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Scheherazade by Rimski-Korsakov at the Radio Hall

Thursday, 15 February 2018 , ora 11.33

Friday, February 16th, starting at 19.00, the Radio National Orchestra invites you to a world of fairy-tale sonorities in the symphonic suite Scheherazade by Rimski-Korsakov, a work that is featured in the second part of the concert at the Radio Hall. In the first part, the orchestra will perform the Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra, op. 14, by A. Dvoűák. The orchestra will be led by German conductor Justus Frantz, a prominent personality of contemporary music, appreciated for both his artistic vision and his special attention towards promoting young musicians.

The soloist invited during the first part, performing the Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra by Dvoűák, will be cellist Răzvan Suma, a very active musician, main figure of the Vă place ...? tours (Do you like… ?) that in recent years have won the hearts of the audience in Romanian concert halls.

Soloist for the
Scheherazade suite by Rimski-Korsakov will be violinist Adrian Florescu, first violinist of the Radio National Orchestra.

The concert can be heard live on all Radio Romania Cultural and Radio Romania Music frequencies in the country and on live streaming on the Internet at www.radioromaniacultural.ro and www.romania-muzical.ro.

Tickets and subscriptions for the events of the Radio Orchestras and Choirs can be purchased online through
www.bilete.ro. They can also be purchased at the Radio Hall ticket office and are available at the Romanian Post offices marked Bilete.ro, as well as in the Germanos and Inmedio stores marked Bilete.ro.

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Justus Frantz

Justus Frantz is a complex musician who has dedicated his full creative attention to music and is one of the most prominent personalities of the contemporary artistic life. He is also an unwavering promoter of the young generations of musicians. During the project Philharmonic of the Nations he has supported many young artists, whose artistic careers have crystalized through the help offered by maestro Justus Frantz as well. He has invited artists such as Midori, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin or Evgeny Kissin to take part in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. He was also the one to discover soprano Anna Netrebko's talent early on and invited her to perform Susanna from Mozart's Magic Flute at Saint Petersburg.

Justus Frantz's artistic career started in 1967, when he won the famous ARD competition. He took part in masterclasses held by Professor Wilhelm Kempff, and when he was 23 he became the youngest musician to ever be awarded a grant by the German National Academy Foundation.

Looking with admiration and inspiration to Herbert von Karajan or Leonard Bernstein, maestro Justus Frantz has continuously supported young musicians by creating the Philharmonic of the Nations in 1995, where he has been main conductor and musical director to this day.

By capitalizing on the potential of classical music from the desire to make the art of music known and accessible to everyone who would like to enjoy listening to interesting artistic programmes in concert halls, Justus Frantz created the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in 1986. For his extraordinary cultural merits, maestro Justus Frantz was awarded various prizes, distinctions, he was a Special Correspondent representing the United Nations' Commissariat for Refugees and was given the Grand Cross distinction.

Recognized as a conductor of special refinement, Justus Frantz is the guest of famous orchestras or cultural institutions from around the world, such as: the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, the Great Symphonic Orchestra in Moscow, the philharmonic orchestras in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Georgia Chamber Orchestra.

Răzvan Suma

Răzvan Suma is one of the most active young Romanian musicians, with a vast repertoire presented in hundreds of recitals and concerts performed worldwide. He plays on the stages of prestigious international festivals. Apart from his concerts in Romania, he often plays with Spanish pianist Josu Okiñena. The two of them have performed in concert in halls such as the Auditoria Nacional de Madrid, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aries, the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisboa, the Kursall in San Sebastian or the Casa de Musica in Porto.

"Cellist Răzvan Suma has fascinated the audience through his talent, sensibility and intelligence." - this is how the famous German publication Das Orchester characterized the young Romanian cellist.

Răzvan started and organized national tours from 2012. The series of projects Vă place Bach?, Vă place Brahms?, Vă place tango? and Vă place Sschu...? have placed Răzvan among the most active Romanian cellists. To this we can add the tours Spanish Evening and British Evening and the tours of the ArgEnTango group - Piazzolla, o poveste autentică (Piazzolla, a true story) and Tango la Cetate (Tango at the Fortress).

He has collaborated with important names of the international classical music, such as Maxim Vengerov, the Borromeo Quartet, the Voces Quartet, Silvia Marcovici, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Christian Badea and Misha Katz.

In 2009, Răzvan Suma became soloist of the Radio Orchestras and Choirs. As associated professor at the Bucharest University of Music, he has had an intense teaching activity. He is invited to give masterclasses in Spain, Argentina, Korea. In Romania, the masterclass Muzica la Altitudine (Music with an Altitude), organized alongside violinist Ștefan Horvath, has become a point of reference.

From 2006 to the present day, Răzvan Suma has been on six tours as a trio - the Romanian Piano Trio or the Trio Strad, alongside Alexandru Tomescu, Horia Mihail, and Toma Popovici. He is also a part of the cello quartet Cellissimo, alongside Marin Cazacu, Alexandra Guțu and Octavian Lup, with performances on stages in Italy, Portugal, Macao and Morocco.

Apart from his constant presence in the field of classical music, Răzvan Suma has also taken part in less conventional projects, aimed at a younger audience who is open to innovation and to a mix between musical genres. His most recent project of this nature is his collaboration with the rock band Vița de Vie in April 2013, when one of the songs of the album Acustic was recorded with Răzvan Suma.

Born in 1977 in Cluj-Napoca, Răzvan Suma went to the Music High-School in his hometown, in the class of Professor Gabriela Todor. In 2000 he graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Music, class of Maestro Marin Cazacu, and in 2002 he started the Artist Diploma program at the Longy School of Musc, Cambridge, USA, in the class of Professor Terry King.

Prestigious competitions such as Giovanni Batista Viotti - Italy, Markneukirchen - Germany and Villa de Llanes - Spain are just some of the most important prizes won by Răzvan Suma in his career as a national and international contestant, started at the age of six.

His musical education was seamlessly completed by improvement courses with maestros Marin Cazacu, Arto Noras, Miklos Pereny, Radu Aldulescu, Aurel Niculescu, Mirel Ianovici, Herre-Jan Stegenga, Frans Helmerson.

In recent years, Răzvan Suma has done a series of special recordings, including some for the Golden Sound Archive of the Romanian Broadcasting Society, as well as live transmissions for radio and television channels (RAI Torino, MDR Leipzig, TVR, Acasă TV, Radio Berlin, Radio Macao, Radio Sofia, Radio București, Radio Euskadi).

In May 2012, as a corollary to the national tour Vă place Bach?, Răzvan Suma released in the foyer of the Radio Hall in Bucharest the first complete Romanian CD recording of the suites for cello solo by Bach. The CD - which has a modern, attractive concept behind it - was produced with the help of the SONORO RECORDS production company.

Translated by George Arion,
MTTLC 1, Universitatea București