Acclaimed as one of the world’s top youth ensembles, the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania has made a name for itself in recent years as Romania’s best and brightest orchestra. Touring regularly at leading venues throughout Europe, it has earned a reputation for delivering performances at the highest level characterized by virtuosity, abandon, joy and drama. The orchestra’s concerts at the Romanian Athenaeum and the George Enescu International Festival are regularly sold out and international tours have brought them to the Gustav Mahler International Festival, Ravello International Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Grande Theatre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence. Forthcoming tours will see them perform in France including for their debut at the Philharmonie de Paris and to Germany, Spain, Brussels and Austria.
The mission of the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania is to attract the brightest Romanian musicians between the ages of 18-35 to create a unique creative experience in the common pursuit of musical excellence. The orchestra’s roots lay in a unique artistic and educational program, which was founded in 2008 following an initiative by cellist Marin Cazacu with the support of the Friends of Music from the Serafim Antropov Foundation. The orchestra’s academic program strives to offer young musicians the opportunity to explore demanding repertoire through master classes and concerts, and more importantly, to participate in the joy of music-making under esteemed conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Kristjan Järvi and Cristian Macelaru and with leading soloists including Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, David Garrett, Elizabeth Leonskaja and Andrei Ionita.
In 2019, the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania will honor of the 100th anniversary of the unification of Romania and Transylvania in their first-ever tour to the United States, led by renowned conductor Cristian Macelaru.
Principal Conductor: Cristian Mandeal
Guests: Cristian Măcelaru, Lawrence Foster, Kristjan Järvi, Horia Andreescu, Christian Badea, Vladimir Cosma, Stefan Geiger, Alexandre Myrat, Tiberiu Soare, Gabriel Bebeșelea, Sabin Păuța
Guest Artist History
Violinists: Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, David Garrett, Aleksey Semenenko, Roman Kim, Liviu Prunaru
Pianists: Elizabeth Leonskaja, Valentin Gheorghiu, Plamena Mangova, Olga Scheps
Cellists: Amanda Forsyth, Andrei Ionita, Marin Cazacu
Percussionists: Emmanuel Sejourne, Peter Sadlo, Bogdan Bacanu
Vocalists: Olga Pasichnyk, Anita Hartig, Nelly Miricioiu, Teodor Ilincai, Valentina Nafornita, Rodica Vica, Ivan Ludlow
International Touring History
October – Vladimir Cosma Project – Palais de Congres de Paris, France
August – Romania-Moldova Project – Young Euro Classic – Konzerthaus Berlin
July – Festival Internazionale delle Orchestre – Milano, Italy
July – Allegra Festival – Bulgaria
July – Varna Summer Festival – Bulgaria
March – “Serghei Lunchievici” National Philharmonic of Moldova
March – March Music Days – International Festival- Ruse, Bulgaria
January – Bozar Concert Hall – Bruxelles, Belgium
December – Celebration of National Day, Istanbul, Turkey
October – Konzerthaus Wien, Austria
September – Grande Theatre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
August – Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany
July – Gustav Mahler International Festival, Dobbiacco, Italy
July – Expo Milano, Italy
July – l’Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Italy
July – Ravello International Festival, Italy
January – European musical project, Paris, France
August – Young Euro Classic – Konzerthaus Berlin
Future Tours and Projects
February 2017 – Tour of France (Geneve, Lyon, Rouen and Lille)
March 2017 – Linz (Bruknerhaus) and Salzburg (Residenz Hall)
May 2017 – Koblenz- Mittelrhein Musik Festival
November 2017 – Auditorio di Madrid, Spain
March 2018 – Brussels, Belgium
August 2018 – Berlin, Germany
October 2018 – Vienna, Austria
November 2018 – Philharmonie de Paris, France
January 6 – January 16, 2019
In 2019, The National Symphony Orchestra of Romania will embark on its first-ever tour to North America in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the unification of Romania and Transylvania, led by Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru. The National Symphony Orchestra of Romania assembles the brightest Romanian musicians between the ages of 18-35 for the common pursuit of musical excellence.
Acclaimed as one of the top youth ensembles in Europe, the orchestra tours regularly to the most prestigious European venues including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus and Paris Philharmonie. They have collaborated with luminaries such as Sarah Chang, David Garrett, Kristjan Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Lawrence Foster, Elizabeth Leonskaja and more.
Recent international tours have brought them to the Gustav Mahler International Festival, Ravello International Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus and Grande Theatre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence. Forthcoming tours will see them perform in France including in a debut at the Philharmonie de Paris and to Germany, Spain, Brussels and Austria.
For their first-ever tour of the States in January 2019, the orchestra will tour with the brilliant young Romanian cellist Andrei Ionita, winner of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. No doubt audiences will be in for a thrilling evening of major Romantic music performed with unmatched verve by Eastern Europe’s brightest virtuosi.
Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Soloist (except January 11-12, 2019 dates)
23-year-old Romanian cellist Andrei Ionita was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2015 XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Ionita collaborates regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania and brings gripping, deeply felt performances to concert halls around the world.
More on Andrei Ionita here.
January 6, 2019 at 2pm: W. Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
January 7, 2019 at 7:30pm: Ft. Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
January 8, 2019 at 7pm: Gainesville, FL, University of Florida, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
January 11, 2019 at 8pm and January 12, 2019 at 8pm: New York, NY, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater (Special Appearance by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra)
January 13, 2019 at 7pm: E. Lansing, MI, Michigan State University, Wharton Center for Performing Arts
January 16, 2019 at 8pm: New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre New Jersey