"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.
In the 21st edition of the Sighisoara Academy, scheduled between August 1-14, the four Spaniards will perform alongside Marie Trottman.
First Secretary of the Embassy of Spain in Bucharest Virginia Gonzalez Martinez, responsible with consular, administrative and cultural affairs told Agerpres yesterday in Targu Mures (northeast of Bucharest) that the Sighisoara Academy, now at its 21st edition, was always a priority cultural project for Spain and therefore the participation of the Leonor Quartet has become a constant.
“Through Mr. Alexandru Gavrilovici [director of the Sighisoara Academy], the initiator of the festival, we have gotten closer and closer to this major cultural event of Sighisoara, supporting the presence of Spanish artists during the festival, as well as during the Summer Academy (…) The Leonor Quartet has participated in several editions of the festival, representing at the highest level each time classical Spanish music. We are speaking of four very talented young musicians that have managed to, in this formula, win numerous national and international awards, among them of not being the well-known ‘Critical Eye’ Award granted to this group in 2011 by the National Radio Channel of Spain’, said Virginia Gonzalez Martinez.
The Leonor Quartet of Madrid is composed of Delphine Caserta (violin), Bruno Vidal (violin), Jaime Huertas (viola) and Alvaro Huertas (cello).
In the 21st edition of the Sighisoara Academy, scheduled between August 1-14, the four Spaniards will perform alongside Marie Trottman, in a show featuring a so-called ‘breaking in’ of the harp donated to the festival by Swiss music lovers.
The Spanish diplomat has shown that, beside the Sighisoara concerts, the Leonor Quartet will hold concerts in August in the towns of Sibiu and Medias (central Romania). She mentioned that, through its name, the Leonor Quartet pays homage to the great Spanish poet Antonio Machado, whose wife was named Leonor.
The Sighisoara Academy is set to open on August 1, 2014, the national day of the Swiss Confederation; this year it was first organized by the Cultura Viva Sighisoara Association of Bern and the Gheorghe Dima Musical Academy in Cluj-Napoca, in a partnership with the Sighisoara Municipality. The event benefits from a Swiss grant.
Article by Dorina Matiș posted in NINE O'CLOCK - http://www.nineoclock.ro/sighisoara-academy-always-a-cultural-project-priority-for-spain/
The debut of the new harp at Academia Sighişoara, Jun 17, 2014
This year, at the 21st festival of Sighisoara Academy, the concert of the 9th August will be dedicated entirely to the harp; one of the oldest musical instruments. The harp was commonly found in Sumaria and Egypt around 3000 years before Christ. 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 such an instrument. The concert on the 9th August will be held by Marie Trottman and The Leonor Quartet from Madrid. At the end of the festival, the Cultura Viva Association will try to find a school in Transylvania to donate this instrument to. In the short interview below you can find out more details about this remarkable opportunity:
Reporter: How did this marvelous idea for purchasing the harp come about?
Marie Trottmann: I had been invited several times to teach and perform at the Academia Sighisoara. During those experiences I was a little surprised at the contrast between the instruments we have in Switzerland and the ones available to schools in Romania. I was saddened because the instruments the students and I had to work with did not offer the chance to deepen the sound effects or support a good technique in the way that a good instrument can. After a discussion with Alexandru Gavrilovici, the president of Cultura Viva Association and founder of Academia Sighisoara, we had the idea of providing a Romanian school with a good quality harp.
Reporter: What was the price for such an instrument?
Marie Trottmann: The price of this harp was 26.000 euro's. Luckily the Carmac Society, who specialises in manufacturing, made a generous gesture and provided us with this instrument, the cover case, the chords for the instrument and the trolley to transport it, all at a very good price. Furthermore, 60 Swiss music lovers helped us to accomplish this project.
Reporter: Why is it so important that the Academy students benefit from such an instrument?
Marie Trottman: As I mentioned earlier, the quality of the instruments; the strings that I had the chance to play in Romania were made out of plastic and the mechanism was old and almost impossible to tune. Because of this, it's very hard to produce a good sound, and sound is the essence of music.
In Romania there are many, many musicians who are talented and passionate, so it is important that they have the chance to develop their talent on good instruments.
Composer Cornel Ţăranu honoured at Academia Sighişoara, Jun 10, 2014
This year, The Summer Academy of Sighisoara will be presenting some outstanding concerts and unique programs. For the first time in its 20 year history, the summer national and international music course will be presenting a concert dedicated solely to a Romanian composer, Cornel Taranu.
As homage to the composer, and in celebration of his 80 years of remarkable compositions, this event will become an annual feature in the Academy’s tradition and in the years to come, we hope to present an annual Romanian evening concert, each interpreted by prestigious artists. This summer’s concert of Cornel Taranu's music will take place on the 3rd of August.
The Academy’s first concert of 2014 will take place on the 1st of August, on the national day of Switzerland. It will bring together two renowned representatives of Switzerland and Romania: Arthur Honegger and George Enescu. The Arcadia Quartet and the Archita Ensemble will perform together a piece by George Enescu at the opening concert. The Honegger piece will be performed by violin and piano.The ensemble was put together by former and current members of the "George Enescu Philharmonic" from Bucharest.
These are just two of the remarkable events prepared for this season of the Academy. During the two weeks of the Academy’s activities, the streets of the Sighisoara Citadel will resonate with the music of the world’s best known composers: Roland Moser, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Leoš Janáček, Ludwig van Beethoven and others. One of the most influential Swiss composers, Roland Moser, will also return to Sighisoara this year along with other important figures such as Katharina Gohl-Moser (the rector of the Basel Music Academy), Xavier Dayer (Bern), the composition teacher of the Academy, Adelina Oprean - violin (Basel), Alexandru Gavrilovici – violin (Bern), Mirel Iancovici – cello (Maastricht), Benjamin Engeli - piano (Basel), Viniciu Moroianu - piano (Bucharest), Vladimir Lakatos - chamber music (München), Irina Gavrilovici - canto (Vienna), Sabine Kaipainen - canto (Thun), Barbara Segal - coreography and baroque dance (London).
This event has produced many years of celebrations of classical music, incredible international and Romanian artists, dedicated teachers and students who have become world-renowned artists. Behind all this work stands Alexandru Gavrilovici, the Romanian violonist who lives in Switzerland, the first concert master in Bern/Switzerland for 34 years.
"The programs of the Sighisoara Academy are constantly reborn through the years in a kaleidoscopic way. Each year’s concerts and artists become the inspiration for the next year’s activities. The 20 years we have accumulated at the Academy testify to the viability of this vision. We are happy that these wonderful artists and students come back each year to the Academy. On behalf of all the members, kind regards and many thanks to the AZOMURES Society for their support" declared Alexandru Gavrilovici.
Academia Sighisoara is co-organised as of this year by Cultura Viva Sighișoara Association (Bern) and Gheorghe Dima Academy (Cluj- Napoca) in partnership with City Hall Sighisoara. The Sighisoara Academy is co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.