade (former Yugoslavia). From 1989 to 1992, he was also Head of the Piano Section at the Academy of Arts of the University of Novi Sad.
Vocational pedagogue, researcher, and author of numerous pedagogical publications, he has given more than 150 masterclasses around the world in cities such as Moscow, Rome, Thessaloniki, Athens, Calgary, Tokyo, Montepulciano, Liechtenstein, Ohrid, Subotica, Belgrade, Zagreb, Novi Sad, Ljubljana, Kaushiung, Dubrovnik, Bad Sobernheim, Cologne, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sendai, and many others. Arbo Valdma was a founding member of EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) Department in Yugoslavia (established in 1988); Honorary President of EPTA Serbia and an Honorary Member of EPTA in Estonia. In 1991, he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa grade by Estonian Music Academy.
His students have won numerous prizes at the most prestigious international piano competitions: Brussels (Queen Elisabeth), Vienna (Beethoven), Vevey (Clara Haskil), Cologne (F. Chopin), Epinal, Geneva, Lausanne, Leeds, Munich, Sydney, Vercelli, Washington and others. He has also produced numerous television and radio shows where often his students performed with an exceptionally high standard.
Arbo Valdma has received worldwide praise through his performances at international symposiums.

[accpane title=”Prof. RENATO SAMUELLI“]
[img style=”frame” align=”left”][/img]Renato Samuelli is born in Gargnano sul Garda (Brescia, Italy) on 17th February 1963. He studied classical guitar at the Conservatoire Riva del Garda (Trento) under the guidance of Mariano Andreolli, where he graduated with full marks and honours. He perfected his art with Oscar Ghiglia, Ruggero Chiesa, Alberto Ponce and in Vienna with Eliot Fisk. Beside that he took master classes with Andres Segovia at the Conservatoire of Geneva in 1982.
As young artist he affirmed himself at numerous important international competitions starting from the first Special Prize as the youngest and most successful participant at the “F. Sor” competition in Rome in 1980, then at the competition “M. M. Ponce” in Carpentras (France), Music interpretation competition in Gargnano in 1983, “E. Pujol” competition in Sassari in 1986. As crowning of this intense and fruitful study period he wins in 1987 the absolute First Prize at the International music competition of the City of Milan (edition dedicated to H. Villa – Lobos in occasion of the centenary of his birth) that imposes him with public and international critics as refined and precise performer of the guitar repertoire.
These successes led him to perform in different European countries (Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Serbia) and in Latin America. At concerts and tours he performs as soloist, but also with chamber ensembles and orchestras.
In 1987 he made his first steps in discography with a monographic disc dedicated to the composer J. Novak and a series of radio registrations which were given at regional radio stations but also at Rai. In 1994 a specialised magazine “Il Fronimo” identifies him as an ideal performer for the discography project dedicated to M. Castelnuovo – Tedesco which has been afterwards carried out by registering for the first time the works “Appunti” (label Rivo Alto-Venezia). In 2005 he participated in two discography projects: CD soundtrack of the Rai television film “Invisible life” (also on DVD) with the music of Domenico Clapasson and CD “Wedding songs” by texts of Father David M. Turoldo and San Giovanni della Croce, music composed by Domenico Clapasson.
Research of original XVIII century repertoire and continuous stylistic studies stimulated him to use instruments from that period for a discography project dedicated to the complete opus “Rossiniane” by Mauro Giuliani.
He is currently leading the Chair for Classical Guitar at the Conservatoire “F. E. Dall’ Abaco” in Verona.



There is a possibility to take active or passive participation in master classes.
The passive participation is possible only if there is a sufficient number of active participants.


Active participation
• Participants from Serbia: 5.000,00 RSD
• Participants from abroad: 50.00 €


*Registration fee in not refundable.




• Participants from Serbia: 18.000,00 RSD
• Participants from former Yugoslav Countries: 150.00 €
• Participants from other Countries: 210.00 €

• Participants from Serbia: 9.600,00 RSD
• Participants from former Yugoslav Countries: 90.00 €
• Participants from other Countries: 120.00 €


**The number of active participants is limited. The participants will be listed in order by registration and payment.


Passive participation
REGISTRATION FEE (allows to attend the whole master class as visitor)
• Participants from Serbia: 2.500,00 RSD
• Participants from abroad: 30.00 €


Account for payments
Participants from abroad

Beneficiary: University of Novi Sad – Academy of Arts
Bank: National Bank of Serbia
IBAN Bank Account No.: RS 35 9085 0010 0012 9780 17
Purpose: Intensive Master Class


Registration for master classes
By filling in the registration form here.
[highlight style=”1″]Registration form[/highlight]
Send the duly filled registration form to the following e-mail address:
Payment to be done only after receiving the confirmation of participation by the Academy of Arts in Novi Sadu.


Deadline for registration and payments:
20th October 2012


Possibility to perform at A-FEST
In the framework of master classes it will be possible for active participants to perform at concerts during A-FEST which will be held in Multimedia Center of the Academy od Arts in Novi Sad.


By making the accommodation reservation through the Organiser the participants are granted a reduction on the accommodation prices for they stay in Novi Sad during the intensive master classes.

• Hotel „Vojvodina“, Trg slobode 2, 21000 Novi Sad
– Twin room (breakfast included): 1.890,00 RSD
– Single room (breakfast included): 2.520,00 RSD

• Hostel „Sova“, Ilije Ognjanovića 26, 21000 Novi Sad
– Dorm (without breakfast): 1.100,00 RSD
– Twin or three beds room (without breakfast): 1.500,00 RSD

If requested, it is possible to have lunch and/or diner in the Hotel “Vojvodina” restaurant at price of 500,00 RSD per meal.


The project A-FEST – Intensive master classes is supported by Novi Sad City Council for Culture and Provincial Secretariat of Culture and Public Informing of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.
University of Novi Sad – Academy of Arts

Project coordinator:
Prof. Zoran Krajišnik, MA
Organisation, Marketing and International Relations Office
Tel: +381 21 422 176, +381 21 422 177, ext. 7
(Working days from 10 am to 2 pm)

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