ARTS & LEISURE

President of the Republic of Moldova decorates the Panpipe King Gheorghe Zamfir

On December 18, maestro will perform an extraordinary Christmas concert in the Bucharest Palace Hall.

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti, decorated yesterday the great Romanian panpipe performer Gheorghe Zamfir with the ‘Order of the Republic’, the highest state distinction of his country.
The decree signed by the President of Moldova mentioned that Gheorghe Zamfir was decorated as a sign of true appreciation of his outstanding merit in the development of music, for the substantial contribution to the promotion of national cultural values and his prodigious creation activity.
Maestro Gheorghe Zamfir authored over 300 works inspired by folklore, cameral, choir, instrumental and symphonic music, sold over 120 copies of his albums worldwide, made over 160 recording and won over 100 golden and platinum discs, beside numerous awards and honours achieved worldwide.
He was invited to Vatican three times and became the first musician to sing for Pope John Paul the Second’s private dinner, receiving the medal of Vatican and the degree of the Don Bosco University in Rome twice.
He was invited to record the soundtracks of the films ‘The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe’ by French director Yves Robert, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ in Australia, ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ and ‘Karate Kid’ in Hollywood. In 2004, his rendition of the song ‘Lonely Shepherd’ was used by director Quentin Tarantino in the film ‘Kill Bill’. He also had other works adopted by the film industry: the film ‘Brancusi and Monasteries in Moldova (1975), ‘The Curse of Land and the Curse of Love’ directed by Mircea Muresan in 1978, based on the novel ‘Ion’ by Liviu Rebreanu, a soundtrack that brings him the First Prize for Composition and the soundtrack of the Macedonian film ‘The Lake’ in 1996. All of these films enjoyed tremendous international success.
After 1990, Zamfir returned from exile and continued performing and touring in Germany, France, Switzerland and especially Turkey, where he was declared the most popular composer and artist of the twentieth century.
On December 18, panpipe ambassador Gheorghe Zamfir will perform an extraordinary Christmas concert, a grandiose performance due to take place in the Bucharest Palace Hall. The artist will be accompanied on stage by special guests, some of the most valuable artists of the Romanian cultural scene, such as actor Dan Puric, soprano Alexandra Coman, violinist Eugen Sarbu and the Madrigal National Chamber Choir accompanied by the “Gheorghe Zamfir’ National Orchestra, conducted by Florin Totan. The concert is part of the series of events included in the project “Destination Romania”.
The tickets for the extraordinary Christmas show “Gheorghe Zamfir and Guestsî were issued and may be purchased at the Palace Hall, Cinema Patria, TNB, in Vodafone, Orange, Domo stores, at the Eminescu bookshop, in the network of the EUROLINES & TUI TRAVELCENTER agencies.

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