International project Belgrade Chopin Fest, held since 2012, in the capital of the Republic of Serbia – Belgrade, is dedicated to the Polish composer Frederick Chopin, one of the greatest composers and personalities in general, in the history of mankind.
The creators and organizers of the project are piano pedagogues, prof. Milenija Reljić and prof. Ivana Matijević, together with professor Jokut Mihailović as an expert advisor – one of the biggest authorities of piano pedagogy in the Balkans who founded Šopenijada (1990), a respectable review of young piano talents.
From 2012 BCF is organized in cooperation with the renowned, the oldest Belgrade Music School Stankovic.
BCF as international professional event, unique in the region and wider, has the mission to promote top pianism, gathering the youth (young pianists, high school pupils, students of music), representatives of the profession – pedagogues, music experts from the public, eminently guests from Serbia and abroad, but also all who are fond of music art.
Festival includes activities: International Piano Competition for young talents (piano students from Serbia, region and Europe), concerts, lectures, master classes, workshops for kids, musical play for kids. BCF represents creativity of the big composer, the time he lived in, and impacts of his music on later musical creators. BCF is also the view on Chopin and ethernal inspiration in contemporary shapes of altogether cultural expression.
BCF is also a concept of young talents and respectable pianist promotion in the cities of Serbia and wider region throught the year, within the concert cycle named Echoes. As a festival form since 2012, BCF has gathered many renowned artists, lecturers, and institutions as partners, and has animated and gathered around 18000 visitors.
BCF presented pianists from Serbia, Austria, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Portugal, Greece, Poland (among them three finalists and winners of the world greatest Chopin Concours in Warsawa performed at BCF).
Many cultural-educational institutions participated in Festival realization as partners: Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Music Production of Radio Television of Serbia, Center of Belgrade Festivals CEBEF (Jugokoncert), National theater in Belgrade, Belgrade Youth Center, Central Military Club, Belgrade cultural center, Children’s cultural center in Belgrade, cultural institutions: Parobord, New Belgrade cultural network, Palilula and Mikser House, Faculty of music arts in Belgrade, Academy of arts and Academy of fine arts in Belgrade.
From 2012. BCF was suported by Serbian Ministry of culture and information, Secretariat for culture of the city of Belgrade, urban municipalities Vračar, Stari grad and New Belgrade, Embassy of Republic of Poland and Embassy of Switzerland, Representative Office of Republika Srpska in Serbia, Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade and Helenic foundation for culture. Also Rotary Club Belgrade-Stari grad is one of the important donators to the Festival.
During concert seasons from 2012, Echoes concert cycle presented piano talents in more than 50 concerts in cities in Serbia and region.
BCF is an opportunity for young talents to show their dedicated work and talent in public, and become a part of the cultural milieu of the environment in which they live.
BCF also promotes charity concert activities.