Ratimir Martinovic Plays Benefit Recital for Santa Barbara-Kotor Sister Cities

Posted on Feb 24 by SEASONS Magazine

Montenegrin concert pianist Ratimir Martinovic returns for his second recital as a fundraiser for Santa Barbara-Kotor Sister City projects. Martinovic, originally from Kotor, Montenegro, celebrates the 2009 establishment of Santa Barbara as Kotor’s sister city. His recital will take place on Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Hahn Hall on the Music Academy of the West campus, performing classical works by Chopin, Glier, Mozart, Medtner, Franck and Bach/Busoni.


Ratimir Martinovic, photo courtesy of Music Academy of the West

“I am looking forward to welcoming back an exceptional pianist and friend, Ratimir Martinovic,” says Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider. “He is a young, vibrant, amazing talent and has a great personal story of perseverance that any student of classical music will appreciate. I am sure that Ratimir will be a role model to aspiring artists here in Santa Barbara, and can demonstrate how to succeed in a very competitive global arena.”

The town of Kotor is located on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro, boasting year-round activities such as sailing, diving, fishing, hiking, water polo and theatre festivals, as well as celebrations of music and the arts. It’s no wonder Santa Barbara feels a unique kinship with Kotor, as both cities share a seaside charm.

Kotor, Montenegro courtesy of Music Academy of the West

Kotor, Montenegro, photo courtesy of Music Academy of the West

Martinovic, who has performed solo as well as within ensembles around the world since age 12, has also recorded two CDs and is the winner of many international accolades. In addition to performances and recordings, Martinovic is a founding member of the Kotor Art Trio, along with violinist Roman Simovic and clarinetist Aleksandar Tasic. Martinovic is also one of the founders of the International Festival Kotor Art and currently director of its music program.

For tickets to this amazing recital, contact the Music Academy of the West Box Office at 805/ 969-8787 or visit their website.

-Grace Piro Delia


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