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March 23, 2023

“Transylvania” Philharmonic performs tonight

In the “Contemporary Romanian music creation” series, today at 19.00, the Romanian Athenaeum will host the concert of the “Transylvania” Philharmonic of Cluj – Napoca, conducted by Sascha Goetzel, featuring saxophonist Daniel Kientzy and violinist Sherban Lupu as soloists.

The opening piece of the program will be “Concert No. 2 for String Orchestra” by Sigismund Toduta (1908 – 1991). The work was composed during 1972 – 1973, over two decades after the composer’s first “Concert for String Orchestra,” and became one of the most significant works authored by the composer who initiated a nationally acknowledged music school in Cluj, as musicologist Viorel Cosma noted.

Afterwards, we will enjoy “’Par ce fil d’or’ for Orchestra” by Mihai Mitrea Celarianu and “Concert for Saxophone and Orchestra” by Calin Ioachimescu. The program will be closed by Theodor Grigoriu’s work “Concert for Violin and Orchestra ‘Trinity’” from the cycle “Byzantium after Byzantium.”

One of the most prominent performers of George Enescu’s music, Sherban Lupu, born in 1952, in Brasov, has graduated the Conservatoire in Bucharest and the Guildhall School of Music in London with Yfrah Neaman. He attended masterclass sessions held by famous violinists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szering and Nathan Milstein. He won awards of numerous competitions such as Vienna International, Romanian National String Quartet, Jacques Thibaud in Paris, Carl Flesch in London, the Royal Society of Arts and the Park Lane Group Contest.

At the time being, he teaches violin at the University of Illinois and was an artistic manager of the Gubbio Festival in Italy, and a prime soloist of the San Francisco opera house. Sherban Lupu is specialized in Romanian and Eastern European music, as well as in the romantic repertoire for virtuosos. He held solo recitals on the stages of the Kennedy centre, of the Gstaad Festival, of the Aldeburgh Festival, of the Royal Festival Hall, of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, of the Wigmore Hall, of St. John Smith’s Square and of the Carnegie Hall.

In 2000, Sherban Lupu was granted an award by the Romanian Cultural Foundation for promoting the Romanian culture worldwide. Sherban Lupu plays a Niccolo Gagliano violin manufactured in 1751, offered to him as a present by the Ratiu Foundation. Since December 2005, Sherban Lupu has been the artistic manager of the “Enescu” society in the United States and in 2003 he started the annual summer event “Music Fortress of Brasov International Festival”.

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