|This year, organizers of Music festival “Evmelia”, are gathered a great number of premium artists from all over the world in Greece, and for Banja Luka philharmonic is a great honor to be one of the performers, and to cooperate with great artist such as Rustem Abyazov. Artistic director and famous Greek pianist, Mr. Dino Mastroyiannis, set a very balanced and popular Festival program, so performing A. Vivaldi, B. Britten, N. Skalkotas, is such delight for our orchestra. Because of the economic crisis, past two years were hard for finances of culture institutions around the world, so we felt it in our budget too, and after each concert performance we felt as if witnessed a miracle. In a way, performing music is a miracle, so wonderful feelings during and after every performance is comfort and goal of any artist. There were many obstacles for us to overcome in our plans for trip to Festival “Evmelia”. But with understanding from relevant institutions, President of Republic of Srpska himself and their sponsorship, we managed in solving budget problems, and we are looking forward to introduce our selves to audience in Greece.
Ivan Otasšević – Director of the Banja Luka Philharmonic Orchestra