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The first cello festival in Romania opens at the Romanian Athenaeum


The “George Enescu” Philharmonic is a partner of CellEAST Festival 2022 – the first cello festival in Romania, which will take place between May 3 and 11 in Bucharest. The program consists of Concert no. 1, in G minor, for cello and orchestra, op. 49 by Dmitri Kabalevski, Adagio with variations for cello and orchestra by Ottorino Respighi, Melody for cello and orchestra by Boris Liatoşinski / M. Ulihanian, and Concerto in D minor for cello and orchestra, op. 104 by Antonin Dvorák.

“It is a great joy to return to the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum in the company of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor Cristian Oroşanu. I also commend the Philharmonic’s willingness to host the inaugural concerts of the new CellEAST festival, dedicated to one of the most wonderful musical instruments, and I hope that this will be the beginning of a beautiful collaboration. It will be a pleasure for the three soloists of the two evenings to present to the Romanian public some of the most beloved works of the concert repertoire for cello. In my case, I will perform, in the opening of the festival, Concert no. 1, in G minor, for cello and orchestra, op. 49 by Dmitry Kabalevsky, who skillfully intertwines the seriousness of the themes inspired by the Soviet space with the playful spirit and brilliance of the instrument to which the concert is dedicated, “he said. cellist Andrei Ioniţă (photo).

In his turn, Valentin Răduţiu will perform one of the most beloved cello concerts of the romantic period, signed by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorák. “Even though it is often found in programs, Concerto in D minor for cello and orchestra, op. 104 it never loses its charm, it is impossible to escape as a listener and interpreter of the emotion it emanates. The CellEAST Festival is an extraordinary achievement and an event that unites the family of Romanian cellists (and not only) with the lovers of this instrument in Bucharest. The capital has always had a strong cello tradition and the luck of some protagonists who keep close ties with this musical family. I am happy to be among them and to see them all again soon “, pointed the cellist Valentin Răduţiu.

Until May 11, 2022, six concerts and recitals will take place at the CellEAST Festival. At the Romanian Athenaeum, are scheduled on May 8, 2022, from 19.00, Maestros Concert with guest teachers at CellEAST Festival and Future CellEAST and MiniCellos masterclasses, and on May 9, 2022, at 19.00, a concert by the Orchestra Romanian Youth. “The beauty of the cello lies not only in the complexity, sensitivity or sound of the wonderful instrument, but also in the international community it generates. Various bands, duets, trios, quartets, or orchestral ensembles are widely appreciated around the world, “said Răzvan Suma, artistic director of CellEAST Festival.

The chance smiles through CellEAST Festival not only for the young generations in Romania who will have the chance to study at the Future CellEAST and MiniCellos Masterclasses, but also for the Romanian public, which will have a virtuoso demonstration of cello “, Răzvan Suma underlined.

The professional reputation of the conductor Cristian Oroşanu determined his presence from a young age on the big stages, harmoniously combining the international career, together with top orchestras such as Tonhalle Zürich, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Orchester de Paris or Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, with a sustained activity. in the country, at the desk of most Romanian concert institutions. The artist was involved in launching a young orchestra in Japan (Hyogo PAC Orchestra) and founded a new orchestra in Romania: Kamerata Kronstadt. He likes projects that go beyond classical models: in 2022 he creates the Orchestra’s Conductor Competition, an original project in which the winners of the conducting competition are chosen by the members of the orchestra and not by an external jury. He is currently the permanent conductor of the Brasov Philharmonic.

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Andrei Ioniţă is the winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2015 and other international competitions such as: Second Prize at the ARD Munich International Competition, Second Prize at the Emanuel Feuermann Grand Prix, First Prize at the Aram Haciaturian International Competition and First Prize at the David Popper International Cello Competition . He has given concerts as a soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. Romanian National Symphony Orchestra, etc. The artist graduated from the University of Arts in Berlin in the class of Professor Jens Peter Maintz, and in Romania he studied the cello with Ani Marie Paladi. He is currently the beneficiary of a scholarship from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and plays a cello built by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in 1671.

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Denis Severin is a professor of cello at the University of Music Geneva-Neuchâtel and the University of the Arts in Bern, artistic director of the ArtCello Festival and Schlosskonzerte Beuggen in Germany, and president of the Art Without Borders Basel Association.

Winner of the International Classical Music Awards in 2018, Echo Klassik in 2015 and Grammy Awards in 2007, he gives concerts as a soloist and is a guest member in various chamber ensembles, being present on the most prestigious stages in the world. Denis Severin graduated from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in the class of Professor D. Miller, after which he continued his studies at the University of Music in Geneva, the Academy of Music in Basel, the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Valentin Răduţiu is Principal Cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and holds the position of professor in the cello class at the University of Music in Dresden. Awarded at numerous international competitions such as Friedrich Dotzauer in Dresden, Karl Davidov in Riga and the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, Valentin Răduţiu has given concerts as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, SWR Stuttgart, Camerata Salzburg, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Prague Philharmonia and the Romanian Youth Orchestra. The artist received his first cello lessons from his father, and later studied in Salzburg, Vienna and Berlin with Clemens Hagen, Heinrich Schiff and David Geringas.

Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, 2022

19.00, Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum

“George Enescu” Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra





Time schedule

Dmitri Kabalevski
Concert no. 1, in G minor, for cello and orchestra, op. 49

Ottorino Respighi
Adagio with variations for cello and orchestra

Boris Liatoşinski / M. Ulihanian
Melody for cello and orchestra

Antonin Dvorák
Concerto in D minor for cello and orchestra, op. 104

Concert organized within CellEAST Festival 2022

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