President Klaus Iohannis on Monday decorated the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, and also professor Eli Androne-Petru – professor at the Secondary School “Dr. Aurel Vlad” from Orastie and Corneliu Brudascu – painter and illustrator, in a ceremony held at the Cotroceni Palace.
President Klaus Iohannis bestowed the “Cultural Merit” Order in rank of Great Officer, the F Category – “Promotion of culture,” to the Philharmonic, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the establishment of the Romanian Philharmonic Society, for “its artistic majesty and its special place in the cultural-artistic life of the country, for its devotion and professionalism in promoting the values of Romanian and international music on the great stages of the world.”
The decorations were made upon the proposal of Minister of Culture and National Identity Lucian Romascanu.
“In 2018, the “George Enescu” Philharmonic celebrates one century and a half since establishment. We celebrate at the same time 130 years since the building of the Romanian Athenaeum, one of the symbol-edifices of the national culture, and 120 years since George Enescu’s debut. There are only a few special moments in the history of an institution which existence is entangled with the history of modern Romania and our fundamental aspirations. The National Culture Day is the best occasion for bestowing the decoration on the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, by which the Romanian state shows its highest appreciation,” said the head of the state, according to a Presidential Administration release.