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Romanian artists, ambassadors of our culture - concerts and recitals offered exclusively through the European Union Radio network

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 , ora 11.28

Romanians from all over the world are celebrating Romania's National Day on the 1st of December, one of the most important moments in our history. In this context, this day is marked every year by special "Te Deum" services, by wreath-laying ceremonies and wreaths at the monuments of the heroes, by military parades, by celebrations and by music.

Radio România Muzical, from Monday to Friday, between the 27th of November and the 1st of December 2023, participates in this great celebration through the European Stage broadcast. During the five editions, you will meet or meet again with some Romanian artists, considered true ambassadors of our culture. Thanks to their performances, they have become reference names in the countries where they are established or where they collaborate. At the same time, their concerts and recitals in well-known halls in Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the Republic of Moldova have come to the attention of the European Broadcasting Union and, by extension, to the attention of all broadcasters around the world.From this offer made available by the European Radio Union, we have selected a few events that we offer you exclusively.

Thus, you will have the opportunity to listen to pianist Silvia Cernea, recognized as one of the most valuable musicians dedicated to chamber music. Since 2019, Silvia Cernea has been making a name for herself alongside Iranian pianist Nazanin Yalda, with whom she forms the duo Xilema. In 2022, Silvia Cernea won the 2nd prize at the "Classical Generation" competition.

The well-known string quartet Belcea, considered one of the best European string ensembles (founded by violinist Corina Belcea), will also be present. In its more than 25 years of career, it has distinguished itself by winning important prizes at various international competitions, by recitals all over the world, and by an interesting discography, awarded with Gramophone and Echo Klassik prizes.

Recognized worldwide as one of the most important artists of his generation, Grammy Award winner, Cristian Măcelaru, principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the German Broadcasting in Cologne, artistic director of the French National Orchestra and artistic director of the "George Enescu" International Festival, at the initiative of Radio România Muzical, was awarded the Excellence Award of the Union of Critics, Editors and Music Producers of Romania, for his worldwide performance and promotion of Romanian music in the world. He also received the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Knight, Category B - "Music" and the "Ambassadors of Romania" award at the first edition of the Radio România Gala, which marked the 95 years of existence of this media institution.

The German-Romanian baritone Konstantin Krimmel is one of the best musicians of the moment and the holder of several important awards dedicated especially to the lied. Since 2019, he has been invited to numerous festivals and major stages around the world. From 2021-2023, he has been included in the BBC New Generation Artists project, which has included recitals at London's famous Wigmore Hall. Radio România Muzical broadcast live the London event on the 6th of February 2023.

During the Lied Festival dedicated to the great soprano Victoria de los Ángeles, the pianist Teodora Oprișor, a native Romanian artist, who studied in Germany and then in the UK, where she studied for a master's degree in chamber music and Lied. She became the official pianist of the "Orfeón Donistiarra" choir and lied teacher at the "Franz Liszt" Academy of Music in Weimar. In 2017, she won several awards together with baritone Michael Rakotoarivony at the "Suzana Szörenyi" competition in Bucharest, and in 2020, with baritone Michael Arivony, she won various prizes at international lied competitions and made a CD with works by Maurice Ravel and Francis Poulenc.

Silvia Simionescuis internationally recognized for her passion for the art of sound and especially for the musicality of her performances. After her studies in Romania, she studied at the Academy of Music in Switzerland in violin and viola classes with Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskaer. Winner of several international competitions, she has performed as a soloist in Romania and in other European, American and Asian countries. Since 2009, she has been a member of the string quartet "Gringolts", on violin.

Since its formation in Bucharest in 1995, the string quartet ConTempo (composed of violinists Bogdan Sofei and Ingrid Nicola, violist Andrei Banciu and cellist Adrian Mantu) has created a unique place for itself in Irish musical life. He has performed more than 1,800 concerts around the world in 46 countries, through which he has had the opportunity to meet various personalities, including Hollywood stars and Nobel Prize winners.

In 2023, to our delight, at the 72nd edition of the prestigious ARD International Competition organised by the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation in Munich, among the winners was violist Ionel Ungureanu, born in Germany but of Romanian origin. He was awarded Third Prize and the Special Prize for the best performance of the work in the Violin category. The young artist has also distinguished himself as a member of various classical and jazz ensembles and was recently appointed first violist of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also interested in composition, especially in the field of traditional Romanian music.

A violinist of Romanian origin based in Germany, Ștefan Tarara is one of Europe's most talented young musicians, who has impressed with the confidence of his performances and his high-level technique. He is a laureate of prestigious competitions, including the George Enescu International Competition. Since 2012, he has been concertmaster of the "Hulencourt Soloist Chamber Orchestra", and since 2014, he has been assistant to Prof. Zakhar Bron at Interlaken in Switzerland.

Cellist, conductor, manager, teacher and impresario, Cristian Florea is recognized as one of the most valuable Romanian musicians of international stature. After his studies in Romania, in Sibiu and Bucharest, he perfected his skills in Germany. In 1986, also in Germany, he distinguished himself as conductor of the chamber orchestra that bears his name, then, since 1989, in Romania, as general director and conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu, in 1992 as founder of the European Symphony Orchestra and since then until now as director and first conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova. In fact, for the numerous projects he has carried out with the National Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova and for its promotion, Cristian Florea was awarded the "G. Musicescu" Prize of the Ministry of Culture and was conferred the honorary title of "Master of Arts" of the Republic of Moldova. His family is also represented by the young violinist Maria Montserrat Florea, who studied in Spain, Great Britain, Austria and Switzerland and is a member of the Da Vinci Trio. Between 2020-2021, she was invited as soloist of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and at the "George Enescu" International Festival. Another violinist from the Republic of Moldova, Dan-Iulian Druțac, has been awarded various distinctions at competitions held in the Republic of Moldova and other European countries since 2011. He is also a founding member of the ensemble "Moldo Crescendo" and a member of the "Fitzroy" Quartet. The Swiss-based violinist Alexandra Conunova is another important name from Moldova. Throughout her career, she has won numerous distinctions at the "George Enescu", "Tibor Varga", "Ion Voicu" and "Joseph Joachim" International Competitions. He has collaborated with prestigious ensembles, including those from Romania.

So, on Radio România Muzical, during the five editions of the European Stage programme, from Monday to Friday (27th of November - 1st of December 2023), between 21.00-23.30, a "marathon" of Romanian artists, considered true ambassadors of our culture, awaits you. The concerts and recitals offered exclusively through the European Radio Union network are presented by Ioana Țintea, Alexandra Scumpu-Baciu and Laura Ana Mânzat.

Octavia Galescu
Translated by Andreea Iulia Udroiu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu