The Classix in Focus discussion series put into perspective a number of issues closely related *or not* to classical music in the contemporary context and in relation to a suite of constantly evolving paradigms. Their role is to facilitate artistic, educational, interdisciplinary and business collaborations, between those just starting out and professionals in the field, both from Romania and abroad.

Classix-in-focus I: Nordic Cultural Entrepreneurship

Open-for-all panel together with Anna Ranczakowska, head of the Act-in-Art network of Nordic & Baltic Countries in Talinn and Eline Melgalvis, cultural advisor at Dextra Foundation of DNB Sparebankstiftelsen in Oslo.

Topics covered by the panel, followed by a Q&A session: Cultural entrepreneurship in the Nordic Countries – why is there a different approach? Art Universities in Europe – approach towards entrepreneurship; When do business and culture meet? The business education of musicians & the cultural education of businesspeople; Value chains and the educational quality of a music festival.


  • Anna Ranczakowska (Act-in-Art)
  • Eline Melgalvis (Dextra Musica a DNB Sparebankstiftelsen)

Moderator: Dragoș Cantea

Tuesday, 16 March 2021
13:00 – 15:00

Classix-in-focus II: Steinway & Sons: Entrepreneurship, Tradition, Innovation

Open-for-all dialogue with Norwegian Gisle Daus, General Manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Oslo, introducing the S&S brand and their tradition, innovation, market, and business strategies. An online tour through the gallery, followed by a Q&A session: What makes a Steinway piano so great? Piano building – costs, duration, maintenance, location, materials; What is the market of a piano store? What business approach does a dealer have? Innovation – where is the instrument heading and how did technology influence the industry?

Speaker: Gisle Daus (Steinway & Sons Norway)

Moderator: Dragoș Cantea

13:00 - 15:00

Book release: Year of Wonder. Classical music for every day

“We are a species bent on making music – we have always been and will continue to be – and the ability of music to explore, express, and probe what man and humanity itself remain one of the greatest collective gifts.” Clemency Burton-Hill

Vellant Publishing House, Cărturești Bookstores and Classix Festival had the pleasure of organizing the launch event of the book Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill.


Dragoș Cantea, concert pianist and artistic director of Classix

Simona Radu, co-founder of Vellant Publishing House

Cristina Stănciulescu, journalist

Berti Barbera, musician and publicist

Ana Maria Onisei, journalist and translator of the book

Moderator: Cătălin Sava, journalist


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