"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.
We are officially opening year two of our partnership project (2013-2016) on November 6, 2014 with a chamber music concert which will be held at the Public and University Library of Neuchâtel (Place Numa-Droz 3), Switzerland.
Academia Sighisoara is a partnership project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union, and co-organised by the Cultura Viva Sighisoara Association (Bern, Switzerland) along with the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy of Cluj, Romania. To promote the summer academy and festival, we organise chamber music concerts in various locations in Romania throughout the project year. The opening of the concert series of the partnership project traditionally takes place in the native home of the association, in the Land of the Cantons.
Performing at the official opening of the second year, The Linos Ensemble - Felix Renggli, flute (Basel), Marie Trottmann, harp (Neuchâtel), Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin (Bern), Vladimir Lakatos, viola (Munich) and Stéphane Giampellegrini, cello (Luxembourg) - will present works by W.A. Mozart, B. Bartók, C. Debussy, A. Honegger and T. Takemitsu. This event takes place on Thursday (6th November) at 7,30 pm.
”The first concert of this season – within the framework of the partnership project between Cultura Viva Sighisoara Association, Bern and the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy of Cluj - will take place on November 6 in Neuchâtel. This partnership is reflected in the Sighisoara Academy project - the second yearly event of this cooperation - and which, in the first year, presented important musical events." - says Alexandru Gavrilovici, the president of the Cultura Viva Sighisoara Association.
"The Sighisoara Academy project has sought, with great success to date, the creation of a sustainable bridge between these two European countries; countries that actually have much to share artistically. The fact that the concert on November 6 will be held in Neuchâtel, another jewel of the Swiss Cantons, is not accidental. Between Bern, (where Cultura Viva Sighisoara Association resides) and the French speaking Canton of Neuchâtel, there are fascinating differences which through the message of the music can be brought to a common denominator.
Linos Ensemble, takes its name from the famous bard of antiquity, master of mythical characters such as Orpheus and even Heracles. Under this name, the artists of Sighisoara Academy perform a chamber music repertoire with harp. This fascinating instrument is presented by Mrs Marie Trottmann, a renowned personality within the lecturer constellation of the Sighisoara Academy. She will perform together with Felix Renggli, professor at the Academy in Basel and one of the most important contemporary flute players, highlighting the music of Debussy and Villa-Lobos. There will be of course references to Romanian and Swiss musical heritage, which will be represented by Béla Bartók's Romanian Dances and Arthur Honegger’s Sonatina.
We wish to build upon the previous year’s successes in this new artistic year of collaboration with Romania. Thus we have already started on preparing the next edition of Sighisoara Academy, which will take place, traditionally, between 1 and 14 August in the medieval Romanian town of Sighisoara” - states Alexandru Gavrilovici, on behalf of the Cultura Viva Sighisoara Association.
The 21st Sighisoara Academy has come to an end, Aug 15, 2014
Following two weeks of master classes, students of Sighisoara Academy rewarded the public with three nights of music to mark the culmination of the 21st edition of the Festival. The medieval citadel in Sighisoara (the only citadel still lived in) provided the perfect setting for two weeks of classical music, as 17 masters and 60 students captivated audiences with the music of famous composers.
Alexandru Gavrilovici, director of the Sighisoara Academy, considers this years’ edition of the Festival to have been a real success; an opportunity for an elite group of students and professors to come together and learn: “Our goal is to continue this tradition with regard to the three rings principle that has proven to be the core of our Academy, to gather around the founding professors of this Academy the artists who wish to return and, of course, new names who wish to become part of our project. I would like to extend my gratitude to Sighisoara City Hall, the Azomures Company, Les Harpes Camac from France and of course to Mr Ioan Lazar from the Hotel Sighisoara for their support”, he said.
The essence of the Sighisoara Academy is personified by the students who, given the possibility to study, to perfect their art with international maestros and to exchange ideas and information, receive the outside inspiration they need in their musical creativity.
“Taking part in Sighisoara Academy has given us the opportunity to study alongside some extraordinary professors, internationally acclaimed artists. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet them. They are extraordinary musicians who give us the chance to learn and think outside the box.” (Ráhel, harp student, „Sigismund Toduță” Music High School Cluj Napoca)
“These master classes give me the possibility to learn a little more than in school. During these two weeks we study intensively with a teacher that we’ve not had the chance to meet before. Being part of this project also gives us the chance to meet students from other countries and so we can learn how they study, new techniques and methods.” (István, violin student, Art High School Târgu-Mureş)
During this years’ edition the students also had the opportunity to study Alexander-Technik. The first course in this technique was held in April at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, this being the second such course held in Romania.
„I think Alexander Technique is a question of our environment, it’s a question of sustainability because we’re making the same kind of movement thousands of time a day, many hours a day and if we can perform these movements in a way that doesn’t involve extra tension we will not only get through the day, but also through the many years to come when we want to make music without pain and with great joy.” (Angela Schwartz, Alexander-Technik professor, Switerland)
From its inception through to last year’s event, the Academy was financially supported by generous sponsors, whether companies or simply music lovers. With the 21st edition of the Academy, a grant has been obtained through the Swiss/Romanian Cooperation Project. The project for obtaining this grant is a collaboration between Cultura Viva Sighisoara (Bern) Association and the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy (Cluj Napoca). The project is constructed in such way as to enlarge the musical offering and to promote the Academy’s presence all year round through concerts organized in various Romanian cities.
“This event - which has proven its viability and strength through the 20 editions organized with enthusiasm and generosity - deserves all the attention it enjoys as well as the cultural, political and institutional support it receives. “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy is honoured to be part of this project; it is in perfect harmony with our school’s goal. ” (Vasile Jucan, president “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Cluj Napoca)
The concert series of Academia Sighisoara were completed with three wonderful concerts by the students. Besides the solo and chamber music works performed in the Festive Hall of the Sighisoara City Hall during the evenings of the 11th, 12th and 13th August, we had the opportunity to listen to some of the pieces written by the participants of the composer class. They were guided by Swiss composers Roland Moser (Basel) and Xavier Dayer (Bern).
For further pictures of the three events, please check out our Facebook page! Here are the photos of the first evening - Irina Gavrilovici’s (Vienna) singing class and three pianist students performed on 11th August. The albums of the second and final evening captured moments of the chamber music, violin, viola, cello, piano, harp, guitar students’ performances.