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January 31, 2023

Paganini Concerto at Bucharest’s Radio Hall

Alexandru Tomescu will perform Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 2 in B minor by Niccolo Paganini, under the baton of German conductor Gerd Schaller.

Musical lovers will have the joy to meet again with reputed Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu on Friday, Nov 16, who will be back with a performance of a work written by one of his preferred composers, Niccolo Paganini. The violinist will be accompanied by the National Radio Orchestra, conducted by German conductor Gerd Schaller.Alexandru Tomescu will perform Paganini’s Concerto no 2 for violin and orchestra in B minor. The virtuoso concert makes it a favorite among the greatest violinists, who can therefore showcase their talent.   The concerto owes its celebrity to its finale resembling some playful bells, inviting the performer to a dazzling sound display, very much like fireworks.The program also includes the overture to the opera „Wilhelm Tell” – Rossini’s last, and one of the most frequently performed instrumental introduction, and Symphony no 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven.A constant presence at the Radio Hall, conducted Gerd Schaller began his career collaborating with the State Opera House in Hanover. His very diverse repertoire includes symphonic, vocal symphonic works and various style operas. Gerd Schaller collaborated with the State Orchestra and Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hanover, the Leipzig Chamber Philharmonic, the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theater in Prague, the Munich and Budapest Radio Orchestras, as well as the National Opera House in Warsaw, the Münich Bach Soloists Ensemble, and the State Opera in Braunschweig. He was the principal conductor of the State Theater in Braunschweig, and, during 2003-2006, artistic director of the Magdeburg Theater Gerd Schaller, who is a fan of the opera, conducted Wozzeck by Alban Berg, Herodiade by J. Massenet, Die tote Stadt by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Adriana Lecouvreur de Francesco Cilea, and Phaedra by Johann Simon Mayr. He got the Echo Classic Award and the recording of the opera Merlin by Carl Goldmark won the Award for Best Opera Recording 2010. With an impressing career that spans over 4 continents and more than 30 countries, Alexandru Tomescu is one of the greatest Romanian musicians of this time. People and critics everywhere speak in superlatives about his charismatic personality, the depth and beauty of his performances. Alexandru Tomescu’s honors list numbers over 100 national prizes and no fewer than 26 international distinctions at prestigious contests such as Niccolo Paganini (Italy), Pablo Sarasate (Spain), Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud (France) or George Enescu (Romania). In the past couple of years, the young violinist was invited to seat along famous violin pedagogues on juries at international contests in Italy, France or Romania.

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