The “Violoncellissimo” ensemble, in Washington, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the National Culture Day

As a part of the great tour in the United States, the Romanian Youth Orchestra will be present in Washington, too, through the spectacular “Violoncellissimo”, which consists of the group of cellos of the famous Romanian symphonic ensemble led by Professor Marin Cazacu, reads a press release of the Romanian Embassy in the USA.

The concert, which is organized by the Romanian Embassy in Washington together with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, will be hosted by the prestigious Cosmos Club, one of the focal points of the diplomatic life in the American capital city, and will have a double significance: the celebration of the National Culture Day and the launch of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In order to mark both the Romanian and European openings of the events, the program of the evening will include some of our most known composers, along with several of the greatest names of the European musical tradition. At the same time, the repertoire was chosen to highlight the impetuosity, the enthusiasm and the extraordinary skills of the young musicians forming the “Violoncellissimo” ensemble.

“Violoncellissimo” was founded in 2001 by the famous cellist and Professor Marin Cazacu, in order to highlight the talent and musical skills of his students, especially from the cello class. Over the time, the unusual group, with a composition that varies depending on the chosen program, has won a very good reputation, imposing itself both through the quality of the interpretation and the spectacular appearances. In 2008, “Violoncellissimo” amazed the melomaniacs gathered at the Romanian Athenaeum through a concert in which no less than 60 young cellists performed. In 2013, on the same stage, 100 cellists appeared in front of the audience, in an event that increased the excellent reputation of the ensemble, opening its path to the most known national and international stages. In Washington, the ensemble will consist of 9 cellists, one percussionist and one pianist.

From January 6 to 16, 2019, the Romanian National Symphonic Orchestra is the protagonist of the first tour of a Romanian symphonic orchestra in the United States of America. The tour includes seven concerts, the first ones to be held in Florida, at Palm Beach, Miami and Fort Myers, and the tour continues in Detroit and New Jersey, culminating in the Lincoln Center from New York, where the great trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will be the special guest. The concerts will be conducted b Cristian Macelaru and the soloist will be Andrei Ionita, except for those held in New York, where the protagonist will be the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.


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