Festivals

Musical Autumn of Cluj

Since 1965, apart from its permanent season of concerts, the Transilvania State Philharmonic Orchestra organizes every year the Musical Autumn of Cluj Festival.

The festival presents symphonic concerts, vocal-symphonic concerts, chamber concerts, as well as old and contemporary music recitals. Some of these concerts cast a new light upon forgotten music works, some bring to the audience’s attention the latest new music creations.

It is the most important art music event in Transilvania and the oldest music festival in Romania.

Official website, here.

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Cluj Modern

Every two years, in the middle of Spring, the Cluj Modern Festival becomes, for one week, the center of attention in Romanian contemporary musical life. The Gheorghe Dima Music Academy is the principal organizer of the festival; its regular partners are the Transilvania State Philharmonic and the Sigismund Toduţă Foundation. Since its first edition in 1995 and until now, the artistic director of Cluj Modern is composer Cornel Ţăranu, an important member of Romanian cultural life and member of the Romanian Academy.

The festival is a very respected platform of the contemporary music events in the city. The program combines national and international creations, its guests being, since 2004 (the year the festival was founded), the most representative contemporary music personalities: among them, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecky or György Kurtág. The first live european broadcast of a concert in Cluj took place on March 29th 2009, on the occasion of the world premiere of Kurtág’s Colinda-Baladă.

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International New Music Week

The International New Music Week (Saptamana Internationala a Muzicii Noi – SIMN) is the most important Romanian artistic event dedicated to contemporary music. The festival was founded in 1991 by the great Romanian composer Stefan Niculescu and was meant to support a multicultural dialogue between composers and performers from all around the world. The International New Music Week has gradually become the best opportunity for the Romanian audience to hear the latest and best new music works, as well as the most interesting local and foreign performers.

During the 22 editions, many important new music figures have been invited to take part in the festival, such as Iannis Xenakis, Joji Yuasa, Claude Delangle, Mario Caroli, Jorgen Petterson and the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Excelsior Quartet, Tosiya Suzuki and many others. Some of them became regular guests: Pierre-Yves Artaud, Daniel Kientzy and Barrie Webb are the oldest and most precious friends of Romanian contemporary music.

Each year, a project for the festival is proposed at the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists and its selection determines the artistic director of that particular edition, usually a composer.

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Meridian

Meridian – SNR-SIMC Days is an international new music festival organized by the Romanian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). The festival’s first edition took place in 2005. Since then, a week is dedicated every December to a large palette of new music manifestations from Romania, as well as from all around the world.

The festival is organized in collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Culture, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company, the George Enescu National Museum and the National University of Music in Bucharest.

The ISCM Romanian Section is a branch of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, which is the main sponsor of the organization.

The current president of the ISCM Romanian Section and the artistic director of the Meridian Festival is composer Sorin Lerescu.

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EDITION 2012

InnerSound

InnerSound’s unique format was created by young, energetic and enthusiastic artists from Romania. The organizers wish to offer the people in Bucharest a fresh sonic and visual oasis at the end of torrid August.

InnerSound creates a new perspective on art music by enclosing it in different visual projects – from photography exhibition, silent short movies with live music, to multimedia shows. The participants in InnerSound, musicians, photographers, actors, visual and film artists, are internationally renowned artists and young, enthusiastic creators whose talents have already been acknowledged in Romania and abroad.

Team: Organizer: OPUS Association – president Catalin Cretu; Artistic director: Sabina Ulubeanu; PR: Mariana Mihai (2013), Adina Hotinceanu (2012); Administrative coordinator: Monica Isacescu (2012); Visual identity: Serban Jipa, Suzana Dan (2013), Mihai Cucu (2012).

Facebook page, here.

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