Archives for November2012

Christian Badea

Conductor Christian Badea has received exceptional acclaim throughout his career,  encompassing prestigious engagements in the foremost concert halls and opera houses of Europe, North America, and Asia.

As a guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for many years, he conducted over 170 performances in a wide variety of repertoire including Don GiovanniBoris GodunovTosca,La bohèmeMadama Butterfly, La fanciulla del westCavalleria rusticana, I pagliacci, Aida,Rigoletto and La traviata as well as the Gala Opening of the 1990-91 season with Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo.

At the Vienna State Opera he has conductedOtelloAidaTosca and La bohème as well as a new production of  Les Contes d’Hoffmann which had a resounding success.

Among the opera houses where Christian Badea has guest conducted are the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Staatsoper in Hamburg, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the Opera National de Lyon and in North America, the opera companies of Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Baltimore and Detroit.

Recent productions include Turandot and Tosca at the Royal Opera House in London, Parsifal,Otello and Così fan tutte in Copenhagen, FalstaffRoméo et Juliette, Werther and Der Rosenkavalier in Lyon, and ElektraDon Giovanni, Lady Macbeth of Mzensk  and Nabucco in North America. In the spring of 2010, Mr. Badea joined forces with the renowned Director Stefan Herheim to produce masterful performances of Tannhaüser at Den Norske in Oslo. Upcoming performances include La Boheme for the Opera Australia and Don Carlo for the Goteborg Opera, as well as concerts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Bucharest Philharmonic.

As Music Director of the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy and the United States for 10 years, Christian Badea conducted a wide variety of repertoire including productions of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of  MzenskLa fanciulla del west,Ariadne auf Naxos and Der fliegende Hollander.

In addition to his important artistic contribution to the Spoleto Festival, Christian Badea was a guest of several Italian orchestras: the Orchestra Nazionale Santa Cecilia, Orchestra RAI in Torino, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the orchestras of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Verdi in Trieste and of the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari.  He also conducted opera productions at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Torino, Arena di Verona, Teatro Bellini in Catania and at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.

Maestro Badea operatic repertoire encompasses more than 100 operas with particular emphasis on the works of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Mussorgsky, as well as those of 20th century composers such as Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Janacek, Britten, Berg and Samuel Barber.  He has conducted extensively the Italian and French repertoire, collaborating with the most important singers of the last two decades.

Equally dividing his time between symphony and opera conducting, Christian Badea has appeared as a frequent guest of symphony orchestras on three continents.

In Europe he conducted the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony in London, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra, the Amsterdam Philharmonic and the Radio Philharmonic in Holland, the Beethovenhalle Orchestra in Bonn, the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio and the Orchestre de l’Ile de France in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the RAI Orchestra in Torino, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence, the Budapest Philharmonic and the  National Orchestra of Spain in Madrid.  In Asia he conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic and he toured Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic.

In North America, Christian Badea was a guest of such orchestras as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

Christian Badea’s extensive symphonic repertoire ranges from the works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to the composers of the 21st century.  He has conducted complete cycles of symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler and most of the Classical and Romantic repertoire.   His programs have frequently included many of the works of such 20th century composers as Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Honegger, Janacek, Bartok, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Walton, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Lutoslawski, Messiaen, Ligeti, Henze, Berio and Penderecki.  His particular interest in French culture has been present in concert programs and recordings dedicated to French music.

Christian Badea’s strong commitment to American contemporary music has brought him in collaboration with many of the American composers of the last thirty years. Among them are Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Peter Mennin, William Schuman, George Crumb, Donald Erb, Frank Zappa, Mark Phillips, Steven Stucky, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse and John Adams.

His discography includes the Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 with the Royal Philharmonic on the Telarc label, award-winning recordings of symphonies of American composers Roger Sessions and Peter Mennin, as well as a live recording of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra, which won a Grammy Award.

Christian Badea has appeared frequently in the United States on nationally telecast performances on PBS and was also featured in televised concerts and opera performances in Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and Japan.  He was a guest of festivals such as the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Festival Estival de Paris.

Among the major artists with whom Christian Badea has collaborated are Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, YoYo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Alicia deLarocha, Shlomo Mintz, Midori, Cho Liang Lin, Mitsuko Uchida, Gerhard Oppitz, Lynn Harrell, singers Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Rolando Vilazon, Natalie Dessay, Bryn Terfel, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson, Rolando Vilazon, Deborah Voigt, Dawn Upshaw, James Morris, Dimitri Hvorovstovski, Neil Shicoff and stage directors Bruce Beresford, David Pountney, Franco Zeffirelli,  Andrei Serban and Keith Warner.

Maestro Badea received his initial training in violin at the Bucharest Conservatory and studied conducting in Brussels, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan and at the Juilliard School in New York where one of his important mentors was Leonard Bernstein.

Among Christian Badea’s recent concert programs are Bruckner Symphony No. 6, as well asDas Lied von der Erde with the Seville Royal Orchestra, a Strauss/Mahler/Shostakovich program with the National Orchestra of Spain in Madrid and Mahler Symphonies No. 5 and 9 with the National Orchestra of Romania in Bucharest.

Opera productions have included Tosca at Covent Garden, Macbeth in Copenhagen, Salome andLes Contes d’Hoffmann in North America and Otello, Tosca and Capriccio at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.  He returned to Stockholm for Carmen, Tosca and new productions of Il trovatoreand The Rake’s Progress and conducted a new production of Turandot for the Gothenburg Opera. (biography from Wolf Artists International)


Cristian Mandeal

Having studied piano, composition and conducting at the Music Academy in Bucharest, Cristian Mandeal later studied with Herbert von Karajan in Berlin and with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich. He became permanent conductor at the Targu Mures Philharmonic and the Cluj Philharmonic. Between 1987 and 2009 Cristian Mandeal acted as Principal Conductor and General Music Director of the Bucharest Philharmonic and oversaw its rise as an orchestra on the international scene. He served as Artistic Director with the Euskadi Symphony – National Basque Orchestra between 1999 and 2007. In the UK, Cristian Mandeal held the title of Principal Guest Conductor with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester until the end of the 2008/2009 season and continues to work with the orchestra every season. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic.

In recent years Cristian Mandeal has been a frequent guest with orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenian Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Prague National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra National de Cataluna, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

Involved in numerous recording projects, Cristian Mandeal has released the complete Bruckner cycle for Electrecord. The complete Brahms and Enescu orchestral works have been released with Arte Nova (BMG Ariola). In addition Mr. Mandeal has also recorded with Claves and BIS. His latest release is Bruckner Symphony No. 9 with the Hallé Orchestra (Hallé Record Label).

Cristian Mandeal has participated in many international festivals including the “George Enescu” Festival in Bucharest, of which he was Artistic Director in 2001 and 2003. He continues to appear at this festival every year with international guest orchestras. At the Edinburgh Festival in 2002 he conducted the BBC Scottish Orchestra in the British premiere of the opera “Oedipe” by George Enescu and in January 2005 he conducted a highly acclaimed new production of the opera in Italy. In August 2012 he conducted the Romanian National Youth Orchestra at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin.

The 2011/12 season included his debut with the Belgian National Orchestra, engagements with the Camerata Salzburg in Bucharest, the RTV Slovenian Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic in a two-week-long Brahms festival. In the 2012/13 season Mr. Mandeal will make his debut with the Duisburg Philharmonic in Germany and the Pannon Philharmonic in Hungary.

Cristian Brâncuşi

Cristian Brancusi (born 1951) – graduate of the Music University in Bucharest – conducting orchestra and composition – attended the classes of interpretative mastership held by I. Markevitch (Weimar 1975), W. Rowicky (Vienna- 1976) and Sergiu Celibidache (1978-1982), alongside with those at the Music Academy in Vienna held by Prof. Karl Österreicher, who characterized his as following: “…undoubtedly, Cristian Brancusi is fully prepared for all musical fields. He is remarkable for his knowledge of works and styles and masters a very clear conducting technique, making an excellent impression in front of the orchestra”.

Between 1977-1983 he was permanent conductor of the Ploiesti Philharmonics (Romania) , holding the same position later on with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Romanian Radio and Television, Bucharest.

Starting with 1990 he has been the conductor of the Radio Romania Chamber Orchestra. During this time he conducted more than 300 concerts with a various repertory, ranging from preclassic works to contemporary creations.

He is constantly interested in promoting young interpreters, but he also collaborated with renowned soloists from Romania and abroad. He is a member of the Composers and Musicologists Union in Romania and ardent interpret of avant-garde music, being thus often invited to conduct for the “International Week of New Music” and ” WordMusicDays” Bucharest, Romania.

His activity is extremely complex comprising recordings for radio and TV, film music, for the Electrecord Recording House (Romania) and AKSAK (France), enthusiastic appreciation and ovations from critics from Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Philippines, the U.S., Spain, Venezuela and Uruguay.

“…he is undoubtedly a conductor of a strong individuality…”, “each gesture surprises the musical essence in an admirable way…”,”the Radio Chamber Orchestra majestically conducted by the conductor-composer Cristian Brancusi” ,”…he is a profound director with a refined elegance of the gesture…” (excerpts from musical chronicles).

From 1992 Cristian Brancusi has also been a professor of orchestra conducting with the National University in Bucharest.

Official website, here.

Ştefan Firca

Stefan Firca holds a Master’s degree in music history from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, and has completed his Ph.D. in musicology at the Ohio State University, United States, with a dissertation on the carnivalesque aspects of the late 1960s psychedelic culture (Circles and Circuses: Carnivalesque Tropes in the Late 1960s Musical and Cultural Imagination, 2011). With a teaching experience in the history of both art music and rock music, he has written on topics ranging from Henry Purcell to Giacinto Scelsi, but is particularly interested in the popular culture of the 20th century, the nexus between avant-garde and popular music, film and film music, and issues of cultural imagination.

Stefan Firca has teached at the Ohio State University School of Music (2003-2011) and is currently a lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest, in the department of Musicology (courses on History of Pop Music Culture and Musicology), while pursuing a MIDAS post-doctoral program at the same university.

Stefan Firca was involved in various editorial and collaborative projects, from book, journal (Opus Journal, 1998-2000) and score editing to radio broadcasts. He was awarded the Graduate Outstanding Achievement Award (2006) and the Jack & Zoe Johnstone Graduate Award for Excellence in Musicology (2007) at the Ohio State University School of Music, Columbus, USA.

Journal articles:  ”Daniel Kientzy in the Romanian Musical Landscape”, Muzica, Vol. 1 (29), 1997; “Music-Text Relationship in George Dima’s lieder”, SCIA, Vol. 44, 1997; “Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas”, Opus, Vol. 1 (1), 1998; “Giacinto Scelsi: Fragments from a Portrait”, Opus, Vol. 2 (3), 1999; “Order and Classification in ‘The Art of Fugue’”, Opus, Vol. 1 (2), 1999; “Modal Projection and Developmental Principles in Gheorghe Costinescu’s ‘Modal Inventions’”, Opus, Vol. 1 (5), 2000; “Cross and Double-Reading Musical Modernism: A Palimpsestic View”, Muzica., Vol. 4 (24), 2005; “Music and the Specters of Marx”, Muzica, Vol. 2 (66), 2006

Chapters in books:  ”Anatol Vieru’s Theoretical Writings: The Chronology of the Modal Direction”, in Simpozion de muzicologie ‘Anatol Vieru,’ Bucuresti, 1999, Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Patricia Firca, Stefan Firca (eds.), Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2001; “Rumänische Komponisten aus der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts”, in Rumänische Musik nach 1944, Saarbrücken, Germany: Pfau-Verlag, 2006; ”Manele between Underground and Mainstream: Anglo-American Notes on a Subcultural Style” , in Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music, Speranţa Rădulescu (ed.), Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012 (forthcoming).

Books: Imbroglio, Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2012 (forthcoming)

Links: Bio, Ph.D. dissertation abstract


Valentina Sandu-Dediu

Acclaimed musicologist and pianist Valentina Sandu-Dediu was born on November 27, 1966, in Bucharest. She is presently a professor at the Department of Musicology and Education, the National University of Music Bucharest, as well as a Permanent Fellow at New Europe College, Bucharest (since January 2010). After a Bachelor in Musicology (1990) and a PhD (1995) at the National University of Music Bucharest, she was granted Postdoctoral scholarships at New Europe College, Bucharest (1996-97) and at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (“Andrew Mellon”, 2000). Since1993 until present she has taught courses of history of 20th century music, musicology, stylistics, theories of musical performance in N.U.M.B. Together with Ioana Pârvulescu she taught courses of literature and music (the result of a scholarship granted by New Europe College, NEC-LINK program, 2008). She has also taught during the International summer classes in Cisnădie, Icon Arts (2007-2011). Since 2005 she has been a Doctoral Advisor at N.U.M.B..

Since 2010 she has been Founder and Director of the online magazine Musicology Today, as well as Coordinator of the program Black Sea Link at New Europe College.

Publishes books: Stylistic and Symbolic Hypostases of Mannerism in Music (Bucharest, Editura Muzicala 1997), New Music between Modern and Postmodern (Bucharest, Editura Muzicala 2004), Rumänische Musik nach 1944 (Saarbrücken, Pfau, 2006), Ludwig van Beethoven (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2008, 115 pag.), Choice, Affect, Attitude. Style and Rhetoric in Music (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2010), Robert Schumann (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2011).

Essays: „Towards Modern Music in Romania“, in East Central Europe / L’Europe du Centre Est: Eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift. Budapesta, Vol.30, part 2, 2003, pp.1-19; „Rumänische Komponisten zwischen den ‚gemässigten’, den ‚radikalen’ Moderne und der Postmoderne”, in Musicology, Journal of the Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 6, Belgrade, 2006, p.147-164; “Dodecaphonic Composition in 1950s and 1960s Europe: The Ideological Issue of Rightist or Leftist Orientation”, in Journal of Musicological Research, Taylor & Francis, Volume 26, 2007, Issue 2-3, pages 177 – 192; “Zur Rezeption der Moderne in Rumänien – ein Begriff und seine Auslegungen”, in Ereignis und Exegese. Musikalische Interpretation – Interpretation der Musik. Festschrift für Hermann Danuser zum 65. Geburtstag. Herausgegeben von Camilla Bork, Tobias Robert Klein, Burkhard Meischein, Andreas Meyer, Tobias Plebuch, Edition Argus, Schliengen, 2011, p. 755-759.

Since 2004 Valentina Sandu-Dediu is an expert invited in several working groups organized by the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musihochschulen): for research, for the 3rd cycle and for accreditation. She is member of the following professional organisations: Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists (since 1991), Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (since 2008), International Musicological Society (since 2012).

She has won numerous prizes, among which, The Prize of the Romanian Academy for the book Ipostaze stilistice şi simbolice ale manierismului în muzică (1997), The Prize of the Academy of Science Berlin-Brandenburg, Peregrinus Stiftung (Rudolf Meimberg, 2008) and  The Prize of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists, for the book Alegeri, atitudini, afecte. Despre stil și retorică în muzică (2010).

As a pianist, Valentina Sandu-Dediu recorded the following CDs of chamber music (selection): Romanian Music for Clarinet and Piano, Ray Jackendoff – clarinet, Valentina Sandu-Dediu – piano (works by Marţian Negrea, Ştefan Niculescu, Dan Dediu, Constantin Silvestri), Editura Muzicală 018, Bucharest, 2002. UCMR-ADA 2 A 12373 and Albany Records, U.S.A., 2003; Recital de clarinette Aurelian Octav Popa, Piano – Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Fundaţia Societatea de concerte Bistriţa, Okean, 2004; Dan Dediu – Apfelwürmer: I.B.Ştefănescu (Flöte), V.Sandu-Dediu, D.Dediu (Klavier), Cavalli-Records, Bamberg, CCD 288, 2007; Dan Dediu – Piano Pieces: D.Dediu/V.Sandu-Dediu (Idyllen und Guerrillen op.76), NEOS Music (Deutschlandradio), 2007.



Archaeus Ensemble

The ARCHAEUS workshop of contemporary music, of “Tinerimea Romana” National Cultural Center in Bucharest, came into being in October 1985. They engaged in an intense activity of new music promotion, by participating in numerous musical events in Romania, Albania, Austria, Bulgarie, The Czech Republic, Denmark England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia, Moldavia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, U.S.A., as well as in a lot of other festivals which took place in Romania (: “George Enescu” – Bucharest, “SIMN” – Bucharest, “Meridian” – Bucharest, “Contemporary Music Days” – Bacau, “Cluj-Modern”, “Craiona Muzicala” “Festum Musicae”- Iasi “Timisoara Muzicala”, “Inter-Media” – Arad), and abroad (:“Spaziomusica” – Cagliari, “Antidogma Musica” – Torino, Huddersfield Festival, “Romaeuropa”, “Musique en Scène” – Lyon, “ENSEMS” – Valencia, “Spring in Bratislava”, “New Music Days” – Chisinau, “Extasis” – Geneve, “Synthesis” – Bourges, “Music of our Age” – Budapest, “Trieste Prima”, “Musica Nova” – Sofia, “International, Review of Contemporary Music’ – Belgrad, “Time of Music” – Viitasaari, “Alpi Marittime” – Ormea, “New Chamber Music” – Tirana, “Moscow Autumn”, ”Incontri con la Musica Contemporanea” – Bergamo, “Aspekte” – Salzburg, “FIMCA” – Alicante, “Days of Macedonian Music” – Skopje, “Neue Musik-Neue Klänge” – Köln, “Jours de Musique Contemporaine” – Blois etc). They rendered over 700 works, belonging to about 380 composers. Also, ARCHAEUS has recorded almost 30 CDs, thousands of minutes of Radio and TV recordings and has recorded soundtracks for over 20 movies. The ensemble also approaches old Byzantine music, classical music, jazz and film music.

Prizes and awards: The ATM prize for the quality of the presentation of several Romanian first auditions (1987); The UCMR prize (1990); The Romanian Music Critics’ Award (1991); The UCMR prize for promoting Romanian contemporary music (1992); The SOROS prize (1997); The Merit Diploma “Charm of the Lower Danube” – Bratislava (2001), The Gratitude Diploma “Mitropolia Banatului” – Timisoara (2002); The Merit Diploma “Nicolas Constantin Fotino” (2004); The Honor Diploma “Filarmonica Banatul” in Timisoara (2004); The Medal of Honor “Hochschule für Musik – München (2005); The Cultural Merit Medal (2005); The Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists Award (2006).
Since 1997,  Archaeus ensemble organizes the “Archaeus” festival in every October in Bucharest.

Official website here.

The “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded in 1868, The Romanian Philharmonic Society later became the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, the most famous musical institution in Romania. The Philharmonic Society was then conducted by Eduard Wachmann who aimed to create a permanent symphonic orchestra in order to promote musical culture and to popularize classical music masterpieces.

When the Palace of the Romanian Athenaeum was inaugurated, on the 5th of March 1889, concerts began to be held in this hall and the Romanian Athenaeum became the headquarters of the Philharmonic and at the same time a symbol of Bucharest. Wachmann managed the institution until 1907, being followed by Dimitrie Dinicu (1868-1936) and George Georgescu (1887-1964), one of the most remarcable Romanian conductors, who studied with Arthur Nikisch. During his tenures (1920-1944; 1954-1964), the repertoire became modern, and the Philharmonic entered the international music world. During this time, the Philharmonic participated to its first tour abroad and invited the performance of great personalities of the inter-war musical period such as Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals, Igor Stravinski, Enrico Mainardi, Alfred Cortot, Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss, Yehudi Menuhin, Herbert von Karajan. George Enescu made some of the first and extraordinary recordings with the Philharmonic Orchestra, such as the complete symphonies by Beethoven.

After the war, the institution extended its activity, under the direction of Constantin Silvestri and George Georgescu: the academic choir was established as well as various chamber ensembles (from orchestra to piano trio). George Georgescu also conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra in the memorable concerts held in the first editions of the „George Enescu” International Festival. After the death of George Enescu in 1955, the Philharmonic was awarded his name. The institution was subsequently managed by Constantin Silvestri, Mircea Basarab, Dumitru Capoianu, Ion Voicu, Mihai Brediceanu. After the fall of the communist regime, The Philharmonic regained its former glory under the batton of general director Cristian Mandeal, with Nicolae Licaret as artistic director. During the management period of first conductor Cristian Mandeal (1991-2010) The Philharmonic’s Orchestra recorded the complete symphonic works of George Enescu and Johannes Brahms. Besides performing symphonic and chamber concerts (approximately 300 per year), the Philharmonic has recorded dozens of LPs and CDs and has had famous tours in Europe, Asia, and the Far East, earning international fame.

Official website here.

The Radio Chamber Orchestra

“In the third decade of the history of the first Romanian Radio concert orchestra, the need arose to found an additional ensemble, whose purpose would be to contribute background music for studio recordings. It was thus that the Romanian Broadcasting Company’s Studio Orchestra came into being in the year 1947. Over the course of more than thirty seasons, the ensemble has combined special studio recordings with a presence on the concert stage. Thanks to its stylistic flexibility and the breadth of its repertoire (from the baroque and classical to twentieth-century music and new works) and its work with instrumental and vocal soloists, the Radio Studio Orchestra has made great qualitative leaps, and performs a wide variety of concert, vocal-symphonic and lyric music for live and recorded broadcasts. This merit of course belongs in equal measure to the maestros that have conducted the ensemble over the years: Constantin Silvestri, Mendi Rodan, Constantin Bobescu Carol Litvin Ludovic Bács, and Cristian Brâncusi.

A fresh stage in the ensemble’s evolution has unfolded over the two decades since 1990, when its classic structure (approximately thirty-seven members) was defined under the title Radio Chamber Orchestra. In this form, the ensemble has accompanied the National Radio Orchestra as a partner in the projects of the last twenty seasons, inviting numerous conductors and soloists up on to the podium and thereby contributing to its current prestige. These conductors have included Horia Andreescu, Enrique Garcia Asensio, Ovidiu Balan, Amaury du Closel, Pierre Colombo, Lawrence Foster, I.Ionescu-Galati, Camil Marinescu, Cristian Mandeal, Milen Nachev, Emil Simon, and Jin Wang; the vocal soloists Elena Cernei, Viorica Cortez, Ileana Cotrubas, Ruxandra Donose, Barbara Hendricks, Eugenia Moldoveanu, Katia Riciarelli, Francesco Araiza, Nicolae Herlea, Dan Iordachescu, David Ohanesian, Ludovic Spiess, and Eduard Tumagian; and the instrumental soloistsDmitri Alexeev, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Daniel Blumenthal, Lola Bobescu, Dana Borsan, Vladimir Bunin, Valentin Gheorghiu, Natalia Gutman Elisabeth Leonskaja, Silvia Marcovici, Mihaela Martin, Aurelian Octav Popa, Ion Ivan Roncea, Eugen Sârbu, and Mihaela Ursuleasa. The Radio Chamber Orchestra has recorded an impressive number of LPs and CDs for labels in France, Italy, Germany and Romania, and has a rich archive of television soundtrack recordings. The ensemble has been a guest on the international tours organised by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (Germany, Austria, the Baltic states, Spain, Russia, France, Italy, Japan, Ukraine, Greece, South Korea, Turkey and Cyprus), and performs in concert at every Georges Enesco International Festival.” (Grigore Constantinescu)

Official website here.

The National Radio Orchestra

“The profile, repertoire and history of the National Radio Orchestra have for more than a century been defined by the national culture, at the level of the creation, performance and broadcast of music in Romania. At the same time as the establishment of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company in 1928, the Radio Symphonic Orchestra was founded at the initiative and under the directorship of composer Mihail Jora, and began to give public concerts in 1932. Over the decades, some of the great maestros of Romanian conducting have directed the ensemble’s performances: Ionel Perlea, Alfred Alessandrescu, Theodor Rogalski, Constantin Silvestri, Iosif Conta, Emanuel Elenescu, and Horia Andreescu, as well as prestigious guests such as George Enescu, Sergiu Comissiona, Ion Baciu and Cristian Mandeal. During the Orchestra’s concert seasons, a stellar host of Romanian and foreign soloists have, in the concert studio and for National Radio broadcasts, delighted music lovers with performances of works from every epoch. In the last few decades, great names from the Romanian school of musical performances, as well as prestigious guests from the world of international concert music, have topped the bills of the National Radio Orchestra.

Over the years, the National Radio Orchestra has worked with a host of illustrious names from the world of classical music, including conductors Willem Mengelberg, Carlo Zecchi, Igor Markevitch, Kurt Masur, Vaclav Neuman, Ghenadi Rojdestvensky, Paul Kletzki, Emil Ceakarov, Leif Segerstam, and Sergiu Comissiona; vocal soloists Montserat Caballe, Angela Gheorghiu, Eliane Coelho, Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and the Swingle Singers; pianists Radu Lupu, Michael Roll, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Ghillels, Gerhard Opitz, Eliso Virsaladze, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Nichita Magaloff, violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Victor Tretiakov, Gidon Kremer, Isaac Stern, David Oistrah, and Henry Szeryng; and cellists Natalia Gutman, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Franz Helmerson, and Alexandr Rudin.

One particularly complex issue is the structure of the Orchestra’s repertoire, not only given the requirement to include musical genres representative of all epochs, from the Baroque to contemporary compositions, but also, more than ever, given the National Radio Orchestra’s honourable mission to present works by Romanian composers to listeners in its broadcasts. In this respect, the Orchestra has become the country’s leading ensemble in terms of premieres of work by Romanian composers. It promotes Romanian music from all periods up to the very latest contemporary works, in performances for the concert hall, the radio waves, and special recordings on compact disc and Cardex.

The choice and application of various modern instrumental performance and recording techniques is a major responsibility, as some concerts are also broadcast internationally through the European Radio Union. Situated at the same level as the major international radio orchestras, the work of the Romanian National Radio Orchestra has been honoured correspondingly with a number of prestigious national and international prizes for its recordings, including the Charles Cros (France), Puerta del Sol (Uruguay), and Koussevitzky (USA).

Recently, the National Radio Orchestra has enhanced its renown thanks to its concert tours of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Japan, and China, as well as its participation at prestigious international festivals. Romanian and international music critics have underlined the value of this outstanding ensemble within the framework of contemporary concert-going life, a value which is comparable to that of the world’s oldest radio broadcast orchestras. The National Radio Orchestra has a unique profile in dialogue with Romanian audiences, musicians and symphonic ensembles.” (Grigore Constantinescu)

Official website here.

Gabriel Bebeşelea

Still very young, Gabriel Bebeselea is recognized as one of the most exciting and gifted conductors born in the last decades in Romania. After winning the First Prize of “Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition” (Bucharest 2010) his reputation grew substantially and rapidly nationwide being appointed Chief Conductor of the Romanian National Opera House in Iasi in September 2011 (the youngest person appointed in a similar position in Romania).

At the same time he is performing intensively as Principal Conductor of Sibiu Youth Orchestra where he held the position of Music Director between 2006-2009. He started the current season with an honouring invitation to conduct in “George Enescu Festival” – one of the most prestigious classical music festivals in Europe – where he led the Icon Arts Ensemble in three concerts, receiving high critical acclaim.

Recently he made his debut at several orchestras in Romania including: Hungarian Opera House Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca Romanian National Opera House, Szekelyfoldi Filarmonia, Satu-Mare Philharmonic and he is continuing his collaboration as Guest Conductor of the Sibiu Philharmonic.

A turning point in his musical development is represented by the the Scholarship offered in 2011 by the National University of Music Bucharest, which enabled him a internship at the world renowed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Here he had the possibility to attend between February and July the rehearsals and concerts of the most representative conductors nowadays like: Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Philippe Herreweghe, David Zinman, Eliahu Inbal.

In 2009 he participated actively in Michail Jurowski’s Conducting Masterclass in Berlin and in 2011 with Christian Badea in Bucharest. Since 2009 he works as Assistant Conductor of the “Icon Arts Orchestra Masterclasses” for Sabin Pautza, Theo Wolters and Rick Stergaards.

In 2010 he gratuated the Summa cum laudae Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Cluj Napoca Musica Academy as a pupil of the renowed romanian teacher Petre Sbarcea. In the same year he was accepted in the Master’s Degree Program of the National University of Music Bucharest as a student of Horia Andreescu’s Orchestra Conducting Class.

He began studying violin at the age of seven winning several national prizes in various violin competitions until the decision of changing his path to conducting.

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