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“Flight to the Light”, choral concert at the “George Enescu” Philharmonic


On the stage of the Athenaeum will perform: Maria Bîldea (piano), Rafael Butaru (violin), Andrei Licareţ (piano), Eduard Antal (organ). The program consists of works by Johannes Brahms, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Marie Widor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Constantin Silvestri, Claude Debussy, Gustav Holst, Ola Gjeilo, Louis Vierne, Arnold Schoenberg. “The concert entitled Flight to the light it is intended to be an anthem addressed to the joy of living, from the night dream to the spiritual joy of the light on earth “, said the conductor Iosif Ion Prunner.

Founded on December 1, 1950 by the then director of the Philharmonic, Constantin Silvestri, Philharmonic Choir “George Enescu” was led by Ştefan Mureşianu, DD Botez, Vasile Pantea. When the legendary Constantin Silvestri founded the Choir, he felt the urgent need for a recovery, supported by the collaboration with well-known names of the conductor: George Georgescu, Igor Markevitch, Georges Pretre, Lawrence Foster, Sergiu Comissiona, Cristian Mandeal, Ghenadi Rojdestvenski. Since 1990, the Philharmonic ChoirGeorge Enescu ”took part in extraordinary events in the musical life in Romania. Thus, the ensemble had the opportunity to collaborate in 1995 with the great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and in 1998 he performed with the Orchester Nationale de France and Lawrence Foster a concert version of George Enescu’s Oedipus at the International Festival of the same name. Since 1997, the Philharmonic Choir has been conducted by conductor and pianist Iosif Ion Prunner, a member and successor of a famous family of Romanian musicians and cultural figures. Notable successes include collaborations with international orchestras and conductors at the George Enescu Festival: Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin (2013, in Four Sacred Pieces by Verdi) and Vladimir Jurovski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (2017).

Maria Bîldea was born in Bucharest and started studying the harp at the age of eight, at the “George Enescu” Music High School. At the age of 12 she was already giving her first recital and at the age of 18 she gave her first solo concert at the Romanian Athenaeum. She graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Music in 1986. In 1988 she was invited to Greece by the Thessaloniki State Orchestra. She was a member of the Thessaloniki Orchestra until 1990, after which she left for Athens, invited by Manos Hatzidakis, and employed with the Orchestra of Colors. Since 1993 he has been the first harpist in the National Symphony Orchestra of the Hellenic Radio and Television. Maria Bîldea founded the first harp class at the Thessaloniki State Odeion (Thessaloniki Conservatory) in 1988 and the Athenaum Odeion (Athens Conservatory) in 1992. Throughout his career he collaborated with Sir Neville Marriner, Michel Plasson, Vangelis, Horia Andreescu. She performed music by Eleni Karaindrou for the film “Dust in Time”, together with her husband, violinist Sergiu Nastasa and “Alexander” (director Oliver Stone, music by Vangelis). He also founded the Aeolian Harps Quartet and is a founding member of the Kyklos Ensemble.

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Violinist Rafael Butaru is a graduate of Gheorghe Dima Academy from Cluj-Napoca and is currently the concertmaster of Bucharest National Opera and of “George Enescu” Philharmonic. Throughout his concert career he has collaborated with prestigious musicians, such as: Marin Cazacu, Dorin Marc, Liviu Prunaru, Răzvan Popovici, Răzvan Suma, Gilles Apap, Reto Bieri, David Cohen, Daishin Kashimoto, Diana Ketler, Bjørg Lewis, Alexander Sitkowetsky , Daniel Rowland, Sergei Malov, Alina Pogostkina. His solo work includes concerts with National Radio Orchestra, Radio Chamber Orchestra, Romanian Youth Orchestra and Râmnicu-Vâlcea Philharmonic. Together with the ensemble ArGenTango he toured two national tournaments and recorded a compact disc Live at Sala Radio. He is a member of Ludens Piano Trio and the early music ensemble I Ludici with whom he frequently performs at festivals SoNoRo, Magic Summer and Enescu and World Music.

Born in Bucharest, Andrei Licareţ began his piano studies with his father, Nicolae Licareţ, at the age of five. He attended the “George Enescu” High School of Music in Bucharest, where he studied with Gabriela Enăşescu. At the University of Music in Bucharest, he had as professors Viniciu Moroianu, Dana Borşan, Steluţa Radu, Şerban Soreanu and Dan Dediu. He then continued his studies with two of the greatest piano teachers, Jacques Rouvier, at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and at the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as with the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Consevatory in Baltimore. Andrei Licareţ won the First Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales and Bucharest Yamaha competitions and was awarded the Lory Wallfisch Prize. He has given concerts in Paris, Vendôme, Santander, Berlin, Würzburg, London, Rome, Lucca, Livorno, Thessaloniki, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Prague, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Brussels, Madrid, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston, etc. .

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Until his admission to the Conservatory, Eduard Antal was self-taught, which is why he considers this to be one of the greatest successes of his career so far. He has performed under the baton of important conductors such as Konrad von Abel, Giulio Prandi and has been part of the orchestras “Universitaria”, “Concerto”, “Barockerii”. In 2017, he set out to work with the most important organ teachers in the country, to participate in as many masterclasses and mentoring programs as possible, and to purchase materials necessary for his study. The professor with whom Eduard studies at UNMB is Dr. Dan Racoveanu.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, 19.00 – 21:00

“George Enescu” Philharmonic Choir


I’m competing

Time schedule

Johannes Brahms
In stiller Nacht

Olivier Messiaen
O sacrum convivium

Charles Marie Widor
Symphony no. 9, with organ, op. 70, Gothicpp. II

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
6 nights

Constantin Silvestri
Nacht und Träume

Claude Debussy

Gustav Holst
3 Vedic choral hymns

Hello Gjeilo

Louis Vierne
Hymn to the Sun, op. 53

Arnold Schoenberg
Friede auf Erden, op. 13

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