December 2, 2016, 8 pm, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York
December 5, 2016, 6 pm, Family Theater at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Celebrating the National Day of Romania – Duel of the Violins: Stradivari vs. Guarneri
December 2, 2016, 8 pm, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York -
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Monday, December 5 2016, 6 PM, Family Theater – The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
Dedicated to the National Day of Romania, the concerts feature a “duel” with two collection instruments. Liviu Prunaru is concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and plays a 1694 Stradivari "Pachoud" violin. A soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs, Gabriel Croitoru performs on the Guarneri violin that previously belonged to Romanian composer George Enescu. The “arbiter” of the duel is acclaimed pianist Horia Mihail.
The concert program displays an array of colorful sounds of musical fireworks by M. Moszkowski, P. de Sarasate, D. Şostakovici, B. Smetana, J. Raff, J. Hubay, H. Wieniawski, L. Beriot, A. Piazzolla, D. Şostakovici, Grigoraş Dinicu.
An exceptional violinist, Gabriel Croitoru has conquered audiences in Romania and abroad with the mastery of his performances. Currently a soloist with the Radio Romania Orchestras and Choirs and the Philharmonic in Ploieşti, as well as a member of the ''Transylvanian'' Quartet of the Philharmonic in Cluj-Napoca, Gabriel Croitoru is involved in wide-ranging projects such as “Duel of the Violins” and “Enescu’s Violin in the Villages”. He teaches at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Gabriel Croitoru plays a Guarneri del Gesù violin, dating from 1731.
Winner of gold and silver medals at famous international violin competitions, Liviu Prunaru made his New York debut with the Juilliard Symphony at the Lincoln Center. He has worked with renowned orchestras among which the Royal Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, he is also a gifted teacher at the International Menuhin Music Academy, where he was Artistic Director. Every year, since 2011, he has been artistically involved in the “Duel of the Violins” national tour. Liviu Prunaru plays the Stradivari “Pachoud” violin, dating from 1694.
A musician whose refinement shines brightly in his every concert or recital appearance, Horia Mihail is one of the most highly acclaimed Romanian pianists of his generation. As a concert soloist with the Radio Romania Orchestras and Choirs, he gives numerous concerts and recitals in Bucharest and performs with orchestras around the country. His talent as a pianist has been rewarded with standing ovations at numerous recitals and concerts on four continents. Every year, he is involved in the “Travelling Piano”, “Duel of the Violins”, “Three Divas”, “Golden Flute”, and “George Enescu’s Violin” national tours.
“Duel of the Violins” is a production of Radio Romania.