Days of Macedonian Music
DAYS OF MACEDONIAN MUSIC
The “Days of Macedonian Music” is a festival with a 40-year-long tradition, dedicated to the promotion of Macedonian music, both in the country and abroad. The organizer of the festival, the Macedonian Composers’ Association - SOKOM, was founded in 1947 and has been the main promoter of world and Macedonian contemporary art music in the country ever since, thus contributing to the growing awareness and interest for the new ways of musical expression and creation in general.
Apart from the presentation of the best and the newest, as well as the older but important part of the Macedonian musical culture, one of the main indispensable aspects of the festival is also the presentation of ensembles from the whole world interested in the performance of Macedonian music, which in the same time present the musical culture or context they originate from. In this way, the festival instigates a valuable intercultural exchange and creates a highly inspiring basis for all the participants, musicians and composers from the country and abroad, as well as for the Macedonian audience.
The festival is under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Macedonia. The main part of the budget of the festival is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.
The entire program of the festival covers a wide range of concerts of all genres, workshops, debates, presentations, for which the festival traditionally collaborates with the most important music institutions such as the Macedonian Philharmonic, the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, the Faculty of Music, the Macedonian Radio and Television.
Internationally renowned musicians and ensembles such as Athelas Sinfonietta (Denmark), Peter Sheppard Skaerved and the Kreutzer Quartet (UK), Arcata Stuttgart and Patrick Strub (Germany), Moritz Muellenbach (Switzerland), Diotima Quatuor (France), Artwork Ensemble (Germany) Stefan Schultze Large Orchestra and the ensemble Schultzing (Germany), Amy Knoles (USA), The Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia), Archaeus Ensemble (Roumania), Saxofonquadrat (Germany), LP duo (Serbia), the New London Chamber Choir, Richard Bernas (UK), the Ankara Wind Quintet (Turkey), Trio Ardenza (Bulgaria), trio Ars Musica (Slovenia), the Reconsil Ensemble (Austria), the Munchenerkammerorchester (Germany), the Freiburg Percussion Ensemble, Thomas Herzog (Switzerland), the String Quartet of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Society, Jean-Luc Fafchamps and Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven (Belgium), the MIVOS quartet (USA), Steffen Schleiermacher (Germany), Nejc Kuhar (Slovenia) and many others performed at the festival in the past few years.
The festival takes place every year at the end of March/beginning of April.
The festival is also broadly covered by all medias. Almost all concerts are recorded audio and video by the Macedonian Radio and Television, while its audiences are much wider than the narrowly specialized professional audience who comes to the regular classical and contemporary concerts.
For its outstanding quality, in 2013 the festival won the prize “Virtuosi” for the best Macedonian festival of art music in 2012.
The year 2017 to gether with the 40th anniversay of the Days of Macedonian Music was also a jubilee 70 years of SOKOM - Macedonian Composers Association.