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Interview with the pianist Ștefan Doniga

Monday, 20 January 2020 , ora 11.09

As part of the "All for Romania" project, with the occasion of the National Culture Day, the pianist Ștefan Doniga and the violinist Diana Jipa propose a series of chamber recitals. The last of these events will take place starting at 7 PM, hosted by the "George Enescu" National Museum. We'll learn more details regarding the entire project from Ștefan Doniga himself.

How did "All for Romania" get started and what was its prime idea?

Although the name of the project might suggest a slightly populist, pseudo-militant view to some, its content belongs entirely and very concretely to this brand that we've created. The project starts from the need to gather and present diverse artistic productions under the same title; not only musical productions, signed by Romanian authors or by those assimilated into the Romanian culture, people of diverse provenance. We sought to celebrate this National Culture Day not just by means of Romanian art or spirituality only. We intended to represent current, ultra-necessary values. This way, we reached the idea of mutual appreciation, acceptance, respect and recognition of diversity, cooperation, tolerance - all essential for educating the modern human. Through this kind of programme, so manifold yet so easily accessible, we found we are properly emphasizing both the Romanian culture and its educational and formative role.

There will be 10 national events, in collaboration with 18 partners, from Bucharest and abroad, and they will be dedicated - with only one exception - to young people, especially to public institution students and art students.The project also marks a premiere. By this means, we will introduce the first national online network, through which the afore mentioned institutions can communicate. It's a platform we've named "All for Romania", where these institutions and their representatives can communicate, share experiences, see what the others undertake - freely and directly, turning everything not into a competition, but rather into a collaboration. Or, let's say, into a nationally beneficial competition. The project is created, proposed and obtained by this cultural trio that I am part of, together with the violinist Diana Jipa and the composer and conductor VladRăzvanBaciu.

With the occasion of the National Culture Day, you have prepared with the violinist Diana Jipa, a series of recitals in Bucharest, that closes with an even at the "George Enescu" National Museum. What was the reason behind this musical marathon?

The same reason. We wish to represent these values that we found necessary to share on the National Culture Day. That is, along with these events held throughout the country by the pupils of our partner schools in Brăila, Focșani, Galați, Giurgiu and Zalău, tomorrow I willperform this true "marathon" together with Diana Jipa, consisting in three recitals, for three secondary schools - numbers 1, 3 and 5 - all music schools. The evening will close with an extensive musical and poetry recital, held in the Auditorium of the Cantacuzino Palace, where we'll be honoured to have actress Irina Movilă. The event starts at 7 PM and the access is free.

Interview by Petre Fugaciu
Translated by Manea Eleonora, Universitatea București,
Facultatea de Limbi și Literaturi Străine, MTTLC, anul I