5 European radio orchestras in 8 concerts at the 2nd edition of RadiRo Festival!

From September 20th – 27th, Radio Romania organizes the 2nd edition of RadiRo Festival, the only European musical event focused exclusively on bringing to foreground the extraordinary diversity of programme, the artistic excellence and performances of the radio symphony ensembles in Europe.

The 8 days of Festival will see performing in Bucharest 5 radio orchestras from Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Romania, featuring a programme dedicated to Richard Strauss’s music, in the occasion of the anniversary, this year, of 150 years of the birth of the great German composer.

The Festival will be inaugurated on Saturday, September 20th, at 7.00 PM, with the concert performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, who will be attending for the first time a Romanian musical event, together with two internationally renowned musicians: the American conductor Joshua Weilerstein and pianist Jonathan Biss. Established in 1927, in a year of great effervescence of the European radio broadcasters, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra undertakes tours in the whole world and is very appreciated in its country of origin, which counts more orchestras per capita than any other country in the world.

The Romanian Radio National Orchestra will be the protagonist of the Festival’s second evening, on Sunday, September 21st, when the ensemble will be performing at home, at the Romanian Radio Hall, under the baton of the Romanian conductor Cristian Mandeal, the Honorary Director of this edition. With over 1.000 concerts conducted in 35 countries on 4 continents, Cristian Mandeal creates in the concerts he performs a true energy flow, a special chemistry between the conductor, the orchestra and the audience. The special guest of the evening will be soprano Katarina Jovanović, a highly appreciated and familiar voice to music lovers from her regular appearances on MEZZO channel.

The third and the fourth day of RadiRo Festival, on Monday, September 22nd, and on Tuesday, September 23rd, will bring on the stage of the Romanian Radio Hall one of the major radio symphony orchestras in Europe: the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, who will arrive to Bucharest accompanied by its chief conductor, Ondrej Lénard and by pianist Jan Simon, two outstanding musicians both in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. The first concert will be conducted by Tiberiu Soare, the leader of the young generation of Romanian conductors, unanimously acclaimed by the audience and specialists alike for the elegance and flexibility of his musical vision. Pianist Horia Mihail, a soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs and a protagonist of the Travelling Piano National Tour, will be the soloist guest of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra’s second evening at RadiRo, in a Strauss & Dvořák programme.

The Festival’s atmosphere will go on on Wednesday, September 24th and on Thursday, September 25th with two concerts performed by Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, a reference ensemble in Germany, which was conducted in the ’70s by the Romanian-born conductor Sergiu Celibidache. The orchestra will be accompanied by its chief conductor, Stéphane Denève, and will perform together with two first rate soloists: violinist Nikolaj Znaider, one of the most flexible contemporary musicians and soprano Ruxandra Donose, who has been recently rewarded by the prestigious Gramophone Magazine.

The Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra will return to perfom on the RadiRo stage on Friday, September 26th, under the baton of American conductor Case Scaglione, with the participation of a musician for whom music has no limits: violinist Alexandru Tomescu. With his famous Stradivarius Elder – Voicu violin from 1702, which crossed Romania in the Stradivarius Tours and was listened in major international concert halls, Alexandru Tomescu is today one of the best known Romanian violinists, a soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs. Alexandru will perform at RadiRo under the baton of Case Scaglione, an associate conductor at New York Philharmonic, whose international career is growing fast. He will come for the first time in Romania, after a series of concerts performed this year together with great orchestras from the United States, China and Spain.

RadiRo will close its gates with an extraordinary concert performed by Orchestre National de France, on Saturday, September 27th, under the baton of conductor Vassily Sinaisky, with the participation of violinist Vadim Gluzman. The first and the most important orchestra of the French Radio Broadcaster, Orchestre National de France has celebrated recently 80 years of existence, continues to approach a vast programme, from the great French composers to contemporary music, and is one of the most active European radio orchestras. Conductor Vassily Sinaisky’s name is linked to the international relaunching of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, in 2010, after 5 years of pause due to refurbishment works. The soloist of the last RadiRo evening, violinist Vadim Gluzman, plays a 1690 Stradivarius ex Leopold – Auer violin, was encouraged by Isaac Stern at the beginning of his musical career and is currently a very solicited violinist in the United States and in Europe.

Ovidiu Miculescu, President Director General Radio Romania:
“I’m deeply honored to be together with you at the Radio Concert Hall, for the second edition of the International Festival of Radio Orchestras. Today, on the second edition of the Festival, we succeeded to bring the classical music to Bucharest – and I tell you this with proud and full responsibility, in order to offer it to the audience of the concert halls and after that to give it back to the whole world. We are doing this by broadcasting the concerts on Radio Romania Music Channel, Radio Romania Cultural Channel, but also on transmission platforms of the European Broadcasting Union and Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, which represents a potential audience of some billions of listeners”.

Cristian Mandeal, Honorary Director RadiRo Festival:
“Now at its second edition, RadiRo – The International Festival of Radio Orchestras has won fast a well deserved reputation in the local cultural landscape. This is undoubtedly a major musical event, unprecedented among other colorful world music festivals. Nationally,this event is intended primarily to fill the huge gap left by the Enescu Festival, both in terms of calendar, as well as in those of the artistic value offered to an enthusiastic audience which is growing every year and is progressively responsive to classical music. Equally welcome is the international dimension of the event, hosting from one edition to another renowned European orchestras, which are brought together in a single space and time so as to give their best, bring an outstanding original approach and engender new evaluations, comparisons and competitions, like true barometers of a higher artistic European climate from where the competitive fair play spirit cannot miss by any means…”

Jan Simon, pianist, intendant of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
“I think that the organization of this festival is a splendid idea. We have tried to do something similar in Prague five years ago, with the Radio Autumn Festival. We have invited then the Radio Symphony Orchestras from Leipzig, Hilversum and Budapest. We couldn’t earn a sponsorship for the second edition. I am glad that Radio Romania has continued this idea and especially at such a level; the second edition of RadiRo will see performing in Bucharest Orchestre National de France, Vassily Sinaisky and Nikolaj Znaider. You have organized an exceptional festival”.

Oltea Şerban – Pârâu, Director Cultural Media Centre Radio Romania: “What makes this Festival truly unique is the fact that it hosts radio orchestras, not philharmonic, opera or other kinds of symphony orchestras. This is important because European public radio broadcasters have engendered a musical and artistic movement all around Europe and, beyond their media role, they have undertaken a cultural mission, which was consistently reinforced by their orchestras and choirs. From this point of view, Romania is proud to have a powerful national radio broadcaster which holds a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, an academic choir, a children’s choir, a jazz band and a folk ensemble, therefore we are well represented among the European public radio broadcasters”.

Markus Lause, Director, Enterprise Business Unit, Vodafone Romania:
“We are honored to support this unique festival in Europe, ever since its first edition, in 2012. We are so very pleased to see today that the RadiRo Festival is on its way to become a landmark on the Romanian and European musical map, from one edition to the other”.

Anca Oreviceanu, Communication Director, Renault Romania:
“We have been together with RadiRo Festival in 2012 and we continue to be the Festival’s partners today, at its second edition. We are proud and honored that Dacia vehicles will transport again the great names of classical music to the concert hall”.

Producer and organizer: Radio Romania
Co-producer: Romanian Television
Under the patronage of the Romanian Government
With the support of: EBU – European Broadcasting Union
Main sponsor: Vodafone Romania
Official Transporter: Dacia
With the support of: Banca Transilvania, Borsec, ARCUB, Catering Romania, Librăriile Cărtureşti

Media partners:
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For further details about the program and guests of this edition of the Festival please visit the Festival’s web page: radiro.srr.ro and the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/radiro.festival.
The last tickets to RadiRo 2014 are available on www.bilete.ro, at all offices of the Romanian Post Company, in the Inmedio Stores bearing the Bilete.ro logo, in the Germanos stores as well as at the Romanian Radio Hall Box Office.