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The Tuesday Evening Season - 19th February, 2013
A student of the University of Music of Bucharest, at both the flute and orchestral conducting departments, Ștefan Diaconu has been a permanent collaborator of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic since February, 2012. Born on the Moldavian realms, in Iași, where he grew fond of the flute and acquired his first musical knowledge, Ștefan Diaconu benefited from an Erasmus scholarship in the period October 2011 - February 2012, having the opportunity to study the flute at the "Fryderyk Chopin" University of Music in Warsaw. During the recital held together with the pianist Verona Maier, he focused on modern and contemporary compositions, including three sonatas by Sigismund Toduță, Robert Muczynski and Mike Mower. The performance was extremely enthusiastic, as well as the following remarks:
"A programme wisely prepared by a young artist of whom you'll certainly hear again. He opted for works that are extremely difficult to approach, complicated from both a musical and an instrumental point of view. I believe that Sigismund Toduță's Sonata, which is Ștefan Diaconu's favourite, Robert Muczynski's Sonata and Mike Mower's Sonata Latino have put together an extremely varied and energetic programme." (Verona Maier)
"The programme tonight was intended to be diverse, consisting exclusively of various kinds of sonatas. I've included a Romanian composition - a sonata by Toduță, which brings together the Romanian folklore and Bach's rigorous counterpoint, a sonata composed by the American Muczynski, inspired from the American folklore - a different, freer type of jazz, with all sorts of inflexions and improvisations. I'm glad that I've held this recital, with a numerous audience... I've felt really well." (Ștefan Diaconu)
With three different sonatas, performed in a rich vocal timbre - warm, intonationally accurate and expressive altogether - the flutist Ștefan Diaconu and the pianist Verona Maier have impressed the audience in the Little Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, getting well-deserved applauses."
Translated by Elena - Mădălina Marin and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC - Bucharest University