Dušan Šestić

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Dušan Šestić
Birth nameDušan Šestić
Born1946 (age 72–73)
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia

Dušan Šestić (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Шестић; born 1946) is a Bosnian musician and composer; he composed the national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was adopted in 1999.

Early life and education[edit]

Šestić, a Bosnian Serb, was born Banja Luka in 1946.[1] He studied the violin at the Music Academy in Belgrade, Serbia.[citation needed]


Šestić began his professional career at the JNA Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade, Serbia. He was a musician at the Military Orchestra in Split, Croatia, where he lived from 1984 to 1991. During that time, he also performed for the Split Opera. He also composes children's music, popular music, radio music, and TV music. He also worked in theater.[citation needed]

Šestić composed the national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was adopted in 1999. After its adoption, some Bosnian Serbs denounced him for composing a national anthem for a state whose existence they were opposed to, whereas some Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats disliked that a Bosnian Serb, such as Šestić, composed it instead of one of their ethnic kinsmen.[2][3] It is wordless, despite efforts spanning nearly two decades to get lyrics adopted for it. Šestić has expressed his disappointment at its lack of lyrics, having written proposed ones for it which were never adopted.[4]

In 2008, when the Republika Srpska was looking for entries for a new regional anthem, Šestić along with Benjamin Isovic submitted an entry, "Мајко земљо" (English: "Mother Earth") as a contender, though ultimately it was not chosen.[citation needed]

Šestić taught violin at the strings department of the Vlado Milosevic Music School in Banja Luka.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Šestić's daughter, Marija Šestić, is also a musician and represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Lena Nordin- Albums, Pictures â€" Naxos Classical Music". www.naxos.com.
  2. ^ "ZaÅ¡to je DuÅ¡an Å estić najveći svetski baksuz meÄ'u kompozitorima". Blic (in Serbian).
  3. ^ "Bosnia and Herzegovina". nationalanthems.info. 28 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Dušan Šestić: Tekst himne ćemo dobiti onda kada to budemo istinski željeli". Klix (in Bosnian). Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ Eurovision Radio International. "Eurovision Live Concert 2015: Interview with Marija Sestic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Smigalovic, Ismar. "Marija Šestić: I always knew that I would make music my profession - visitbih.ba".