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Summer School for Young Musicians in Sinaia
The 6th edition of the Summer School for Young Musicians takes place in Sinaia between 3rd and 9th August, 2013, organised by the Sinaia City Hall and the 'Friends of Music - Serafim Antropov' Foundation. Cellist Marin Cazacu, the event's artistic director, gives us more details about this year's edition.
'This year is full of surprises. The summer school started in 2008, when the first youth orchestra in Romania was founded - the National Youth Orchestra, it was a year when I achieved much more than I thought I would. And so, two years later, in 2010, we founded the second youth orchestra, with younger musicians, and this year the youngest orchestra in Romania will make their debut. It is true that it is just a chamber orchestra, only made up of strings instruments, but the musicians are between 13 and 16 years old. They're the best in our country. They have never played in an orchestra because they come from cities where an orchestra cannot be founded, such as Buzău, Alba Iulia, beside the large cities which, indeed, have this type of ensemble, too, such as Cluj, Bucharest and Iași. They are extraordinary children who have won international awards and the organisers are happy to offer them the chance to discover great music and, most of all, to play together, because a musician's loveliest experience is to create something with someone else. It is a project that complements their studies in Romania and it gives them the opportunity to collaborate with teachers abroad. It is true they come from Romania, but they have had a similar experience - they studied in our country and then they ended up in great orchestras of the world, such as violinist Liviu Prunaru, a concertmaster in Amsterdam, contrabassist Dorin Marc, violist Cristian Ifrim, violinist Valentina Sviatlovskaya, and myself as cellist. We are training them individually, and then the smaller orchestra - the Junior Orchestra - will be taken over by young conductor Gabriel Bebeșelea, who will lead such a young orchestra for the first time in Romania. He is a violinist by formation and I am certain he will have plenty of things to show and he will know how to prepare this youth orchestra wonderfully.
Then there will be the other two orchestras which are already renowned in Romania - Romanian Sinfonietta Orchestra, conducted by maestro Horia Andreescu, and the Romanian Youth Orchestra, conducted by maestro Cristian Mandeal. These are experiences that have been lived in Sinaia for years; it is a city that has proven to be the most musical during the summer, a city where the things that George Enescu offered his students in the Luminiș Villa and, above all, what he received from the Royal Family used to mean a lot for Romania's music development. And so Sinaia becomes, in a way, the hub for Romania's music education during summer, in August.'
Translated by Irina Borțoi and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest