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March 30, 2023

Legendary conductor in Radio Hall concert

Friday marks a premiere in Romanian classical music, as director Cristian Man­deal will be helming the National Radio Orchestra for the first time in a concert also featuring Russian musician Nicolai Demidenko. The reputed conductor has met with the orchestra in Frankfurt five years ago but never before on a local stage. The programme will feature Rachmaninov’s ‘Concert no. 2 for piano and orchestra’ and Shostakovich’s ‘Eighth in C minor, opus. 65.’ Having studied piano, composition and conducting in Brasov and the Music Academy in Bucharest, Cristian Mandeal later studied with Herbert von Karajan in Berlin and with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich. He became permanent conductor at the Targu Mures Philhar­monic and the Cluj Philharmonic. Between 1987 and 2009, he acted as principal conductor and music director of the Bucharest Philharmonic and oversaw its rise as an orchestra on the international scene. Mandeal also worked as Artistic Director of the Sym­phony Orchestra in Haifa in Israel and Resident conductor of the ‘Haydn’ Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento in Italy. In the UK, Mandeal held the title of principal guest conductor with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester until the end of the 2008-2009 season.

Venue: Radio Hall

Address: 62 Gen. Berthelot St.

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