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Conductor Christian Badea: “How lucky we are to be able to make music again under normal conditions” VIDEO


The symphony orchestra of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic presents, on Thursday and Friday, from 19.00, in the Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, a concert led by maestro Christian Badea, first principal conductor of the institution. The program consists of the Concerto in A minor for violin and orchestra, op. 53 by Antonin Dvořák, with the violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea as a soloist, and from Symphony no. 2, in D major, op. 73 by Johannes Brahms.

“Only now do we understand what a privilege, what a joy and what a blessing we have to be able to make music again under normal conditions!”, Said the conductor Christian Badea.

Concerto in A minor for violin and orchestra, op. 53 by Antonín Dvořák was performed for the first time at the National Theater in Prague on October 14, 1883, by Frantisek Ondricek, a renowned Czech violinist. Ioana Cristina Goicea, the soloist invited to perform this concert on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum, believes that this work by Dvořák is “a story, an absolutely unique creation, very sensitive, but at the same time full of virtuosity and brilliance, full of wonderful themes which are also found in the entire creation of the Czech composer ”. “Unfortunately, this concert is not sung often enough in Romania, and it deserves to be heard more and more often. For this reason, it is a great pleasure for me to bring this original music to the music-loving public in Bucharest, together with maestro Christian Badea, with whom I have had very successful collaborations and it always gives me great pleasure to sing with such a musician. complex as his. I always return to the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum with great joy and pride, together with the George Enescu Philharmonic “, declares the violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea.

Symphony no. 2, in D major, op. 73 by Johannes Brahms was performed in the first audition on December 30, 1877. “Without being at all dramatic or populated with existential exclamations, Symphony no. 2 contains what Brahms also defined, in a letter to Clara Schumann, as an elegiac character. The rhythmic and tonal ambiguities, the subtle transitions from pastoral to dreamlike and nostalgic, culminating with the expansive ending, but of a theatrical, excessive joy, draw a path of duplication and mystery “, points out the musicologist Mihai Cojocaru.

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Dedicated equally to symphonic music and opera, Christian Badea, principal conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic, has performed on all continents and in major opera houses and theaters, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the State Opera (Vienna), the Royal Opera (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). His career is marked by important collaborations with leading artists of our time – Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovici, Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming. Christian Badea has conducted world-class orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony (London), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Philharmonic, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Rome), RAI Orchestra Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Pittsburg Symphony (Turin). At the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he has conducted over 160 performances in a wide and varied repertoire. In December 2017, Christian Badea achieved extraordinary success with “Andrea Chénier” by Umberto Giordano at the famous Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, being invited to return in 2019. He directed at the Sydney Opera House, “Turandot” (November-December 2019, Melbourne) and “Carmen” (January-March 2020, Sydney). At the 2019 George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, he conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with soloist Vadim Repin, and at the 2021 edition of the Festival, he performed an unforgettable program with works by Enescu, Schumann, Bartok and Wagner (overture to Tannhäuser). by the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The young violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea (photo) he is one of the most promising talents of the young generation. At the age of 29, she boasts an impressive international record. In June 2017, she won the First Prize at the prestigious “Michael Hill” violin competition in New Zealand, where the press declared her “a new star in the music firmament”. She is a recent winner of the “Queen Elizabeth” competitions in Brussels (2019) and Indianapolis (2018). He also won first prize at the international competitions “Johannes Brahms” (Austria, 2013) and “Andrea Postacchini” (Italy, 2012). She is also a winner of the “Fritz Kreisler” competition (Vienna, 2014) and recently won the “Carl Flesch” Prize at the academy of the same name in Baden-Baden, Germany. She has performed as a soloist on important venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Shanghai Concert Hall, Romanian Athenaeum, Giuseppe Verdi Hall in Trieste, Auckland Town Hall and Kanematsu Auditorium Tokyo. Ioana Cristina Goicea was born in Bucharest, in 1992, in a family of musicians. He studied with professors Ştefan Gheorghiu, Mariana Sîrbu (at the University of Music in Leipzig), Petru Munteanu (at the University of Music in Rostock), Krzysztof Wegrzyn (at the University of Music and Theater in Hanover). He currently teaches violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The artist plays the Gianbattista Guadagnini (Parma, 1761) on a violin, donated by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Hamburg.

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Simphonic concert

Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, 2022

19.00, Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum

George Enescu Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra




Time schedule

Antonin Dvořák

Concerto in A minor for violin and orchestra, op. 53

Johannes Brahms

Symphony no. 2, in D major, op. 73

Tickets can be purchased:
– From the Ticket Office of the Romanian Athenaeum

– Online, accessing the website www.fge.org.ro – “Calendar” section. Once purchased tickets are only refundable under the conditions provided by law.

Access to the hall of the Romanian Athenaeum is allowed by law.

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