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Gabriel Croitoru Plays Enescu’s Guarneri del Gesu Violin

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

“Enescu Concerts Series” 2023-2024



The brand-new season of “The Enescu Concerts Series” will kick off with a recital by two internationally acclaimed musicians: violinist Gabriel Croitoru and pianist Horia Mihail. To make it memorable, Enescu’s very own violin Guarneri del Gesu will be brought to London for the concert. The violin was built in 1730 and it has been nicknamed “the cathedral” due to its imposing sonority. “The Enescu Concerts Series” is the longest and most successful programme developed by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.


Programme:

Giuseppe Tartini – Violin Sonata in G minor, The Devil’s Trill Fritz Kreisler – Sicilienne and Rigaudon Fritz Kreisler – Allegretto Antonín Dvořák – Humoresque Edward Elgar – Love’s Greeting W.A. Mozart – Rondo George Enescu – Balladand The Fiddler Felix Mendelssohn - On Wings of Song Fritz Kreisler – Gipsy Caprice Moritz Moszkovski – Guitare Dan Dediu – Moldavian Dance


When: Thursday, 5th of October, 2023, 7PM

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH, London


Gabriel Croitoru has conquered wide audiences with mastery performances being one of the most sought-after Romanian musicians. Currently a soloist with the Philharmonic in Ploieşti and a member of the ‘Transylvanian’ Quartet of the Philharmonic in Cluj-Napoca, he also serves as a Professor at The National University of Music Bucharest.

Gabriel Croitoru has performed as a soloist alongside major orchestras, including the London Royal Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Symphony Orchestras of Monte-Carlo, Salonica, Malaga and Seville. Over the years, he has worked with renowned conductors such as Leopold Hager, Jacques Bodmer and Odon Alonso.

Gabriel Croitoru is the winner of many international awards. In 1991, he won the International Violin Competition "Pablo Sarasate" Pamplona, ​​Spain as well as the Prize for the best interpretation of a work of Sarasate. In 1979, he was awarded the First Prize of the International Violin Competition "Henryk Wieniawski" Lublin, Poland. Other distinctions include the Third Prize at the International Competition "N. Paganini" Genova, Italy and the Special Prize of the Jury at the "Fritz Kreisler" International Competition Vienna, Austria. French media described him as "an exceptional violinist, with an impeccable technique", after winning the Second Prize (first prize not awarded) at the "Zino Francescatti" International Competition Aix-en-Provence, France (1987).


Pianist Horia Mihail has performed in 24 countries on four continents with major orchestras and musicians, including Roman Totenberg, Peter Zazofsky, Andres Diaz and Nathaniel Rosen. He has played with all major Romanian symphonic orchestras and the National Radio Orchestra. “The rhythmic subtlety and articulation of the atmosphere, the sound colour, have been such that this music (Prokofiev) too rarely enjoys”, wrote the Boston Globe in a review of one of his concerts.

Horia Mihail has a Master of Arts degree from The University of Illinois (1995). Previously he attended The National University of Music Bucharest. In 1999, he was awarded the Artist Diploma Degree at Boston University, where he studied with Anthony di Bonaventura. He is also the recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship scholarship.

After teaching for three years at Boston University, Horia Mihail decided to return to his native Brasov. As of 2002, he is the soloist of Brasov’s Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the famous“Romanian Piano Trio”, alongside violinist Alexandru Tomescu and cellist Razvan Suma, with whom he has performed to great success in Romania and abroad. In 2009, he became a concert soloist for the National Radio Orchestra. Currently, Horia Mihail is the Artistic Director of Brasov Philharmonic, and General Director of “Apollonia” Cultural Centre and is very active as both as a soloist and a chamber musician.


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