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The first day of the 21st Sighisoara Academy has started with the welcoming event and student orientation, followed by a gala concert held at Sighisoara City Hall's baroque room at 8 pm. Viniciu Moroianu (piano) and Alexandru Gavrilovici (violin) performed Arthur Honegger's First sonata for violin and piano and the Arcadia Quartet from Cluj (Ana Török, violin; Rasvan Dumitru, violin; Traian Boala, viola; Zsolt Török, cello) together with the Archita Ensemble (Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin; Mioara Moroianu, violin; Vladimir Lakatos, viola; Stéphane Giampellegrini, cello) have played George Enescu's Octet in C major op.7. We were celebrating the opening of Academia Sighisoara 2014 and also the National Day of Switzerland.

The 21st edition of the classical music summer academy, known as Academia Sighişoara debuted on the 1st of August, Friday evening at the Baroque Hall of the Sighişoara City Hall, with a gala concert that also marked the National day of Switzerland. At the opening concert the famous Romanian pianist Viniciu Moroianu, director of the festival and renowned Romanian/Swiss violinist Alexandru Gavrilovici performed together with the Arcadia Quartet from Cluj-Napoca (Ana Török, violin, Răsvan Dumitru, violin, Traian Boala, viola and Zsolt Török, cello) and the Archita Ensemble (Alexandru Gavrilovici, violin, Mioara Moroianu, violin, Vladimir Lakatos, viola and Stéphane Giampellegrini, cello).
Alexandru Gavrilovici explained the choice of the two pieces for the opening concert, (the First sonata for violin and piano by Arthur Honegger and the Octet for string ensemble in C major, Op. 7 by George Enescu): “For this opening evening, we chose the pieces by Honegger and Enescu - two emblematic composers representing Romania and Switzerland – in order to highlight a closer connection between the two, particularly bearing in mind that George Enescu’s last piece of execution was the First sonata by Arthur Honegger”. 

Among those present at the gala event were Ioan-Dorin Dăneşan, the Mayor of Sighisoara, (a dedicated partner of the Academy), representatives of the Sighişoara Local Council, university professor Adrian Pop (representing the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy of Cluj), Irina Bejan and Marian Bojincă, representatives of the Dezvoltarea Societăţii Civile Foundation, and, not least, the numerous students and teachers of the Academy. The Academy of Sighişoara is happy to be sponsored by the Azomures Society from Targu-Mures, Hotel Sighisoara and the media partners Radio Romania Musical, 24 ore Muresene, Ştii TV, Radio Son Sighişoara, Făclia from Cluj, Radio Arthis Bruxelles, Tîrgumureş and Kronika şi Erdely Naplo.

In keeping with tradition, this years’ Sighişoara Academy debuts on the 1st of August to coincide with the national day of Switzerland. As of this year the event is co-organised by the Cultura Viva Sighişoara Association from Bern/Switzerland and the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca in partnership with the Sighişoara City Hall. The Academy of Sighişoara is financed through a grant from the Swiss contribution to the E.U.


Program of the opening night, Friday, August 1, 8 pm, City Hall


Alexandru Gavrilovici, Violin
Viniciu Moroianu, Piano

Arcadia Quartet:
Ana Török, Violin
Răsvan Dumitru, Violin
Traian Boală, Viola
Zsolt Török, Cello

Archita Ensemble:
Mioara Moroianu, Violin
Alexandru Gavrilovici, Violin
Vladimir Lakatos, Viola
Stéphane Giampellegrini, Cello


Arthur Honegger (1892-1955) - First sonata for violin and piano
George Enescu (1881-1955) - Octet in C major op.7

Photo © Gábor Loránd
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