The Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian Embassy present on Thursday, 18 December 2014, from 19:30, at St’ Joseph Cathedral in Bucharest (19 General Berthelot Street) the Christmas Concert ‘Trumpet and Organ Virtuosity in Baroque Splendour’. Baroque and 20th century masterpieces for the duet Mauro Maur, trumpet; Françoise de Clossey, organ. In the programme – music by G.B. Lulli, J.S.Bach, T. Albinoni, G. Rossini, N. Rota.
The same concert will be hosted on 19 December 2014 by the Roman-Catholic Church of Sibiu. (2 Piaţa Mare 2), in honour of the President-elect of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and on 20 December 2014 by the Roman-Catholic Church in Brasov (19 Mureşenilor Street)
Born in Trieste, in 1958, Mauro Maur obtained his diploma at a very young age and studied with Pierre Thibaud at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris. At the age of 18, he was already sought by famous organists and chamber orchestras in France to take part in important festivals. He obtained the Oder 2008 Award for Career and, in 2009, he was offered the prestigious Sigillo Trecentesco, the most important distinction awarded by the city of Trieste. At the proposal of the President of the Council of Ministers, he was given the Cavaliere dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana medal.
Mauro Maur collaborates with renowned French orchestras, with grand soloists and gives concerts conducted by acclaimed maestros such as Riccardo Muti or Leonard Bernstein. His international career is characterised by an exceptional versatility, which allowed him to play with artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Placido Domingo or the ‘I Solisti Veneti’ ensemble conducted by Claudio Scimone.
During more than 18 years he worked with Ennio Morricone, who dedicated to him many musical fragments in his movies and the ‘Ut’ concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Sharing a close friendship with Giulietta Masina and Federico Fellini, Mauro Maur played at the funerals of both.
Born in 1974, the pianist Françoise de Clossey obtained her degree at the University of Montreal under the guidance of Natalia Pepin, and then studied contemporary music with the founder of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Lorraine Vaillancourt. Having won the Quebec and Canada music contests, de Clossey built a name as a soloist in a number of international festivals, appearing on the stages of many famous concert halls around the world. Apart from Canada and the US, she has had concerts in Italy, France, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, Russia, Latvia, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, South Africa, Singapore, China etc.
Françoise de Clossey has released numerous discs and recorded for radio and television. She worked as an assistant professor at the University of Montreal, the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome and Musica Riva Festival in Riva del Garda. She signed an important discographic contract for a series of recordings in a duet with Mauro Maur, with whom she has been cooperating since 2003.
Francoise de Clossey won the ‘Beato Angelico’ International Award for Ladies in 2006 and the Oder 2008 Award for Career.