BEMUS - The Belgrade Music Festival

Founded in 1969


Time: October

Programme:  International Festival of Classical Music


Founder and Patron City Hall of Belgrade


Ministry of Culture



The Belgrade Music Festival has been in existence for 33 years now.


Since January 2001, the Art Committee and the Festival Council have decided on a new concept. It is in part connected with the changes occurring in the country, and in the society as a whole, with the beginning of the new century, as well as with new developments and tendencies in musical art in general.

The new concept implies extending the palette of musical genres to the presentation of music (TV, video, film, exhibitions…), as well as the Festivals' wish to create a wider social impact through open, modern communication, demystifying the musical scene and approaching hitherto neglected forms of both contemporary and traditional culture.

The Belgrade Music Festival is opening the door to the modern era, and gradually changes its direction, while remaining for ever faithful to its majesty the Secret of Music.


Belgrade lived through music even at the most difficult of times.

Today, Belgrade is the world again.


Ivana Stefanović,

President of the Art Committee



For more than three decades the Belgrade Music Festival has been regarded as a unique feast of music. Every Autumn BEMUS brings to our capital an atmosphere of glamour and joy and the audiences thrill to the sound of great music from true masters of performance and creativity. The Festival's attractive programmes contain carefully selected works of differing genres, ranging from the Middle Ages, and Renaissance, all the way to the music of our contemporaries. As an event, which gathers together many important national and international musicians, BEMUS does indeed form a cultural bridge, connecting us to music capitals throughout the World.


"We should feel a certain pride that we have been hosts to so many musical occasions that would grace places with longer musical traditions or more fortunate history."


Dejan Despić, composer and President of the BEMUS Council






The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, The Russian State Symphonic Orchestra The French State Orchestra, The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra...



Atherton, Barshai, Czernushenko, Constantin, Dutoit, Entremont, Equilbay, Jean, Judd, Karajan, Katz, Krips, Mehta, Neumann, Phillips, Rozhdestvensky,  Segerstam, Svetlanov, Tabakov, Varchal, ...


Chamber and String Orchestras

The Vienna Chamber Orchestra The English Chamber Orchestra, I musici - Rome, The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, The Slovak Chamber Orchestra...


Choirs and Other Smaller Vocal Ensembles

Accentus - Paris, The "Bach" Choir - Munich, "Glinka" - St. Petersburg, The "Madrigal" Choir - Bucharest , The Tallis Scholars - London


Opera and Ballet Companies

The German Opera - Berlin, The "Bolshoi" Theatre - Moscow, The Frankfurt Opera and Ballet, The "Scapino" Ballet - Amsterdam, The "Kirov" Ballet - St. Petersburg, The Sadlers Wells Ballet - London…


Chamber Ensembles

The Shostakovich Quartett, The Moscow Trio, Europa Galante,  New Arts Trio - New York, Camerata Kцln, String Quartet "Parisii", Kodaly Quartet - Budapest, The "Salomon" String Quartet...



Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szeryng, Salvatore Accardo, Leonid Kogan, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov, Vadim Repin, Stefan Milenković, Vesna Stanković...



Andrй Navarra, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harell, Ksenija Janković, Aleksandar Rudin, Sandra Belić, Misha Maisky...


Wind Players

Irena Grafenauer, Ljubiša Jovanović, Mate Bekavac...


Pianists & Harpshichordists

Nikita Magaloff, Grigory Sokolov, Dezsц Rбnki, Dubravka Tomšič, Andre Watts, Vladimir Krainev, Maria Tippo, Andrei Gavrilov, Alexander Lugansky, Jasminka Stančul, Aleksandar Serdar, Michel Dalberto, Aleksandar Madžar, Nataša Veljković, Richard Egarr, Emil Gillels...



Nebojša Živković, The Safri Duo...



Andreas Segovia, Dušan Bogdanović, Costas Cotsiolis...


"According to the widest, but yet sufficiently precise, definition, a festival implies a concentration of the best artistic talents which lasts a period of several days. When we accept this formulation we begin to see that man discovered the attractiveness of large artistic festivals before many other things, long before Greece, even before his own history."


Dragutin Gostuški