The Classix Festival Programme: a series of premieres and extraordinary concerts

Classix Festival will be held in Iasi between February 16 and 22, 2020, and this first edition of the event proposes a series of chamber and syncretic concerts and reunites no less than 10 nations from a cultural, diplomatic and economic perspective. 

Classix brings to Iași over 20 international artists in 7 concerts, 3 educational dialogues dedicated to the creative industries and 2 entrepreneurship panels. The concert’s themes are various and will illustrate national traditions, the history of the city, the promotion of cultural diversity, as well as the national heritage at international level.

Festival programme:

Sunday, February 16, at 19:30, the festival kicks off with the Human and Divine concert, at the Roman Catholic Cathedral “Holy Virgin Mary, Queen”, starring the pianist and artistic director of the festival, Dragoș Andrei Cantea. This will be the first piano recital ever held in a Cathedral in Iasi. The interdisciplinarity that Classix Festival wishes to offer to classical music will be supported visually by projections illustrated on the dome of the Cathedral, thus transforming the usual concert experience into a syncretic one.

On Monday, February 17, from 19:00, the Romantic Concert takes place at the Palace of Culture, Henri Coanda Hall, performed by South Korean pianist Victor Lim and Norwegian cellist Sandra Lied-Haga. The two will play compositions signed by Fauré, Schumann and Rahmaninov.

On Tuesday, February 18, at 19:00, the concert Nordic Harmonies takes place, at the Balș House, the Eduard Caudella Hall, played by the Trondheim Soloists. They will perform works by Norwegian composers Edvard Grieg, Alfred Jansen and Johan Svendsen.

Wednesday, February 19th, the Classic or Fantastic? concert is taking place in the foyer of the Palace of Culture in Iași, starting at 19:00. Performed by the Selini quartet, one of the Vienna residency ensembles, this concert marks their debut in Romania following some glaring successes at European level.

On Thursday, February 20, jazz, musical and Hollywood are brought to the fore through The American Dream at Two Pianos concert, performed by Dragoș Cantea and Valeria Lapșin on the stage of the “Mihai Eminescu” University Library in Iasi, starting at 19:00. The two pianists will highlight American pluriculturalism in opuses to two pianos signed by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

On Friday, February 21, starting at 19:00, the Jewish Concert takes place on the “Mihai Eminescu” University Library stage. The program of the concert includes the Romanian premiere of compositions signed by the Israelis Amit Weiner (in the interpretation of the pianist Daniel Dascălu) and by Noubar Aslanyan, (in the interpretation of the clarinetist Daniel Paicu). The program of the concert also includes compositions on Jewish themes from the works of Shostakovich and Prokofiev with mixed ensembles made of Romanian and Polish musicians.

On Saturday, February 22, starting at 19:00, the gala concert of the festival takes place: Transfigured Classic at the National Theater “Vasile Alecsandri” Iași. On stage will be the Selini Quartet (Austria) and the Trondheim Soloists (Norway) to perform Arnold Schönberg’s “The Transfigured Night” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “String Octet”, two masterpieces that define and revolutionize chamber music.

The artists who will perform on the stages in Iasi are beneficiaries of prestigious distinctions, soloists with top European orchestras, and previously invited to international chamber festivals. Thus, the program of the festival is honored by the presence and performance of the artists: Sandra Lied-Haga (cello), Victor Lim (piano), Dragoș Cantea (piano), Daniel Dascălu (piano), Valeria Lapșin (piano), Trondheim Soloists, Ana Larisa Iordache (violin), Patrycja Błaszak (violin), Marek Bienkunski (cello), Tudor Bolnavu (violin) and Selini Quartet, composed of: Nadezda Kalmykova (violin), Liubov Kalmykova (violin), Loredana Apetrei (violin), Loukia Loulaki (cello).

As part of the prestigious 62nd Grammy Awards Ceremony, held on January 26, 2020, the award for best immersive album was awarded to Norwegian producer Morten Lindberg for the album “Lux”. The material was produced in collaboration with the Trondheim Soloists, and they will perform at the Classix Festival in Iasi on February 18 and 22.

The festival will also host a series of renowned guest dialogues from Scandinavia on topics such as: value chains between culture, authorities and business, the future of classical music and the production of concerts. These dialogues will be moderated by Ovidiu Mihăiuc and will have the rector of the Norwegian Academy, Peter Tornquist, the Artistic Director of the Telenor Cultural Program, Andreas Sonning and producer Mats Granfors. 

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