4th – 9th of May 2011 | Bucharest

Classics for Pleasure
Artists 2011 

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Born in 1963, Iurie Florea studied conducting at the State Conservatory “G. Musicescu “in Chisinau. He continued training at the Conservatoire “Rimsky-Korsakov” in St. Petersburg, where he benefited from the guidance of Professor A. Dmitriev.

Participation in various competitions earned him numerous awards, among which _ “Johnny Perlea” (1992) and _ “David Ohanesian” given by the Romanian Music Forum (2008). the country, Iurie Florea has collaborated with works of Timisoara and Constanta and the symphony orchestras of Iasi, Brasov, Oradea, the Sibiu, Ploiesti, Constanta, Bacau, Craiova.

The appreciation he enjoyed by many guests led to invitations overseas, at the panel of Saratov symphony orchestras, Volvograd, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Chernovtsy, Sofia and collaborations with the musical theater in Kaunas, Klaipeda, Minsk, Mersin, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk. Among the artistic personalities with which he had the privilege to collaborate we mention: Renato Bruson, Sergei Larin, Boris Statsenko, Sergei Murzaev, Isabelle Kabatu, Silvia Brown, Georgina Lukacs, Elena Mosuc, Marius Brenciu, Lado Ataneli, Kamen Chanev, Zvetan Mikhailov, Alina Cojocaru, Kaludi Kaludov, Janos Bandi, Pompeii Hărăşteanu, Ion Voineag, Eduard Tumagian, Ruxandra Donose.

Iurie Florea attended national festivals such as “International New Music Week” (1992-2001), lyrical Festival “the Sibiu – European Capital” (2007), edition of “Shakespeare” (Bucharest – 2008), Festival “George Enescu “(2009), lyrical Art Festival of the Sibiu (2009),” Holiday Music “(Piatra Neamt in 2010), and in 2011 he performed with the National Orchestra Radio at Varna Summer Festival.

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The unmistakable voice, the stage personality, the extensive opera and vocal-symphonic repertoire shape the unique career of the mezzo-soprano Viorica Cortez, who performed on all great stages of the world. Sergio Segalini called her „Diva assoluta”, while the French music critics saluted her on front page of newspapers in the ‘70s as „Carmen of the century”.

The most important lyrical theatres invited her to sing along with the most important performers of the moment; Viorica Cortez also worked with the best directors and conductors of the world.

In parallel with stage performance, Viorica Cortez permanently sustained a vast concert activity, with a comprehensive repertoire (lied, vocal-symphonic poem, cantata, oratorio), presented in prestigious halls such as Albert Hall in London, Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall in New York, Opera in Paris, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, etc.

Viorica Cortez is the guest of famous international competitions and delivers frequently artistry courses in Europe, with a true training vocation.

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Professor Vincent Liotta has directed opera on five continents for major opera companies as well as nearly 50 productions at Indiana University and other conservatories and universities around the world. Since joining the faculty of Indiana University in 1995 he has directed the world premieres of Vincent by Bernard Rands and Our Town by Ned Rorem.

He has also directed the collegiate premieres of William Bolcom’s operas: McTeague, A View from the Bridge, and A Wedding and most recently the collegiate premiere of A Light in the Piazza.

His repertoire ranges from the operas of Cavalli through the most modern operas in the 21st century. This includes virtually all of Puccini’s works and Wagner’s Ring cycle.

He is co-founder of Utah Festival Opera. His work as a teacher of directing and acting is well-known, having taught master classes at American music schools as well as internationally in Italy, Romania, Korea, and Australia.

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Marius Vlad Budoiu tenor is one of the most appreciated Romanian tenors. Good sensitive musician and performer, is noted in any context as a great artist. Among other awards in 1995 he won first prize in the competition for tenors Traian Grozavescu (Lugoj) and first prize at the Mozart Competition (Cluj). In 1996 he won third prize at “R. Schumann” lied contest (Zwickau).

He performed on stages in England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia and Japan. With the role of Bajazet from Handel’s opera Tamerlano, he was very much appreciated in 2002 at the Odeon Theater in Vienna, and it was particularly appreciated in Calaf (Turandot) at the Opera in Györ (Hungary) in 2006, and in Cavaradossi (Tosca), Opera in Schwerin (Germany) in 2007-2008.

Marius Vlad Budoiu approached a wide repertoire, from Mozart’s creations, the production of some modern writers as Hoinic Bujor, Cornel Ţăranu, Valentin Timaru, from works by Handel to works of the twentieth century composers like Benjamin Britten and Arthur Honegger. In recent years he launched spinto-dramatic repertoire. Thus, he successfully plays Otello (Otello) in the George Enescu Festival 2009, and recently debuted in the role Samson (Samson and Delilah) at the Bucharest National Opera House.

On 15 November 2010, during the Musical Performing Arts Awards VIP Gala 2010, Marius Vlad Budoiu was awarded with the BEST OPERA singer.

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Bucharest Symphonic Pops Orchestra is the new brand of the Romanian music stage, having members of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, National Radio Orchestra and of Big Band Radio. Based on the classic formula for symphony orchestra, the content of this orchestra is expanded to rhythm section and big-band, resulting in a modern, broad sound, with a great flexibility in repertoire.

This makes it possible to address to all types of repertoire – from classical symphonic to jazz, from pop to waltzes and polka – creating an impressive sound atmosphere for all ages.
During its brief history, the BSP orchestra had its chance to be led by renowned conductors such as Ilarion Ionescu Galati, Tiberiu Soare, Ionel Tudor, Cristian Florea.