RadiRo – International Festival of Radio Orchestras
2nd edition

Between September 20th – 27th, 2014, Bucharest will be endowed once again with the enthralling fervour and artistic vigour of a vivid European capital at the 2nd edition of RadiRo – International Festival of Radio Orchestras!

For an entire week, at the end of September, the concert hall and the ‘sound podium’ will join together at the RadiRo Festival, a unique musical event in Europe, which will bring in Bucharest 5 radio orchestras, along with internationally renowned soloists and conductors!

The Festival is organized by Radio Romania, a friend and devoted supporter of classical music, who, ever since 1928, when the first radio signal has been sent into ether, continues to provide to its listeners both musical jewels broadcast on radio waves and live musical productions performed at the Romanian Radio Hall!

And if the National Radio has brought to the Romanians’ houses, across decades, the magic baton of Herbert von Karajan, the violin of Yehudi Menuhin or live broadcasts from George Enescu International Festival or from various first-rate European musical events, RadiRo is pleased to invite you, at its 2nd edition, to step into the concert hall and listen live to outstanding orchestras and musicians whom the Romanian public has mostly had the privilege to listen only on the radio by now!

In 2012, the first edition of RadiRo has brought on the Romanian musical stage prestigious symphony ensembles such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

This year, at its 2nd edition, the 8 days of Festival will see performing in Bucharest the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and the Romanian Radio National Orchestra, under the baton of world acclaimed conductors: Joshua Weilerstein, Ondrej Lenárd, Stéphane Denève, Case Scaglione, Vassily Sinaisky, Tiberiu Soare and Cristian Mandeal.

Virtuosos of a refined artistic sensibility will perform during the RadiRo evenings: pianist Jonathan Biss, soprano Katarina Jovanovic, pianist Jan Simon, together with violinists Nikolaj Znaider and Vadim Gluzman, mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, pianist Horia Mihail, and violinist Alexandru Tomescu.

The remarkable personality of the honorary artistic director of the Festival, conductor Cristian Mandeal, brings about a substantial added value and prestige to the RadiRo Festival. With hundreds of concerts conducted in 35 countries across 4 continents, performing in the company of the most reputed contemporary artists, Cristian Mandeal is today among the great Romanian conductors who belong not only to Romania, but to the entire world. With a peerless refinement and artistic generosity, Cristian Mandeal sparks off in the concerts he conducts – and the audience promptly feels it every time! – a true communication ‘chemistry’ both with the orchestra and the public.

It is precisely the same energy flow that RadiRo Festival aims to convey, so that music may travel freely in the vivid space of the concert hall! You are therefore invited to make a step forward in the journey we’ve started two years ago, so as to enjoy together an event which celebrates the harmony, extraordinary vitality and timeless verity of classical music!