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February 7, 2023

Raluca Enea – harpsichord concert ”J.P. Rameau -250” in Bucharest

Raluca Enea, the artistic director of the Bucharest Early Music Festival that reached its 9th edition, is among others a harpsichord player renowned in Romania and abroad. She held concerts in Romania, Germany, Israel, Norway and Hungary. Beyond her passion for “the nobility’s instrument”, Raluca is a lyrical artist at the Bucharest “George Enescu” Philharmonic and an associate professor and PhD student at the Bucharest National University of Music, an administrative coordinator of the Children’s Medieval Camp, as well as of some early music educational and training projects supported by the Antiqva Association. Recently she founded the first Early Music School in Romania where she teaches harpsichord courses.

A versatile and proactive artist

At this edition of the Early Music Festival, Raluca Enea will hold a recital with a unique program – “Rameau – 250” – inspired from the harpsichord creation of Jean-Philippe Rameau, the Sun King’s musician. The recital will take place on Wednesday, November 13th, at the Anglican Church, at 19:00 hours. The show’s repertoire includes mainly selections from the collections “Pièces de Clavecin” (1724) and the edition for harpsichord of the work “Les Indes Galantes” (1735).Although she is a harpsichord virtuoso who frequently gives concerts in Bucharest or at specialized events in Romania and abroad, Raluca Enea claims one cannot make a living from early music, with a cultivated audience that is different from that of the classical music. This is why she undertakes so many related projects and activities, from teaching and concert planning to festivals, courses and children’s camps. Moreover, she has a basic job as a lyrical artist with the Philharmonic Choir at the Romanian Athenaeum. The School of Early Music which is her most recent project will give children the chance to get a grasp of the early music in all its aspects and to study the harpsichord, the Baroque violin, the flauto traverso, the recorder, and the viola da gamba. Besides courses taught by instructors specialized abroad, the school will offer children instruments to practice while they study independently, as well as the opportunity to give concerts in suitable environments and to receive a sound artistic training.

A too small pair of hands to study the piano, a too small world to study the harpsichord

Raluca Enea was only 4 years old when she started taking piano lessons at the Arts School. When she was in the fourth grade, the teacher realized that Raluca was not going to do well with the piano due to her small hands and suggested she rather tried the harpsichord. When she became a student at the Bucharest National University of Music, she studied musical pedagogy and the harpsichord under the guidance of professor Ogneanca Lefterescu.“During the times of King Louis, harpsichord players were «nobles hommes» while the winds were «joueurs d’instruments» so that harpsichord players should be honored they are noble. I am proud to state that «the harpsichord is the instrument of the nobility». The harpsichords and in general the instruments of those times were minutely ornamented and so was the music, the clothing, the fine arts and the architecture, as well as the other arts. And such ornamentation required a certain level of education, but also knowledge of good taste and refinement. Harpsichord is synonymous with early music, especially the late Baroque. Because both chamber and orchestral ensembles always had one or even two harpsichords (and why not three or four as was the case with Bach?), while the opera could not be imagined without the harpsichord” told the artist.

As of 1999 Raluca Enea was invited to participate in various instrumental and vocal ensembles with which she gave recitals in Bucharest and in other locations in Romania. After she graduated her studies in Romania, she enrolled in specialization studies abroad to further study the harpsichord and chamber music with renowned professors from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA.

As of 2005 she continued her harpsichord and early music studies in Germany under the guidance of professors Harald Hoeren, Glen Wilson and Ketil Haugsand. Then she attended advanced courses held by Menno van Delft (the Netherlands), Frédérick Haas (Belgium), Malcolm Bilson (USA), courses at the Sablé Academy under the guidance of professors Françoise Lengellé and Howard Crook (harpsichord and Baroque canto), as well as chamber music courses with Jan de Winne, Marcel Ponseele and Hervé Douchy (Belgium).

Organizer Antiqva Association


The event is organized with support from the Presidential Administration, the Romanian Ministry of Culture,the Romanian Cultural Institute, the ARCUB Cultural Center and the Bucharest City Hall within the „București 555” Program, the Cotroceni National Museum, the Bragadiru Palace, the Anglican Church, the Cervantes Institute, the Ballasi Institute, Accion Cultural Espagnol, the Romanian Peasant Museum.

Sponsors: Aqua Carpatica, Domeniile Sâmburești, Brâncoveanu, Marshal Hotel, Elmiplant, DACIA.

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