National Tour 2020
A Storied Harp
A Storied Harp, open-air recitals in Alba Iulia, 27 June, and Sibiu, 1 July
The first two recitals in the “A Storied Harp” series will take place in Citadel Square, Alba Iulia, on 27 June, and in the plaza of the Thalia Hall, Sibiu, on 1 July, featuring Maria Bîldea on harp, Petru Pane on clarinet, and Oxana Corios on piano. The programme will include a wide variety of works composed for harp, clarinet and piano trio, ranging from the Codex Caioni Transylvanian Dances and Johann Sebastian Bach to Dan Dediu, Isaac Albeniz, Darius Milhaud and Béla Bartók.
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 2020
A Storied Harp
Maria Bîldea was born in Bucharest and started studying to play the harp at the Georges Enesco Music Lycée when she was eight. At the age of twelve, she gave her first recital, and at the age of eighteen, her first concert as soloist at the Romanian Athenaeum. After graduating from the Bucharest Academy of Music in 1986, she joined the Ploiești State Symphony Orchestra as first harp. In 1988, she was invited to join the Thessaloniki State Orchestra.
She was a member of the Thessaloniki Orchestra until 1990, when, at the invitation of Manos Hatzidakis, she joined the Orchestra of Colours. Since 1993, she has also played first harp with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Hellenic Radio and Television. In 1988, Maria Bîldea founded the first harp class at the Thessaloniki Conservatory, and in 1992, she established a class at the Athens Conservatory.
He has taken part in competitions at the Kronstadt Brașov Summer Academy, in 2017, 2018 and 2019, where he worked with clarinetists Emil Vișenescu, Horia Dumitrache (Switzerland), Dan Avramovici, and conductor Horia Andreescu.
He has won First Prize at the Ioan Goia International Competition, Jassy. In November of the same year, he made his solo debut with the Mihail Jora Philharmonic, Bacău, under the baton of conductor Ovidiu Balan. He is a soloist with the Bucharest Engineers’ Orchestra. He won First Prize at the Victor Giuleanu National Competition in 2019.
He was selected by the Remember Enesco Foundation to take part in the May gala concert at the Ion Dumitrescu Philharmonic. He was selected to play in the Simfonietta Orchestra, the youngest wind instrumentalist in the orchestra’s history.
In September 2019, he was invited to take part in the prestigious Georges Enesco Festival, at which he gave two short recitals, and in October he made his debut as a soloist at the Romanian Athenaeum, as part of the Classical is Fantastic season.
First prize at Sofia International clarinet competition 2020
With her every performance, Oxana Corjos reveals a remarkable musical talent combined with consummate piano-playing technique. Growing up in a family of musicians, Oxana Corjos acquired her grounding in music during childhood, tutored by Ioana Minei and Ana Pitiș. She went on to study under maestro Dan Grigore at the National University of Music, Bucharest.
She has received numerous awards at contests held Barcelona (1986) and Rome (1991). In 1992, she received the Cella Delavrancea Award for Cultural Merit.
She has performed in numerous radio and television broadcasts and made special recordings of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven Mussorgsky, Debussy, Richard Strauss, and Prokofiev, among others, for Romanian Radio Broadcasting, some of which have been rebroadcast by Radio Brussels.
In parallel with her career as a concert pianist, she teaches at the National University of Music, Bucharest.
Național TOUR 2020
June 27, 7 p.m.
Alba Iulia, Citadel Square (during the Music Festival)
July 1, 7 p.m.
Sibiu, Esplanade of the Thalia Hall (during the Romanian-American Music Days, 17th edition)
Maria Bîldea – harp
Petru Pane – clarinet
Oxana Corjos – piano
– J.S. Bach – French Suite no. 1 (solo harp)
– Bela Kovacs – Tribute to J.S. Bach (clarinet solo)
– Domenico Scarlatti – 3 Sonatas (harp only)
– Franz Schubert – Serenade, Larghetto and Andante (clarinet / harp)
– Georg Friedrich Häendel – Theme with variations (solo harp)
– Dan Dediu – Rondo a la Münchhausen (harp / clarinet / piano)
– Louis-Claude Daquin – Le Coucou (solo harp)
– Jeanne-Phillipe Rameau – L’Egyptienne, Le Rappel des Oiseaux (solo harp)
– Darius Milhaud – Scaramouche (clarinet / piano)
– Bela Bartok – Romanian dances / arr. Dan Dediu (clarinet / piano / harp)