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London... Paris... New York... could they possibly be on a single concert stage, at the same time? Yes, this happened on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum's Small Hall, on the evening of June 22nd 2010, thanks to the three brothers from Cluj, reunited on a recital by the enthusiastic Marin Cazacu… We are talking about the three young musicians: Lucia Marica- violin, Mihai Marica- cello and Angela Marica- piano, who are currently studying in these three cities. The recital was made of Sonata op. 105 for violin and piano composed by Robert Schuman, Variations on a theme by Rossini for cello and piano composed by Bohuslav Martinu, The Quiet Forest for cello and piano composed by Antonin Dvorák and Trio in minor G composed by Berdrich Smetana.
Lucia Marica started studying violin when she was seven years old, guided by professor Adrian Tarta. She has been working with professor Adrian Cardan, since she was ten years old, at the Sigismund Toduțăn High School in Cluj. She won various national and international prizes. In 2004, she was offered a full scholarship by the Music Academy in London where she studied with professor Remus Azoiței for four years, being totally supported by the Rațiu Foundation. At present , she is enrolled in the MA programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, guided by professor Jacqueline Ross.
Mihai Marica started studying cello when he was seven years old at the Sigismund Toduță Music High School in Cluj- Napoca, with professor Gabriela Todor. At the same time, he had the chance to develop himself under the guidance of maestro Martin Cazacu. At the age of eighteen, he became professor's Aldo Prisot student at the Music School from Yale University, where he got his MA and Artist Diploma. He won numerous international prizes, as well as a scholarship offered by the Charlotte White's Salon of Virtuosi Foundation in New York.
Angela Marica started studying piano at the age of seven, with Monica Noveanu at the Sigismund Toduță Music High School. In 2002 and 2005, pianist Angela Marica participated in the virtuosity classes of professor Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, and in 2006 she received a Bruno-Meindl scholarship. In 2007 she became a member of professor's Ramzi Yassa class at Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris by means of a full Zalesky scholarship. At present, she is professor's Claudine Mellon student at the Conservatory in Genevilliers and, at the same time, she is studying accompaniment with professor Arianne Jacob at the National Conservatory in Paris.
Marica brothers started singing together at an early age. The three of them were invited to perform at the Cluj Musical Autumn Festival, at the Festival in Arcuș, at the musical evening of the late Iosif Sava, and in 2002, they performed Beethoven's triad with the Transylvanian Harmonium.
The recital that took place on the evening of June 22nd was an exceptional one. The young artists showed in their interpretation, passion, sensitivity and refinement at the highest level. The remarkably technique of the three artists impressed the audience. The tone and the declamation, but also the care for each musical note were literary breathtaking for the public to such an extent that, after each work, but especially at the end of the recital, the public burst suddenly into applause and it took some time till those diminished. Maestro Marin Cazacu, who made a short presentation of the three artists, promised that, on the next season we are going to listen to the four Marica brothers, because in their family there is another little violinist.
There are rare the concerts that could be talked about in the superlative. The recital that The Marica Trio gave at the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum is one of them…
Translated by Loredana Matei and Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University