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Reportage about the recital held by pianist George Todică – on Saturday, May 13th, at the Romanian Athenaeum

Thursday, 18 May 2023 , ora 10.25

Our colleague, Ioana Ținea, who was a member of the audience, will let us know how was the event carried out.

On Saturday, music lovers had the chance to watch pianist George Todică, winner of the George Enescu International Competition, 2022 at the Romanian Athenaeum, in a recital organized by Radio România Muzical and Rotary Club Pipera as part of the project "Heirs of Musical Romania". The recital is part of the event series held by young Romanian musicians, winners of the George Enescu International Competition, which our post and Rotary Club Pipera organize together with Artexim. Our colleague Cristina Comandașu, the initiator of the project "Heirs of Musical Romania" presented the event.

The programme that the young pianist prepared was very diverse, from a stilistic point of view and the opera that he chose were ones close to his soul, as he mentioned in an interview for our radio station. For an hour, we have listened Pavane for a Dead Princessby Maurice Ravel, the piece was preceded by Toccata, Sarabanda and Pavana from Piano Suite No.2 by George Enescu, and also Andante spianato and Polonaise in E-flat Major by Frédéric Chopin.

We were able to admire George Todică'sbrilliant technique with his unique sense of interpreting, each sound enjoying a special type of expressivity. The young pianist fully rejoiced over each sound interpreted on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum and the audiece rewarded him with a long round of applause. As an encore, the artist interpreted Prelude in B Minor Op.32 No.12 in G-sharp Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Here are some reactions from the audience:

"I'm very excited to know that such talented people live in Romania, they are young hopes with which parade on the international stages." - Ileana Guran, freelancer

"I think it was amazing. There should be more concerts like this, more often and young artists should be brought, artists who don't often get the chance to perform on such a big stage"- Elena Gheorghiță, architect

"We chose to see him because we are coming from abroad and we've seen that the recital belongs to the pianist who last year won second Prize. I was impressed by that and I decided to purchase the tickets. It was beautiful!- Dr. Balter, stomatologist in Israel

"We were impressed. The interpret has our respect and admiration, he is an exceptional young man. Bless him! He is representing us too, we are happy about his work and talent and we're excited about it."- Cornelia Ciobanu, elementary school teacher.

"Splendid! I was very excited when I heard his interpretation. It's the first time I came to a piano recital at the Athenaeum and I can say that I was pleasantly surprized, especially by the atmosphere in here and the artists's stance.

"I really liked it, it was special! Now I'm richer on the inside." - Camelia Filipescu, accountant

"I really enjoyed it. And we've actually talked about make it a habit to come to the Athenaeum and such classical music concerts more often." - Răzvan Chelu, architect.

"I first listened to him at the semi-finals and I thought that he has such an unbelievable smoothness. I think that the way he touches the key is very neat. An incredibly beautiful sound indeed! Each time he has an extraordinary precision and an incredible clarity." - Carla Ungureanu, student

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Reportage made by Ioana Țintea
Translated by Georgiana Morozii,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu