Newly appointed Chief Conductor Designate of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cristian Măcelaru is one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. He takes on this new position at WDR, one of Europe’s leading orchestras, effective with the 2019/20 season.

Măcelaru is Music Director and Conductor of the internationally renowned Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In August 2018, he leads his second season in premiere-filled programs of new works by an esteemed group of composers. Among the 2018 season’s highlights are 3 world premieres, a record-breaking 16 composers-in-residence, a stunning roster of international guest artists, and two special tributes to commemorate William Bolcom’s and John Corigliano’s respective 80th birthdays.

Cristian Măcelaru attracted international attention for the first time in 2012, when he stepped into the breach with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, deputizing for Pierre Boulez. In the same year, he received the “Solti Emerging Conductor Award” for young conductors, followed in 2014 by the “Solti Conducting Award”. Since then, he has performed regularly at the podium of the best American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra. A particularly close collaboration connects him with the Philadelphia Orchestra: Since his subscription debut in 2013, he has been on the podium of this orchestra over 100 times and served there for three seasons as Conductor-in-Residence. Prior to that, he was their Associate Conductor for two seasons and previously Assistant Conductor for one season from September 2011. He continues a close relationship with the orchestra in leading them on annual subscription programs and other special concerts.

In Europe, Măcelaru has been in great demand as a guest conductor with many well-known orchestras and festivals, among others the Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

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The 2018/19 season sees Măcelaru make debuts with the Orchestre National de France, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). He returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonie, Hallé Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Detroit Symphony. In January 2019, he brings the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania on their first-ever tour to the States in commemoration of Romania’s centennial, culminating a 7-city tour at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center in performances with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. On the opera front, he leads a Kasper Holten production of Don Giovanniat the Houston Grand Opera.

Cristian Măcelaru was born in Timișoara, Romania and comes from a musical family. As the youngest of tenchildren, he received instrumental lessons at an early age — like all his siblings — in his case on the violin. His studies took him from Romania to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, University of Miami in Florida and Rice University in Houston, where he studied conductingwith Larry Rachleff. He then deepened his knowledge in Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival in masterclasses with David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury.

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 19. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons.

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

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CRISTIAN’S TWEETS


Events
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
September 13th, 2018 07:30PM
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Younger Hall
Saint Andrews
, Scotland
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Symphony No.35, "Haffner"
Nielsen, Carl
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Simpson, Mark (clarinet)
Prokofiev, Sergey
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Symphony No.1
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
September 14th, 2018 07:30PM
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Hamilton Townhouse
Hamilton
, Scotland
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Symphony No.35, "Haffner"
Nielsen, Carl
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Prokofiev, Sergey
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Symphony No.1
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
September 15th, 2018 07:30PM
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Easterbrook Hall
Dumfries
, Scotland
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Symphony No.35, "Haffner"
Nielsen, Carl
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Prokofiev, Sergey
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Symphony No.1
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
September 16th, 2018 07:45PM
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
St Mary's Parish Church
Haddington
, Scotland
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Symphony No.35, "Haffner"
Nielsen, Carl
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Prokofiev, Sergey
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Symphony No.1
Orchestre National de Lyon
September 22nd, 2018 06:00PM
Orchestre National de Lyon
Auditorium de l'Orchestre National de Lyon
Lyon
, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
, France
Măcelaru, Cristian
Joan Tower
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Bartók, Béla
Dance Suite
Ravel, Maurice
Boléro
Berlioz, Hector
Symphonie fantastique
Orchestre National de Lyon
September 23rd, 2018 04:00PM
Orchestre National de Lyon
Auditorium de l'Orchestre National de Lyon
Lyon
, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
, France
Măcelaru, Cristian
Joan Tower
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Bartók, Béla
Dance Suite
Ravel, Maurice
Boléro
Berlioz, Hector
Symphonie fantastique
RCO Amsterdam
October 18th, 2018 08:15PM
RCO Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam
, North Holland
, Netherlands
Măcelaru, Cristian
Karim Al-Zand
Lamentation on the Disasters of War
Shostakovich, Dmitry
Suite from "The Nose"
Kurt Weill
Die sieben Todesünden
RCO Amsterdam
October 19th, 2018 08:15PM
RCO Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam
, North Holland
, Netherlands
Măcelaru, Cristian
Karim Al-Zand
Lamentation on the Disasters of War
Shostakovich, Dmitry
Suite from "The Nose"
Kurt Weill
Die sieben Todesünden
San Francisco Symphony
October 25th, 2018 08:00PM
San Francisco Symphony
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco, USA
San Francisco
, California
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Anna Clyne
Abstractions
Edouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole
Chen, Ray (violin)
Kevin Puts
Silent Night Elegy (World Premiere)
Strauss, Richard Georg
Der Rosenkavalier, Suite for Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
October 26th, 2018 08:00PM
San Francisco Symphony
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco, USA
San Francisco
, California
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Anna Clyne
Abstractions
Edouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole
Kevin Puts
Silent Night Elegy (World Premiere)
Strauss, Richard Georg
Der Rosenkavalier, Suite for Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
October 27th, 2018 08:00PM
San Francisco Symphony
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco, USA
San Francisco
, California
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Anna Clyne
Abstractions
Edouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole
Kevin Puts
Silent Night Elegy (World Premiere)
Strauss, Richard Georg
Der Rosenkavalier, Suite for Orchestra
Den Norske Opera and Ballet/ National Norwegian Opera Orchestra
November 3rd, 2018 07:00PM
National Norwegian Opera Orchestra
Oslo Opera House - Oslo, Norway
Oslo
, Oslo
, Norway
Măcelaru, Cristian
Grieg, Edvard
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Moog, Joseph (piano)
Shostakovich, Dmitry
Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad"
St. Louis Symphony
November 16th, 2018 10:30AM
St. Louis Symphony
Powell Hall
St. Louis
, Missouri
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Barber, Samuel
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Copland, Aaron
Symphony No. 3
Christopher Rouse
Bassoon Concerto (World Premiere)
Cuneo, Andrew (bassoon)
St. Louis Symphony
November 17th, 2018 08:00PM
St. Louis Symphony
Powell Hall
St. Louis
, Missouri
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Barber, Samuel
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Copland, Aaron
Symphony No. 3
Christopher Rouse
Bassoon Concerto (World Premiere)
Philadelphia Orchestra
November 23rd, 2018 08:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Heggie, Jake
Moby Dick Suite
Barber, Samuel
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Ohlsson, Garrick (piano)
Copland, Aaron
Appalachian Spring, Suite for full Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
November 24th, 2018 08:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Heggie, Jake
Moby Dick Suite
Barber, Samuel
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Copland, Aaron
Appalachian Spring, Suite for full Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony
November 30th, 2018 08:00PM
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Baltimore, USA
Baltimore
, Maryland
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
May Night, Overture
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Symphony No.4
Dvořák, Antonín
Violin Concerto
Bell, Joshua (violin)
Baltimore Symphony
December 2nd, 2018 03:00PM
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Baltimore, USA
Baltimore
, Maryland
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
May Night, Overture
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Symphony No.4
Dvořák, Antonín
Violin Concerto
Halle Orchestra
December 5th, 2018 12:00AM
Halle Orchestra
Bridgewater Hall - Manchester, UK
Manchester
, England
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.4
Brahms, Johannes
Symphony No.3
Halle Orchestra
December 6th, 2018 12:00AM
Halle Orchestra
Bridgewater Hall - Manchester, UK
Manchester
, England
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.4
Brahms, Johannes
Symphony No.3
DSO Berlin
December 19th, 2018 08:00PM
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Philharmonie Berlin
Berlin
, Berlin
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Dvořák, Antonín
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Bell, Joshua (violin)
Bartók, Béla
Dance Suite
Strauss, Richard Georg
Der Rosenkavalier, Suite for Orchestra
WDR Sinfonieorchester
January 24th, 2019 12:00AM
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
Philharmonie Cologne
Köln
, North Rhine-Westphalia
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Alexander Glazunov
Saxophone Concerto
Mussorgsky, Modest
Pictures at an Exhibition
WDR Sinfonieorchester Family Concert
January 26th, 2019 02:00PM
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
Philharmonie Cologne
Köln
, North Rhine-Westphalia
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mussorgsky, Modest
Pictures at an Exhibition
WDR Sinfonieorchester Family Concert
January 27th, 2019 11:00AM
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
Philharmonie Cologne
Köln
, North Rhine-Westphalia
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mussorgsky, Modest
Pictures at an Exhibition
WDR Sinfonieorchester Family Concert
January 27th, 2019 03:00PM
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
Philharmonie Cologne
Köln
, North Rhine-Westphalia
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mussorgsky, Modest
Pictures at an Exhibition
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
January 30th, 2019 07:00PM
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall - Birmingham, UK
Birmingham
, England
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
Prokofiev, Sergey
The Love for Three Oranges, Symphonic Suite
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Hadelich, Augustin (violin)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Symphony No.4
Philadelphia Orchestra
February 7th, 2019 07:30PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Emmanuel Chabrier
España
Joaquín Rodrigo
Concierto andaluz
Falla, Manuel de
El Amor Brujo, Ritual Fire Dance
Ravel, Maurice
Rapsodie espagnole
Philadelphia Orchestra
February 8th, 2019 08:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Emmanuel Chabrier
España
Joaquín Rodrigo
Concierto andaluz
Falla, Manuel de
El Amor Brujo, Ritual Fire Dance
Ravel, Maurice
Rapsodie espagnole
Philadelphia Orchestra
February 9th, 2019 08:00PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Emmanuel Chabrier
España
Joaquín Rodrigo
Concierto andaluz
Falla, Manuel de
El Amor Brujo, Ritual Fire Dance
Ravel, Maurice
Rapsodie espagnole
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
February 22nd, 2019 07:30PM
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
National Concert Hal Dublin
Dublin
, Leinster
, Ireland
Măcelaru, Cristian
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
Russian Easter Festival, Overture
Shostakovich, Dmitry
Concerto for Violincello and Orchestra No. 1
Frang, Vilde (violin)
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
Manfred Symphony
City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra
February 24th, 2019 07:00PM
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall - Birmingham, UK
Birmingham
, England
, United Kingdom
Măcelaru, Cristian
BRSO
February 28th, 2019 08:00PM
Herkulessaal: Münchner Residenz
Munich
, Bavaria
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Britten, Benjamin
Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes
Elgar, Edward
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
Gerhardt, Alban (violoncello)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Symphony No.4
BRSO
March 1st, 2019 08:00PM
Herkulessaal: Münchner Residenz
Munich
, Bavaria
, Germany
Măcelaru, Cristian
Britten, Benjamin
Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes
Elgar, Edward
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Symphony No.4
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
March 15th, 2019 02:00PM
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Amsterdam
, North Holland
, Netherlands
Măcelaru, Cristian
Stravinsky, Igor
Petrushka (1947), Burlesque Ballet in Four Scenes for Orchestra
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
March 15th, 2019 07:00PM
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Amsterdam
, North Holland
, Netherlands
Măcelaru, Cristian
Stravinsky, Igor
Petrushka (1947), Burlesque Ballet in Four Scenes for Orchestra
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Family Concert
March 17th, 2019 12:30PM
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Amsterdam
, North Holland
, Netherlands
Măcelaru, Cristian
Stravinsky, Igor
Petrushka (1947), Burlesque Ballet in Four Scenes for Orchestra
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Family Concert
March 17th, 2019 03:00PM
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Amsterdam
, North Holland
, Netherlands
Măcelaru, Cristian
Stravinsky, Igor
Petrushka (1947), Burlesque Ballet in Four Scenes for Orchestra
Houston Grand Opera
April 20th, 2019 07:30PM
Houston Grand Opera
Wortham Theater
Houston
, Texas
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Don Giovanni
Houston Grand Opera
April 27th, 2019 07:30PM
Houston Grand Opera
Wortham Theater
Houston
, Texas
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Don Giovanni
Houston Grand Opera
April 30th, 2019 07:30PM
Houston Grand Opera
Wortham Theater
Houston
, Texas
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Don Giovanni
Houston Grand Opera
May 3rd, 2019 07:30PM
Houston Grand Opera
Wortham Theater
Houston
, Texas
, United States
Măcelaru, Cristian
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Don Giovanni
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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.”
“Cristian Macelaru made his Cleveland Orchestra debut with a momentous account of Holst’s ‘The Planets’. Talk about planetary alignment. In Macelaru’s performance, all the elements of a vivid and engaging experience were firmly in place, and the impact, musically speaking, was as wide and deep as a large meteor strike. Contrast ran high throughout the performance. Holst’s seven planetary portraits always stand apart from each other, but in Macelaru’s rendering, the musical distance between movements was enormous. Light years versus miles. “Mars” was an intimidating show of force, a rousing display of orchestral unity. Later came “Jupiter,” where Macelaru, music director of California’s Cabrillo Festival, treated the music with cinematic sweep and the horns made robust and noble contributions. “Saturn” and “Neptune” represented the best of the two worlds. Macelaru shaped as a grand crescendo, building up to an irrepressible surge by the subtlest of degrees. The latter, meanwhile, he removed from all time and place; for those moments, there was nothing but radiant strings and the ravishing, disembodied voices of the women in the Blossom Festival Chorus.”
“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’.”
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“Impeccable playing led by an awesomely effective conductor.”
“He is the most insightful and serious young conductor out there today.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“He injected passion and drive, and they responded beautifully.”
“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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North and South
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North and South
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  212 804 8301
  charlotte@primo
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