Newly appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Cristian Măcelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. With every concert he displays an exciting and highly regarded presence, thoughtful interpretations and energetic conviction on the podium. He launches his inaugural season at Cabrillo in August 2017 with premiere-filled programs of new works and fresh re-orchestrations by an esteemed group of composers. Among the 2017 season’s highlights are seven world premieres, 11 composers-in-residence, a stunning roster of international guest artists, and two special tributes – one to commemorate Lou Harrison’s centenary and another honoring John Adams’ 70th birthday.

He recently completed his tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Conductor-in-Residence, a title he held for three seasons until August 2017. Prior to that, he was their Associate Conductor for two seasons and previously Assistant Conductor for one season from September 2011. He made his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut in April 2013 and continues a close relationship with the orchestra in leading them on annual subscription programs and other special concerts.

Măcelaru regularly conducts top orchestras in North America including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony and Detroit Symphony, in addition to the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the 2016/17 season, he led the Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester in two separate programs and made debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Weimar Staatskapelle, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. In recent seasons, further international appearances have brought him to Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The 2017/18 season sees Măcelaru opening the National Symphony Orchestra’s season in Washington D.C. and returning to the Philadelphia Orchestra on three subscription programs plus Messiah concerts. He guest-conducts the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta, Seattle, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, San Diego and Vancouver. Internationally he leads the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In Summer 2017, Măcelaru makes his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival and returns to the Grand Teton and Interlochen Festivals. Additionally he leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in two programs at the Mann Center.

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Cristian Măcelaru made his Carnegie Hall debut in February 2015 on a program with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter. A keen opera conductor, in June 2015 he led the Cincinnati Opera in highly acclaimed performances of Il Trovatore. In 2010, he made his operatic debut with the Houston Grand Opera in Madama Butterfly and led the U.S. premiere of Colin Matthews’s Turning Point with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival. In 2019, he returns to the Houston Grand Opera on a Kasper Holten production of Don Giovanni.

Măcelaru came to public attention in February 2012 when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez in performances met with critical acclaim. Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Măcelaru previously received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012, a prestigious honor only awarded once before in the Foundation’s history. He has participated in the conducting programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. His main studies were with Larry Rachleff at Rice University, where he received master’s degrees in conducting and violin performance. He completed undergraduate studies in violin performance at the University of Miami. An accomplished violinist from an early age, Măcelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with that orchestra at the age of nineteen. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons.

Măcelaru formerly held the position of Resident Conductor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he was Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Larry Rachleff and Conductor for the Opera Department. A proponent of music education, he has served as a conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, where he also conceptualized and created a successful chamber music program. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Crisalis Music Project, Mr. Măcelaru spearheaded a program in which young musicians perform in a variety of settings, side-by-side with established artists. Their groundbreaking inaugural season produced and presented concerts featuring chamber ensembles, a chamber orchestra, a tango operetta, and collaborations with dancer Susana Collins, which resulted in a choreographed performance of Vivaldi/Piazzolla’s Eight Seasons.

Cristian Măcelaru resides in Philadelphia with his wife Cheryl and children Beniamin and Maria.

 

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MACELARU GETS TOP REVIEWS FOR CABRILLO FESTIVAL SEASON

Cristian Macelaru closed a magnificent inaugural season at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Festival with much fanfare and glowing reviews …

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CRISTIAN MACELARU IS LAUDED FOR INAUGURAL CONCERTS AT CABRILLO

Cristian Macelaru made a magnificent debut in his inaugural concerts as new Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Festival …

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MACELARU FEATURED IN SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

Of all the reprisals taken in Europe during World War II, none was more emblematic of the Nazi German appetite for carnage and horror than Lidice.

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MACELARU STEPS IN TO LEAD THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW

Cristian Macelaru steps in this week on four days’ notice to lead the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam! He makes his debut …

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MACELARU LEADS PHILLY ORCHESTRA WITH “FITFUL BRILLIANCE”

Macelaru stepped in for the canceled Tugan Sokhiev, gamely conducting Liadov’s witty, sonorous but rarely heard tone poem Kikimora and leading Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with fitful brilliance.

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MACELARU STEPS IN FOR PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that conductor Cristian Macelaru will replace an ailing Tugan Sokhiev for the subscription program this week.

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VIDEO: WATCH MACELARU CONDUCT THE BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK

Watch a video broadcast of Cristian Macelaru’s April 6th performance with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Emanuel Ax …

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CABRILLO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MACELARU’S INAUGURAL SEASON

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival of new orchestral music, celebrates the arrival of its brilliant new Music Director …

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LISTEN: BROADCAST OF MACELARU’S DEBUT WITH BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK

On March 9-11, 2017, Cristian Macelaru made an important debut conducting the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks …

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MACELARU’S GLOWING REVIEW FROM PHILADELPHIA CONCERTS

For those hearing the lusty, extroverted Carmina Burana live after years of experiencing it only on commercials and movie soundtracks, the Philadelphia Orchestra …

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CRISTIAN MACELARU FEATURED IN SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Cristian Macelaru sees music as something that can change us. “Art speaks of who we are, what we have achieved,” said Macelaru …

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MACELARU LEADS MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY IN ‘VIVID PERFORMANCE’

Romance and tragedy took center stage in Friday evening’s Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert as the orchestra, led by guest conductor Cristian Macelaru

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CRISTIAN MACELARU’S CABRILLO FEATURE IN SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

When Marin Alsop assumed artistic control of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music back in 1992, she commonly had to endure people mispronouncing her first name …

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MACELARU LEADS SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY IN “A ROUSING PERFORMANCE”

When you’ve got the right performers, just about anything goes well with the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. This weekend at Powell Symphony Hall …

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REVIEW FROM HERALD SCOTLAND: “MACELARU IS THE REAL MCCOY”

Could we have asked for more? The RSNO produced the goods on Saturday with a conductor new to its books. His name is Cristian Macelaru …

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MACELARU APPOINTED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF CABRILLO FESTIVAL

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, is pleased to appoint Cristian Macelaru as its new Music Director and Conductor. Macelaru takes on the position with immediate effect …

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HEAR MARSALIS VIOLIN CONCERTO BROADCAST FROM HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Conductor Cristian Macelaru and violinist Nicola Benedetti’s July 28th Westcoast premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the …

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L.A. TIMES LAUDS “BENEDETTI’S SOULFUL, GORGEOUS SOUND”

The sound track Thursday night at the Bowl was the latest merger of jazz and classical traditions with the West Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ new Concerto in D, along with Aaron Copland’s all-American Symphony No. 3.

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MACELARU LEADS U.S. PREMIERE OF “FIREBIRD: REIMAGINED”

Cristian Macelaru, in his role as Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, led the Philadelphians in the North American premiere of Stravinsky’s orchestral …

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MACELARU RETURNS TO MANN CENTER WITH PHILADELPHIA ORCH.

The first concert takes place on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Mann with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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VIDEO: MACELARU CONDUCTS CHICAGO IN HOLST’S “PLANETS”

Watch this video clip of Cristian Macelaru leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in his May 26-31, 2016 concerts on “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolly” from Holst’s “The Planets”, full of brass fanfares and fireworks!

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CRISTIAN MACELARU RETURNS TO CONDUCT CHICAGO SYMPHONY

A regular guest on the CSO podium, this week Cristian Macelaru returns to Chicago to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts May 26-31. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins him for the World Premiere of …

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MACELARU LAUDED FOR POWERFUL PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS

Cristian Macelaru led the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and other works by Prokofiev and Ginastera …

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MACELARU RETURNS TO NATIONAL SYMPHONY AT KENNEDY CENTER

This week conductor Cristian Macelaru returns to the National Symphony Orchestra for concerts at the Kennedy Center. His debut with the NSO came in February 2014 with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. This is his second …

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MACELARU IMPRESSED IN ENIGMA VARIATIONS IN CINCINNATI DEBUT

The conductor, who impressed last summer when he conducted Cincinnati Opera’s “Il Trovatore,” impressed once again in Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations. This work was given as fresh and inspired a performance as one could want.

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MACELARU GARNERS UNANIMOUS PRAISE AT SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY

Măcelaru seemed to expand the orchestra’s dynamic range, enabling them to play more softly than usual, while their loud tuttis had a clarity not often heard in Copley Symphony Hall. This was especially true in Shostakovich Symphony 1.

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MACELARU & SUSSMANN “PROVE ELITE STATUS IN KRAVIS CENTER SHOW”

A South Florida treasure performed a program of masterworks on Monday: the New World Symphony under conductor Cristian Macelaru with Arnaud Sussmann …

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“IMPRESSIVE”: LA TIMES ON MACELARU CONDUCTING LA PHIL

Friday, it was Cristian Macelaru’s turn. The impressive Romanian conductor in residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra is a year Dudamel’s senior. Last month he made his New York Philharmonic debut …

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NY TIMES LAUDS MACELARU’S NY PHIL DEBUT AS “IMPRESSIVE”

For three weeks, on behalf of Rachmaninoff, the New York Philharmonic is putting itself at the disposal of the dazzling 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov. On Wednesday night at David Geffen Hall …

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MACELARU TO MAKE NY PHILHARMONIC DEBUT THIS WEEK

Cristian Macelaru makes his New York Philharmonic debut this week in five concerts with the 24-year-old piano dynamo Daniil Trifonov. In performances at Lincoln Center’s newly named David Geffen Hall, Macelaru conducts …

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MACELARU’S CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYM. DEBUT: “IRRESISTABLE”

‘Irresistable’ is how The Telegraph described Cristian Macelaru’s debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on September 23, 2015. Garnering 4 stars in The TelegraphThe Times and The Arts Desk , Macelaru …

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CRISTIAN MACELARU MAKES BIRMINGHAM U.K. DEBUT

Conductor Cristian Macelaru makes his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra debut on September 23 and 24, 2015 with pianist Simon Trpčeski. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Carl Nielsen’s birth, the program features …

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CRISTIAN MACELARU FEATURED IN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ARTICLE

The Philadelphia Inquirer has published a glowing feature article on Cristian Macelaru in its August 18th newspaper issue, on the heels of his successful Lincoln Center debut.

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MACELARU TO MAKE LINCOLN CENTER MOSTLY MOZART DEBUT

Cristian Macelaru will make his Lincoln Center debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival next month. Scheduled August 14-15, 2015, Macelaru’s program features Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with Lars Vogt.

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CRISTIAN MAKES CINCINNATI OPERA DEBUT THIS WEEK

Conductor Cristian Macelaru makes his Cincinnati Opera debut this week in a production of Il Trovatore. The production stars an outstanding cast, and performances take place on June 18 and 20, 2015.

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Macelaru’s Philadelphia Concerts a Rousing Success

Cristian Macelaru led his 5th subscription program with the Philadelphia Orchestra over the weekend to great success. The Conductor-in-Residence inspired performances that led to standing ovations and rave reviews.

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Tune in Sunday to see Cristian’s Detroit concert

This weekend Cristian Macelaru makes his debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts March 27-29, 2015. Tune in on Sunday, March 29th to see Macelaru lead the DSO!

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Cristian returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra for subscription programs

Cristian returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra for two subscription programs this Spring: March 12-14, 2015 and May 7-9, 2015. He leads the orchestra in Beethoven …

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MACELARU GETS RAVE NY TIMES REVIEW FOR CARNEGIE DEBUT

The New York Times published a rave review today of Cristian Macelaru’s recent Carnegie Hall debut. Of the February 11, 2015 performance, critic James Oestreich wrote:
“… He injected passion and drive …”

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Cristian makes his Carnegie Hall debut on February 11, 2015

Just off the heels of highly successful concerts in Denmark and Germany, Cristian continues to lead the Danish National Symphony on tour in America including in his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra on February 11, 2015.

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National Symphony Orchestra
September 28th, 2017 07:00PM
National Symphony Orchestra
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, D.C., USA
Washington, D.C.
, Washington, D.C.
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Adams, John
Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Copland, Aaron
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, Symphony No.1
Copland, Aaron
Appalachian Spring, Suite for full Orchestra
Bernstein, Leonard
Divertimento for Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
September 30th, 2017 08:00PM
National Symphony Orchestra
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, D.C., USA
Washington, D.C.
, Washington, D.C.
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Adams, John
Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Copland, Aaron
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, Symphony No.1
Carpenter , Cameron (organ)
Copland, Aaron
Appalachian Spring, Suite for full Orchestra
Bernstein, Leonard
Divertimento for Orchestra
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
October 5th, 2017 12:00AM
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Stavanger Concert Hall
Stavanger
, Rogaland
, Norway
Măcelaru, Cristian
Ravel, Maurice
Alborada del gracioso
Respighi, Ottorino
Fountains of Rome
Prokofiev, Sergey
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3
Trpceski, Simon (piano)
Respighi, Ottorino
Pines of Rome
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
October 14th, 2017 12:00AM
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
The Auditorium of Radio France
Paris
, Île-de-France
, France
Măcelaru, Cristian
Astor Piazzolla
Spring and Winter, The Four Seasons of Piazzolla
Vancouver Symphony
October 20th, 2017 08:00PM
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Vancouver
, British Columbia
, Canada
Măcelaru, Cristian
Enescu, Georges
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
Ravel, Maurice
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Chang, Angela (piano)
Dvořák, Antonín
Symphony No.5
Vancouver Symphony
October 21st, 2017 08:00PM
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Vancouver
, British Columbia
, Canada
Măcelaru, Cristian
Enescu, Georges
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
Ravel, Maurice
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Chang, Angela (piano)
Dvořák, Antonín
Symphony No.5
Vancouver Symphony
October 23rd, 2017 08:00PM
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Centennial Theatre
Vancouver
, British Columbia
, Canada
Măcelaru, Cristian
Enescu, Georges
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
Ravel, Maurice
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Dvořák, Antonín
Symphony No.5
San Diego Symphony
October 27th, 2017 12:00AM
San Diego Symphony
Copley Symphony Hall - San Diego, USA
San Diego
, California
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Bizet, Georges
Carmen, Suite No.1
Marsalis, Wynton
Violin Concerto
Benedetti, Nicola (violin)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite
San Diego Symphony
October 29th, 2017 02:00PM
San Diego Symphony
Copley Symphony Hall - San Diego, USA
San Diego
, California
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Bizet, Georges
Carmen, Suite No.1
Marsalis, Wynton
Violin Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite
Philadelphia Orchestra
November 2nd, 2017 07:30PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Wynton Marsalis
Violin Concerto
Benedetti, Nicola (violin)
Holst, Gustav
The Planets
Philadelphia Orchestra
November 3rd, 2017 02:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Wynton Marsalis
Violin Concerto
Benedetti, Nicola (violin)
Holst, Gustav
The Planets
Philadelphia Orchestra
November 4th, 2017 08:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Wynton Marsalis
Violin Concerto
Benedetti, Nicola (violin)
Holst, Gustav
The Planets
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
November 10th, 2017 07:30PM
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh
, Scotland
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Vocalise
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1
Shostakovich, Dmitry
Symphony No. 12, "The Year 1917"
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
November 11th, 2017 07:30PM
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow
, Scotland
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Vocalise
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1
Shostakovich, Dmitry
Symphony No. 12, "The Year 1917"
Bayerische Staatsoper
November 17th, 2017 12:00AM
Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra
National Theatre
Munich
, Bavaria
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Kodály, Zoltán
Concerto for Orchestra
Liszt, Franz
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2
Piemontesi , Francisco (piano)
Bartók, Béla
The Wooden Prince, Suite for Orchestra
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
November 30th, 2017 08:00PM
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Berliner Philharmonie - Berlin, Germany
Berlin
, Berlin
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Kodály, Zoltán
Dances of Galanta
Grieg, Edvard
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Lisiecki, Jan (piano)
Dvořák, Antonín
Symphony No.7
WDR Sinfonieorchester
December 7th, 2017 07:00PM
Cologne Philharmonic
Koelner Philharmonie - Cologne, Germany
Köln
, North Rhine-Westphalia
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mahler, Gustav
Symphony No.1, "Titan"
Philadelphia Orchestra
December 21st, 2017 07:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Handel, George Frideric
Messiah, Oratorio
Barton, Jamie (mezzo or alto voice)
Phan, Nicholas (tenor voice)
Joe Miller, Philadelphia Symphonic Choir
Siurina, Ekaterina (soprano voice)
Stone, Mark (baritone or bass voice)
Philadelphia Orchestra
December 22nd, 2017 07:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Handel, George Frideric
Messiah, Oratorio
Barton, Jamie (mezzo or alto voice)
Phan, Nicholas (tenor voice)
Stone, Mark (baritone or bass voice)
Siurina, Ekaterina (soprano voice)
Joe Miller, Philadelphia Symphonic Choir
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
January 11th, 2018 07:30PM
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center - Dallas, USA
Dallas
, Texas
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Barber, Samuel
Toccata Festival
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2
Abduraimov, Behzod (piano)
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Symphonic Dances for Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
January 12th, 2018 07:30PM
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center - Dallas, USA
Dallas
, Texas
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Barber, Samuel
Toccata Festival
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Symphonic Dances for Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
January 13th, 2018 07:30PM
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center - Dallas, USA
Dallas
, Texas
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Barber, Samuel
Toccata Festival
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Symphonic Dances for Orchestra
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“Macelaru is the real McCoy. He has presence without being showy. He has a fine sense of sweep and structure. In page after page, he brought detail into focus. The majesty of the first movement, not overstated, was pellucid in its direction. In the heavenly slow movement, Time was suspended. And the finale was a musical life force. Let’s get this conductor back while we can afford him.”
“The conductor, who impressed last summer when he conducted Cincinnati Opera’s “Il Trovatore,” impressed once again in Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations. This work, which concluded the evening, was given as fresh and inspired a performance as one could want. Each of the 14 variations – in which a friend of Elgar’s is depicted – had distinctive character, ranging from delicate to blustery. The musicians responded to the conductor’s leadership with polished, expressive playing. Of course, its heart is the “Nimrod” Variation. Here, the conductor began almost imperceptibly, and allowed the music to unfold simply, to its noble climax. The effect was quite moving.”
“What makes Macelaru impressive is the huge sound he gets from the orchestra. He sought boldness, as though wrapping the hall in a thick, heavy velvet Rachmaninoff bow that implied a gift of some extravagance and possibly decadence. For the Symphonic Dances, Macelaru further increased the dosage of orchestra steroids. Even so, details came through well. The rich string playing and wind playing may have been inspired by Macelaru’s work with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the brass blowout had the Chicago Symphony written all over it. The L.A. Phil responded spectacularly.”
“Macelaru seemed to expand the orchestra’s dynamic range, enabling them to play more softly than usual, while their loud tuttis had a clarity not often heard in Copley Symphony Hall. This was especially true in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Also evident in the Shostakovich Symphony was Macelaru’s ability to seamlessly move from soft to loud, and vice versa. His smooth crescendos were like accelerating in a car with a well-calibrated automatic transmission, the shift from one gear to the next imperceptible.”
“Wednesday’s first installment offered the impressive Romanian-born conductor Cristian Macelaru in an auspicious Philharmonic debut, beginning the program with a weighty, surging account of the 1909 tone poem “The Isle of the Dead.”
“Macelaru and the orchestra delivered two nights of fiery, tender and technically excellent music-making. The level of passion and precision achieved on a tight rehearsal schedule was remarkable.”
“He is a consummate master of this realm, a daredevil maybe … He is physically fully engaged as if no separation exists between himself and the music he brings forth. He leads this stellar and courageous orchestra with nuance, precision, vigor and spirit. Macelaru does have a huge heart full of fire. When you are in the concert hall with him you feel it.”
“Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, and with highly regarded appearances in Philadelphia and Chicago under his belt, Romanian-born conductor Cristian Macelaru brought to Birmingham the reputation of a rising star. By the end of the concert, this reputation was largely confirmed. A solid Sibelius Finlandia immediately showed that he is no trickster, but an artist who builds his interpretations on respect and musical insight, almost to the point of self-effacement. Never tempted to over-react to passages of violent disruption, or, at the other extreme, to exaggerate in the [Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony] score’s repeated requests for calm, Macelaru placed the climaxes with unerring instinct and led into and away from them with consummate skill…. The drive towards the final affirmation was irresistible, thanks to the near-ideal pacing of everything that had preceded it.”
“Macelaru was not a showy presence but assured, steady and thoughtful, capable of letting the music breathe and tell its own story. Nielsen’s ‘The Inextinguishable’ … was bold and compelling. Each section of the CBSO gleamed: the strings meticulous and intense, with particularly gutsy violas, the wind sensitive and the brass glorious. And in the final movement, the duelling timpanists were wonderfully exhilarating – surely the embodiment of what Nielsen wanted this music to express, ‘the Elemental Will of Life’.”
“He is the most insightful and serious young conductor out there today.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“He injected passion and drive, and they responded beautifully.”
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“Macelaru’s authority with the music was obvious … His Beethoven showed the best summation of his talent — and why Macelaru is such an up-and-coming figure in his field. Elements other conductors seem to regard as either filler or support beams drew special attention from Macelaru in ways that framed, focused, and threw subtle new light on the foreground elements of Beethoven’s audacious symphony. Macelaru had purposeful but never rushed tempos. All choirs in the orchestration played off one another with operatic theatricality.”
“…this week’s CSO program, with young Romanian-born conductor Cristian Macelaru … proved to be one of the best and most exciting concerts of the season to date. … You could practically touch the respect that the large orchestra reflected back on the conductor, not yet 35.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“The Romanian-born associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra is a thoroughly capable musician who knows his way around much of the 20th century repertory that is Boulez’s specialty.”
“Cristian Măcelaru, making his Cincinnati Opera company debut, was a sensitive accompanist. The orchestra’s playing was immaculate.”
“The orchestra’s associate conductor, Cristian Macelaru stepped in valiantly without changing the program and proved that he had much to offer at a moments notice.”
“Macelaru showed immediate interpretive authority with Ravel’s Rapsodieespagnole- the Prelude of the Night opening just conjuring sensorial realms and earthy evocations. His bold accents and illuminations seemed a clear indication to what he brings to French repertoire. The mystery and the sensual drama of Ravel’s brought to full intoxicating bloom. The woodwinds vibrantly driving the orchestral thrust and the lower strings essayed the lush undercurrent.”

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