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Ratimir Martinović 
in Santa Barbara

Isak Haračić travels to Santa Barbara 2013

Lenka Petrović Selected as Alternate for 
Music Academy of the West Fellows Program 2016!​

Classical Pianist Ratimir Martinović returns to Santa Barbara!

Classical pianist Ratimir Martinović first performed in Santa Barbara in February of 2012 at Santa Barbara City College Fe Bland Forum.  Mr. Martinović returned for a second performance in February 2013 at the Music Academy of the West's Hahn Hall.  Santa Barbara classical music lovers were treated to works by Chopin, Glière, Mozart and Bach.  At present, Mr. Martinović works as Full Professor of Piano at the Academy of Arts, in Novi Sad, Serbia.  He is one of the founders of the International Festival Kotor Art and director of its music program called Don Branko's Music Days.

Classical Music Exchanges​

Beginning in 2013, auditions have been held in Kotor, Montenegro for gifted music students from the Balkans to attend the Music Academy of the West Summer Fellows Program held in Santa Barbara, California.  With the help of Tiffany DeVries, Dean of Students at the Music Academy of the West, andMarina Mikich, Associate of Piano at the Academy of Arts, in Novi Sad, Serbia, young musicians are selected to travel to Kotor and audition for one of the coveted "Fellows Scholarships" offered through the Music Academy of the West.


In 2016 Lenka Petrović, harpist, was selected as an alternate and two students, Uglješa Brkljać, pianist, and Darko Karlečik, percussionist, received letters of encouragement from the Music Academy of the West. We are very proud of these talented musicians as the Music Academy of the West has over 1,700 young musicians audition for 135 scholarships.


Music Academy of the West Fellows Program Auditions​

Isak Haračić selected to attend 
Music Academy of the West Summer Fellows Program 2013!

Jovana Bogojević 
auditions for MAW Fellows Program 2015

In April 2013, Isak Haračić, cellist, from Bosnia and Herzegovina was selected to attend the Music Academy of the West Summer Fellows Program, June 17 through August 10, 2013.  Mr. Haračić attended the Academy of Music Sarajveo and currently performs with No Borders Orchestra and is Principal Cello with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra.