About the festival

The Tartini Festival is an international music festival dedicated to the Piran-born maestro Giuseppe Tartini. The Festival has been staged every year during august and September since 2002 in the picturesque seaside towns of Piran and Koper on the Slovene coast.

Alongside Tartini’s work, the festival presents the works of his contemporaries and contemporary composers, all who have been inspired by Tartini’s art. The festival concerts are staged in delightful settings, for example the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery in Piran and often feature soloists performing on Tartini’s original violin with the kind permission of the Piran Museum. The instrument has an extraordinary, authentic sound and thrills both audiences and musicians. The Tartini Festival is delighted to welcome distinguished musicians from around the world to the Slovene coast each year. Musicians of the highest quality who perform with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Martins in the Field and Camerata Salzburg. These musicians are drawn to Piran to celebrate one of classical music’s great innovators and ensure his legacy continues through a comprehensive programme of cultural heritage and celebration.

Since 2005 Tartini Festival’s unique ensemble Il Terzo Suono has performed its repertoire of Tartini, Vivaldi, Telemann and more on baroque, period instruments to ensure historically correct interpretations. As well as performing each year at Tartini festival the ensemble accompanies famous soloists at festivals around Europe and is formed of members of various international orchestras such as the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Tartini festival also ensures it supports the next generation of performers by providing the platform for young musicians to perform within the festival programme. This education work is of particular importance to the two festival founders Jasna Nadles and Milan Vrsakoj. The Tartini Junior programme presented with the support of the Municipality of Koper is where excellent young musicians from all over Slovenia are able to perform and gain invaluable experience. The education strand of the festival programme is further supported by both workshops and masterclasses involving the distinguished musicians that perform each year.

Several of the Tartini festival concerts are recorded by Radio Television of Slovenia for broadcast on television and radio. This allows the reach of the festival to be extended well beyond Piran across the whole of Slovenia.

Tartini festival every year brings superb concerts to the Slovene coast and 2019 proves again to be the same. Beautiful music and gorgeous surroundings including the Venetian architectural gem, Piran will ensure another memorable festival. We invite you to look through the programme and look forward to welcoming you to the festival.