Participants 2016

UP Arco
University of the Philippines String Orchestra

Conductor Edna Marcil "Michi" Martinez

The UP Arco – University of the Philippines String Orchestra is under the directorship and guidance of Prof. Edna Marcil "Michi" Martinez, and is currently composed of select student artists, all of whom are majors of the Strings and Chamber Music Department. In May 2012, the U.P Arco was selected and invited to represent the University of the Philippines and the country in the prestigious Festival International de Musique Universitaire – FIMU (International University Music Festival) in Belfort, France. In July 2015, U.P. Arco won the Silver Band Award (highest score in the string orchestra category) in the Bratislava International Youth Music Festival competition in Bratislava, Slovakia. The participation of the U.P. Arco once again marked the first time that the Philippines was represented in a prestigious Eastern European music festival.

Orchestra Giovanile di Firenze

Conductor Janet Zadow

Youth Orchestra of Florence. Created in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, the Youth Orchestra is based at the Music Academy of Florence and consists of musicians from various music courses in Florence and Scandicci aged between 13 and 25 years. They made several twinning and international cultural exchanges in France, Poland, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, participation in cultural events in the city of Florence, as well as activities of classical music at schools and cultural associations. The orchestra participates with enthusiasm, receiving moral gratification, to social and humanitarian initiatives, concerts for the sick, elderly and children. Among the most recent events in which they took part: the Festival of Europe last May in Florence, recording music for the soundtrack of the show "Di natura violenta" by Cosmesi as part of the 35th edition Festival Motherlode of Drosedera, in August 2015, the exhibition at the Teatro Politeama in Prato alongside Red Canzian (Pooh), the "Christmas Concert" in December 2015 at the Teatro Garibaldi of Figline Valdarno and in the splendid Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Since its foundation the orchestra is directed by Janet Zadow.

Enseble Rosa Antica

Conductor Marisol Carballo

The Ensemble Rosa Antica was born in 2010 in Florence and consists, for the most part, by the boys choir from the "Ragazzi Cantori". It is a youth choir and the components have an age ranging from 13 to 25 years, almost all have a minimum experience of five years singing in chorus and they participated in several operas at the Teatro Comunale of Florence and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with great conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Semyon Bychkov. In 2012 they sang in the Opera Turandot for the inauguration of the new Florence Opera House. In 2013 and 2014, always for the Florence Opera House, they performed in contemporary works: "The Little Sweep" by B. Britten and "Pollicino" by Hans W. Henze. Created by Marisol Carballo who is always their leader and conducted them in various concerts and shows, all the years they performed in at least a show that involves singing, acting and dance with the active participation of the boys, often involved in creating costumes, sets and stage movements.

Petit Ensemble

Conductor Janet Zadow

The Petit Ensemble, directed by Janet Zadow, is a formation of fourteen violinists between 7 and 12 years and is based at the School of Music of Scandicci. Students joined self-study of the instrument to the experience of making music together since the early levels of study with a program that includes both songs in unison or at several parties, with a repertoire from baroque to modern. The young team has participated in the current year of school at various musical events: "E…state sull'Arno_Settembre limitese" in collaboration with the municipality of Capraia e Limite, "Christmas Concert" at the Teatro Garibaldi of Figline Valdarno, "Playing in the city" along with the White Voices Choirs of Florence and Scandicci in collaboration with the municipalities of Pistoia and Serravalle Pistoiese.

Novoměstská filharmonie

Today's Novoměstská filharmonie follows a long tradition of the chamber orchestra which was founded in 1960 by the conductor Dušan Vrchoslav at Bedřich Smetana's Music School in Nové Město nad Metují. Under his leadership, the orchestra won the 3rd Prize at the National Competition of Czech Music Schools in Brno. The orchestra performed in concerts in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany and Austria.
In 1998, Jaroslav Rybáček became the new conductor of the orchestra. He transformed the chamber ensemble into a symphony orchestra with over fifty players. The orchestra was named "Novoměstský orchestr" in 2001 nad received a number of prizes and awards. The most notable were the 1st Prize "cum laude" at the 53rd European Music Festival for Youngsters in Neerpelt, Belgium (2005) and the 1st Prize in the category of symphony orchestras and the Prize of the City of Vienna for the most outstanding performance obtained at the 36th International Festival Youth & Music in Vienna (2007).

The mixed choir of "Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj" Gymnasium, Novi Sad

SAD Conductor Jovan Travica

The choir was founded in 1828 as an optional activity for students. During all these years, the choir advanced thanks to quondam professors, i.e. conductors. Prof. Jasmina Neskovic, who has passed on all her love of music and choral singing to her students, has been the conductor of this choir since 1983, which counts 80 singers at the present moment. The choir and the conductor have been awarded many prizes and acknowledgments, both at national and international competitions. Among the prizes, the following can be accentuated: silver medal at international choral festival, organized by MUSICA MUNDI in Budapest, 2001; silver medal at the 7th international choral festival in Riva del Garde (Italy), 2002; golden medal at May Festival of Music in Bijeljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 2002; golden medal at the Third choral festival and competiton "Johannes Brahms" in Wernigerode (Germany). The choir is actually conducted by Jovan Travica.