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Valentin Gheorghiu and Gabriel Croitoru: the Complete Series of Beethoven's 'Piano and Violin Sonatas', the 2nd part, at the Romanian Radio Hall

Thursday, 29 January 2015 , ora 9.24
Two of the greatest Romanian musicians - pianist Valentin Gheorghiu and violinist Gabriel Croitoru - fixed an appointment with… Beethoven, in an extraordinary recital, on the stage of the Romanian Radio Hall!

After the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonatas - 1st part ( Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1, Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10, and Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 ) - event which closed and crowned the 2013/2014 season of the Romanian Radio Hall (27th June, 2014) - the two artists invite you to listen to the second part of this beautiful, musical periplus starting at 19:00, on Wednesday, 4th February. You will have the pleasure of listening to another three of the ten sonatas written by the great composer: the Violin and Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, the Violin and Piano Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op.12 and the Piano and Violin Sonata No.7 in G Major No.2.

Two precious musical instruments will keep company to the maestros who will bring them to life: the new Steinway piano belonging to the Romanian Radio Hall and the Guarneri violin, which once belonged to George Enescu and which is now under the administration of the George Enescu National Museum - it has been used by violinist Gabriel Croitoru since 2008, when he won the possibility to play on it.

The artistic bond between the two musicians is built around a beautiful story about fate in the world of music: Gabriel Croitorul is a brilliant pupil of the great violinist Ștefan Gheorghiu (the pianist's brother).

Valentin Gheorghiu made himself remarked as an exceptional Romanian pianist and composer, by collaborating with important names in the music life, accompanied by whom he performed in Austria, France, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Spain, Japan, etc. In addition to an exceptional soloistic activity, marked by recitals and concerts, Valentin Gheorghiu dedicates himself to the interpretation of chamber music as well. He has recorded countless of albums, many of which were edited by recording labels from his country and from abroad.

He has been distinguished with countless awards, which he won in international competitions dedicated to the playing of the piano and he is on the jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the International Chopin Piano Competition, the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, the International Beethoven Piano Competition, the Robert Schumann International Competition for Pianists and Singers and the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. With the passage of time, Valentin Gheorghiu received the First Enescu Mention in 1946, he was distinguished as an Honorable Member of the Romanian Academy in 1946 and both the National University of MusicBucharest and the George Enescu University of Arts of Iași bestowed the Doctor Honoris Causa title to him.

Gabriel Croitoru, who is a soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs, has over a thousand of stage appearances. He performed as a soloist alongside important world orchestras, such as: London Royal Philharmonic, the Queen Sofía Chamber Orchestra, the symphonic orchestras of Monte Carlo, Thessalonica, Málaga, Seville, Cannes, Lyon, etc. He was applauded during the recitals he performed in in France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Italy, China and the USA. Starting with 2011, he performed in several important national tours, which he named 'The Duel of Violins' (alongside Liviu Prunaru and Horia Mihail) and 'Enescu's Violin in the Villages' (alongside Horia Mihail).

On 22nd January, 2015, Gabriel Croitoru was applauded alongside violinist Liviu Prunaru and pianist Horia Mihail at the end of an extraordinary recital, which took place in London, as part of the ample series of events dedicated to George Enescu, as a commemoration of sixteen years since the death of the composers, events which were organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.

The concert can be listened live on all frequencies of Radio Romania Culture and Radio Romania Music and in streaming live on the Internet on www.radiorormaniacultural.ro and www.romania-muzical.ro.

Tickets are available online on www.bilete.ro, or you may purchase tickets at all offices of the Romanian Post Company, in the Inmedio Shops bearing the Bilete.ro logo, in the Germanos Shops and at the Romanian Radio Hall Box Office.

For further details about the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs please visit the following web pages: www.orchestreradio.ro and www.orchestreradio.com.

Translated by Izabela - Elvira Vațe and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest