Archives for November2012

Jaap Blonk as Dr. Voxoid @ Sambata Sonora

On November 10, 8:30 p.m., in Control Club (the “Berlin” Hall), Constantin Mille 4, Bucharest, Sambata Sonora organizes a performance by Jaap Blonk as Dr. Voxoid, voice & electronics.  On November 9 and 11, Jaap Blonk will give vocal improvisation workshops for musicians, vocal artists and performers.

The event is organized with the help of the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest.

Partners: Control Club, Centrul National al Dansului Bucuresti, Keep on Printing, Corcova

Media partners:, 24 FUN, RFI, Liternet,,,,, ArtClue,, Tataia,,

Tiberiu Soare

One of the most talented and appreciated conductors in Romania today. Born in Bucharest, Tiberiu Soare graduated from the musical performance section of the Bucharest National University of Music in 2000, specialising in the tuba, and from the conducting section of the same university in 2001. Between 2001 and 2002 he took courses of higher study in conducting.

In 1993, 1994, and 1995, he won prizes at the National Musical Performance Competition and in 2003 the Music Criticism Prize of the Mihail Jora Union of Romanian Music Critics, Editors and Creators. In 2006 and 2010 he was nominated as a finalist in the Prometheus Awards for young musicians.

Between 2002 and 2004, he conducted the Giurgiu Philharmonic, and since 2003 he has conducted the Profil Contemporary Music Ensemble. Since 2005, he has also been a conductor at the Bucharest National Opera. Tiberiu Soare is often invited to conduct prestigious symphony orchestras and opera theatre ensembles in Romania, and has also toured in China, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Poland and Hungary.

On 29 July, Tiberiu Soare conducted the National Radio Orchestra in a concert given as part of the Shanghai World Exhibition, and on 11 September 2010 he was invited to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the soloist being Angela Gheorghiu. Since November 2010, he has collaborated with the Kammerensemble N in Stockholm.

Şerban Marcu

Serban Marcu was born in Braşov, in 1977, and attended the local Art School. Becomes in 1996 student at the Music Academy “Gh. Dima” in Cluj-Napoca, at Cornel Ţăranu’s Composition Class. He graduated in 2001 and remained a teacher in the above-mentioned institution, teaching Harmony. He presented publically his PhD thesis entitled Aspects of contemporary writing in vocal-instrumental own works in 2006 and is conferred the prestigious title. He participated in several summer courses (in Cesky Krumlov – Czech Republic and Breaza – Romania). His work includes songs (Five art-songs for mezzo-soprano and piano on verses by Lucian Blaga), chamber works (Echoes for solo clarinet), choral works (Cherubic Hymn, Mournings), an oratorio (Youth Without Old Age and Life Without Death), a chamber opera (The Lesson), two ballets (Arachne and orfeuridice) and Acteon, poem for chamber orchestra.

His works have been presented in Cluj and other cities (Brasov, Bistriţa) and in some Romanian major festivals (Cluj Musical Autumn, Contemporary Music Week – Bucharest).

MUSIC on internet: Solo Clarinet Studies

Mihai Măniceanu

Composer and pianist Mihai Maniceanu was born in 1976 in Bucharest. He studied piano (1995–2000), composition (2000–2005) and the master courses (2005-2006) of both specializations within UNMB. Afterwards he graduated the doctorate studies within the same university (2011). He received an Erasmus scholarship at the University of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig, (2003-2004). UNMB scholarships at Muzikfest Festival, Hamburg (2001), Junger Künstler Festival–Filmmusik, Bayreuth (2002) and ISA 20. Internationale Sommerakademie, Murzzüschlag (2001). Nominated for Prometheus Opera Prima Prize (2009). Awards: First Prize at Icon Arts competition (2003), Romanian Academy Prize (for Sus) (2011) and UCMR Prize for Symphonic Work (for Sempre risoluto) (2011). His compositions have been played by George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, National Radio Orchestra, F.M. Bartholdy University Orchestra, Profil, Propuls,, devotioModerna, Swinepearl and Traiect ensembles, Accoustic and I.C. Danielescu choirs.

MUSIC on internet: Sempre Risoluto (piano concerto), Waltz Invitation, Viii

The State Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu

In the 16th century, Sibiu had one of the first European schools for organ, funded by Hyeronymus Ostermayer and the city’s archive contains music scores signed by composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1774, at the court of Samuel von Brukenthal, governor of Transylvania, a professional orchestra held its first concert. In 1792, one year after Mozart’s death, “The Kidnap from Serai” was played in Sibiu, and later in 1800, the “The Creation” Oratorio by Joseph Haydn.

The State Philharmonic of Sibiu was funded on January 1, 1949. Together with the orchestra, artists from Romania and other countries have performed, among them: Ion Voicu,Valentin Gheorghiu, Stefan Ruha, Monique de La Bruchollerie and Jean Jaques Thiollier, Sviatoslav Richter, Rudolf Kerer, Lazar Berman, Dimitri Bashkirov, Ivry Gitlis, andMontserrat Caballé.

In 2004, the new location of the State Philharmonic of Sibiu was moved to Thalia Hall. Built in 1787 by Martin Hochmeister, the hall was destroyed twice through the years, both times due to a fire. The County Council of Sibiu restarted the restoration of the building in 1990. The official inauguration took place on October 7, 2004, accompanied by the notes of Symphony no. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Official website, here.


The “Oltenia” State Philharmonic Orchestra

The “Oltenia” State Philharmonic Orchestra is an orchestra in Craiova, Romania. It has been founded in 1904 and established in 1947 by a royal decree. The present activity is carried out by the Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, the Academic Choir and several chamber assemblies.

Official website, here.

The “Banatul” State Philharmonic Orchestra

The “Banatul” State Philharmonic Orchestra is a musical institution in Timişoara, Romania. It comprises a symphony orchestra, professional chorus, and various chamber groups.

The Philharmonic Society (German: Philharmonische Verein) was founded in 1871 in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (now Timişoara). Conductors included Heinrich Weidt, Martin Novácek, and Bruno Walter (1898-1899). Performers in Timişoara during this period included, as pianists Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms; baritone Gheorghe Dima; cellist David Popper; and the violinists Leopold Auer, George Enescu, Joseph Joachim, Jan Kubelík, František Ondříček, Pablo de Sarasate, and Henryk Wieniawski.

In 1947 the orchestra was renamed the Banatul State Philharmonic, and eventually simply the Banatul Philharmonic.

Conductors of the Banatul Philharmonic have included George Pavel, Mircea Popa, Nicolae Boboc, Alexandru Şhumsky, Remus Georgescu, Paul Popescu, and Petru Oschanitzky. Gheorghe Costin and Radu Popu are the current permanent conductors. Guest conductors have included Kurt Herbert Adler, Roberto Benzi, Anatole Fistoulari,Kiril Kondrashin, Stanisław Wisłocki, and Adone Zecchi. Jean-François Antonioli was Principal Guest Conductor from 1993 to 2002.

Guest soloists with the orchestra have included pianists Dimitri Bashkirov, Julius Katchen, and Rudolf Kerer; violinists Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov, and Josef Suk; and cellists Miloš Sádlo and Daniil Shafran.

Other performers in Timişoara have included pianists Annie Fischer, Artur Rubinstein, and Carlo Zecchi; violinists Bronisław Huberman, Fritz Kreisler, Jacques Thibaud, and Eugène Ysaÿe; and cellists Pablo Casals and Gregor Piatigorsky.[1] More recently vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu has played there.

The orchestra has visited many European countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the formerYugoslavia.

The “Moldova” Philharmonic Orchestra

The “Moldova” Philharmonic Orchestra in Iaşi is an orchestra well known in Romania and around the world. The name “Moldova” in the title refers to the historical region of Moldavia.

During the 18 and 19th century, Iaşi, as the main city and capital of the former Principality of Moldavia, had been closely connected to European musical life, and great European musicians used to play in the city. In 1860, the Conservatory of music and dramatic art was founded. After an unsuccessful attempt in 1868, the Philharmonic Society was finally founded in Iaşi, in 1918.

Moldova State Philharmonic, as an institution with permanent artistic activity, held its inaugural concert on October 9, 1942, conducted by George Enescu.

The “Transylvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra

The Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1955, under the initial name of Cluj StatePhilharmonic Orchestra. The city of Cluj-Napoca, capital of the important Romanian province of Transylvania, has a considerable cultural tradition: its University dates from 1723, and music has been printed here as early as the 16th century. It is therefore no wonder that, in less than ten years after its foundation, the young orchestra has become one of the top symphonic ensembles in Romania.

This achievement owes a lot to the orchestra’s first conductor and artistic director, Maestro Antonin CiolanA disciple of Arthur Nikisch and Hans von Bülow, Ciolan began his career in Dresden, then returned to his country and worked in Iasi and Cluj. It was a great chance for the newly founded orchestra to benefit, in the first decade of its existence, of all the experience and knowledge, artistic capacity, enthusiasm and devotion of this great conductor.

Maestro’s Ciolan work has been continued by two of his most accomplished disciples, the distinguished conductors Emil Simon - permanent conductor of the orchestra from 1960 till 2000, now retired – and Erich Bergel - conductor of the Cluj Philharmonic from 1966 to 1972, and Honorary Artistic Director from 1994 to his death in May 1998. They both brought their own contribution to the growth and refinement of the orchestra and the expanding of its repertoire towards late Romantic and Twentieth Century music. Another significant name connected with the ensemble is that of Cristian Mandealregular conductor between 1980 and 1987, – a period which was beneficial for both the orchestra and this highly gifted musician. Currently, our principal conductor is Maestro Nicolae Moldoveanu.

The collaboration with many famous guest artists helped to enhance the quality of the orchestra and enrich its artistic representation. Among them – the conductors Sir John Pritchard, Anatole Fistoulari, George Georgescu, Kiril Kondrashin, André Jolivet, Carlo Zecchi, Adrian Sunshine, Witold Lutoslawsky, Michi Inoue, Horia Andreescu, Maurice Handford, Stanislaw Wyslocky, János Ferencsik, Leopold Hager, Kurt Masur, Valeri Gergiev, Alexandr Dmitriev – the soloists Monique Haas, Sviatoslav Richter, Ruggiero Ricci, Valentin Gheorghiu, Friedrich Gulda, Annie Fischer, Aldo Ciccolini, Dmitri Bashkirov, Dan Grigore, Lazar Berman, Radu Lupu, Jean Pierre Rampal, Silvia Marcovici, Mihaela Martin, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Patrik Gallois, José Carreras, Angela Gheorghiu, Philippe Entremont, Roberto Alagna, Raphael Wallfish and others.

The Transylvania State Philharmonic successfully toured almost all the European countries. During the fall of 2000, the Cluj Orchestra, under the baton of the British conductor Paul Mann achieved a European tour together with The Deep Purple, on the occasion of releasing, after 30 years, the Concert for Rock Group and Orchestra by John Lord. The concerts took place in big cities of Europe, such as: Antwerpen, Kongresszentrum Hamburg, Trondjheim, Göteborg, Globe Arena Stockholm, International Congress Center Berlin, Praga, Luxembourg, Palais des Congrès Strasbourg, Festhalle Frankfurt, Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Zürich, Madrid, Filaforum Milano, Palais des Congrès Paris, Stadthalle Wien, Westfallenhalle Dortmund, Rotterdam, Olympiahalle München, Katowice.

Though it is mainly focused on the symphonic and vocal-symphonic music, the Transylvania Philharmonic pays a special attention to the opera repertoire too. Remarkable in this sense is George Enescu’s opera Oedip, presented on the occasion of the composer’s centennial celebration (1981) at the Luzerne Festival. The Orchestra is periodically invited to collaborate at opera productions, organized within the famous “Red de Teatros”, Spain: Desvan Verdi, 2001, (26 concerts throughout Spain) and La Rebelion des los criados, 2002 (22 concerts throughout Spain).

Such collaborations also took place in Palacio de los Festivales – Santander, both with season concerts and within the Santander Festival, the last production being GVerdi – Simone Boccanegra (August 2003, where both our Orchestra and Choir performed, under the baton of Antonello Allemandi, under the direction of Petrika Ionescu – within the cast stars like Roberto Scandiuzzi, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Roberto Frontali performed.

The Orchestra participated in several important international festivals in Bucharest, Torino, Warsaw, Istanbul, Santander, Strasbourg, Bratislava, Berlin and Interlaken. Starting with 1965, the Cluj Philharmonic annually organizes its own international festival, Cluj Musical Autumn Festival (Toamna Muzicală Clujeană), one of the most significant musical events in Romania, and starting with 2000, its own American Music Festival, reaching its 6th edition, unique in Romania and very well received by the Cluj audience. Since 1999, the “Transylvania” Philharmonic is co-organizer of the annual Mozart Festival, in collaboration with the Romanian Mozart Society.

With its over 120 records, The Transylvania Philharmonic presents perhaps the largest discography among Romanian orchestras, featuring some of the finest artists of the country – the conductors Antonin Ciolan, Emil Simon, Erich Bergel, Cristian Mandeal and Mircea Cristescu, the pianists Valentin Gheorghiu and Dan Grigore, the violinists Stefan Ruha and Mihaela Martin. It is reflecting the entire range of the orchestra’s wide repertory, from the Baroque to contemporary music, including impressive series such as the complete Brahms symphonies (in two versions: the first one with A. Ciolan, E. Simon and M. Cristescu, the second and more recent one with E. Bergel), a Debussy-Ravel record, a Wagner Overtures record (with E. Simon), Vivaldi The Seasons (violin Ştefan Ruha, ex-soloist of the Cluj Philharmonic), and the complete Bruckner symphonies (with C. Mandeal). The Romanian music is also represented within the Cluj Philharmonic discography: George Enescu – 3rd Symphony, Orchestra and Choir conducted by Ludovic Bacs – this record has also been taken over to be released by “Olympia” Recording House.

Official website, here.

Horia Andreescu

For many years director of the Radio musical ensembles, founder of Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest, Horia Andreescu is now the main conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. His studies in composition and conducting with excellent teachers at the National University of Music Bucharest, with Hans Swarovski and Karl Österreicher at the Vienna Music Academy and his classes with Sergiu Celibidache have constituted a solid base for his training as a conductor.

Horia Andreescu’s work with orchestras in Romania and abroad has materialised in over 60 recordings already available on the music market—sixteen of which were recorded with orchestras in Europe. So, there are recordings with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Germany, where he was a Permanent Guest Conductor for thirteen years, with Dresdner Philharmonie where he held the same position for ten years and with Staatskapelle Schwerin where he was a conductor for 21 years. His most recent compact discs include: a CD disc edited by CPO for Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin in 2007, a CD recorded by Hastedt with Pascal Bentoiu’s works and Andreescu at the head of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln in 2004, a CD by Electrecord with works by Dvorak and Musorgski-Funtek and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 and another one with Paul Constantinescu’s Easter Byzantine Oratorio and the National Orchestra for Radio under the Casa Radio label.
The integral set of Enescu’s works on eight compact discs, edited by Electrecord and Olympia, London and well broadcast, have consistently contributed to the renown of the composer from Tokyo to New York.
 Horia Andreescu’s collaboration with other orchestras, such as London Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the philharmonics of Amsterdam and Stuttgart, the symphonic orchestras of Jerusalem, Nagoya, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras in Madrid and Leipzig, and the tours made either separately or together with the Radio National Orchestra and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra at festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Dresdner Festspiele, Europa Musicale München, not forgetting, of course, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest round off the succinct presentation of the conductor.