Classics for Pleasure
Artists 2012 

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Liora Maurer, born in Tel Aviv, joined the Metropolitan Opera as an Assistant Conductor during the 2008-2009. She has prepared numerous productions at the Met, notably the famous Franco Zeffirelli production of La Bohème, Satyagraha by Phillip Glass (which will soon be released as a DVD) as well as Verdi’s Stiffelio and Anthony Minghella’s visually stunning production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, both conducted by Placido Domingo. Most recently, she prepared Verdi’s Macbeth with Thomas Hampson in the title role. Ms. Maurer was the pianist and coach for the final workshop of Nico Muhly’s new opera Two Boys, a co-production between the Met and English National Opera before its successful premiere at ENO this past summer. Two Boys will make its United States premiere at the Met in 2013

Prior to joining the Met, Ms. Maurer was an Assistant Conductor at New York City Opera since the 1997-98 season. She was the recitative accompanist for Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims, working in collaboration with Rossini scholar Phillip Gossett, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. In 2010 Opera Magazine reviewed Don Giovanni and stated that “Liora Maurer furnished fine harpsichord continuo” and New Yorker magazine praised her playing ‘for adding witty adornments.” Ms. Maurer also contributed to the musical preparation of the New York City Opera’s telecasts of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan and Puccini’s Tosca

In 1999 Ms. Maurer was invited to the U.S.A. Spoleto Festival to prepare and perform in the American premiere of Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgshaft under the musical direction of Julius Rudel. The critical and popular success of the production resulted in the first commercial recording of the work, and was released in the summer of 2000 on the EMI label, featuring Ms. Maurer playing the piano as part of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. The following year, Maestro Rudel invited her to do the musical preparation for Pittsburgh Opera Theater’s production of the same work. She has also worked with Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera Omaha, Opera Cleveland and the New Israeli Opera.

Liora Maurer is on the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute, where she has been fortunate to collaborate with many famous names in the world of opera, Renata Scotto, Federico Davia and Renato Capecchi. She has performed all over the world, including Israel, Germany, Spain, Japan, Italy, Perú and Puerto Rico. She is a graduate of the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and received a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a full scholarship. She has won numerous awards, including a grant from the America-Israel Foundation.

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In a context generated by the existence of an important number of musicians and of a music conservatory, backed by a long tradition of symphonic and opera interpretation, the Sibiu State Philharmonic was created on January 1st, 1949; a professional concert and performance institution which has sustained thousands of symphonic and opera music concerts in over 50 years of activity, thus assimilating a vast symphonic and lyric repertoire.

Countless Romanian and foreign newspaper and magazines chronics have praised the musical level of the Sibiu orchestra’s concerts, mirroring at the same time the quality of their radio, television, disc and CD recordings.

At the same time they sustained an important number of successful tours both at home and abroad – in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Russia etc. Famous Romanian and foreign interpreters have performed alongside the Sibiu orchestra; out of these, we may recall: Ion Voicu, Valentin Gheorghiu, Ştefan Ruha (Romania), Monique De La Bruchollerie and Jean Jaques Thiollier (France), Sviatoslav Richter, Rudolf Kerer, Lazăr Berman, Dimitri Baskirov (Russia), Ivry Gittlis (Switzerland), Monserrat Caballe (Spain), and many others.

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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.

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“Cavaliere Ufficiale” in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy for “excellent service to Italian music,” Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France for the amazing contribution to the “culture of France and the world”, Doctor of Music Honoraris the State University of New York, Plattsburgh for “outstanding contribution to art bel-canto” – these are just some of the honors conferred on tenor Rockwell Blake over the course of the 35-year career. In all these years, Mr. Blake was applauded in concerts and opera recitals in all major scenes in the world.

Critics have applauded him for “addressing a stunning colorful style, a type hard to find now” and was praised as “a phenomenon coloring tenor with range of, high and heroic that was expected by the world from reinvention in the eighth century / Ottocento “. With perfect technique, a 2 ½ octave range and amazing vocal flexibility, Rockwell Blake made ​​possible the revival of many lesser known works of Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini, Meyerbeer and Rossini.

In the past 10 years, Mr. Blake added a new professional career about his journey as a teacher for young artists. He accepted invitations from As.Li.Co, training center of Italian Opera from Milan, where he took master classes from the National Conservatory in Paris, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Duke University of North Carolina, State University of New York Foundation for Arts and Culture Kansai in Osaka (Japan), the Hamburg State Opera, the program for young artists and Chicago Lyrical Opera Merola program in San Francisco. Recently began teaching an international group of art students in singing at his private studio.

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Constantin Adrian Grigore was born in Bucharest in 1983. He began his musical studies as a violonist at the age of 7, at Dinu Lipatti Music Highschool in Bucharest.

After he graduated Highschool, he was enrolled at the orchestral conducting class within the National University of Music Bucharest under the guidance of Petru Andriesei and Horia Andreescu and later with maestro’s Ilarion Ionescu. Within the framework of CEEPUS and Erasmus – Socrates scholarships, he continued his musical studies at “Karol Lipinski” Academy of Music, Wroclaw, under the guidance of the polish conductor Marek Pijarowski. In addition, Constantin Adrian Grigore has participated at different Masterclasses, such as International Masterclass for Orchestral Conducting and Phenomenology of Music (Craiova 2012 – prof. Konrad von Abel),Wiener Meisterkurse (Viena 2008 – prof. Salvador mas Conde), The Roads of Romanticism (Warshaw 2006 – prof. Marek Pijarowski) and so forth.

In 2011 he was addmited as conductor in residence at Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin under the guidance of maestro Marek Janowski and later in 2012, he was attending the rehearsals and concerts of Munchener Philharmoniker and Sinfonieorchester des Bayrisches Rundfunk, where he had the possibility to meet the the most representative conductors nowadays like: Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Alain Gilbert, Paavo Jarvi, Lawrence Foster or Vasily Petrenko.During his studies in Germany he had taking part in the phenomenology courses held by Konrad von Abel in Munchen.

He received numerous distinctions and prizes, such as “Fraţii Bucovineni” prize for being head of promotion at National University of Music Bucharest, first prize at “Garabet Avachian” Interpretation Competiton, Semifinalist in Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition (Bucharest, 2010), as well as different diplomas awarded by the Romanian Government for contribution in various cultural projects which he had in co-ordination.

Constantin Adrian Grigore is appointed as a guest conductor of Ion Dumitrescu State Philharmonic Orchestra-Râmnicu Vâlcea, Radio Chamber Orchestra from Bucharest, Piteşti State Philharmonic Orchestra, Oradea State Philharmonic Orchestra, Ploiesti State Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibiu State Philharmonic Orchestra, Musical Theatre „Nae Leonard” Orchestra-Galati, National Opereta Orchestra from Bucharest, „Oleg Danovski” Opera Orchestra-Constanta, Chamber Orchestra R-20 from Wroclaw, Kielce Philharmonic – Poland or the National Republic of Moldovia Chamber Orchestra or the National Republic of Moldavia Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2009 he was the conductor of Bucharest Symphonic Pops, during the extraordinary concert held in Bucharest by Al Bano and Montserrat Caballe and in 2013 he was chosen to conduct the Evolution Tempo Orchestra in Steve Vai Europe Tour, in Russia, Poland, Italy and Spain.

In 2009 Constantin was the principal conductor of the George Enescu Music Highschool Symphony Orchestra (wherewith held concerts in „George Enescu” International Festival, one of the most prestigious Festival in the world).

Also, he is one of the founding member and main conductor of the Royal Camerata Orchestra, wherewith supported numerous concerts in Romania, as well as Albania, Republic of Moldovia or Poland.

He collaborated with well renowned soloist such as Florin Croitoru, Nicolae Licaret, Daniel Podlovschi, Florin Ionescu Galati, Teodor Ilincai, Cristian Mogosan, Irina Iordachescu, Stefan Ignat, Ana Maria Donose, Cristina Anghelescu, Ioana Goicea, Raluca Ouatu, Tina Munteanu, Horea Haplea, Ingmar Anthony Lazar, Cristian Sandrin, Ioana Ilie, Laura Nicorescu, Anna Mirescu, Natalia Konik, Wictor Kociuban, Piotr Banasic or the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal”.

Currently he is appointed as Principal Conductor of Craiova State Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Winner of Tibor Varga International Competition Switzerland (2008), of the Contest Queen (2009) and David Oistrach Moscow International Competition, Ilian Gârneţ is one of the most promising violinists of our time. “… Ilian Gârneţ is a very attractive mature artist, a violinist who has a perfect technique, great tone color, explosive temper and artistic charm that always evoke public sympathy,” said Igor Oistrach about it.

Was born in St. Petersburg and raised in Chisinau / Moldova, Ilian Gârneţ took his first violin lessons from Galina Buinovschi High School Musical C. Porumbescu in Chisinau. He officially started at the age of ten years with the Symphony Orchestra in Chisinau. He continued his studies and graduated from the Academy of Music in Chisinau, with Prof. B. Dubosarski and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Prof. Alexandre Vinnitsky, supplementing his violin studies at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with the famous violinist Prof. Igor Oistrach .

He was invited as a soloist in many festivals and this year played at one of the largest festivals in the world, Bucharest Enescu Festival. He also played with a number of conductors throughout Europe, Middle East and Far East, including Christof Escher, K. Kawamoto, G. Varga, Misa Katz, J. Van. Zweden, P. Goodwin, C. Mandeal Gh.Mustea, M. Secichin, C.Florea, A. Samoila, V. Sirenco, O.Palimski, V.Doni, Verbitzki V., V. Matchavariani …

In 2010, Ilian Gârneţ made ​​a record Schubert, Brahms, Ysaye Fuga Libera label with pianist Alina Bercu. This CD received Cle d’or Label France and gold in Belgium.
As a truly dedicated musician and representative of his country, Ilian Gârneţ received title of “People’s Artist” in Moldova.

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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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“Laura Nicorescu, blessed with an expressive voice, the voice is the most interesting of this excellent production. Area they” Ach, Ich fühl `s”, so beautiful in its sadness, touched the hearts of the audience to tears “Die Zauberflöte., Frankenpost

The young soprano Laura Nicorescu is among the most talented artists of her generation, being recently brought into the Walloon Opera collective in Brussels. Her special timbre and exceptional stage presence makes audiences her favorite . Between 2008-2011 she was a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera. There she could be heard in roles such as Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Erster Engel (Palestrina), Taumännchen (Hansel und Gretel), Schleppträgerin (Elektra), Jano (Jenufa), Modistin (Der Rosenkavalier), Ismene (Medea in Corinto), Die Tragödie often Teufels (Eve).

Winner of several competitions including Paul Constantinescu, Mihail Jora, Francisco Vinas (Barcelona), Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (Berlin) and recently awarded the Wagner festival Beyreuth (2012).

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Tenor Cristian Mogoşan is attending Faculty Performing arts, Specialisation Canto the class of Lecturer. Dr. George Mogosan. After graduating from Music Academy “Gheorghe Dima” in 2006, he perfected following the performing arts masters program “Stylistics solo Interpretation” of the same faculty, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Ionel Pantea. He participated in master classes held by Wolfgang Brendel, Mariana Nicolesco, John Norris and Viorica Cortez.

His record includes the Performance Prize Competition of Romanian Lied – Brasov (2004), Jury _ at the National Speech Interpretation “Ionel Perlea” – Slobozia (2004).

Presently an employee of the National Opera of Cluj and Associate Professor at Gheorghe Dima Music Academy. He is the guest of philharmonic orchestras and operas, both in the country and abroad.