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The Tuesday Night Season at the Romanian Athenaeum

Wednesday, 3 November 2010 , ora 10.24
On the evening of November 2nd, 2010, an instrumental recital delivered by the young violinist Alexandru Malaimare and by pianist Verona Maier took place at the Small Hall from the Romanian Athenaeum. The guests were: Dumitru Porcescu - violin, Calin Vasile  - viola and Lucian Nicolescu - violoncello. The programme comprised: Sonata no. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 12 for piano and violin by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata no. 1 for piano and violin in G Major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms and Joseph Haydn's Quartet no. 5 in F Major, Op. 3.

In the first part of the recital, violinist Alexandru Malaimare proved interest and earnestness during the presentation of the two sonatas, being led, carefully and skillfully by the exceptional pianist Verona Maier. Of course, these two qualities are not sufficient for a young musician to attract the public's attention. Foremost, talent, passion and sustained work are required in order to make this wonderful instrument - the violin - vibrate in his hand…

Without doubt, the young violinist Alexandru Malaimare understood all these requirements, managing to overcome the technical difficulties of the musical scores. What's more, his innate sensitivity helped him achieve, in a natural way, lyrical moments of great beauty, such as the Andante cantabile from Haydn's Quartet, performed in the second part of the evening. Of course, there were also a few slips during his performance of Haydn's musical score, but we deemed them to have been caused by his nervousness, and, perhaps, by an insufficient homogeneity.

In spite of this fact, the evening of November 2nd at the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum concluded in the frantic applauses of those who had the opportunity to enjoy the talent of some young musicians, of whom we will, undoubtedly, hear more.

Being born and brought up in an artistic environment, Ion Alexandru Malaimare discovered his talent through his contact with the violin. In 2008, he graduated from the "George Enescu" Music High School, in the class of professor Alina Ghiugan, and since 2004, he has enjoyed the guidance of master Stefan Gheorghiu. He was a laureate of numerous musical interpretation contests, both national and international, and has held recitals both in Bucharest and around the country.

He has had mastery courses with the Belcea Quartet, Alexandru Tomescu, Monte Belknap, Eugen Sârbu.

Pianist Verona Maier teaches at the National University of Music Bucharest, at the Chamber Music Department, and in 2006 she has gained the title of Doctor of Music. She became known through the high amount of concerts and recitals held both in the country and abroad, as well as through her participation in numerous national and international festivals. In 2004, she was awarded, by the Romanian Presidency, with the Order of Cultural Merit, class 1.

Adriana Nitu
Translated by Madalina-Ioana Borcau and Elena Daniela Radu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University