RadiRo Festival: over 8,000 spectators, 5 European radio orchestras, 15 soloists and conductors at the Romanian Radio Hall !

Between September 20th – 2th 2014,, RadiRo Festival has turned the Romanian Radio Hall into the centre of gravity of the European music!
5 radio orchestras, 8 concerts in 8 days of Festival, over 8,000 spectators, 15 soloists and conductors, 9 works by Richard Strauss performed during the Festival: this is the record of the 2nd edition of the only international festival of radio orchestras in Europe – RadiRo, produced and organized by Radio Romania, whose gates have closed on Saturday, September 27th, at the Romanian Radio Hall!
At the closing concert of the Festival, performed on Saturday, September 27th,  the audience enjoyed listening live in Bucharest the most important French symphony orchestra, Radio France’s no. 1 ensemble: Orchestre National de France, under the baton of a conductor whose name is strongly related to relaunching  the legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow: Vassily Sinaisky. In a city with such a cultural tradition like Paris, Orchestre National de France is the most reputed symphonic ensemble, while its evolution and programming recommend it as one of the most prestigious symphony ensembles in Europe. Sergiu Celibidache was the orchestra’s first guest conductor between 1973 and 1975, followed by Lorin Maazel or Kurt Masur, just to quote a few names. In Bucharest, the orchestra has performed under the baton of conductor Vassily Sinaisky, emeritus conductor of BBC Philharmonic, under whose directorship, from 2010, the Theatre Bolshoi’s orchestra has been internationally relaunched after 5 years of refurbishment works. The soloist of the last RadiRo evening was violinist Vadim Gluzman, a musician with a rapidly ascending career in the US and Europe, very appreciated by the international critics who see in his performances “the revival of the violinist tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries”.
A true demonstration of virtuosity and artistic emotion has given the Romanian Radio National Orchestra, under the baton of American conductor Case Scaglione, together with the Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu, one evening before the closing day, on Friday, September 26th, featuring a programme which gained the unanimous acclaim of the audience: Debussy, Strauss & Brahms.
Organized by Radio Romania, the RadiRo Festival has brought to Bucharest, for a week, European renowned radio symphony ensembles whose evolution is essentially linked to the history of European radio:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and the Romanian Radio National Orchestra, the host of the festival. All concerts have been broadcast live on Radio Romania Culture and Radio Romania Music channels and in streaming live on the Internet on www.radioromaniacultural.ro and www.romania-muzical.ro. The opening concert has been broadcast live by the Finnish national radio broadcaster and by the Romanian Television.

Every evening of the Festival has brought in front of the audience first rate conductors and soloists: Joshua Weilerstein (assistant conductor of New York Philharmonic), Cristian Mandeal (Honorary Director of RadiRo 2014), Tiberiu Soare (principal conductor of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs), Ondrej Lenárd (chief conductor of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra), Stéphane Denève (chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra), Case Scaglione (assistant conductor of New York Philharmonic) and Vassily Sinaisky (emeritus conductor of BBC Philharmonic).
The protagonists of RadiRo evenings have been pianists Jonathan Biss (repeatedly awarded internationally for his musical achievements, he has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel and Antonio Pappano), Jan Simon (soloist and intendant of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Horia Mihail (one of the most appreciated Romanian pianists, a soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs), soprano Katarina Jovanović (known to the audience for her regular appearances on the MEZZO channel) and mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose (who has launched at RadiRo her first album entirely produced in Romania, at the Romanian Radio Publishing House), violinists Alexandru Tomescu (soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs, protagonist, with his famous 1702 Stradivarius Elder Voicu violin of the Stradivarius National Tour), Nikolaj Znaider (a musician acknowledged for the flexibility and diversity of his musical performances; he plays a Guarneri violin which belonged previously to Fritz Kreisler) and Vadim Gluzman (he plays a 1690 Stradivarius Leopold Auer violin).
The Honorary Director of RadiRo Festival 2014 was the Romanian conductor Cristian Mandeal, whose presence and spiritual patronage has brought forward a peerless added value and prestige to the festival. With over 1,000 concerts conducted in 35 countries on 4 continents, Cristian Mandeal has conducted within the RadiRo Festival the concert performed by the Romanian Radio National Orchestra, inaugurated with an extraordinarily refined and sensitive interpretation of the Romanian Rhapsody no. 2 by George Enescu.
9 works by Richard Strauss have been at the foreground of the Festival’s programme: it was indeed this edition of the festival’s intent to celebrate in this way the anniversary of 150 years of the birth of the German composer by featuring a selection of his most representative compositions.
The concerts of the RadiRo Festival have been broadcast on the common platforms of exchange of programmes of Radio Romania’s partners from EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and ABU (Asia – Pacific European Union), with a potential audience of billions of listeners.
Festival’s partners, guests and organizers about RadiRo 2014:

Victor Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania
“I would like to welcome all the exceptional musicians who attend the 2014 edition of the International Festival of Radio Orchestras – RadiRo! Instrumentalists, conductors and internationally renowned soloists are enchanting us these days with their marvelous art and make of Bucharest, for one week, the European capital of classical music. I am proud that Radio Romania is organizing a cultural event of such an European scale. Congratulations!”.

Ovidiu Miculescu, President Director General, Radio Romania:
„From the 20th of September, for a week, Bucharest has become the European capital of classical music at the RadiRo Festival. Radio Romania has reasserted thusly its unique profile in Europe, as the organizer of two extraordinary projects which the Romanian public radio broadcaster supports, finances and promotes: one is the RadiRo Festival, the only musical event dedicated exclusively to radio orchestras, and the other is GAUDEAMUS International Book & Education Fair. It has been a great joy for us to offer you concerts of such a high level, absolutely comparable to what is happening in the world’s major halls. I would like to thank the wonderful artists who have performed, most of them, for the first time at the Romanian Radio Hall, to the orchestras, to the audience and to our listeners. And we’ll meet you again at the 3rd edition of RadiRo Festival, in 2016!”.

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…”

Oltea Şerban – Pârâu, Director of Cultural Media Centre Radio Romania, Artistic Director of the Festival:
“With this festival we have demonstrated that we know how to be together. At the European level, and not only, we have to be aware that the public radio remains an important and powerful vector to promote and preserve cultural values. The International Festival of Radio Orchestras – RadiRo has brought together orchestras from different cultural areas, conductors and soloists who came from the whole world, but who transmitted a common message by means of music: that preserving the cultural identity is indeed a public mission of the highest importance without which we cannot look confidently to the future”.

Stéphane Denève, Chief Conductor of RadiRo International Festival of Radio Orchestras
„Dear new friends of the RadiRo, thank you x 1000 for your wonderful welcome and your fabulous festival! I deeply enjoyed to perform in Bucharest for such a prestigious and well-organized festival. Bravo!”
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”.

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
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