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Piano-cello night & Brahms C minor piano quartet
Aug 10, 2014

The debut of the new harp and Cuarteto Leonor concert
Aug 9, 2014

Carte blanche Xavier Dayer and baroque spectacle
Aug 8, 2014

Piano and chamber music concert
Aug 6, 2014

Outstanding performance by Arcadia String Quartet
Aug 5, 2014

Adelina Oprean-Vinciu Moroianu night
Aug 4, 2014

"Academia Sighișoara" is an international festival for young musicians and visual artists from all over the world. A place of encounter and interchange, a platform for contemporary art in the new EU country Romania.

The Festival takes place between the 1st and 14th of August 2014.

Piano-cello night & Brahms C minor piano quartet, Aug 10, 2014

We ended the festival's concert series with a polychromatic program on the 10th of August 2014. Mirel Iancovici (cello) and Benjamin Engeli (piano) performed works for cello and piano by Robert Schumann, Anatolijus Šenderovas and Fazıl Say. They completed the evening with the brilliant Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor together with Adelina Oprean (violin) and Vladimir Lakatos (viola).

Mirel Iancovici was born in Romania. After studying under Serafim Antropov at the Bucharest Conservatory and graduating with Radu Aldulescu and Paul Tortelier, he went on to win many important international competitions such as: "Gaspar Cassado" Florence, Italy -  First Prize and several special prizes; "Imperial Tobacco Cello Competition" Bristol, U.K. -  First Prize and Gold Medal; "Pablo Casals Centenary" Barcelona, Spain -  First Prize. Since then his concert and recital schedule has led to extensive travel throughout Europe and the United States as well Radio/TV recordings and records.
He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, Philharmonie Berlin, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Kennedy Center Washington, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, in Festivals such as "Yehudi Menuhin Festival" Gstaad, "Upper Galilee Chamber Music Days" Israel, "George Enescu Festival" Bucharest collaborating with such distinguished artists as Claudio Abbado, Philippe Entremont, Herman Krebbers, Silvia Marcovici, Raphaël Oleg, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yoav Talmi, Paul Tortelier, Han de Vries, Gerard Wyss.
Mirel Iancovici is currently working as a cello professor at the Maastricht and Brabant Conservatory (Holland) and has given master classes in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Holland, Romania, USA and South Korea.

Sunday, August 10, 8 pm, City Hall

Mirel Iancovici, Cello
Adelina Oprean, Violin
Vladimir Lakatos, Viola
Benjamin Engeli, Piano


Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) - Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) Op. 113. for cello and piano

Anatolijus Šenderovas (1945) - 2 Songs of Shulamith (1992) for cello and piano

Fazıl Say (1970) - Black Earth (1997), originally for piano, arranged for cello and piano by Mirel Iancovici

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) - Piano Quartet in C minor Op.60

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The debut of the new harp and Cuarteto Leonor concert, Aug 9, 2014

The Spanish Cuarteto Leonor (Madrid) performed works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joaquin Turina in the Synagogue on the 9th of August. After intermission the new harp of Academia Sighisoara made it's debut on the stage, Marie Trottmann played two creations for the stringed instrument by Marcel Tournier and Toru Takemitsu. Later on the quartet, Marie Trottmann and Ana Chifu (flute) performed two chamber music works by Arnold Schoenberg and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 

Founded in 2001, the Cuarteto Leonor received its main support and musical inspiration from the historic Melos Quartet, the group with which it completed post-graduate studies in the Musikhochsule Stuttgart before refining itself with musicians such as Rainer Schmidt and Imre Rohmann. From the beginning, this ensemble from Madrid has been developing a continuous concert presence in halls and festivals all over Europe, performing together with musicians like Maria Kliegel, Peter Buck, Tatjana Masurenko, David Pia, Daniel del Pino, José Luís Estellés, Wind Quintet from the Berlin Philharmonic, Enesco Quartet, etc. Throughout the years, it has closely worked with composers like Antón García Abril, Ramón Paus, Alejandro Román and Daniel Schnyder, some of whom have dedicated works to the Cuarteto Leonor.

Its artistic activities include a wide aesthetic diversity, ranging from the performance of classical and romantic repertoires to jazz (during this season, they will collaborate with the New York saxophone player and composer, Daniel Schnyder), collaborations with artists such as the choreographer from the Ivory Coast, George Momboye, and its interest and dedication to the release and dissemination of the Spanish quartet repertoire; a task for which it was awarded the “Premio Ojo Crítico 2011” granted by “Radio Nacional de España”.

Marie Trottmann began to play the harp at the Conservatory of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Then she studied under Chantal Mathieu-Balavoine in the Music Academy in Lausanne, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree with excellence. She moved then to Frankfurt am Main (Germany) to study with Françoise Friedrich at the Music Academy and completed her studies in Pedagogy and Performance (specialising in orchestra) with the highest eminence. She won the first Prize with distinction of the SSPM Interpretation Competition, is engaged as solo harpist for the Tyroler Festpiele, played for an intership with the Berner Symphonie Orchester (Season 2011/2012), she occasionally collaborates with the Frankfurt Operahouse, is the harpist of L’Avant-Scène Opera and plays regulary with diverses orchestras and ensembles. She had the pleasure of teaching and playing for the Festival Academia Sighisoara 2012 and 2013, and for the Festival Autour de la Harpe 2012 and 2013, in Vevey. She teaches at the Music Academy MCA in Switzerland. She has been supported by Lyra Stiftung, Erna und Curt Burgauer Stiftung, Jean Tanner Stiftung, Soroptimist Neuenburg and did masterclasses with Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Godelieve Schrama, Ana-Margit Süss, Jana Bouskova, Isabelle Perrin, Michelle Vuillaume, Park Stickney, Hans Koch, Martin Schütz and Freddy Studer.

With the devoted help of the well known, beloved harpist Marie Trottmann and a group of Swiss music lovers, the Association Cultura Viva managed to purchase a harp for the masterclasses and concerts, offered and sponsored by Les Harpe Camac (France). Read more about the harp here:

Saturday, August 9, 8 pm, Synagogue

Ana Chifu, Flute
Marie Trottmann, Harp

Quarteto Leonor:
Delphine Caserta, Violin
Bruno Vidal, Violin
Jaime Huertas, Viola
Álvaro Huertas, Cello


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - String quartet KV157 in C major
Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) - La Oracion del Torero Op. 34 for string quartet

Marcel Tournier (1879-1951) - Féerie - Prélude et Danse for harp solo

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) - Stanza II for harp and tape

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - Notturno sextet for string quartet, flute and harp

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) - Instrumental Quintet for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp

Photo © Gábor Loránd
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Carte blanche Xavier Dayer and baroque spectacle, Aug 8, 2014

Ana Chifu (flute), Aurelian Băcan (clarinet), Costin Soare (guitar), Andrea Duca (violin), Alexandru Gavrilovici (violin), Lilla Fodor (viola), Stéphane Giampellegrini (cello), 

Anamaria Stamp (piano) and Vladimir Lakatos (conducting) performed Xavier Dayer's works on August 8, 2014. The Swiss composer, first time in Romania, also gave the audience a sneak peek into his brilliant mind by speaking about his creations. 

Xavier Dayer was born 1972 in Geneva (Switzerland). He studied composition in his hometown with Eric Gaudibert and later with Tristan Murail and Brian Ferneyhough in Paris (IRCAM).
Winner of several prizes for composition, (including the Bürgi-Willert Foundation, awarded by Heinz Holliger, and the FEMS Prize of the Sandoz Foundation, awarded by Henri Dutilleux), he has composed for the Grand Théâtre de Genève, l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris, le Festival d’Automne de Paris, IRCAM, the Swiss Chamber Soloists, Contrechamps and many other musicians.

Xavier Dayer teaches composition and music theory in Bern (HKB). Since 2009 he has been head of department of the Master of Arts in Composition and Theory. He was a scholarship student at the Villa Medici in Rome (2008-2009).

Later that night we had the opportunity to attend an open air baroque spectacle in the yard of the City Hall, the Ensemble Musica Poetica (Sabine Kaipainen, mezzosoprano and Tuomas Kaipainen, baroque oboe, recorder with student performers Andrea Duca, Christine Verdon, baroque violin, Réka Adorjáni, baroque cello, Johanna Lieberich, harpsichord) and Contretemps London (Barbara Segal, baroque dance and William Tuck, commedia dell’arte) performed "Mi palpita il cor " (My heart trembles), a baroque spectacle of music, singing, harlequinade, dance and more.


Friday, August 8, 8 pm, City Hall

Carte Blanche Xavier Dayer (1972)

Ana Chifu, Flute
Alexandru Gavrilovici, Violin
Andrea Duca, Violin
Lilla Fodor, Viola
Stéphane Giampellegrini, Cello
Costin Soare, Guitar
Aurelian Băcan, Clarinet
Anamaria Stamp, Piano
Vladimir Lakatos, Conducting

Workshop concert - Program:

De Umbris (2010) for flute and string quartet

De le ceneri (2008) for guitar

Solus cum Solo (2009) for cello        

14 inscriptions (2009) for flute (picc. and alto), clarinet (bass clarinet), piano, violin, cello

Friday, August 8, 10 pm, open air baroque spectacle 

Ensemble Musica Poetica with Contretemps London
Sabine Kaipainen, Mezzosoprano
Tuomas Kaipainen, Baroque oboe, Recorder
Andrea Duca, Baroque Violin
Christine Verdon, Baroque Violin
Réka Adorjáni, Baroque Cello
Johanna Lieberich, Harpsichord
Contretemps London: 
Barbara Segal, Baroque Dance, Choreography
William Tuck, Commedia dell’arte

Mi palpita il cor (My heart trembles)
A baroque spectacle with fireworks of music, singing, harlequinades, dance and more...


Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) - Ti sento o Dio bendato (I feel you o God with the eyes covered) - cantata for soprano, oboe and Basso continuo

Music by Lully and Purcell - Courtly Dance Meets Country Capers, including original choreography by L’Abbée 1725  

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725) - Ardo è ver per te d’amore (I burn for you from love) - cantata for soprano, recorder and Basso continuo

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759) - Mi palpita il cor (My heart trembles) - cantata for soprano, oboe and Basso continuo

Music by Barsanti, Campra, Rameau, Marais - Pantalone and Columbine, including original choreography by Pécour 1712 & L’Abbée 1725  

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759) - Two arias from „Echeggiate, festeggiate“ HWV 119 for soprano, oboe, violin and basso continuo

Photo © Gábor Loránd
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Academia Sighisoara,
a partnership project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.

Association Cultura Viva Sighisoara
Bern, Switzerland


"Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy
Cluj, Romania



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