Performers

devotioModerna

Founded in December 2005 by composer and conductor Carmen Maria Cârneci together with her close collaborater, cellist Dan Cavassi, the devotioModerna ensemble aims to embody the devotion to modern music. Its programs take on various ways of expression: from pure instrumental music to vocal-instrumental, from rigorous works to creations sprinkled with improvisations, from live performances to associating pre-recorded music with different forms of syncretism: elements of instrumental theater, projections of photography, reciting of poetry and also lighting techniques or elements of ambient / scenography, in order to make the listener’s experience more intense. Artistic director Carmen Cârneci has chosen a basic structure of six instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, to which singers – soprano (Yolanda Constantinescu and Mirela Zafiri) or mezzo-soprano (Elvira Sebat), and sometimes a reciter (Adina Popescu) were added.

During its seven years of existence, devotioModerna gathered performers with a solid experience in contemporary music such as Cătălin Opriţoiu – flute, Emil Vişenescu and Cristian Mancaş – clarinets, Natalia Colotelo, Oana Vişenescu and Ioan Marius Lăcraru (guest performer) – violin, Cornelia Petroiu (guest performer) – viola, Dan Cavassi – cello, Andrei Tănăsescu, Manuela Giosa and Mihail Vîrtosu – piano, Alexandru Matei (guest performer) – percussion. Young instrumentalists such as Ana Chifu and Teodora Ducariu – flute, Valentin Ghita – oboe, Constantin Urziceanu – clarinet, Andrei Cavassi – cello, Diana Rotaru and Olga Podobinschi-Tănase – piano, Sorin Rotaru, Rareş Pahonţu and Alexandru Sturzu – percussion, often join the ensemble and thus gain the know-how of the elders.

The devotioModerna ensemble played its debut performance on December 18th, 2005 at the first edition of the International Festival “Days of SNR-SIMC” (since 2006: “MERIDIAN, Days of SNR-SIMC: Romanian National Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music) and has since had the opportunity to perform in all following “Meridian” Festivals, as well as in the annual occurring International Week of New Music – Bucharest. Throughout its history of performance, including the participation at the “George Enescu” International Festival in 2009, the public appreciated the complexity of the repertoire and received the ensemble conducted by Carmen Cârneci with great interest. Some of the devotioModerna concerts took the allure of events, for example six o’clock tea & art – music: a bit of poetry, photos and tea flavours (December 10th, 2008); Echoes – an afternoon concert; A tandem concert: TRAIECT & devotioModerna; Ah, Celan… (May 2012) and recently …SOMA, Sonate….

The main stylistic direction taken on by devotioModerna is performing Romanian modern and contemporary works, some of them as world premiere. In this respect, the ensemble performed works of composers from different generations, starting with Ștefan Niculescu, Myriam Marbé, Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Dan Constantinescu, Theodor Grigoriu – the so called “gold generation” – and continuing with Felicia Donceanu, Dan Voiculescu, Cornel Ţăranu, Cornelia Tăutu, Viorel Munteanu, Octavian Nemescu, Nicolae Brânduş, Fred Popovici, Ulpiu Vlad, Marina Vlad, Adrian Enescu, Doina Rotaru, Maia Ciobanu, Andrei Tănăsescu, Sorin Lerescu, Carmen Cârneci, George Balint, Laura Manolache, Iulia Cibişescu-Duran, Diana Vodă-Nuţeanu, Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea, Nicolae Teodoreanu, and the younger Mihai Măniceanu, Cristian Lolea, Diana Rotaru, Elena Apostol and others. Works by well-known composers from the Romanian diaspora, such as Corneliu Dan Georgescu, Lucian Meţianu, Violeta Dinescu, Liviu Marinescu, Gabriel Iranyi, as well as internationally recognized composers, like Peter Eötvös (Hungary/Germany), Alain Bancquard (France), Jürg Wyttenbach and Jean-Luc Darbellay (Switzerland), Misato Mochizuki (Japon), Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm and Roland Breitenfeld (Germany), Indra Rise (Latvia), Dubravcko Detoni (Croatia), Ivana Stefanovic (Serbia), Ivo Nielsson (Sweden), Younghi Pagh-Paan (Corea/Germany), are to be found in almost every program.

A Composer’s Portrait: Liviu Glodeanu, a memorable concert featured within the project “Arte Novi”, underlined another stylistic direction of devotioModerna, that of rediscovering valuable pieces which have been rarely performed or almost forgotten. For future concerts, devotioModerna is preparing programs linked to themes of meditation, such as “about sleep – dreams – awakening”, “about elements”, “about nature”, “about measures of time”, steadily moving towards becoming an original and appreciated promoter of new classical music in Romania. (Camelia-Anca Sârbu, musicologist)

 

Maria Balabaş

Maria Balabaş is a Romanian artist and journalist. She studied musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest and obtained her Master degree writing about the role music played in the social evolution of the Radio. She is the moderator of 2 broadcasting programs at the National Cultural Radio – Crossover Morning and The Sonorous Generation - and she is member of the EBU Ars Acustica Group and of Propuls Association, that promotes contemporary music. She collaborates with different printed and online magazines such as Dilema Veche, Tataia, liternet.ro, jazz.ro.

Maria is a founding member of the artistic collective Avant’n'Gard, dedicated to improvised music. The group released three albums: Landscape Painted in Tea (bootleg album, 2010), Tinfoil Sun and Untempered Carols (2012) and was invited to participate in festivals such as the International Week of New Music (Bucharest, 2010-2012), Jazz And More (Sibiu, 2011), Bookfest (2012), Astra Film Festival (2012), FanFest (2012), Street Delivery (2010-2011) etc.

As a solo artist, she had a residence in the Sound Delta project (2007), collaborated with ResonanceFM RAdio (London) and participated with a piece on the compilation Framework250. In 2012 she created the graphic score in the project Soundforrest (Viviana Iacob & Dslx, MNAC Anexa, 2012), was invited to participate in Explore Dance Festival with the graphic and sound installation Pasarea care-si musca auzul (“The Bird that Bites its Hearing”) and worked for another sound installation and performance (La Madeleine Sonore) with the French Institute in Bucharest. She also organizes the Sounds That Walk project.

 

Valentin Ghita

The oboist Valentin Ghita is one of the most active musicians of his generation. He was born in Cluj-Napoca – Romania in old tradition musical family. He studied oboe at the G. Dima Academy with Firuța Mesaroș and Aurel Marc, at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Florin Ionoaia and privately in Berlin with Matthias Becker. He also took different master classes with soloists such as: Francois Leleux, David Walter, Dorin Gliga, Tuomas Kaipainen, Emilia Ksánky, Hans Elhorst.

He was awarded five times with the prestigious  First price at national oboe competitions and he participated in some national and international music festivals such as: International Radio Orchestras Festival – Bucharest,  George Enescu International Festival – Bucharest;  Contemporary Music Festival – Masan, South Coreea.

In 2005 he was invited by The Bombay Chamber Orchestra Society as guest professor for the students in Mumbay.

Very active as solist, he played with orchestras such as: Radio Chamber Orchestra – Bucharest, Transilvania State Filarmonic Orchestra, Pitesti Filarmonic Orchestra, Targoviște Filarmonic Orchestra, Napoca Chamber Orchestra, Focșani Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestras of the National University of music in Bucharest and Gh. Dima Academy in Cluj-Napoca.

Since 2009, Valentin is principal oboist of the National Radio Orchestra and  member of the most important Romanian private music groups like: Sonomania and devotioModerna – contemporary music groups, Five Quintet – The National Radio Orchestra woodwind quintet, Camerata Regala  Camerata Lanto Arte and Romanian Youth Orchestra.

 

Costin Soare

Born in Romania in 1978, Costin Soare is one of the most active and committed guitarists of his generation.  He gives solo recitals and chamber music recitals throughout Romania as well as abroad in France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Japan. He also teaches at two of the main music institutions in Bucharest. He works as a full-time teacher at the ‘Dinu Lipatti’ National College of Music, Bucharest and he is associate teacher at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Performance section – 2002-2006, 2008-2009 and present; Chamber Music – 2002-2006).

Costin Soare started playing guitar at the age of 15, graduating from the Brasov Faculty of Music (Transilvania University) with a diploma in Music Performance and Teaching (in the class of Corneliu Voicescu). Soon after, he was awarded a full scholarship for a Master in Music Performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he studied with Phillip Thorne and Allan Neave. During those years, he took part in masterclasses with renowned guitarists like Joaquin Cleerch, David Tanenbaum, Harvey Hope, Carlos Bonnell, Pablo Marquez, Zoran Dukic and Paolo Pegoraro; he won prizes in the National College and University Contests and in Craiova International Competition held in Romania.  His Ph. D. work with the dissertation entitled ‘The Sonata for Guitar in 1920-1950 period – The Neoromantic Generation’ was awarded ‘Magna cum Laudae’ in June 2011, showing his interest in theoretical research.

He is the co-organizer of the Guitar Evenings in Bucharest, a project started in 2008-2009 season of the ACCUMM Foundation series of concerts held in Sutu Palace. So far  the project ran around 10 concerts, either solos or chamber music, involving special guests.

Costin himself performs regularly in two chamber music ensembles: with the flute player Ion Bogdan Stefanescu (since 2008) and with the mezzosoprano Claudia Codreanu (since 2010), covering a repertoire ranging from John Dowland (played on the lute) to contemporary music. He also appears occasionally in other ensembles: guitar duo, violin-guitar duo or guitar with string quartet.  He was a co-director and performer in the play inspired by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s work  for narrator and guitar ‘Platero y yo’, staged in Bucharest, Baia-Mare and Sighisoara by Petru Maier Bianu. His programs can be defined by a thematic concept – such as recitals dedicated to Leo Brouwer, Toru Takemitsu (solo guitar and flute-guitar), ‘A Spanish Evening’ (solo guitar and voice-guitar), ‘Musica Nocturna’ (nocturnals for solo guitar from the 20th century), ‘Italian 100%’ (flute and guitar) – or by the historical approach to the instrument conceived as a live performance of the music from the various eras (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical etc.)

 

 

 

Georgeta Stoleriu

Soprano Georgeta Stoleriu studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Iolanda Marculescu and followed the Weimar International Music Seminars (Hochschule fur Musik Franz Liszt), studying Canto and Stylistics with prof. Lore Fischer – Nell.

She was awarded numerous prizes (the J.S. Bach Prize, Leipzig, the Romanian Music Critics College Prize, the Flacăra magazine prize) and medals (George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti, Haricleea Darclee, Tristan Tzara, the Anniversary Medal of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting company, the Romania Music Channel, the Anniversary Medal of the Cotroceni Museum). She has performed over 1200 times as a soloist with the George Enescu Philharmonic and the two Radio Orchestras in Bucharest, as well as with all the symphonic orchestras in Romania. She has been a permanent collaborator of the Musica Rediviva old music ensemble and she led the chamber music ensemble The Old Music Studio. She recorded over 3500 minutes of music at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company and publishing houses such as Electrecord (Romania), Newport Classic (USA) or Guanako (Germany). She acted in TV films (Susanna’s Secret – Marianti Banu, The Music Lesson – Dan Manoliu). She gave tours with vocal-symphonic concerts and recitals in Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Poland, Bulgaria, Maroc, Greece, SUA, Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Czechia, France, Portugal, Italy, Sweden. She participated in international festivals in Bidgoszcs (Poland), Zadar (Yugoslavia), Sanssouci – Potsdam (GErmany), Bucharest, (Romania), Bremen  (Germany), Milwaukee  (SUA), Santander  (Span), Csezke Budejovice (Czechia), Lisbon (Portugal), Dortmund  (Germany), Brasov  (Romania).

Her repertoire includes medieval and Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary music, as well as many Romanian composers (from Enescu and Jora to Doru Popovici, Carmen Petra-Basacopol, Nicolae Coman, Mihaela Vosganian, Cornel Ţăranu.

She is currently associated professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest, her canto students obtaining over 50 international prizes. She is member in international juries for singing competitions (Prague, Bucharest, Malmö) and she gave numerous masterclasses Milwaukee – USA,  Braşov – Romania, Karlovy Vary – Czsechia, Piatra Neamţ – Romania, Chişinău – the Moldova Republic, Constanţa – Romania. She initiated the annual scholarship “Iolanda Marculescu”.

 

Florilegium Quartet

Florilegium Quartet began its activity in 1995.  Its concerts in Romania, Hungary and Austria, its performances in national and international festivals (the 18th Week of Contemporary Music – Bucharest, 2008; Cluj Modern – 2007; The Days of the International Society for Promoting Contemporary Music – Bucharest, 2006; Musical Craiova – 2006; International Music Festival – Piatra Neamt, 2005), as well as the recordings accomplished throughout these years were well received by the public and the critics.

Press:  about the CD Quattuor at Magistrum – Florilegium String Quartet edited by EMEC Madrid (with music by Spanish contemporary composers), an article in Ritmo magazine stated: “ … exemplary interpretations …”.  In the magazine Cultural Romania (2006) an article praised “the flexibility, the generosity, the attention to the gestures implied by the complex scores … of a rigorous complexity … which also characterizes the personalities of the musicians … of Florilegium …”.  In the publication Monitorul de Neamţ (2005) an article states that “the members of the Florilegium Quartet demonstrated the qualities of high-class instrumentalists.”

Florilegium Quartet is focusing on performing and recording the program “Panoramic XX – XXI”, which is featuring an overview of the valuable chamber music compositions of the most recent decades (especialy  Romanian composers such as Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Myriam Marbe, Dan Constantinescu, Octavian Nemescu, Corneliu Dan Georgescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, Cornel Taranu, Fred Popovici, Calin Ioachimescu, Adrian Iorgulescu,Liviu Danceanu etc.). Four of the Romanian pieces presented to the audience under this generic title in the most recent years (by O. Nemescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, F. Popovici, C. Ioachimescu) constitute the material of the CD “Panoramic XX-XXI  102” produced by the Musical Publishing House in Bucharest (Editura Muzicală) with the support of the Department of Culture and Cults.  This discographic publication illustrates current aesthetical directions in Romanian music: archetypal, spectral, deconstructive. (source)

Florin Croitoru

After his solo debut concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi, Florin Croitoru was acclaimed by the Austrian press as a “Phenomenal soloist” (O.O.Nachrichten - Linz) mastering a “perfect technique” (Neue Kronen Zeitung - Vienna). He has performed in countless recitals and concerts, in numerous countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. He has also won 11 prizes in different international music competitions, including, in 1992, the first prize at the “Fritz Kreisler” International Violin Competition in Vienna, becoming the first and to this day, the only Romanian violinist distinguished with this prestigious award. The teacher credit for the Kreisler award, goes entirely to Prof. Stefan Gheorghiu. To his credit are also many CD recordings, as well as live or recorded broadcasts on various American, Hungarian, Italian, French, Austrian, Japanese, Irish, Icelandic, Swedish, Polish, Norwegian, British and Romanian Radio and TV stations.

Florin received his degree from the Music Academy of Bucharest. His violin professors in Romania, were (in chronological order) : Ionel Nistor, Cristina Ardelean,Mihai Constantinescu, Valeriu Rogacev, Modest Iftinchi and Stefan Gheorghiu. From 1994 until 1995, after establishing himself in the United States, Florin Croitoru worked with Prof. Victor Danchenko.

His repertoire and recordings include most of the Violin Concertos ranging from baroque to contemporary, as well as a few Rare Recital Programs, such as ”Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin“, “Fritz Kreisler – The Complete Works“, “The Virtuoso Violin“, “Florin Croitoru plays own transcriptions and original compositions“…

When not touring internationally, Croitoru also spends time in his native country, due to implementing his Ph.D. research, (concluded in 2003) on a new method of violin teaching. Today, many of his students are laureates of various national and international violin competitions.

Aside from soloing and teaching violin master courses, Florin Croitoru is regularly invited around the world as a jury member of International Music Competitions. Since 1999, he has been teaching at the National Music University in Bucharest.

Official website, here.

 

Horia Maxim

Considered one of the best pianists of his generation, Horia Maxim (b. 19.09.1971) has been an active musician since 1990, addressing a wide repertoire, both as a concert soloist – collaborator of most symphony orchestras of Romania, under the direction of prestigious conductors and as a partner of some important Romanian and international artists in various chamber ensembles. His virtuosity was appreciated also in piano recitals and concerts in major concert halls in Europe and Japan. His solo repertoire includes concerts by Mozart (K. 466 and 488), Beethoven (No. 2,3,5), Brahms (No. 1), Tchaikovsky (No. 1), Grieg, Rachmaninoff (No. 2 and 3) R. Strauss (Burlesque), Ravel (No. 1 and 2), while his chamber programs include a wide variety of works, from Bach and Händel to the most acclaimed contemporary composers.

Award winner of many national and international competitions, Horia Maxim has made many recordings for radio and television, playing, among others, a significant number of works in first audition.

He started his studies and the Bucharest „George Enescu” High-School, under the guidance of Professor Mircea Costache and completed with a Masters degree at the Bucharest National University of Music, having as piano teachers Dan Pavlovich and Delia Grigore. He also attended piano master classes in Romania and abroad.

At the same time with the solo performances, Horia Maxim is a professor at Bucharest National University of Music. As such, he was often invited in the juries of important national and international competitions.

Horia Maxim collaborated with many new music composers and played contemporary music along performers such as Ion Bogdan Stefanescu or Mario Caroli.

Adriana Maier

Pianist Adriana Maier studied at the George Enescu Music Highschool in Bucharest with Mircea Costache and with two great Romanian pianists, Aurora Ienei and Dan Grigore, at the National University of Music in Bucharest. She continued her master studies at the same University, where she also obtained a PhD in 2007. Adriana Maier was awarded prizes at numerous national an international competitions, such as Concertino (Prague, 1998), Ionel Perlea (four edtions), Constantin Silvestri, the EPTA International Congress (Belgrad, 1994), Eduard Flipse (Rotterdam, 1994), the International George Enescu Festival (five editions). The pianist played with philharmonic orchestras from Romania (Brașov, Craiova, Ploiești, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Giurgiu, Bacău, Rm.-Vâlcea, Constanța) and abroad, under conductors such as  Ilarion Ionescu-Galați, Ovidiu Bălan, Gheorghe Costin,Theodor Costin, Paul Popescu, Daisuke Soga, Cem Mansur, Benno Foster, Itay Talgam, etc. She plays solo as well as in chamber ensembles in Romania and abroad (Holland, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Germany, Switzerland, Poland), as well as in numerous Radio and TV broadcasts.

Adriana Maier is currently a lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest (chamber music) and a member of the Profil Ensemble. (source)

 

Maria Cristina Ciurduc

Maria Ciurduc is a graduate of the Ion Geanta Highschool of Arts in Ramnicu Valcea and of the National University of Music in Bucharest. She was awarded different prizes, such as the 3rd price with “Trio Classic” (viola, clarinet and piano) at K. Pendercky contest of contemporany music, 2002 and the  2000 Jury Special Award for the best interpretation of  a contemporary musical piece with “Trio Classic” in first edition of the Aperto contest Bucharest, 2000. She was also awarded other prizes in national music contests between 1996-1999. She collaborates with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, giving concerts and tours in Romania and abroad. Since November 203 she is a permanent collaborator of the  National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, giving concerts and tours outside Romania. She played in numerous concerts with Trio Classic in Bucharest at the Romanian Atheneum, the George Enescu Museum, National University, the Sutu Palace, the Parliament Palace, and outside Bucharest. She is member of the prestigious Florilegium Quartet. (source)