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Artists of Academia Sighișoara at the SwiSSounds Festival, Brăila
Sep 27, 2017

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Concert programme - Academia Sighișoara 2017
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Academia Sighisoara is an international festival and summer academy for young musicians from all over the world. A place of encounter and interchange, a platform for contemporary art in the heart of Romania. The Festival takes place between the 1st and 14th of August each year.

Artists of Academia Sighișoara at the SwiSSounds Festival, Brăila, Sep 27, 2017

Teachers of Academia Sighișoara Alexandru Gavrilovici, Marie Trottmann and Aurelian Băcan will perform in the framework of the SwiSSounds Festival of Classical Music and Jazz, Brăila, organised by the Embassy of Switzerland in Romania and the COLORERIA Association. The first recital will be at 7 pm on the 29th of September and they will also perform a concert for children on the 30th of September at the Lyra Palace, Brăila. Both concerts are hosted by the Lyra - George Cavadia Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Programme of the festival:

Friday, September 29, 7 pm - Concert, Filarmonica “Lyra”

Aurelian Băcan, clarinet (Romania)
Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin (Switzerland)
Marie Trottmann, harp (Switzerland)

Saturday, September 30, 10.30 am - Concert for children, Filarmonica “Lyra”

Aurelian Băcan, clarinet (Romania)
Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin (Switzerland)
Marie Trottmann, harp (Switzerland)

Saturday, September 30, 7 pm - Jazz Concert «Thierry Lang Trio», “Maria Filotti” Theatre

Thierry Lang, piano
Heinri Kaenzig, double bass
Andi Pupato, percussion/drums


SwiSSounds is organised by the Embassy of Switzerland in Romania and the COLORERIA Association (Brăila), in partnership with the Association Cultura Viva Sighişoara, Filarmonica “Lyra” Brăila, Maria Filotti Theatre, City Hall of the Municipality of Brăila and the County Council of Brăila.


Academia Sighişoara at its 24th edition, Aug 1, 2017

Already at its 24th edition, Academia Sighișoara Academy reopens its gates between the 1st and 14th of August to welcome the professors, guest artists and young musicians enrolled in the summer school classes, as well as to present, to the general public, a series of musical events of the highest standard.

Academia Sighișoara is an international festival aimed towards young musicians from all over the world, providing up and coming artists with a medium to meet and converse, a platform for contemporary art and bringing new talents face to face with internationally acclaimed mentors. The academy was founded in 1993 by Romanian born Swiss violinist Alexandru Gavrilovici together with Swiss flautist Heidi Indermühle. What began as a modern masterclass for musicians studying in Switzerland or Romania set in the romantic scenery of the Sighișoara Citadel, soon became an important music festival, receiving extensive worldwide mass-media attention. As per tradition, Academia Sighișoara starts on the 1st of August, Switzerland’s National Day, with the classes and interactive workshops for students taking place between the 2nd – 13th of August. During the course of the festival, every day will end with a concert held by the professors invited to the summer school as well as the guest artists. On the last two days, it will be the young musicians’ turn to take to the stage and present their solo and chamber works or to premiere the new music written during the composition class held by the academy.

In 2017, 18 mentors from countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Canada and Romania, joined by 16 artists from Spain, Switzerland and Romania and an ensemble of traditional Romanian folk music will on the one hand hold masterclasses and workshops for composition, voice, piano, fortepiano, violin, cello, double bass, harp, clarinet, chamber music and Alexander Technique, on the other hand they will perform in the evening concerts of the festival. Over 60 students are expected to arrive from all over the world, 6 of them being beneficiaries of scholarships for exceptionally promising young Romanian artists.

With each edition, the organisers of the festival strive to approach a new musical programme, each completely different from the previous ones. Moreover, each year a new activity or idea is introduced in hopes that it will prove a valuable addition and can become tradition, as was the case of the tribute concerts (with a different theme every year), the Alexander Technique course (inaugurated in 2014 to great success) or the fortepiano class (first held in 2016). The novelty during this year’s edition lies in the compendium of new music produced by young Romanian composers and presented in the concert entitled Muses and Fairies and Icoane Ensemble’s performance of traditional Romanian music in a special event.

Every night, the organisers of the festival offer music lovers a number of concerts with varied themes and repertoires. This year’s edition celebrates Sándor Veress and Dinu Lipatti, composers born on Romanian soil but who have achieved artistic mastery in their adoptive country – Switzerland. Alexandru Gavrilovici, artistic director of the summer school captures the essence of the artistic events: „With the performance of Icoane Ensemble or the Opera in the Citadel we aim to present, the art of traditional Romanian singing and that of the vocal performance in the context of lyric theatre one next to the other. Many musical masterpieces that are part of the Russian heritage are still unknown to the public. True musical jewels will be presented on a night dedicated to Russian classical music. Pianoforte, harp and other traditional instruments will shine through the performances of various pieces in a special repertoire dedicated to each of them. A very special musical encounter of “the highest level” is guaranteed by an encounter between Benjamin Engeli with Arcadia Quartet. The works of the composition class will also be performed alongside Spanish composer Joaquín Turina’s Las Musas de Andalucia, a cycle of chamber music pieces. A very essential chapter of Academia Sighișoara are the chamber music classes. A profounde, what is more, philosophical concert programme is created by the chamber music coordinator Vladimir Lakatos for the concert on the 10th of August. Concerts in which masters perform together with their disciples are a longstanding tradition, characteristic of the Academia Sighișoara. These special events will take place after the final student concerts, as guiding young instrumentalists in their journey towards the “spotlight” of the stage is the primary (and a sacred) objective of Academia Sighișoara.

The entrance is free to all the concerts.


This project was realised with the support of the Municipality of Sighișoara and the Sighișoara City Council.

A cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN).

Organisers: Verein Cultura Viva Sighișoara, Cultura Viva Sighișoara Association

Sponsors and parteners: Azomureş, Embassy of Switzerland in Romania, Swiss Sponsors’ Fund Romania, ProHelvetia, Embassy of Spain in Bucharest, Şcoala din Deal and the „Josef Haltrich” High School Sighişoara, Gaudeamus Cultural-scientific Foundation Sighişoara, Gheorghe Dima Music Academy Cluj-Napoca, Jewish Community Târgu Mureş, Miron Neagu Primary School Sighişoara, Hotel Sighişoara

Parteneri media: Agerpres, Radio România Muzical, TVR Târgu Mureş, Deutsche Zeitung, the weekly newspaper of Mureș Punctul, Radio Son, Făclia de Cluj, Erdé

Conținutul acestui proiect nu reflectă neapărat poziția Municipiului Sighișoara și nu implică nici o responsabilitate din partea acestuia.

Proiectul nu reprezintă în mod necesar poziţia Administraţiei Fondului Cultural Naţional. AFCN nu este responsabilă de conţinutul proiectului sau de modul în care rezultatele proiectului pot fi folosite. Acestea sunt în întregime responsabilitatea beneficiarului finanţării.


Concert programme - Academia Sighișoara 2017, Jul 27, 2017

August 1, Tuesday at 8 pm, Official Opening Concert, City HallJubilee Sándor Veress and Dinu Lipatti I

With Adelina Oprean, violin; Katharina Gohl Moser, cello; Anton Kernjak, piano

Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) – Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 1 (1933)
Sándor Veress (1907-1992) – 5 Klavierstücke (1950)
Sándor Veress  – Sonatina for Cello and Piano (1933)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) – Piano Trio in G Major (1880)


August 2, Wednesday at 8 pm, City HallJubilee Sándor Veress and Dinu Lipatti II

With Duende Wind Quintet: Raluca Ilovan, flute; Adrian Cioban, oboe; Aurelian Băcan, clarinet; Rareș Sângeorzan, bassoon; Cristian Borcan, french horn

Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) – Aubade for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon (1949)
Aurelian Băcan (1985) – Autoportret (2010)
Sándor Veress (1907-1992) – Sonatina per oboe, clarinetto e fagotto (1931)
Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) – Trois pièces brèves (1930)
György Ligeti (1923-2006) – Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1953)


August 3, Thursday at 5 pm, City HallGenaues Hören conference

With Roland Moser, composer


August 3, Thursday at 8 pm, City HallSándor Veress between masters and disciples

With Archita Ensemble: Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin; Adelina Oprean, violin/viola; Momoko Kawamoto, violin; Vladimir Lakatos, viola; Katharina Gohl Moser, cello; Alexandre Foster, cello

Sándor Veress (1907-1992) – Baryton-Trio (arr. for 2 Celli and Viola) (1985)
Roland Moser (*1943) – NEIGUNG für Streichquartett (1969-1972)
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) – Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (1914)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – String Sextet No. 1 in Bb, Op. 18 (1859-’60)


August 4, Friday at 8 pm, City HallTraditional Romanian Music Night

With Icoane Ensemble

Coordinators: Ioan Bocșa, Alina Stan, Ovidiu Barteș


August 5, Saturday at 8 pm, City HallOpera in the Citadel

With the canto students in residence of Irina Gavrilovici and Mira Gavriș, piano

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Giacomo Mayerbeer, Ambroise Thomas, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jules Massenet, Richard Wagner


August 6, Sunday at 8 pm, City HallRussian music from the 20th century

With Adelina Oprean, violin; Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin; Sonia Vulturar, violin; Teodora Buia, violin; Cuarteto Gernika (Andrea Duca, violin; Marta Hernando Jiménez, violin; Alicia Salas Ruiz, viola; Joaquín Fernández Díaz, cello); Mira Gavriș, piano; Anton Kernjak, piano; Marie Trottmann, harp; Flaka Goranci, soprano; Rasa Martisiute, soprano

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) – Elègie for Violin solo (1944)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) – La Marseillaise (1919) transcribed for solo Violin after Claude Joseph Rouget de Lislet (1760-1836)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) – Spring Waters, Op. 14, No. 11 (1894)
Sergei Rachmaninoff – The Answer, Op. 21, No. 4 (1902)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) – Sonata for two Violins, Op. 56 (1932)
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) – Oriental dance and Toccata for Harp
Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) – 2 Nocturnes for Violin and Piano, Op. 16 (1904-’08)
Aleksandr Glazunov (1865-1936) – Novelettes for String Quartet, Op. 15 (1886)


August 7, Monday at 8 pm, City Hallforte + piano = Fortepiano

With Tobias Schabenberger, fortepiano; Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin; Alexandre Foster, cello

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) – Andante con Variazioni in F minor, Hob XVII:6 (1793)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) –  Sonata for Arpeggione (Cello) and Piano in A minor, D 821 (1824)
Franz Schubert – Fantasie for Violin and Piano in C Major, D 934 (1827)
Joseph Haydn – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Hob XV:27 (1797)


August 8, Tuesday at 8 pm, SynagogueLa Harpe en Médaillon

With Marie Trottmann, harp; Vulturar Quartet (Sonia Vulturar, violin; Teodora Buia, violin; Lilla Fodor, viola; Kristóf Jakabffy, cello); Botond Kostyák, double bass

Anton Webern (1883-1945) – Langsamer Satz for String Quartet (1905)
Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) – Notturno for Harp and Strings (1896)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) – Danse sacrée et danse profane for Harp and Orchestra (1904)
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) – Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C # minor (1902)
Arnold Bax (1883-1953) – Quintet for Harp and Strings (1919)
Béla Bartók (1881-1945) – 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (1915), arr. Dan Variu


August 9, Wednesday at 8 pm, City HallSwiss-Romanian meeting in Sighișoara

With Benjamin Engeli, piano; Arcadia String Quartet: Ana Török, violin; Răsvan Dumitru, violin; Traian Boală, viola; Zsolt Török, cello

Frank Martin (1890-1974) – 8 Preludes for Piano Solo (1948)
Heinz Holliger (*1939) – Elis - 3 Nocturnes for piano (1961/1966)
Béla Bartók (1881-1945) – String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Sz. 67 (1915-1917)
Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) – Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 (1887)


August 10, Thursday at 8 pm, City HallDer Welt abhanden gekommen

Chamber music project with Vladimir Lakatos and the students of Academia Sighișoara 2017

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) – Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra (1936)
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) –  Rückert Lieder for Bariton and Quartet with Piano (1901)
Gedeon Klein (1919-1945) – Two Madrigal for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and String Quintet
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) – Mariettas Lied Glück das mir verblieb from the opera The Dead City for Soprano and Quartet with Harp (1920)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) –  Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 (1938)


August 11, Friday at 8 pm, City HallMuses or fairies?

With Petra Kukkamäki, soprano; Anna Weber, soprano; Flaka Goranci, soprano; Cuarteto Gernika (Andrea Duca, violin; Marta Hernando Jiménez, violin; Alicia Salas Ruiz, viola; Joaquín Fernández Díaz, cello); Aurelian Băcan, clarinet; Marie Trottmann, harp; Mira Gavriș, piano; Eliza Puchianu, piano

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) – Las Musas de Andalucia, Op. 93 (1942)
Alexandru Murariu (*1989) – Pasărea măiastră for String Quartet, Clarinet, Harp and Piano and Păcală for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (world premiere)
Aurelian Băcan (*1985) – Ielele and Muma pădurii for Soprano, Clarinet, String Quartet and Harp (world premiere)
Sonia Vulturar (*1990) –  Nocturnalii (Vasilisc și Baljini) for Clarinet, String Quartet and Harp (world premiere)
Alexandru Mihalcea (*1988) –  Zâna: Invocație și Dans for Clarinet, String Quartet, Harp and Piano (world premiere)


August 12 & 13, Saturday & Sunday at 4 & 8 pm, City Hall

Students’ concert: solo and chamber music performances, premiere of the composition class’ works


Academia Sighisoara is organised by the Association Cultura Viva Sighisoara



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