Macedonian musicians gather to commemorate conductor Sasha Nikolovski Gjumar

Macedonian musicians gather to commemorate conductor Sasha Nikolovski Gjumar

Musicians from across Macedonia gathered on Wednesday to commemorate top conductor Sasha Nikolovski - Gjumar, who died on January 14th aged only 50.

"It was a dark Saturday when Macedonia lost a great artist. For a quarter of century Gjumar was able to bring the deepest and most intimate thoughts of numerous international and Macedonian composers to life", said Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska, who spoke at the commemoration held in the Faculty of Musical Arts.

Speakers praised Gjumar for his ability to bring out dozens of new works who were first performed under his baton, and for the powerful and innovative recreations of older works. "Concerts conducted by Gjumar had something special, something powerful in them. He radiated trust and confidence in the composers who loved his enthusiasm which he freely disposed of in his work, at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Faculty, at the Ohrid Summer Fesitavals and elsewhere", said Milevska.

Gjumar was also loved for his cooperation with Toshe Proeski, the young singing star beloved across the Balkans, who died in a tragic car crash in 2007.