Damir Galijašević


Damir Galijašević, born in Rijeka, Republic of Croatia, on 03.05.1996.
He spent his childhood in Tešanj, where he attended elementary and high school.
In 2015 he enrolled in the Academy of Music at the University of Sarajevo and graduated there in 2019, and in July 2020 he also graduated with a Master’s degree, both in the class of Prof. Dr. Tamara Karača-Beljak. Since March 2019 he was a freelancer and since November 2020 an employee of the music production JS BHRT . As a soloist on the accordion or with private music ensemble, he accompanied all renowned performers of sevdalinka and contemporary folk music of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2012 he was in Vehid Gunić’s team and represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at International Cultural Festival in Ankara (Turkey). Participant of numerous festivals, concerts and sevdah events throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region and Europe. Several times organizer of Sevdah nights within the cultural event “Baščaršijske noći” in Sarajevo. Founder and several years artistic director of the association “Omladinski ansambl Tešanj”, orchestra director of the music association “Alkatmeri” Tešanj. For some time he led the orchestras KUD “Saobraćajac” Sarajevo and KUD “Pobjeda” Tešanj. Winner of the award “Bh. muzički oskar” as the best young musician of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2017.

Author of songs in the spirit of urban music tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he was participant of all Bosnia and Herzegovina folk music festivals : Ilidža, Tuzla, Bihać… Some of these compositions were performed by nahmaftesten sevdalinka interpreters of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sejo Pitić, Ferid Avdić, Hamid Ragipović Besko, Alma Subašić, Andrija Števanić, Ibro Selmanović… 2019 prize winner for Best Composition at the festival “Sevdalinko, u srcu te nosim” in Tuzla and as an author winner of the first prize “Safet Isović” for the Victory Song. In February 2020, the Association of Composers and Musicians (AMUS) awarded him the prize “Dražen Ričl” as the best young author. It is also worth mentioning his collaboration with the well-known hitmaker of folk music Nazif Gljiva. In organization of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, as well as the Department of Music Theory and Pedagogy, he exhibited as an ethnomusicologist at student tribunals. He was also a participant of the student regional gathering of ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology organized by the Department of Ethnomusicology, Faculty of Music Arts Belgrade in March 2019.  He published in the student newspaper Modus musicus, as well as in Gračanicas Messenger. Member of the National Committee BiH ICTM (The International Council for Traditional Music).
In 2021, he founded the SEVDAH Foundation in Sarajevo, of which he is the chairman.

He lives and works in Sarajevo.



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