ABOUT FESTIVAL





Osor Musical Evenings (OGV) is a classical music festival that has been held in Osor since 1976. Osor is a small, enchanting little town on the isthmus of Islands of Cres and Lošinj. In 2011, its importance was widely recognized and it became a national festival. Concerts in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or at the Osor piazza attract principally by the quality of their content, but also by the ambience of this summer festival. The festival is set on three basic premises: the international character – affirmation of Croatian contemporary composing – affirmation of Osor as a city of culture and music.





A festival is rarely as closely linked with its founder as is the case with the Osor Musical Evenings and Danijel Marušić (1931–2009). Danijel Marušić, Croatian director and TV personality, was one of the most prominent faces on the Croatian cultural scene of the 20thand 21stcenturies. He was the one who has set the OGV on three premises from its very start: the international character – affirmation of Croatian contemporary composing – affirmation of Osor as a city of culture and music.


Osor has become an obligatory and important venue for local artists, both productive and reproductive, and a place where they meet local and international audience. To maintain its premise of a venue for affirmation of Croatian music, at least one work by a Croatian composer is presented at almost all concerts, whether performed by Croatian or the most important names of the international scene. The OGV also recognizes its local distinction, possibilities of interaction with the community it belongs to and coexistence with the locality of Osor as an archaeologically and historically significant site.


At the Festival incentive, the statues of prominent composers Jakov Gotovac, Stjepan Šulek, Franjo Krežma etc. by famous Croatian sculptors Ivan Meštrović, Frano Kršinić, Vanja Radauš, Marija Ujević and others adorn the main square and side streets, which has resulted in creation of a remarkable Sculpture Gardens Sculpture and Music. The busts of Ivan Brkanović, Boris Papandopulo, Dora Pejačević, Igor Kuljerić, Stanko Horvat, Andro Mohorovičić by Marija Ujević, Kuzma Kovačić, Petar Barišić, Nina Horvat on the Croatian Composers Boulevard draw our attention to the important national composers who have been featured at the Osor Musical Evenings. Furthermore, over 350 works by Croatian composers, mostly chamber compositions, were first performed at this Festival and there is no important Croatian author who has not been invited to compose for the OGV.


The international character along with affirmation of the locale and Croatian contemporary composing has been retained by the OGV artistic managers who inherited Marušić after his death in 2009, primarily the composer and former Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Berislav Šipuš, then musicologist Ivana Kocelj, and currently the oboist Branko Mihanović.





Oboist Branko Mihanović graduated in oboe from the Freiburg State Conservatory of Music in 1978 (under Professor Heinz Hollinger). He has won numerous awards and accolades. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras (Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, Slovakian Philharmonic, Orquestro sinfonica Simon Bolivar, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists etc.) and has performed in Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Venezuela, US, China etc. He has acquired extensive experience as a chamber musician for the Zagreb Woodwind Trio, Musica viva Ensemble, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Croatian Chamber Octet, Cantus Ensemble, Zagreb Wind Ensemble. In 2001, he substituted collaboration with all of Zagreb’s orchestras with a professorship at the Music Academy in Zagreb. He was the artistic director of the Croatian National Theater Opera in Zagreb from 2005 to 2013.