Talent & Tourism

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Tourism in the Croatian Capital

Born and raised in Zagreb, Darja Dragoje, as the Zagreb Tourist Board’s public relations officer has the job of promoting the Croatian capital and it seems that she is doing it well, given that the respected Lonely Planet travel guide publisher, the biggest in the world, has declared Zagreb to be the best European travel destination this year. In this interview Chris Bushill speaks to her about Zagreb, its attractions and upcoming events.

Pure Talent and Love

Monika Leskovar.
(Photo: Zrinka Lušić/VOC)

German-born, Croatian-bread cellist Monika Leskovar has many times been defined as Croatia’s top cellist; she has performed the world over, received numerous prestigious awards, and has worked with some of the greatest classical musicians and composers of our time. With summer come festivals, especially musical festivals. Like with many musicians, this summer will a busy time for this great Croatian cellist.

Monika Leskovar has a busy schedule in the coming months. She will be flying to Switzerland for the Solsberg Festival of Chamber Music, after which she will return home to take part in the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. In September she will travel to Cuba for the European- Cuban project Academia, where she will be teaching young Cubans classical music.

Monika Leskovar.
(Photo: Zrinka Lušić/VOC)

From a very early age, Monika Leskovar found her love. She owes her bond with music and her cello, a masterpiece by Mantegazza made in Milan in 1765 and loaned to her by the Kronberg Academy, to her parents and professors who believed in her from the very start.

Monika’s memories of her early musical beginnings are faint. “Although I don’t remember much, I have heard the stories many times. They say I just took the cello and started to play. It was clear this would be an integral part of my life. With each and every performance the cello and I bonded. Now it is a part of my being”, says Monika. Her success and professional outlook on educating others is a true testament to this, proving that when you find a career you love, that is fulfilling, then it is every bit worth the sacrifice.