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'Separation'. A concert about strong emotions and new beginnings

Thursday, 25 February 2021 , ora 14.54

The deepest human experiences take musical form in the first concert from the "Odae cum Harmoniis" series, which reopens the "Florescu-Fernandez & Friends" Chamber Music Season for the public from Sibiu and for the online one, this year.

"Separation" is a panacea-concert and a sonorous tribute offered to all those who felt the pain that comes with losing a loved one. The public is invited on Sunday, the 28th of February, at 5 p.m.,Hall of Mirrors of the German Forum from Sibiu to listen to a program with works of Bach, Liszt, Händel, Clementi, Miaskovsky, Schubert,in the interpretation of the family of musicians Florescu-Fernandez: Rafaela Fernandez Samodaiev (violin), Makcim Fernandez Samodaiev (cello), Karina Fernandez Samodaiev (piano) and Monica Florescu (piano).

The event can be followed from home too, on the Facebook and YouTube pages of Stagiunii Camerale "Florescu-Fernandez & Friends". (Florescu-Fernandez & Friends" Chamber Music Season)

The public's access to the concert is made based on reservations at the address pr@florescu-fernandez.com, and the entry is free, the precaution measures against the coronavirus being respected.


The pianist Monica Florescu dedicates the "Separation" concert to her father, at the commemoration of 40 days since his passing due to the coronavirus. The public is therefore invited to participate to a concert with an uplifting force.

"Following any loss it is always harder for the ones left behind, that's why I think we are indebted to express our contradictory feelings, to align our sufferings together and to meet each other at peace at the end of the pain tunnel. We chose to get through this process through music, because that's our vocation, but also because music was my father's passion. More than that, he believed in the project we built at Sibiu and supported our chamber music season right from the beginning. Therefore, we're moving the meeting with him on the abstract territory of music, defying time and space or the boarder that separates the living and the dead. We know that we're not the only family that suffered this kind of loss, that's why we want to make an empathic connection with our audience, and to awaken in the audience the spiritual dimension, the one that makes all of us better." (Monica Florescu, co-founder of the "Florescu-Fernandez & Friends" Chamber Music Season)

Passionate about the metaphysic valence of music and the deep understanding of the phenomena that this immaterial art produces when intersecting the human spirit, the cellist Makcim Fernandez Samodaiev wants that through the "Separation" concert, the pain would receive a space to unravel itself in such a way that, once freed, the human that survived itwould get the chance of a new beginning, a new search for love or - simply - for peace.

"What are we preparing is not just an interpretation of some musical works, but also our way of living the reality and releasing the pain caused by the loss of a member of the family. We're using the instruments that we have to put together a music shaped by our fingers and which expresses our thoughts and feelings at the same time. The violin, the cello and the piano turn into a voice that cries, hesitates, strains just for the sounds to lift in the end and come together with the skymerge into the sky." (MakcimFernandez Samodaiev, co-founderof the "Florescu-Fernandez & Friends" Chamber Music Season")

The event is a part of the "Odae cum harmoniis" series, a project realized in partnership with the German Forum from Sibiu, with the support of the Romanian Government through the Interethnic Relationships Department.


• Johann Sebastian Bach - "Zion hört die Wächtersingen" from Cantata "Wachet auf, ruftuns die Stimme", BWV 140, in transcription for piano by Wilhelm Kempff;

• Franz Liszt-The No. 1 Elegy for piano and cello, S.196;

• FrederichHändel-The Sonata for violin and piano in G minor (I. Andante; II.Allegro; III. Adagio);

• MuzioClementi-The Study in F sharp No. 24 from "Gradus ad Parnassum";

• Nikolai Miaskovsky - The Sonata for cello and piano in A minor, op.81 (I. Allegro moderato; II. Andante cantabile; III. Allegro con spirito);

• Franz Schubert- "Nocturna" for trio with piano, op.148.


The access to the live broadcasting of the concert is free and available for multiple media channels:

Live on the Facebook network: bit.ly/FlorescuFernandezFacebook

Live on theYoutube channel: bit.ly/FlorescuFernandezYouTube

Live onLivestreamRomania: bit.ly/FlorescuFernandezLivestream


The pianist Monica Florescu and the cellist Makcim Fernandez Samodaiev are excelling in the chamber music domain and as soloists, with years of experience, throughout which they created various projects, from musical concerts and the premiere of contemporary creation to ample collaborations with other famous artists from the classical music field and interdisciplinary projects, created in collaboration with ballet and theatre companies.

In their artistic lives, they've participated at international festivals such as the Philippe Herreweghe Festival (Belgium), the Steinway Festival (Belgium), the Fontainebleau Festival (France), Festival de Wallonie (Belgium), Festival van Vlaanderen (Belgium), the 25th Festival of Contemporary Music from Havana (Cuba), the "Siglo XXI" Festival (Mexico), the International Theatre Festival fromWuzhen (China).

Established in Sibiu after many years of studying, concerting and living in different countries from Europe and Mexico, they initiated in 2015 an independent project, with monthly "full house" concerts.The "Florescu-Fernandez & Friends" Chamber Music Season"proposes a series of monthly concerts, where guests are well known Romanian musicians, as well as foreign ones, such as the south-Korean violinist Edwin Kim, the pianist Ana Kavalerova, the violist Rãzvan Popovici, the violinist Kristie Su etc. The concerts of the season have an educative dimension too, each piece being introduced by short explanations and historical guidelines.

Translated by Codescu Paula-Silvia,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu