Daniel Vukov

Art Director

The Third Marco Polo Art Festival ‘s main program takes place from June 9 to June 14, and the additional program will continue during the months of July and August. It will host the most prestigious international and domestic musicians and instrumentalists. The festival program is a carefully chosen selection of recent music production of countries that share a common space – the vastness of THE SILK ROAD. With our program, we try to make this remote but important corner of our Beautiful Country spread its wings in pluralism of its potential and the above-mentioned cultural context, with all the matrices it carries becomes a desirable destination that, apart from the diverse and recent civilizational and artistic achievements
of the participating countries of the MPAF, carries forward the idea and the paradigm to which our time must respond – the cultivation of the DIALOGUE culture. ‘At a time like this, it is necessary to re-establish
the DIALOGUE between science, philosophy and art – for it is the greatest challenge of our time, this relationship between empathy and intelligence.’


09.06.- 01.08.2018.



German concert pianist, composer, arranger and university pedagogue at the Academy of Music, University of Zagreb. He has performed classical, jazz and crossover solo concerts at major venues such as Semperoper Dresden, Congress Hall in Graz, Hercules Saal Gasteig in Munich, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz Open Stuttgart, and at a large number of Croatian stages (Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatian Music Institute, 28th Music Biennale Zagreb, Dubrovnik Summer Festival). He has performed and recorded with acclaimed international jazz musicians: Nils H. O. Pedersen, Martin Drew, Jimmy Woode, Johnny Griffin, Alvin Queen, Jiggs Whigham, Chuck Israels, Bill Goodwin, Buddy De Franco, James Morrison, Bobby Durham, Jonny Griffin, Boško Petrović, etc.). He has also composed, arranged, recorded and played live with Bayerische Rundfunk Big- Band, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Bach Academy Chamber Orchestra, and so on. He has recorded more than a dozen solo albums and a large number of albums with other musicians. He recorded, among other labels, at Sony Music, Denon, EMS Music and Records, Tuxedo Records – “Episode”, Tudor, Skip Records. Gazarov uses universal laws of musical development that can be applied in any musical style. In the final outcome, his music provides listeners with an attractive and understandable musical form.



Zlatko Josip Grgić was born in 2001 in Zagreb. He grew up surrounded by the most prominent world guitarists, like Leo Witoszynskyj, Tommy Emmanuel, Edin Karamazov. Zlatko was taught and tutored by his father, who is a guitar professor. In his performance, Zlatko accentuates emotion, authenticity and expression, thus keeping in sync with the tradition of the old Spanish, Catalonian school, established and lead by and via Leo Witoszynsky and Luisa Walker, and directly involving great guitarist Miguel Llobet, the student of Francisco Tárrega. Zlatko is a regular participant of the concerts of his music school ‘Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb, where he is a full-time student. Last year he has won the Distinction Award at the competition ‘Dr JovanJovičić’ in Novi Sad. He also performed togetherwith the famous restaurateur Gabriel Loddi in the Violin Museum in Cremona, celebrating the opening of the exhibition of Torres guitars, as well as the 200th anniversary since the birth of Antonio de Torres, after which he featured in a documentary film about Antonio de Torres for Spanish TV, where he played Serenata Española by J. Malais, beside the greatest world guitarists of today.





Edin Karamazov was born in 1965 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A protégé of Sergiu Celibidache, he began his musical career as a classical guitarist before taking up the Baroque lute, which he studied with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle, Switzerland. Karamazov made his solo debut as a lutenist in 1998, stepping in at the last minute for the legendary Julian Bream. Since then he has established himself as today’s most exciting and charismatic player of the lute. His thrilling virtuoso performances on the lute and guitar, with a repertoire that ranges from 16th-century classics to the music of today, have garnered rave reviews and unprecedented critical acclaim in Europe and America. As a soloist he has performed and recorded with leading international early music ensembles and artists including the Hilliard Ensemble, Hespèrion XX, Andreas Scholl as well as Sting. A consummate interpreter and master technician on numerousearly and contemporary stringed instruments, outstanding recital artist Edin Karamazovhas appeared at numerous major venues, including the Amsterdam Concert gebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, among many others. Looking back to his early days, he continues to enjoy giving impromptu performances on the street. Edin Karamazov plays several plucked instruments of various cultures and epochs and remains committed to exploring the use of lutes in modern music and contemporary improvisational contexts. In addition to his solo career he enjoys accompanying singers in different styles and backgrounds.




klavirska pratnja Vladimir Milošević

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a true virtuoso’, violinist Stefan Milenkovich performed in some of the world’s most celebrated venues such as Carnegie Hall,
Kennedy Center, London’s Cadogan Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and Venice’s La Fenice Theatre. He performed with world’s leading orchestras including Berlin, NDR Hannover, Indianapolis, and Utah Symphony Orchestras, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Helsinki Philharmonic, under the batton of such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner and Lorin Maazel. Milenkovich performed for President Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Pope John Paul II. At age 16, he gave his 1000th concert. He had won the Young Concert Artists International Competition, and was a prizewinner in 10 major international violin competitions. Milenkovich has participated igala concerts for UNESCO with Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and had taught in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman at the Julliard School. He plays the 1783 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.



Stefano Salvatori, was born in Rome, and he graduated piano very young, at the ‘F. Morlacchi’ Conservatory of Perugia. He studied harpsichord with master Alan Curtis at theCini Foundation in Venice. He graduated in composition under the guidance of maestro Fabio Vacchi, and took on conducting theorchestra at the “G. Verdi” conservatory in Milan. As a composer and a pianist, in ‘98, he performed his ‘1st String Quartet’ at the Zagreb Biennale of Contemporary Music; in the next edition, it was the ‘Night Choral’ for ten winds. In 1998, he wrote the Cantata for voice and five instruments ‘Orpheus Euridyke Hermes’ a work commissioned by the Fondazione Arena di Verona. In August 2005, his ‘21 preludes’ for piano were performed at the ‘Pianosolo’ festival of Amandola (AP) with warm acclaim from both, the critics and the public. As a Master of the Teatro alla Scala he has challenged numerous titles of the Italian operatic repertoire, in particular the works ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Madamme Butterfly,’ collaborating with maestro Riccardo Muti and maestro Myun Wuhn Chung, as well as the contemporary productions such as ‘Teneke’ by Fabio Vacchi, with the direction of Roberto Abbado and ‘1984’ work of m. Lorin Maazel, and also several ballets among which: ‘The Sleeping Beauty,’ ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘Swan Lake,’ ‘Giselle,’ ‘La strada,’ ‘Sagra of Spring,’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Recently he was a director of Gala dance with the prima/first dancers of Teatro alla Scala and Stabat Mater of Pergolesi, choreographed by Francesco Ventriglia. In February 2009, he successfully directed the Cairo Opera House Orchestra.