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Tuesday Night Season - 4th June, 2013
Sorina Maria Georgescu, lecturer at the 'Gheorghe Dima' Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, is familiar with the repertoire for wind instruments, as well as with the esteemed trumpet player:
'Dima Cernei was a student of mine, perhaps one of the most hard-working and determined students I have had in Cluj, in the trumpet class; he was a very good, dutiful boy, who I haven't played with for years, as he was abroad for a while and then he moved to Bucharest. He asked me to collaborate with him and I was very pleased, because we haven't played here before, and aside from that it is a nice way to be on stage again, because I am the accompanying pianist at the 'Gheorghe Dima' International Music Competition in Cluj, which is organized for oboe and trumpet this year, and we are preparing for it. It was a way to practice, a way of going through the score that helped him and me both, with a few faults that tend to occur, I think, when you are in front of an audience that is very close to you physically.'
A virtuoso trumpet player who has chiseled his interpretive art in mastery classes in Romania and abroad, Dima Cernei is now an instrumental soloist at the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest.
Nervous to appear for the first time on stage in the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, Dima Cernei declared:
'I was very nervous, considering it is my first solo performance in front of the audience in Bucharest. I was very nervous, but my stage fright faded away as I was playing and I just let the music flow… The repertoire I played is something that characterizes me, my schoolmates used to tell me I liked to play fast and hard…, well, I did play fast, but I also managed to moderate the intensity. I have been preparing this repertoire for an international competition in Cluj and I also bore in mind the list of required compositions, so it was an imposed choice, somehow…'
With his technical skill, as well as the rigorous preparation of the repertoire, trumpet player Dima Cernei charmed the audience that rewarded him with well-deserved applause, making him return on stage several times.
Translated by Irina Borțoi and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest