The soprano Mihaela Maxim and the Arcadia Quartet, one of the most appreciated groups of this genre in Romania, will perform on December 1, starting at 8:00 pm, at the Studio Hall of Konzerthaus Berlin, providing music enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy works by Ludwig van Beethoven and George Enescu.
Therefore, according to a press release issued by Mediafax, beside works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn – Bartholdy, the program of the conccert will include the seven songs composed by George Enescu based on lyrics by Clement Marot, presented for the first time in Germany.
The Arcadia Quartet consists of Ana Torok (first violin), Rasvan Dumitru (second violin), Traian Boala (viola) and Zsolt Torok (cello); it was founded in 2006, at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj Napoca.
They promptly gained the appreciation of the audience, as well as that of specialized critics, who consider it one of the best quartets in Romania. The quartet also imposed itself fast internationally by winning prestigious competitions, such as International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg (2009), Almere International Chamber Music Competition (2011), Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition (2012) and Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (2014).
The Arcadia quartet performed on some of the greatest stages of the world, as well as in famous festivals, such as Budapest Spring Festival, George Enescu Festival in Heidelberg, Cite International des Arts in Paris, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Salle Gaveau in Paris.
Mihaela Maxim studied at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj. She was a soprano of the National Romanian Opera in Cluj and, at the time being, she is a member of the band Flauto Dolce, performing a wide range of repertoires, from Renaissance to contemporary music.
In 2003, she performed at the UNESCO – UNICEF Grand Gala in Venice and in 2005 she won the Great Prize of the “Haricleea Darclee” Contest.