classix

13 - 19 February
Iași, Romania

festival 2022

A contemporary classic affair

About

The third edition of Classix Festival brought together more than 60 artists from 13 countries, in 8 concerts, 7 film screenings, an art exhibition, a debate, a lecture and a guided tour.

Through the Classix in Art project, 56 young artists benefited from 53 masterclasses, and 5 others were beneficiaries of Classix in Art scholarships, their value being 5,000 Euros.

The festival was held in a hybrid format, totaling a presence of 5,000 people as concert participants, and more than 72,000 viewers watched the online broadcasts.

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Concerts

Sunday, 13 february, 19.30

Elegy of Hope

Monday, 14 february, 19.00

Fata Morgana

tuesday, 15 february, 19.00

Fantaisie d'une Femme

wednesday, 16 february, 19.00

Animal Instinct

thursday, 17 february, 19.00

Back to The Future

friday, 18 february, 19.00

The Viking Rush

saturday, 19 february, 16.30

Friendship in Jazz

saturday, 19 february, 20.00

Primal Instinct

Classix in Focus

Along with the concert sphere, the festival was distinguished by numerous related projects and activities, rendered by the Classix in Focus series of events. Their role is to facilitate artistic, educational, interdisciplinary and business collaborations, between those at the beginning of the journey and professionals in the field, both from Romania and abroad.
In 2022 there were 2 educational dialogues dedicated to the creative industries and an opening and a film screening

Classix in Focus

Classix Festival screening program:

Monday, February 14, 17:00 - special screening in the presence of guests: Dan Lungu (writer) and Andrei Popov (Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum)
Monday, February 14, 19.00
Tuesday, February 15, 19.00
Wednesday, February 16, 19.00
Thursday, February 17, 19.00
Friday, February 18, 19.00
Saturday, February 19, 19.00

Movie projection #newTogether

Documentary film produced by the Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest

What it is now, we know; but what will we do next? During the lockdown period established after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest invited 60 artists from Austria and Romania to reflect on their own artistic future, as well as on the way their art and communities can change during and after the end of the health crisis. The video interventions they sent were posted on the pages of FCA Bucharest and Radio Romania Cultural on social networks. Very quickly, they attracted the attention of tens of thousands of people from both countries.

Given this success, the FCA Bucharest team decided to entrust the well-known and appreciated Romanian theater and film director, Carmen Lidia Vidu, with the production of a large-scale documentary, starting from the video materials of the participating artists.

The documentary #newTogether is a true dictionary of pandemic ideas and states and, at the same time, a unique project in the local cinematographic landscape. It was pioneered and produced by a (foreign) cultural institute, an actor in cultural diplomacy, and not by a film production company.

Concept – Thomas Kloiber / Andrei Popov

Directed by Carmen-Lidia See

Editor / Animation / Sound – Cristina Baciu

A project supported by Raiffeisen Bank Romania

Duration – 54 ‘

Production Austria / Romania

Language – Romanian, English; Romanian subtitles

Exhibition „Eroinele” („The Heroines” )

The exhibition is a celebration of the courage, dedication and perseverance of all women who boldly defied the social norms of their times. It brings together portraits of prominent figures from the Czech Republic and Romania, who have had or continue to make important contributions to the development and social, cultural, scientific and economic progress. The aim is to convey their impressive stories, but also to pay tribute to those who fought for the world we know today – a world where freedom and equality are fundamental rights, recognized for all social classes.

The “heroines” are brought to Iasi with the support of the Czech Center and the House of Museums (National Museum of Romanian Literature Iasi), whom we thank for their support!

The participants in the opening agree to the use of photographic images and audio and video recordings in order to promote the activities of the festival. Public access is free

17 february - 16 march
10:00 - 17:00, from tuesday to sunday
Casa Muzeelor, The National Museum of Romanian Literature Iași

Lecture in Focus

Lecture: Always exceptional? On women composers in the 20th and 21st Century

ASTRID KVALBEIN – Principal of Norwegian Academy of Music, soprano, musicologist

The lecture is heartily welcoming to all the music students, from singers to instrumentalists, composers, musicologists and pedagogues. 

Still exceptional? 

During the 20th and 21st Century, women composers have claimed space and won many prestigious positions in the western musical world. However, they are still approached as exceptional, in the media, at festivals and concert programmes, in teaching and historical writing. 

Is it possible to imagine a future where women composers are no longer an exception to the rule(s)? Astrid Kvalbein will explore this question in her lecture, by way of historical and recent examples.

wednesday, 16 february
11.00
Simpozion, UNAGE

Panel in Focus

Panel: Feminism in Classical Music

ASTRID KVALBEIN  – Rector Norwegian Academy of Music, soprano, musicologist

VALENTINA SANDU-DEDIU – Professor, musicologist, pianist

CRISTIAN LUPEȘ- Conductor, Manager of Sibiu State Philharmonics 

 

Moderator: 

DRAGOȘ CANTEA – Concert Pianist, Artistic Director

Musical interventions: 

ANNA LIPIAK – pianist

 

Performing aside – how much do we know about female figures in the classical music history / industry?

For centuries, women’s works have been silenced due to social / political context, and one of our missions today as artists is to bring light to some of the most impressive masterpieces that our audience has never encountered before.

Feminism is a hot trend of the twentieth century, and nowadays we’re relating to every field of society with the same issues. 

Women make history too. 

Tuesday 15 february
11.00
Studio hall, UNAGE

Scholarships

The approach of the Classix In Art call for projects came as a form of support and encouragement of artistic practice, reminding us that art and creativity can express what sometimes words cannot.

Together with our main partner, Kaufland Romania, 5 scholarships x 1000 eur were awarded, one for each targeted field. The program enrolled young artists, freelancers, independent artists, students, people without a stable income and residents in Romania.

The theme of this year’s projects was “peace”, and at the end of the three months of creative residency, the selected artists each presented a project relevant to their sphere of interest and their artistic practice. The projects that have an impact in the community and that can contribute to the revitalization of cultural life were targeted.

Winners of Classix in Art Scholarships 2022

Martyna Benedyka is a Polish soprano and visual artist working in a number of different mediums including painting, photography, installation, video and sound art, who graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting in 2014 from Gray’s School of Art, Scotland, UK and is currently studying voice at George Enescu National University of Arts.

Adrian Cîrdei – Harcea Pacea is a street artist from Iași active for 10 years, architect, illustrator and activist, who has created various works, from subtle interventions in the urban fabric, to large-scale murals or installations, through which he tries to challenge the modality in that the common man relates to what surrounds him and to sensitize him on neglected matters or social problems.

Teodora Savu is a beginning playwright and theater director, who graduated from the Bachelor and Master’s courses at the National University of Theater and Cinematography “Ion Luca Caragiale” in Bucharest, specializing in the Art of the Theater Director and, after graduating from the cycle for his master’s degree, he also leaned towards the area of dramaturgy.

Adrian Manolescu Adistu is a digital artist exploring animation, video-mapping, VFX, multimedia installations, holograms, VR and digital printed art, with presences in the Berlin Festival of Lights, Anim’est, Boom Portugalia, Burning Man USA, Crest Theater Los Angeles, OFFOff Cinema Ghent, Utopia Cinema Toulouse, etc., director of surrealist videos and films, teacher of digital art and director of the traveling festival Tripoteca.

Alina Tofan is an actress/performer, multidisciplinary artist who constantly migrates between several artistic territories, experimenting with hybrid formats, as well as co-founder of PLASTIC Art Performance Collective, where for several years, she introduced ecoperformance as a practice and vision on the Romanian cultural scene . He is currently studying for a doctorate – UNArte where he is trying to develop his own methodology regarding eco-performance.

Masterclasses

During the third edition of Classix Festival, with the support of the main partner of the festival, Kaufland Romania, the Classix Masterclasses in Art program was launched.
10 master’s courses were given by musicians with international careers, which facilitated the training of 52 students of universities and high schools with a musical profile in Romania.

Participation in these sessions was based on registration, within the limits of available places and on the basis of evaluations carried out by a committee of specialists in the fields of application.

Bjarne Magnus Jensen (Norway)

Violin

MONDAY, 14 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Anna Lipiak (Poland)

Piano

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Grzegorz Niemczuk (Poland)

Piano

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Stefan Diaconu (Romania)

Flute

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 14.00

Felicia Greciuc (Romania)

Oboe

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Håvard Gimse (Norway)

Piano

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Constantin Barcov (Romania / Sweden)

Bassoon

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Jonas Lyskjær Frølund (Denmark)

Clarinets

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Niklas Kallsoy Mouritsen (The Faroe Islands)

Horn

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY, 12.00

Gustav Rivinius (Germany)

Cello

FRIDAY, 18 FEBRUARY, 10.00

Artists

Quartet

Auner Quartet

violin

Barbara Galante Auner

violin

Daniel Auner

cello

Konstantin Zelenin

violin

Bjarne Magnus Jensen

piano

Dragoș Cantea

cello

Filip Papa

viola

Nora Romanoff Schwarzberg

piano

Florent Mourier

piano

Grace Jee Eun Oh

soprano

Shana Moron-Caravel

quintet

V Coloris

flute

Ștefan Diaconu

oboe

Felicia Greciuc

clarinets

Jonas Lyskjær Frølund

horn

Niklas Kallsoy Mouritsen

bassoon

Constantin Barcov

viola

Doru Costăchescu

cello

Sebastian Vîrtosu

piano

Slávka Vernerová - Pěchočová

violin

Tudor Bolnavu

cello

Gustav Rivinius

double bass

Virgil Florin Prisacariu

piano

Håvard Gimse

percussion

Alexandru Stroe

piano

Anna Lipiak

piano

Daniel Dascălu

clarinets

Daniel Paicu

piano

Grzegorz Niemczuk

Orchestra

Moldovan National Youth Orchestra

Orchestra

Sonos Alumni Chamber Orchestra of UNAGE Iași

percussion

Sorin Rotaru

piano

Toma Popovici

Photo Gallery

Elegy of Hope

Fata Morgana

Fantaisie d'une Femme

Animal Instinct

Back to The Future

The Viking Rush

Friendship in Jazz

Animal Instinct

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