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Artistic Director Gabriel Bebeșelea

Musica Ricercata was born when a group of musicians from all over Romania took a good look at the region’s musical landscape and decided to offer a new approach, not only to the repertoire, but also to the nature of music-making.

From its inception, Gabriel Bebeșelea assured the artistic and technical direction of Musica Ricercata, gathering the finest musicians and creating diverse and exciting musical programmes, spanning the baroque, classical, romantic and modern eras.

Characterised by an exceptional bond between the conductor and his musicians, Musica Ricercata explores different soundworlds, employing old instruments — flutes made out of wood, baroque oboes, strings woven from gut, theorbo - as well as modern instruments, depending on the programme, and playing each repertoire in the proper manner.

Gabriel Bebeșelea is known to devote himself to researching and rediscovering music and this is very noticeable in the proposed concert concepts, which explore some of history’s neglected musical masterpieces. In fact, the name of the ensemble means “Researched Music” and it was borrowed from György Ligeti’s set of eleven pieces for piano - Musica Ricercata - as an homage to the ensemble’s fellow countryman.

Gabriel Bebeșelea and Musica Ricercata have made a distinctive mark on Romania’s musical scene and are now widening their horizons, employing musicians from all over Europe and delivering a unique strand of creative programmes, always pushing for change and standing for diversity, exploration and excellence.

Photo: Mihai Benea

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