“Music Colloquium Series”: recital performed by Evelina Andrieș (harp), student at The National University of Music - Bucharest

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Invited from Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs - Liliana Staicu, director at Radio Romania Music

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“Open Dialogue” with Musicians from Romania: Mihnea Ignat (conductor), Liviu Prunaru (violinist), Doina Rotaru (composer)

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The National Culture Day

Symphonic Concert - No. 10







FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY 2016, AT 19:00

The National Culture Day

George Enescu: The Unison Prelude from Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, Op. 9
Doina Rotaru: “Clocks III” for orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425Linz
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D MajorOp. 61

Mihnea Ignat is one of the leading Romanian conductors of his generation. Born in Craiova in 1980, begins studying piano and then goes on to study Composition and Orchestral Conducting at the National University of Music from Bucharest. He graduates in 2005 with the highest distinctions and immediately follows the Conducting Master Course at the same University with the renowned Romanian conductor Horia Andreescu. He completes his education with a scholarship at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and participates in various conducting master classes.

Since September 2005 he is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Spain. His work with this orchestra has been hailed as “marvellous” by local and national critics. He conducted the orchestra to great acclaim in such halls as Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Auditorio de Murcia, Auditorio de Alicante, etc.. During the 2009/10 season he was also Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic.

As guest conductor, among the orchestras he has worked with, there are the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurter Museum Orchestra, Filarmonica Toscanini, National Orchestra of the Romanian Radio, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Murcia Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Córdoba, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, Freixenet Symphony Orchestra of the Reina Sofía School of Music, Guildhall School of Music Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic and almost all the philharmonic orchestras of Romania.

Since February 2010 he works as assistant to Maestro Dmitrij Kitajenko with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker or Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra among others. At the same time he also works as assistant to Maestro Jesús López Cobos with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Spain, Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, etc.

He has performed with renowned soloists such as Mariana Nicolesco, John O’Conor, Ning Feng, Alexandru Tomescu, Monika Leskovar, Suzanne Murphy, Viktor Derevianko, Cristina Anghelescu, Celine Byrne, Filip Papa, Bruno Vlahek, Erzhan Kulibaev, etc.

During the IX Edition of the “A. Toscanini” International Conducting Competition he won the Special Prize of the Filarmonica Toscanini through the direct vote of the orchestra. He is also a prize winner in the conducting competitions organized by the Orquesta de Córdoba (Spain) and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (Spain).

In August 2007 the Romanian National Television (TVR) produced and broadcasted a 30 minutes portrait film about Mihnea Ignat.

His future engagements include debuts with the Real Philharmonia of Galicia, Symphony Orchestra of the RadioTelevisión Española, Seville Symphony Orchestra, Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and return visits to most of the orchestras he already worked with.

“...a scintillating account of the Intermezzo from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. Long- phrased, highly coloured and astonishingly intense, it elicited roars of approval from the audience.”  (Martin Adams, The Irish Times)


Violinist Liviu Prunaru has won the top prizes and gained international recognition at the most prestigious International Violin Competitions in the world. Mr. Prunaru was the 1997 Gold Medallist of the Dong-A International Violin Competition in Korea, Silver Medallist of the 1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition in the USA, Silver (2nd Grand Prize) Medallist at the 1993 Queen Elizabeth in Brussels, Gold Medallist at the 1991 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, and Gold Medallist at the R. Molinari Violin Competition in Switzerland, among many others. Mr. Prunaru made his New York City debut with the Juilliard Symphony in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall after capturing the 1st grand prize in the Juilliard Mendelssohn Competition. Also in 1999, Mr. Prunaru won the 1st grand prize at the E. Nakamichi Wieniawski Violin Concerto Competition resulting in performances with the Aspen Young Artists Orchestra. Mr. Prunaru has been featured as a soloist with: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Belgium National Orchestra, Westdeutsche Sinfonia, Athens Philharmonic Orchestra, Bari Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest Radio-Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Mayo of Buenos Aires, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the Puchon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea among many others. Mr. Prunaru has collaborated with many renowned conductors including Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Fabio Luisi, Emmanuel Krivine, Arthur Arnold, Alexandru Lascae, Georges Octors, Dmitri Lyss, Alexander Dimitriev, Peter Oundjian, Yuri Simonov, Andrew Litton, Peter Braschkat, Cristian Mandeal, Lukas Vis, Horia Andreescu, Mario Benzecry, Park Eun Seong amongst many others. Mr. Prunaru performs frequently as a soloist and in recital in all major cities in the world. Mr. Prunaru has performed at many prestigious Festivals including Aspen (US), Menuhin (CH), Enescu (RO), Brussels, Buenos Aires, Wallonie, Flanders, Evian, Athens, Incontri in Terra di Siena, Ascoli, and Salzburg Festivals. Mr. Prunaru has recorded many CDs with Camerata Lysy, as well as his own debut CD featuring works by Strauss, Brahms, Gluck, de Falla, Saint-Saëns, and Sarasate with pianist Luc Devos, which is released by Pavane Records.

Born in Craiova, Romania, Mr. Prunaru began his violin studies at the age of 6 with Professor Oprisan. His teachers: Mr.Berbec, Ms. Mihaela Mailat, Ms.Adriana Carpen and Ms.Cornelia Bonzetti, guided him through his early years. During this period he won seven national competitions and 1st prize at the International Kocian competition of Czechoslovakia. Then in 1990, Mr. Prunaru was invited by violinist and Maestro Alberto Lysy to study with him at the renowned Menuhin Academy of Gstaad, Switzerland, where he worked among great artists like Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Nikita Magaloff, Jean- Pierre Rampal, Peter-Lukas Graf, and Pierre Amoyal. Mr. Prunaru completed his professional studies with Miss Dorothy DeLay in New York, where he also actively participated in Master Classes with Itzakh Perlman. The Swiss record company Claves released all three violin concertos by Saint-Saëns where violinist Liviu Prunaru is accompanied by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the distinguished conductor Lawrence Foster. As a last addition to his discography 3 recordings came out in 2005, Beethoven's Integral violin and piano Sonatas, with Dana Protopopescu as partner, Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Virtuosy from Lviv, conductor Serhyi Burko and Dvořák's violin concerto with David Angus, conductor and Symfonie Orkester of Flanders.

The 2010-2011 musical season was to include tours, recitals, concerts and Master classes in US, Korea, Japan, China, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria,

France, Germany, UK, Greece, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Argentina, Spain, Italy and Romania.

In September 2006, after 14 years of teaching at the Menuhin Academy, Liviu Prunaru became concert master of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam which received, in 2008, for the first time, the title of the best orchestra in the world!

October 2010 makes another turn in Prunaru’s musical life with when he accepts to become the musical director of International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and therefore to continue the tradition of his beloved Masters Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy!


He is playing on a Stradivari dated 1694, graciously offered by the Concertgebouw’s board of sponsors.



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