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Interview with cellist Constantin Borodin

Thursday, 11 May 2023 , ora 9.56

Mister Borodin, on Wednesday, May 10th, you will perform in a concert dedicated to Royalty Day, on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum. How did you feel when you were invited to participate at this events?

I have received the invitation from my friend and colleague from the Royal Room, Radu Chisu, who supported me and who was pleasantly surprised by my performance from George Enescu's Competition. Therefore, I gladly accepted his invitation.

You come before the public with Antonin D
voűák's Cello Concerto in B mino op. 104, a work that you've performed during the final stage of George Enescu International Competition-2022, where you received the second prize. What can you tell us about this piece and what kind of feelings do you have towards it?

This concerto is representative in the universal literature for cello and I resonate with it. It is also one of my favorites concertos. I think that it is the best-known piece for cello and it is a masterpiece for cellists. I can personally find myself in this type of music and that's probablybecause it is relatively easy for me to understand it, it is a romantic type of music and somehow, romantic music is more accessible to both music lovers and musicians. We could say that it is even a concerting symphony, because the orchestral arrangement includes grandeur and majesty.

You have benefited from a three-year scholarship from the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation. What impact has this scholarship had on your career

It had a huge impact, as I was also supported with financial aid to purchase my fiddlesticks or strings, and even a cello. Besides that, I have also benefited from mentoring from great artists of Romania, not only musicians but also sculptors, actors, etc.. That was of great help and I want to thank the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation for the support. It meant a lot and gave me confidence and helped me in my career path.

How does the collaboration with conductor Horia Andreescu go? Have you met on the same stage before?

No, I only met him oncein the Sinfonietta Orchestra, several years ago. I am convinced that it will be a successful collaboration and we will all enjoy it, the conductor, orchestra and me, of course.

Interview by Sarah Natsis
Translated by Georgiana Morozii,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu