Conductors

Aurelian-Octav Popa

One of the great Romanian musicians, Aurelian-Octav Popa (b. 1937) studied clarinet and composition in Bucharest (1958-62), then continued his studies at the Conservatoire National de Paris and very early became a virtuoso of his instrument. He won prizes at international competitions such as First Prize in 1959 at the Prague Musical Spring, other awards in Budapest (1965), Birmingham (1966),  Utrecht (1967) or Geneva (1967). As soloist, he played with many proeminent orchestras and he has toured in almost all Europe and U.S. with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.

Aurelian-Octav Popa is celebrated as one of the most proeminent Romanian clarinetists. His 1991 CD, recorded by London Olympia House, was awarded 10 stars and “coup de foudre” (the highest rating possible) by Répertoire des disques compacts, Paris. Same happened with Libre comme un oiseau, a CD that got 4 stars from Le monde de la Musique in 2006. He is a permanent member in different international competitions (Rome, Paris, Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest, etc.) and a clarinet competition in Constanta (Romania, 1993-94) bears his name. He conducts different masterclasses in Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania.  He recorded 5 CDs in London Olympia House, Sofia MegaMusic, Intersound Munchen, Thalassa Records Constanta.

Aurelian-Octav Popa’s conducting career started in 1977, when he founded and started conducting  the Quodlibet Musicum Chamber Orchestra. He later attended masterclasses with Sergiu Celibidache and conducted all major symphonic orchestras in Romania, such as the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest. Between 1989-2004 he was the main conductor of the Constanta Philharmonic Orchestra. He made numerous recordings for the Romanian Radio and Television Broadcasting Company. He participated in the esteemed George Enescu Festival with English Chambers Orcestra and the Copland Concerto.

He is also an arranger for stage and film soundtracks.

Aurelian-Octav Popa was awarded the Prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicologists first in 1991, then in 2009, for his whole activity. In 2012, his 75th anniversary and 50 years of music activity (as a clarinetist and as a conductor) was celebrated by the George Enescu Philharmonic.

Duo with Sanda Crăciun-Popa (viola)

Concerts in Bucharest and all main cities in Romania, as well as international tours.

Festivals: Musik Sommer Baden Baden – 1994/1996, Bach Festival Heidelberg – 1995/1996, Documenta X Kassel – 1999, Musik Sommer Festival MDR Lepzig – 1996, Festival des Fôrets – 1996, Musica Rara Festival Erfurt – 1996, Series of big clarinetists Lincoln Center New York – 1999,  New Jersey – 1999, Houston University – 1999, Festival do Acores – 1999, the first edition of Visual Arts Fair, Bucharest 1999, several editions of the International Week of New Music, Bucharest.

Events: special guests of the UNITER Gala (Bucharest)  in 1999; special guests of the Chamber Music Festival in Sighişoara (Romania), 2001; America Alive Gala, 2001; Artists for artists Gala, 2003;  Christmas for All Gala, the Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, 2003; the Lucian Blaga Poetry Festival, Sebeş Alba, 2001; The Titu Maiorescu Literary Meetings,  Tescani – 2001/2002/2003; the Arfa concert series – Music, an Adventure,  Goethe Institut, Bucharest 2003.

Museum (guests): the George Enescu Museum; the National Art Museum in Romania, Bucharest; the Art Museum, Constanta; The Brancovan Palace of Mogosoaia; museums in Germany (Manheim, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt);  Casa Mateus, Portugal;  Chateau Imperial and the Franco-American Museum,  Compiègne, France.

Exhibitions of great Romanian artists (guests): Marin Gherasim, Corneliu Vasilescu, Ion and Ariana Nicodim (the „Dalla terra all’opera, la forza delle radici” exhibition, Vicenza, Padova, Mogoşoaia), Angela Tomaselli, Alin Gheorghiu, Ana Maria Smighelski, Cela Nemţu, Lucia Puşcaşu, Nicolae Flondor, Wanda Sachelarie, Bogdana Contras, Carmen Marin.

Resident artists at: the Brahms House, Baden Baden, 1996; the „George Enescu” Memorial House, Tescani (Romania), 2002; the Panaci Creative Camp, Romania 2009.

Cultural Institutes (guests): Bucharest, Paris, New York, Tel Aviv, Berlin.

 

 

 

Remus Georgescu

Remus Georgescu was born in Timisoara, in 1932. He accomplished his music  studies at the „Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory in Bucharest – Faculty of Composition and Orchestra Conducting and was the disciple of the great masters: Ioan D. Chirescu (Music Theory), Marţian Negrea (Harmony), Nicolae Buicliu (Counterpoint), Teodor Rogalski (Orchestration), Constantin Silvestri (Conducting) and George Georgescu (Orchestra). He also studied in USA (1968 – 1969), where he met and visited the famous Romanian conductor and composer Ionel Perlea.

Remus Georgescu began his activity as a scientific researcher at the Ethnomusicology and Folklore Institute in Bucharest, and then as a conductor at the Music Theatre in Constanta and at the Sibiu, Oradea and Târgu Mureş Philharmonics. He became conductor of the “Banatul” Philharmonic in Timisoara in 1968, while also being, for several years, the artistic manager of the institution.

As a conductor, he had concerts almost all around the world and realized numerous recordings of outstanding virtuosity; as a composer, he distinguished himself through various  vocal-symphonic, symphonic or cameral works. He gave concerts in Austria, England, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, Norway, Poland, Holland, Spain, USA, Singapore, Sweden, Russia, Hungary, Venezuela etc., and has always been  both critically acclaimed in the media, and admired by the audience.

His repertoire is extremely rich, including works of most various ages and styles, from the pre-classic period to the latest creations of our century. Worldwide famous soloists performed under his baton: Emil Ghilels, Dimitri Başkirov, Daniil Şafran, Annie Fischer, Igor Oistrah, Viktor Tretiakov, Jean Pierre Rampal, Ivry Gitlis, Lola Bobescu, Dan Grigore, Valentin Gheorghiu, Ion Voicu, Silvia Marcovici. Numerous Romanian composers have dedicated to Remus Georgescu some compositions that later entered the music circuit, in Romania and abroad.

His creations conquered their stable place in the repertoires of many Romanian orchestras, sometimes being included in programs of prestigious European orchestras and America, as well as in the repertoires of renowned interpreters. Along his career, Remus Georgescu received many awards. The Concert for Orchestra, the Symphonic Oratory „Cântare străbunilor” (“Hymn to the Ancestors”) – the Award of the Union of Composers (1976 – 1977), „Exorcisme” (“Exorcisms”) for Flute and Orchestra, the Oratory „Ecouri” (“Echoes”) awarded by the Romanian Academy with the “George Enescu” Prize for Composition (1983), the Oratory „De profundis” (1994) and also various other works, which deserve their fame in the Romanian cultural patrimony. The music critique repeatedly underlined the exceptional value of his compositions. As a conductor, Remus Georgescu realized many recordings for radio, TV and record labels in Romania and worldwide.

Other awards: The Music Critics’ Award, The Award for Opera Omnia. In 2008 he became „Citizen of Honour“ of Timişoara, and in 2012, The Great Award of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania (UCMR) for 2011.

MUSIC on internet: Exorcisms, Autumn Twilight

 

 

 

Ludovic Bács

The Hungarian-born Romanian conductor, composer, violist and pedagogue, Ludovic Bács, began his musical training in his hometown of Petrila. Initially he studied violin with Joseph Faubich; followed by studies at the high state school of Petrosani. During the school days he played as instrumental in the city’s symphonic band, led by Professor Julius Horáček. Between 1948 and 1951 he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Cluj-Napoca; then, between 1951-1956, he obtained a scholarship to study at the Conservatory of Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Moscow. He also studied in 1948-1949 at the Cluj-Napoca Collge of Philosophy.
In 1957 Ludovic Bács started to work in the Symphonic Orchestra of Romanian Radio, first as a viola player, then as a conductor, and in 1964 was appointed as Artistic Director. From 1958 until his retirement in 1991, he had a continuous work in radio, as conductor and artistic director of Orchestra of Studio Radio Bucharest; from 1990, he is conductor of the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra. In 1966 he founded the music ensemble Musica Rediviva in Bucharest, the first group of performers to render ancient Romanian music. He made many tours in the country and abroad (USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, the GDR, West Berlin, the FRG, Netherlands, Argentina, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Austria) with those orchestras and has made numerous recordings. His repertoire includes musical works from the periods of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Modern and contemporary Romanian and universal. Over his whole career, Ludovic Bács has discovered and exposed a huge amount of ancient Romanian music, which he transcribed, harmonised and orchestrated to bring them before the public. He has given special attention to contemporary Romanian composers and works (Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Ştefan Niculescu, Cornel Ţăranu, Aurel Stroe, Dan Dediu, Cristian Creţu and Christian Muck), performing numerous premieres of Romanian works.

From 1962 to 1968 (or from 1960 to 1966 according to The International Who’s Who 2004) Ludovic Bács was assistant lecturer at the Music Academy in Bucharest, later becoming associate professor in the classes of orchestral conducting, score reading, and chamber music.

Ludovic Bács is a member of the Romanian Composers’ Union. His awards include: Cultural Merit Award, the Medal of Labour, Prize of Theatre Music Association. His works include: orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue (BWV 1080) on record), numerous adaptationd from 15th-18th century music: J.S. Bach, Monteverdi, Backfareg, from Codex Caioini a.o.; Suitá de Musicá Veche 17th-18th century, Variations Sinfoniques e Double Fugue sur un Thème Populaire HongroiseTrois Madrigales pour ChoeurVariations et Fugue sur une Colinde RoumainePotpourrie sur des Colindes. (source)

Vlad Agachi

Romanian conductor Vlad Agachi (b. May 20, 1982) is rapidly emerging as one of the most interesting and talented young conductors of today’s Romanian music scene, with both national and international experience. One of his most remarkable accomplishments was the award of the Seiji Ozawa fellowship at the world-renowned Tanglewood Music Festival in the summer of 2012, where he was working with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Charles Dutoit, Andre Previn, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Stefan Asbury, as well as having concerts with both classical and contemporary repertoire with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and ensembles.

At the beginning of 2013, Vlad Agachi started an internship at Staatsoper Berlin where he had been accepted by Daniel Barenboim, for which he had been awarded a scolarship by the National University of Music in Bucharest. During a three-month period, he had the opportunity of enriching his conducting experience by learning from the great pianist and conductor.

On the national plan, Vlad Agachi was appointed conductor of the Pitesti Philharmonic in 2011. He is also one of the founding members of the promising Notes & Ties orchestra and concert series from his native city, Cluj Napoca.

He obtained his degree in conducting from the National University of Music in Bucharest (first in his class), studying with Dumitru Goia and Petru Andriesei. During his university studies, he received musical training as a conductor from Marek Pijarowsky at the Karol Lipinski Music University in Wroclaw. He continued his studies under the guidance of conductors such as Christian Badea, Yoel Levi and Jorma Panula. Currently, he is enrolled in a Doctorate program at the National University of Music, specializing in Mozart’s Opera with Dan Dediu as advisor.

He received numerous prizes and scholarships, among them being the third prize at the “Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition” (Bucharest, Romania, 2011).

His conducting collaborations include orchestras from Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Satu Mare, Bacau, Oradea and Targoviste, extending his activity in the USA, Israel, Portugal, Poland, Russia and Moldova.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Official website here.