Performers

Trio Aperto

Trio APERTO was founded in 1990 by Dolores Chelariu – piano, harpsichord, organ; Ladislau Csendes – violin, viola, viola d’amore and  Dan Avramovici – clarinets, saxophones. The ensemble participated in international festivals and toured in Germany , Italy , Spain , Poland , Hungary , Yugoslavia , Egypt, while  opening gates to Romanian contemporary music. The enthusiast press reviews favoured the development of the ensemble’s career.
Since 1994, APERTO has also performed in enlarged formulas as a quartet, quintet and chamber orchestra. Their repertoire includes works by renowned contemporary composers – Joji Yuasa, Gyorgy Kurtag, Francis Burt, Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Aurel Stroe, Stefan Niculescu, Doina Rotaru – all composer who directly collaborated with the ensemble.

Official website, here.

Hyperion

The Hyperion Ensemble was founded in 1976 by the composer Iancu Dumitrescu. As a starting point, Hyperion explored possible connections between the most archaic Romanian music – Byzantine music, folk music collected by Bartok, etc. – and today’s avant-garde music. Over decades of work the group evolved a playing tradition which allowed it to change players whilst remaining fundamentally intact. It is a tradition of performance, of interpreting each new score as a provocation of the spirit, and a quest for new domains of sound. Aesthetically, at the heart of this work is the notion of spectrality as it developed in the work of Dumitrescu, Avram and other Romanian composers – that is: a specifically transformational spectrality, as opposed to the structural spectrality of the French Itinéraire group.

Hyperion has performed all over Europe – Vienna, Paris, London, Lisbon, Nice, Allicante, Vitoria, Lerida, Rotterdam, Peruggia, Utrecht, Rome, Chartres, Orleans, Nancy, Belgrade, and recorded numerous LPs and over 20 compact discs.

Have been active members: Cornelia Petroiu (viola), Ion Ghita (double bass), Victor Arsene (trombone), Andrei Kivu (cello), Luminita Fara (percussion), Ioan-Maius Lacracru (violin), Radu Clipa (trombone ), Emil Visenescu (clarinet), Petru Teodorescu (piano), Lucian Fara (violin) Fernando Grillo (percussion) plus other guests including Chris Cutler.

Wikipedia page, here.

SeduCânt

SeduCânt is a syncretic group whose experimental endeavours started in 2010. Its members aim at changing the general perception on contemporary art, particularly on art music, through various multimedia projects that mix audio, video and choreographic elements. SeduCânt promotes a modern type of performer, who uses all the expressive means in reach, be it instrument, body movement, voice, or facial gesture – an already well-established standard on the international music scene. The interdisciplinary approach also applies to the actual genesis of the projects, as all ideas are discussed and developed by all members of the group.

SeduCânt has participated in a number of contemporary music festivals: Meridian (Bucharest, December 2010), SIMN (Bucharest, 2011- 2012), Cluj Modern (Cluj-Napoca, 2011), JazzAndMore (Sibiu, 2011), InnerSound International New Music Festival (Bucharest, 2012). The group has already established itself as an active and appreciated promoter of contemporary arts in Romania. The group members are: Ana Chifu (flute/dance), Maria Chifu (bassoon/dance), Lucian Martin (choreography/dancer), Diana Rotaru (composer), Mihai Cucu (video art). Shows: “Onde, Ondine” (2010), “Icarynth” (2011), “SerpenS” (2012), “Sonic Woods” (work in progress, 2013).

Official website, here. Facebook page, here.

Inter-Art

INTER-ART International Contemporary Music and Dance Group brings to the Romanian contemporary art scene a unique initiative of integrating live performance of new music and original choreography, featuring artistic personalities from Romania and abroad. The Inter-Art group brings to the Romanian contemporary art scene, a unique initiative of mixing live performances of new music with original choreographic creations. ARFA (Romanian Association of Women In Art) is the main producer and promoter. Its goal is to present a special dynamics of the performance, conceived as a miraculous travel between different cultures. The use of some ethnic instruments enriches the multicultural dialogue, offering to the composers, new possibilities and new ideas.

Created through the initiative of composer Mihaela Stanculescu-Vosganian and choreographer Liliana Iorgulescu, INTER-ART has a flexible formula which can includes a variable number of participants (instrumental and vocal soloists, dancers, composers, visual artists) according to the type of project undertaken. INTER-ART presents each different project as a countinous performance, alternating instrumental theatre pieces with dance episodes to live or recorded music, sometimes using electronic effects and or video projection, the whole conceived as a miraculous travel between cultures.

The group founding members are Mihaela Stanculescu-Vosganian (composer), Liliana Iorgulescu (dancer), Emil Sein (clarinetes/saxophones) and Barrie Webb (trombone); regular collaborators are Irinel Anghel, Andrei Kivu (performers) and Vlad Iachim, Razvan Mazilu, Andreea Duta (dancers).

Official websites, here and here.

 

Alexandru Anastasiu

Talent, technique and discipline helped percussionist Alexandru Anastasiu find his professional route. He played in various symphonic orchestras, chamber music groups, he was member of the GAME percussion ensemble.  Along with GAME, he won the Soros Prize in 1998. As a soloist, he performed very appreciated concerts, both by the audience and the critics.

Alexandru developped a special passion for the vibraphone which led him to dedicate more time studying this particular instrument. In 1999 he reached the semifinale in the International Vibraphone Competition from Clermont-Ferrand. Two years later (2001) he won the Yamaha Scholarship for percussion.

Alexandru was employed by Giurgiu Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Opera Orchestra from Bucharest and he collaborated with the Radio Chamber Orchestra. He is currently member of the National Radio Orchestra Bucharest, participating in four editions of the George Enescu International Festival. His professional training and capacity to understand music were only two of the reason he was invited to jury important competitions (The National Percussion Competition, Bucharest, 2003, Mihail Jora Competition, Bucharest, 2001).

Alexandru Anastasiu graduated in 2000 and has a Master in Music Performance (2002) at the National Music University from Bucharest in 2000. His achievements place him as the best in his generation. He shared his musical knowledge with the younger students while working as a teaching assistant at the same University where he graduated.

Alexandru also plays with well known jazz bands such as Marius Popp Band, Nicolas Simion and The Wild Dogs, Andrea Pauta Band, Pedro Negrescu, performing in National Festivals and other jazz events.  Alexandru improved his technique and musical knowledge by attending master classes with Bogdan Bacanu and Peter Sadlo in Mozarteum University, Salzburg (2006). Starting with 2007 Alexandru is a PhD student at the University of Music Bucharest.

Even from his university years, Alexandru Anastasiu has been involved in different projects  - mainly musical, but also syncretic,  bringing music, theater and dance together.

Official website, here.

 

Sanda Crăciun-Popa

Sanda Crăciun-Popa studied viola with Jeanine Costescu in highschool, then with Valeriu Pituac at the National University of Music in Bucharest. His father, Petre Crăciun, a renowned conductor and conducting teacher, opens up new perspectives on her regarding music performing and music aesthetics. Since 1973, she is member of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, having the privilege of playing in the series of concerts held by Sergiu Celibidache – a profound infuence on her. She is one of the founders and solo viola of the Quodlibet Musicum Chamber Orchestra, together with Aurelian-Octav Popa (1977). In 1980 she founded the old music ensemble Consortium Violae – with this ensemble she gave numeroud concerts, made numerous Radio and TV recordings, as well as several LPs published by Electrecord: Wonders of the Baroque, Dowland-Palestrina, The Recaptured Time (written by Myriam Marbe especially for her and for Consortium Violae).

Together with Aurelian – Octav Popa, soloist and conductor of the Constanţa Symphonic Orchestra, Sanda Crăciun-Popa played as soloist in a great tour in Germany. With this occasion, they formed an extremely appreciated duo, for which many Romanian composers have wrote works. Their first CD, Romania Today (Sonoton-München) was very successful, being republished several times and chosen as one of the best CDs of the year 1997 by DRS Switzerland. More CDs followed: Magic Musical Moments, Reversing fields, Musique des Spheres, recordings on composer profile CDs (Dan Dediu, Violeta Dinescu, Sabin Păutza). The duo is permanently invited to take part in large art exhibitions.

Sanda Crăciun-Popa teached viola as an associate professor at the Ovidius University in Constanta and at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Her repertoire covers all styles from Renaissance to contemporary music, including works written especially for her or her own viola arrangements. Since 2009 she has a PhD in Music, with the dissertation The Viola between Tradition and Inovation.

Duo with Aurelian-Octav Popa

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.

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.

 

 

 

Veronica Anuşca

Born in Piatra Neamț (Romania) on the 21st of April 1985, Veronica Anușca started studying music at the “Victor Brauner” Art High School when she was 12. After one year of guitar practice, she transferred to the cello section where she spent the next three years. It was after finishing the 8th grade that she decided to follow what she now knew was her true calling: singing. Oddly enough, the one who helped her realize and decide her true passion was not one of her instrument teachers nor the singing teacher. It was her Musical Theory teacher, Mr. Ionel Ceobanu that pointed her in the right direction.
In 2004 she was accepted at the National University of Music Bucharest which she graduated in 2009. She went on to successfully follow the N.U.M.B. Master program which she finished in June 2011. All her university studies have taken place under the guidance of her singing teacher, Ph.D. Ionel Voineag and his assistant, Ph.D. Andreiana Roșca Geamănă.
Since deciding to study singing, Veronica Anuşca has attended numerous Masterclass both in Romania and abroad, working with world renowned musicians such as Mariana Nicolesco, Christian Badea, Marina Krilovici, Adrian Butterfield, Elena Botez, Georg Beckmann, Ionel Pantea, Claudio Desderi, etc.
Starting with 2003 Veronica Anuşca has also been a laureate of many national and international music competitions: „Emanuel Elenescu” National Competition, Piatra Neamt (First Prize – 2003), Gala of Young Talents, Arcus (Special Award – 2006), “Mihail Jora” National Singing Competition, Bucharest (“Uniunea Armenilor” Special Award – 2006), “Mihail Jora” National Singing Competition, Bucharest (“Ludovic Spiess” Special Award – 2008), Orange Awards for young musicians finals, Bucharest (Special Award for the most interesting repertoire – 2009), “Hariclea Darcleé” International Competition, Braila (2nd Prize – 2010), “Ion Dacian Trophy” National Competition, Bucharest (Special Prize awarded by the “Ion Dacian” National Operetta Theatre – 2010), “Paul Constantinescu” National Competition, Ploiesti (Grand Prize – 2010), “Mihail Jora” National Singing Competition, Bucharest (First Prize and Special Award – 2011), “Maeştrii Artei Lirice – George Ştefănescu Goangă” International Singing Competition, Bucharest (First Prize and Special Award, including two leading roles in the Bucharest National Opera House’s next season program – 2011), “Sabin Dragoi” International Competition, Timisoara (Grand Prize – 2011), “Romanian Lied Festival” Brasov (First Prize – 2011).
Veronica Anuşca has performed on many of the country’s most prestigious stages such as the Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest), the National Radio Hall (Bucharest), the National Opera House (Bucharest), the Cantacusino Palace (Bucharest), the National Bank of Romania’s Marble Hall (Bucharest), the Hungarian Opera House (Cluj-Napoca), the “Ion Dumitrescu” Philharmonic (Râmnicu-Vâlcea), the “Ionel Perlea” UNESCO Cultural Centre Concert Hall (Slobozia) and at the Gdansk Conservatory Concert Hall (Gdansk – Poland).
Her repertoire includes varied genres of vocal music, from lied to aria, to oratorio and opera. As a lied singer she has successfully performed in various recitals including baroque, classical, romantic, modern and contemporary music. Her flexibility and open-mindedness allows her to be at the same time the soloist for the St. Josef Catholic Cathedral (Bucharest) and one of the most sought-after contemporary music singer thus switching between styles without pause or fault. She has also performed in aria concerts and oratorios accompanied by some of the most renowned orchestras in Romania: Messe Nelson (J. Haydn) at the “George Enescu” Concert Hall, Bucharest, with the National University of Music Orchestra, conductor Leonard Boga; La Ressurezione (G.F.Haendel), Angelo, at the “George Enescu” Concert Hall, Bucharest, with the Baroque Orchestra of the National University of Music, conductor Adrian Butterfield; Opera Concert with the “Ion Dumitrescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, Râmnicu-Vâlcea, conductor Alexandru Geamana; Opera Concert in the Bucharest Radio Hall with the National Radio Orchestra, conductor Adrian Prabava; Opera Concert with the Gdansk Conservatory Orchestra in Gdansk (Poland), conductor Claudio Desderi, etc.
Veronica Anuşca has been highly acclaimed for her interpretation when performing in some of the many roles in her repertoire. Her more recent appearances include Adina from „L’Elisir d’Amore” (G. Donizetti), Norina from „Don Pasquale” (G. Donizetti), Rosina from „Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (G. Rossini) and Susanna from „Le Nozze di Figaro” (W.A. Mozart). In 2011, Veronica Anuşca has performed several times already on the National Opera House’s stage in G. Donizetti’s Rita (in the role of Rita), G.F. Haendel’s Alcina (in the role of Morgana) and J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (in the role of Adele). Needless to say, all performances have been highly prized by both audience and musical critique.
In light of her evolution so far and despite her youth, Veronica Anuşca is widely regarded as an already accomplished soprano with a wide repertoire in a variety of genres and styles. This ability to approach different if not opposite types of music demonstrates intelligence, musical knowledge and a deep passion for singing as well as a voice with limitless possibilities.

Ladislau Csendes

Ladislau Csendes (b.1964) graduated the National University of Music Bucharest, as violinist and obtained a doctor’s degree in musicology (Theory of musical interpretation). He attended master classes in musical analysis with G.Ligeti (Szombathely1990) and violin with A.Gertler (Bruxelles1981, 1983) and P.Csaba (Paris1990).

Invited to perform in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Moldavia, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and also in important international festivals: Wien Modern(2003), George Enescu (2003), Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland) 2002, Haydn Festival, Radio Bucharest (Romania) 2001, Appenzeller Winter, St. Gallen (Switzerland) 2000, Bach non stop, Radio Bucharest (Romania) 2000, World Music Days, Bucharest (Romania) 1999, Silezian Contemporary Music Festival, Katovice (Poland) 1998, Tage für Neue Music Darmstadt (Germany) 1996, International New Music Week, Bucharest (Romania) 1995-2006, Bemus, Belgrade (Yougoslavia)  1994, Concerti per l’Europa, Venice (Italy) 1992.

As soloist of G. Enescu Philarmonic, of Virtuozii from Bucharest, of Romanian Radio Orchestras a.o., he collaborated with famous romanian conductors as Horia Andreescu, Ludovic Bács, Sergiu Comissiona, Corneliu Dumbrăveanu, Ilarion Ionescu-Galaţi, Emil Simon. He created an impressive number of Romanian world premiers – such as Caprices et Ragas for violin and orchestra, by Aurel Stroe(1997) and Malinconia furiosa for viola and orchestra by Anatol Vieru (2003). His discography includes chamber and concertant works for violin, viola, viola d’amore from different historical periods and cultural areas: early music as well as contemporary music.

Raluca Stratulat

Violinist Raluca Stratulat was born in Bucharest in 1980. She graduated the National University of Music Bucharest, then she attended Master Classes with Gerhard Hamann, Alexandru Gavrilovici, Şerban Lupu, Monte Belknap, Ladislau Csendes, Wolfgang Klos. She colaborated with orchestras such as Orchestra Internazionale Giovanile da Camera, Philharmonie Junge Donau and the George Enescu National Philharmonic Orchestra. She participated in various music festivals, including the Dinu Lipatti Music Festival, Young People and The Music Festival, Shumsky Musicfest, International New Music Week (Bucharest 2012), Baroque Week (Bucharest 2012). As a violonist, she won several national and international awards.
She performed in concerts and recitals in Romania, Greece, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy and The United States of America. She currently teaches chamber music at the George Enescu National College in Bucharest since 2005. One of the most appreciated new music performers and promoters in Romania, Raluca Stratulat is also a member of the SonoMania ensemble.