On Friday, December 7 (at 7.00 PM), the first concert held by the National Radio Orchestra after the extraordinary performance under the International Festival of Radio Orchestras – RadiRo, is an event of the same high artistic level!
On the stage of the Radio Hall, the ensemble will perform under the baton of the young American conductor Ryan Bancroft, who has won this year the 1st Prize and the Audience Award at the Malko Contest, one of the most prestigious competitions of this kind in the world, organized in Copenhagen by the Danish Radio Symphonic Orchestra. The Romanian violinist SERGIU NASTASA will be also a special guest of the evening. He lives in Greece, where he is a founding member and concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra “Armonia Atenea” (The Orchestra of the Friends of Music from Athens), and a founding member of Kyklos Ensemble.
The program of the evening includes two “hits” of the classical music: Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, one of the most known and most often performed violin concerts in the world, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no.6 – the “Pathétique”.
Tchaikovsky’s symphony is related to his amazing life story: it is his last composition, whose premiere was conducted by himself at Sankt Petersburg, only 9 days before his death, whose causes are still unknown. The work, whose original Russian title could be rather translated as “the symphony full of passion/excitement”, was often considered an artistic testament and a premonition of the artist, and was included in famous movies like “The Aviator”, “Soylent Green” or “Minority Report”. Speaking about his work, Tchaikovsky said: “I think it is my best work and I love it more than any of my musical children”.
Born in Los Angeles, RYAN BANCROFT followed the classes of the Institutes of Arts of California, where he studied harp, flute, cello, music and Ghanaian dance, and then he specialized in conducting art at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He conducted Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RedNote (a contemporary music ensemble), and the Danish National Orchestra. Ryan Bancroft has completed his musical training at Nationale Master Orkestdirectie within the Amsterdam Conservatory, as well as at the Royal Conservatory of Hague.
At present, the conductor lives in the Netherlans and he has a lot of concerts in Europe, along with Prague Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the National Youth Orchestra, the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra.
SERGIU NASTASA debuted as a soloist when he was only 13, along with the National Radio Orchestra conducted by Paul Popescu. At Manos Hatzidakis’ invitation, in the autumn of 1990, he became a member of the Ton Chromaton Orchestra from Athens. Since the same year, he is a guest professor of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, the Athaeneum Conservatory of Athens, and since 2012 he teaches at the Athinon Conservatory of Athens.
Together with the “Armonia Atenea” Chamber Orchestra, as a concertmaster and soloist, he has a rich activity outside Greece: in UK, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, Czech Republik, Poland, Romania, Hong Kong and China, performing both music of the baroque repertoire and first auditions of the contemporary repertoire. He collaborated with famous soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Radu Lupu, Martha Argerich, Salvatore Accardo, Mstislav Rostropovich, Augustin Dumay.
He is also a founding member of Kyklos Ensemble, together with some of the most important musicians of the Greek stage, and holds concerts with Teodor Currentzis and George Petrou. The recording of the “Alessandro” opera by Georg Friedrich Händel at the DECCA Label has brought him the Diapason d’Or Award.