ARTS & LEISURE

Debussy Day at Bucharest’s “George Enescu” Philharmonic

The “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest will perform an extraordinary chamber recital dedicated to great French composer Claude Debussy at the Grand Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, Tuesday, October 9, 7.00 pm, an event celebrating  his 150th birthday anniversary, according to a press release, which adds that participants include pianists  Shani Diluka – to alternate piano moments with the poetry of Paul Verlaine, Stephane Mallarme and Charles Baudelaire – and Andrei Licaret – to perform alongside soprano Cristina Radu and cellist Octavian Lup. The recital is organised in partnership with the French Institute.Shani Diluka was noticed by conductor Lawrence Foster as a piano prodigy since 12 years old. It was he who advised and encouraged her to attend the highest piano studies possible.  Her meeting with Leon Fleisher, as well as Maria Joao Pires, Menahem Pressler and Murray Perahia will be a definite step to her already promising career. In 2005, she was accepted as a student by the prestigious Come Foundation (Italy), run by Martha Argerich. Invited to perform concerts at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel and Cite de la Musique in Paris, among others, Shani Diluka steadfastly collaborates with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed under the baton of such reputed conductors L. Foster, V. Fedosseiev, E. Gullberg Jensen and K. Ryan. A passionate chamber music piano performer, she constantly collaborates with the quartets Prazak, Ebene, Modigliani, but also with musicians such as V. Erben, S. Shoji, S. Gabetta, T. Bergenza and N. Dessay. Since as early as 2007, her albums received critics’ accolades, and best recording of the year awards from ARTE, Choc, the Monde de la Musique Magazine, and 10/10, as well as Classics Today. In 201, she was awarded the distinction 5 Diapasons and the Gramophone Magazine Award.Since his 1993 debut with the “Jeunesses Musicales” Orchestra, Andrei Licaret has amassed a large musical repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. He has performed numerous concerts and recitals with reputed orchestras from Romania and abroad, conducted by great conductors including Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Jin Wang, Arnold Ostman, Arie Vardi etc. Since his 1993 debut with the “Jeunesses Musicales” Orchestra, Andrei Licaret has amassed a large musical repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. He has performed numerous concerts and recitals with reputed orchestras from Romania and abroad, conducted by great conductors including Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Jin Wang, Arnold Ostman, Arie Vardi etc. Since 2000, he has performed recitals in Prague, Berlin, Madrid, Istanbul, Salonika and Paris. Licaret, who showed early signs of his musical aptitudes, began studying the piano under the guidance of his father, the well-known pianist and organist Nicolae Licaret. Andrei Licaret’s musical instruction was then nurtured by celebrated professors Viciniu Moroianu and Dan Dediu (composition), at the National  University of  Music Bucharest, Jacques Rouvier, at the Paris Conservatoire and in Berlin, Dmitri Bashkirov, at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in  Salzburg, Leon Fleisher, and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Andrei Licaret has made several radio and television recordings in Romania. His performance both in Romania and abroad made him known to the public and the critics, who praised his art which helped him make a name for himself as a valuable representative of his generation.

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