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Radio Romania stages second RadiRo international radio orchestra festival

Bucharest is hosting the 2nd International Radio Orchestra Festival, RadiRo, organised by ABU member Radio Romania.

From 20-27 September 2014, RadiRo brings to the stage of Bucharest’s Radio Hall and live on public radio stations five famous orchestras and world-class conductors.

During the week-long festival, music-lovers will have the chance to hear the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and the Romanian National Radio Orchestra under such renowned conductors as Joshua Weilerstein, Ondrej Lenárd, Stéphane Denève, Case Scaglione, Vassily Sinaisky, Tiberiu Soare and Cristian Mandeal.

Some of the world’s leading figures on the classical music scene will be present at the festival, including pianist Jonathan Biss, soprano Katarina Jovanovic, pianist Jan Simon and violinists Nikolaj Znaider and Vadim Gluzman, alongside great Romanian artists like the mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, pianist Horia Mihail and violinist Alexandru Tomescu. The honorary director of this year’s RadiRo Festival is the Romanian conductor Cristian Mandeal.

Radio Romania’s President Director General Mr Ovidiu Miculescu said the festival’s aim was to bring to Bucharest music as performed by public radio symphony orchestras.

“Today, for its second edition, we have succeeded in bringing classical music to Bucharest – and I tell you this with pride – in order to offer it to concert audiences and then give it back to the whole world,” he said.

“We are doing this by broadcasting the concerts on the Radio Romania Music and Cultural Channels, but also via the platforms of the European Broadcasting Union and Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, representing a potential audience of millions of listeners.

“On behalf of Radio Romania, I would like to thank them all for sharing these magnificent musical evenings.”

More information and links are available at the festival website.