Continuing the annual tradition established in the season of the Radio Hall, on Friday, the 29th of November, the concert-event dedicated to the National Day of Romania took place. On this occasion, two great musicians who, with their success, make our country’s name known abroad, were the special guests of the evening. Together with the National Radio Orchestra performed a young artist at the beginning of his career – pianist CADMIEL BOTAC, who at the age of 22, has already received many international awards – and the renowned Romanian artist: the conductor NICOLAE MOLDOVEANU, who conducted orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
A precocious talent, CADMIEL BOTAC started to play the piano when he was only 4 years old, in his native town, Sighetu Marmatiei, and then continued in Cluj-Napoca. He took master courses at Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg and at the International Summer Academy in Vienna, and at the age of 10 he won the 1st prize in the contest ‘Young Virtuoso’ (Zagreb-Croatia). In the Radio Hall concert, Cadmiel Botac will perform the famous Piano and Orchestra Concert in A minor by GRIEG.
The evening was opened with the Romanian Folk Dances from Transylvania, a work that belongs to one of the greatest Romanian musicians of the 20th century: the composer and conductor CONSTANTIN SILVESTRI. This year we commemorated 50 years since his death. An outstanding musical talent from his early years of life, at the age of 6, Silvestri already played the piano and the organ, and at the age of 17, he made his debut as conductor at the desk of the National Radio Orchestra, conducting the Rite of Spring (Sacre du Printemps) by Stravinsky and a piece of his own work.
The great musician was later at the desk of the Bucharest National Orchestra and of the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra and is the one who set up the conducting department at the National Music University in Bucharest. A historical moment of his career is also the conducting of the first performance on the stage of George Enescu’s masterpiece, Oedipe, in Romania, in 1958. He left the country when the communist regime came to power and enjoyed an outstanding international career: he conducted ensembles such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and is the one who turned the Symphony Orchestra in Bournemouth (UK) into a worldwide elite ensemble.
The evening at the Radio Hall closed with Symphony in e minor by CÉSAR FRANCK.
A violinist, choreographer, organist and not in the least conductor, NICOLAE MOLDOVEANU is one of the Romanian musicians who has built an outstanding career in the international artistic world. His musical training took him to prestigious European higher education institutions, from the Conservatory in Leipzig (where he studied the organ) to the courses of the Conservatory in Zurich (where he devoted himself to the art of conducting) and then to Basel and Bern, and finally to the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Important ensembles he has conducted over the years include: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, BBC Concert, BBC Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. English Sinfonia and London Mozart Players are among the ensembles with which he has had an excellent collaboration.
At present, the young pianist CADMIEL BOTAC is a Master student of the Academy of Music and Arts in Vienna, in the class of the professor and pianist Stefan Arnold. After the first years of training in his hometown, at the age of 14 he settled in Cluj-Napoca in order to work with the renowned pianist and pedagogue, Daniel Goiti, professor at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy.
A very important event in his artistic evolution took place at “Astana Piano Passion” International Competition in Kazakhstan (2014), where he won the 1st Prize, and was particularly appreciated by the famous pianist Denis Matsuev. Shortly after that, Cadmiel won the “Milano Piano Talents” Competition, “Adilia Alieva” International Piano Competition, in France, and other two international competitions in Brasov and Sibiu.
Cadmiel Botac has given concerts with the National Orchestra in Kazakhstan and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Irkutsk, at the “Stars on Baikal” festival, and in the country with the Radio Bucharest Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestras in Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Bacau, Satu-Mare, Arad. He has given solo recitals in USA, Luxembourg, Croatia, Italy, France, Russia, Germany and Austria.