"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 2013.
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.
Interview with Swiss Ambassador Jean-Hubert Lebet, Jun 7, 2014
Read the following interview with Jean-Hubert Lebet, the Swiss Ambassador to Romania, as he talks about Romania, culture and the Sighisoara Academy. Article by Dorina Matiș, from the Romanian National News Agency Agerpres.
Jean-Hubert Lebet Swiss Ambassador at Sighisoara Academy's opening concert last year
Romania has a huge unexploited potential, while the country's image should be improved from within, and the excessive bureaucratic system needs systematization to provide efficient administration, Swiss Ambassador in Bucharest Jean-Hubert Lebet told AGERPRES in an interview.
Since he came to Romania, the relations between Romania and Switzerland had a positive trend in several fields, and the bilateral political dialogue was stimulated. The ambassador credits special circumstances for this evolution, firstly the centennial of the bilateral relations; also, the 20th anniversary of the Sighisoara (northwest of Bucharest) Festival (with the Sighisoara Academy financed by Switzerland), and the 10th anniversary of the Pipe Organ Constructors and Restorers and Craftsmen Cabinetmakers Post-Secondary School in Herman, Brasov County.