2023 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
"A STORY HARP" 4TH EDITION
JUNE 28 - 30
4th Edition – Dance and Fantasy with Adriana Cazacu on harp and Mihai Vaida on flute
At the end of June, the harpist Adriana Cazacu , together with the flautist Mihai Vaida , will give concerts in Bucharest (June 28), Deva (June 29) and Râmnicu Vâlcea (June 30) in a new edition of the National Tour A harp of a story, which it’s called Dance and Fantasy
For this year’s edition of the “A harp of a story” tour, I propose a musical journey with a very close friend of the harp, namely the flute. The joining of the two instruments comes naturally, they have an unbeatable sound complementarity. The choice of the repertoire proceeded naturally, almost by itself. The flute presents itself as a cheerful, playful, dancing character, while the harp envelops the auditorium with diaphanous, sometimes mysterious sonorities, creating a state of dreaminess and poetry. This is how the leitmotif of this tour was born, entitled “Dance and Fantasy”. The programmatic works either belong to the respective genres, or were chosen because they have a story worth hearing. (harpist Adriana Cazacu)
A Storied Harp
A Storied Harp sets out to recreate the musical atmosphere of the early nineteenth century, when the instrument was made in Great Marlborough Street, London, bringing us an anthology of works for solo harp, duets for harp and clarinet, and pieces that interweave the delicacy of vertical harp strings with the acoustics of horizontal piano strings, featuring a repertoire that stretches to the twentieth century.
Joining the clarinet and piano to form an unusual trio, this jewel of an instrument, the double-action Erard harp, symbolises the roots and conservation of the Romanian musical tradition in the most beautiful and optimistic way.
National Tour 2023
A Storied Harp
Born in 1993, Adriana Cazacu began her musical training at the age of 10 at the “Dinu Lipatti” National College of Arts under the guidance of Professor Fraga Ghinea-Berbec. She graduated from the “George Enescu” National Music College under the guidance of Professor Miruna-Elena Vidican.
From a young age, she performed her first recitals and interviews at Casa Radio, as part of the program “Muzicieni de azi, muzicieni de mâine” (Musicians of Today, Musicians of Tomorrow), moderated by Rodica Sava. She has won prizes at national competitions and olympiads. In 2007, she made her first televised appearance. In 2018, she completed her studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest under the guidance of Professor Dr. Ion Ivan Roncea.
Over the years, she has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals at prestigious institutions such as Suțu Palace, Romanian Athenaeum, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Casa Radio, Romanian Youth Palace, Sibiu State Philharmonic, Sala Palatului, and the National University of Music Bucharest. She has collaborated with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, and the Romanian Youth Orchestra for recordings. Since high school, she has collaborated with orchestras in Romania such as the Sibiu State Philharmonic, the Pitești Philharmonic, and the Ploiești Philharmonic. She has been a member of the Romanian Youth Orchestra since 2011 and has performed concerts on some of the world’s largest stages such as Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Berlin, and has participated in projects such as the World Expo in Milan (2015 edition), the American Tour, and the Balkan Tour.
Currently, she is a member of Credidam and the Harpists Association of Romania, a member of the Romanian Youth Orchestra, and an employee of the National Opera in Bucharest.
Mihai Vaida is a representative of the new generation of musicians, whose enthusiastic professionalism has been guided by the renowned flutist Ion Bogdan Ștefănescu. Winning the National Musical Interpretation Olympiad marked the beginning of a promising career. He has achieved personal recognition through concerts performed in his hometown of Târgu-Mureș, as a soloist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in flute recitals and chamber music performances.
As a member of the Romanian Youth Orchestra and a collaborator of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, as well as a doctoral student at the University of Music in Bucharest, the young artist understands the importance of continuous and in-depth study, in the presence of great masters of his instrument. Among them, alongside his mentor Ion Bogdan Ștefănescu, are Marko Zupan, Christian Studler, Anne Catherine Heinzmann, Matthias Ziegler, Mark Fulep, and Wissam Boustany.
National Tour "A Storied Harp" in Bucharest, Deva and Râmnicu Vâlcea, from June 28th to 30th, 2023
In 2023, the “A Storied Harp” tour begins in Bucharest on Wednesday, June 28, at 19:00, in the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum. Tickets for the concert at the Athenaeum can be found at the box office of the George Enescu Philharmonic and online at www.fge.org.ro/calendar
June 28 , 7 p.m
Bucharest, Romanian Athenaeum, Small Hall
June 29, 7 p.m
Deva, Pro Arte Hall
June 30, 7 p.m
Râmnicu Vâlcea, Philharmonic Hall / Zăvoi Park
“Like the previous editions, we want to transpose the audience into a universe full of color, emotion and imagination. We hope that people will listen to our story with love. “(Adriana Cazacu)
- Enescu – Prelude from Suite in old style for piano , op. 3, arrangement Ion-Ivan Roncea, solo harp
- Lauber – 4 medieval dances for flute and harp
- Saint-Saens – Fantasy for Flute and Harp
- Bozza – Image , solo flute
- Debussy – Syrinx, solo flute
- P. Basacopol – Fantasy for flute and harp
- Chertok – Around the clock, solo harp
Cultural Partners and Local Organizers: George Enescu Philharmonic, Deva City Hall, Decebal National College in Deva, “Drăgan Muntean” Cultural Center Deva, Râmnicu Vâlcea Philharmonic.