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ROMANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Romanian National Symphony Orchestra assembles the brightest musicians from Romania for a unique creative experience, in the common pursuit of musical excellence.
Touring regularly at leading venues throughout Europe, it has earned a reputation for delivering performances at the highest level characterized by virtuosity, abandon, joy and drama. International tours have brought them to some of the greatest concert venues in Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Spain and France. In 2019, the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra carried out their first-ever tour to the United States of America.
The Romanian National Symphony Orchestra's roots lay in the Romanian Youth Orchestra, a unique artistic and educational program, which was founded in 2008 at the initiative of Artistic Director and cellist Marin Cazacu, with the help of “The Friends of Music – Serafim Antropov” foundation and the Ministry of Culture. Nowadays, the youth orchestra's alumni continue their musical journey with the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, there is an academic program of the orchestra, which aims to give young musicians the opportunity to explore demanding repertoire through courses and joint concerts and more importantly, to enjoy playing music together. To this, the collaboration with esteemed conductors such as Cristian Mandeal, Michael Sanderling, Lawrence Foster, Gabriel Bebeșelea, Kristjan Järvi, Domingo Hindoyan and Cristian Măcelaru and with leading soloists including Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, David Garrett, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Elizabeth Leonskaja and Andrei Ioniță, play an important role.
The Romanian National Symphony Orchestra's latest CD, alongside percussionist Christoph Sietzen, was released in 2018 under the SONY Classical label. The CD entitled “Incantations” presents Avner Dorman’s "Frozen in Time" and Einojuhani Rautavaara’ "Incantations". Other releases include the CD "Lauda Concertata" with works by Emamanuel Sejourne and Akira Ifukube (alongside the Wave Marimba Quartett), released at the Genuin lebel and a double CD with music composed and conducted by Vladimir Cosma, released by the label Larghetto.
The Orchestra is considered the jewel of Romanian musical life and one of the most successful musical projects in the last 30 years in Romania.