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Sun. 3 Feb, 2019

Legendary Pianist Radu Lupu Bewitches Southbank Centre

Sun. 3 Feb, 2019 7:00 pm

03/02/2019 @ Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX

 

Romanian-born Radu Lupu CBE, widely recognised as one of the greatest pianists of our time, makes a highly anticipated London appearance this winter. The musician, hailed for his pianistic magic (The Guardian), joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and Grammy Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi for an extraordinary concert that is sure to dazzle the audience of the Royal Festival Hall. The programme features Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Piano Concerto No. 4, presented alongside Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Symphony No. 2.

The concert is part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Piano Masterworks series. 

“Radu Lupu lives in a different world from that of most successful classical musicians today. His interpretations seem to emerge from deep within him, his profound understanding and knowledge of the works he plays allied to an overwhelming emotional power. And the sounds he coaxes from the piano! Unbelievably beautiful.” – The Gramophone

Radu Lupu has enjoyed an outstandingly successful career. Born in the final year of World War II, he began studies on the piano at the age of six, and after only six years of study made his public recital debut; this garnered attention in Soviet musical circles and eventually landed him a scholarship to the Moscow Conservatory, where he worked under the great Heinrich Neuhaus. In 1966 Lupu won the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition. Usually such a triumph would move a young pianist to abandon formal training and embark on a full-scale professional career, but Lupu chose instead to remain at the conservatory for another few years and hone his already remarkable skills. Only when honoured with the top prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1969 did Lupu disengage himself once and for all from student life and take up the role of traveling virtuoso; in the next few years he made appearances in all of the major musical capitals of both Europe and the United States. As can be said of many of his compatriots, Radu Lupu has made a musical home for himself in the rich 19th century repertoire -- Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Brahms especially. But he has never hesitated to stray to either side of this self-prescribed pasture -- his Mozart touch is shining when called upon (witness his chamber collaborations with violinist Szymon Goldberg), and he endows performances of modern works with an honesty and intelligence not always offered by top-rank virtuosi. (biography by Blair Johnston)

 

When: Sunday 3 February 2019, 7:30pm

Where: Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX

 

Tickets: £12 - £58 at https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/105366-radu-lupu-performs-beethoven-2019

Thu. 7 Feb, 2019

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Strike a Chord in Belgravia

Thu. 7 Feb, 2019 7:00 pm

07/02/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

 

We are delighted to partner with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the most prestigious chamber orchestras worldwide, for a special event that opens our 2019 Enescu Concerts Series. The evening features violinist Martin Burgess, violist Fiona Bonds and cellist Will Schofield, who will be presenting an attractive selection of famous and lesser-known works by Enescu, Beethoven, Schubert and Dohnányi. The live performance will be preceded by an exclusive screening of excerpts from the Academy’s 2017 performance at the George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, including Bruch’s Violin Concerto performed by Joshua Bell.

 

Programme:

 

Film screening 40'

 

Ernő Dohnányi - Serenade for String Trio Op 10, 1st mvt - March

Franz Schubert - Trio in B-flat major D471 - Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Trio in E-flat major Op 3, 1st mvt - Allegro con Brio

George Enescu - Aubade for String Trio

 

 

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music. Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Today the Academy is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Under Bell’s direction, and with the support of Leader/Director Tomo Keller and Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, the Academy continues to push the boundaries of play-directed performance to new heights, presenting symphonic repertoire and chamber music on a grand scale at prestigious venues around the globe.

 

Martin Burgess (violin)

 

Martin began playing with the Academy in 1992, taking up the position of Principal Second Violin in 1998. Having studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and the Amadeus Quartet he brought with him the love of chamber music. He leads the Grammy nominated Emperor Quartet (winners of the prestigious Evian International String Quartet Competition). Most recently, Martin recorded and toured the world with Peter Gabriel.

 

Fiona Bonds (viola)

Fiona is Associate Principal Viola of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and enjoys a busy and diverse career outside the orchestra. She has recently been appointed Principal Viola of the City of London Sinfonia and is a founder member of the Grammy-nominated Emperor String Quartet, who have recently released a critically acclaimed disc of Benjamin Britten’s quartets.

 

Will Schofield (cello)

 

Will Schofield read music at Edinburgh University and went on to study with late Romanian cellist Radu Aldulescu in Rome and at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. Will has been cellist with the Grammy nominated Emperor String Quartet since the group was formed in 1992. He has played on numerous film soundtracks, and has collaborated with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood on several projects, most notably the soundtrack to the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood.

 

When: Thursday 7 February 2019, 7pm

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

 

Entrance is free but we kindly request you to book your ticket on EVENTBRITE.

 

Please note that seating is unreserved.

Tue. 19 Feb, 2019

Constantin Brâncuși, Celebrated by the Romanian Cultural Institute throughout 2019

Tue. 19 Feb, 2019 11:00 pm

 

19/02/2019

 

On 19 February, his birthday, the Romanian Cultural Institute pays homage to legendary sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Since 2015, when this date was declared Constantin Brâncuși Day, it has been a National Holiday in Romania.

The Romanian Cultural Institute will dedicate the renowned sculptor a series of grand scale events within the Europalia 2019 Festival, where Romania holds the status of guest country. Our country’s presence at this important Festival that will take place between October 2019 and January 2020 is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and National Identity and the Government’s General Secretariat.

Throughout the Festival, the events dedicated to the works of Brâncuși will take place at the prestigious BOZAR – the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels – as well as other significant museums in Belgium.

 

„The diplomacy of art is a concept I believe in and one we have continuously been trying to apply in the strategy of the Romanian Cultural Institute. Art can be a universal means of communication between artists themselves, the creators and the public but also between nations. Brâncuși has become a “country brand” for Romania. This is why, naturally, we have decided to allocate him a central position within the Europalia programme. As we always do, regardless of the artist being internationally renowned or just emerging, we strive to organise events connected to the body of work: alive, authentic, and impactful. For the Romanian Cultural Institute, Europalia is part of a true cultural marathon, a series of unparalleled challenges in its activity, together with the France - Romania Season, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Centenary of the Great Union.” – Mrs Liliana Țuroiu, President of the Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

EUROPALIA is one of the most important international arts festivals in the world and is considered the most important cultural platform in Belgium. The Festival takes place once every two years and is placed under the high patronage of the Belgian Royal Family. Events are organised both in Belgium and its neighbouring countries: France, Holland, Luxemburg, Germany and the United Kingdom.

 

The Europalia International Arts Festival was founded in 1969 and has a multidisciplinary character presenting visual and performing arts, music, film and literature. The biggest editions so far had a public of over one million people and among the previous guest countries there is Italy (1969 and 2003), France (1975), Spain (1985), Portugal (1991), Czech Republic (1998), Poland (2001), Russian Federation (2005), China (2009), Brazil (2011), India (2013), Turkey (2015) and Indonesia (2017).

 

 

Thu. 21 Feb, 2019

Romanian Fashion Exposed

Thu. 21 Feb, 2019 7:00 pm

21/02/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

 

The Romanian Cultural Institute in London continues in its endeavour to promote upcoming Romanian designers with a special showcase at 1 Belgrave Square, which coincides with the prestigious London Fashion Week. The exhibition, set up around the idea of timeless style and experimentation, will explore original takes on fashion design in a fast-moving industry. The alluring, versatile garments of Gabriela Rose, an established luxury brand on the British market, will be presented alongside the minimalist, ready-to-wear outfits of Thaïs & Ströe, one of Bucharest’s favourite apparel brands.

 

Gabriela Rose is a well-established luxury brand recognised for ingenious twists of classic designs and seamless finishing. Launched in 2011 by designer Gabriela Popa, it is characterised by combining quintessentially English, carefully tailored tweed fabrics with cleverly inserted brightly printed jacquard linings. Having also invented the ingenious velvet Rose Wrap, her take on fashion likewise reflects a high regard for carefully handmade garments, innovative techniques and personal artistic touches, redefining classic designs with spectacular results. 

 

THAÏS & STRÖE is an apparel brand based in Bucharest. The founders, Thais Coman and Oana Stroe, are two fashion designers who have had their formation in Bucharest and Bologna, at Accademia di Belle Arti. With minimalist and clean aesthetics, the brand creates chic and comfortable ready to wear garments for the modern woman and man. The garments are created with personalised fabrics that are carefully selected and manufactured. The two designers believe that, more than emphasizing the shape of a body, clothes are meant to highlight a personality.

 

When: 15 February – 8 March 2019, Mon – Fri 10.00-17.00

Private view: 21 February, 7pm (in the presence of designer Gabriela Popa). Free entry. Please confirm your attendance on EVENTBRITE.

 

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

Tue. 26 Feb, 2019

Romanian: along the Latin Route

Tue. 26 Feb, 2019 6:00 pm

 

26/02/2019 @ Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

 

Nurture your adventurous spirit and join us for an evening of linguistic discoveries at Europe House! Romanian, the Romance language that is known to be closest to Latin among its linguistic relatives and the only one to be spoken in Eastern Europe, is celebrated in a special event hosted by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

 

The evening will open with an introduction to the Romanian language by Dr Diana Georgescu, followed by a taster class in Romanian offered by Ramona Gönczöl – both of whom are affiliated with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. The event promises to equip you with the necessary linguistic and cultural knowledge for a road trip to the unspoilt Carpathian Mountains or a night out in buzzy Bucharest.

 

To help the learning process run smoothly, you will be offered a glass of Romanian wine. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

 

The event is free but numbers are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your place, please send an email to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., putting ‘Romanian taster class 26 February’ in the subject line. You will receive an email confirming your place.

 

Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

When: Tuesday 26 February 2019, 18:30 - 20:30

Wed. 27 Feb, 2019

The Romanian Cinematheque is back with Paul Negoescu’s ‘The Story of a Summer Lover’

Wed. 27 Feb, 2019 7:00 pm

25/02/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH

 

After a great box office success with ‘Two Lottery Tickets’ (2016), celebrated Romanian director Paul Negoescu returns with his third feature, a bitter-sweet comedy that speaks about the way in which summer love can change one’s life. The film, written as a homage to Woody Allen, premiered at the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) last year.

 

 

 

UK Premiere. Followed by Q&A with director Paul Negoescu.

 

 

 

Synopsis: Petru is a professor of mathematics at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and leads a carefree life. He is in an open relationship with Irina, who overlooks that he sleeps with other women from time to time. But once Irina gets pregnant, Petru is forced to change his lifestyle and grow up, even if he is 42. One of his friends, who was always there for him, decides to write a book about his story.

 

 

 

Born in 1984, scriptwriter and director Paul Negoescu studied film directing at the National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC) in Bucharest. He directed several short films that were selected and awarded in many international film festivals, including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique - 2012), Berlinale (2008, 2009 and 2010), Karlovy Vary or Rotterdam. Two of his short films were nominated at the European Film Academy Awards in 2009 and 2011. His first feature film, ‘A Month in Thailand’, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 and was awarded with the FIPRESCI prize in the Sofia IFF in 2013. He is an assistant lecturer at the UNATC, founder of a film festival in Timișoara and a member of the European Film Academy. He started his own company to produce his own short films but eventually got to produce other films as well, including fiction films, documentaries or animation films.

 

 

 

‘The Story of a Summer Lover’

 

Directed by Paul Negoescu

 

Produced by Paul Negoescu with Poli Angelova and Nickolay Todorov

 

Screenplay by Paul Negoescu

 

Starring: Alexandru Papadopol, Nicoleta Lefter, Crina Semciuc

 

 

 

Running time: 1h 39 minutes

 

In Romanian with English subtitles.

 

 

 

When: Wednesday 27 February, 7pm

 

Where: RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

 

 

 

Admission is free and the seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite.