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 Jewish Concert

February 21st 2020, 7:00 PM

„Mihai Eminescu” University Library of Iași

Strada Păcurari nr. 4, Iași, România

Contemporary Israeli music combines nostalgia with defiance of harmonic laws in a dark concerted opening.



Amit Weiner - Anagram No. 1 (Parallel fifths in the dark) for piano solo (2012)

Anagram no. 1 defies numerous harmonic rules in a contemplating miniature, opening the concert from nothingness and darkness.

Aslanyan Noubar - Elegy for clarinet (1995)

The elegy for solo clarinet is dedicated to the memory of a good friend of the composer, and in the original conception of the piece it is performed at birbynė, a Lithuanian folk instrument.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944)

Further, we will defy the timbre laws of the instruments and enter the Russian melodic threats during the Second World War.

Sergei Prokofiev  - Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34bis (1919)

ewish folk themes are the basis of many classical masterpieces of the 20th century, and Prokofiev masterfully implements them in the cute and humorous character of the overture.

Dmitri Shostakovich  - String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, op. 110 (1960)

A true melodic collage of the type of "best of Șostakovici" ends the evening with the reiteration of the main motif of the trio from the first part in a celebration of the Jewish musical heritage.



Marek Bienkunski

Marek Bienkunski is a cellist educated with distinctions in Poland (Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music) and Norway (Norwegian Academy of Music). He is a laureate on international and national Polish competitions, performed at international festivals in Poland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and England and took part in masterclasses with professors like Peter Bruns, Torleif Thedéen, Hannah Roberts, Robert Cohen, Gary Hoffman, Jens Peter Maintz, Andrzej Bauer and Nicholas Jones.


Active as a chamber musician, soloist and keen cello teacher, he is regularly cooperating with orchestras like Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, Ensemble Allegria and many more. 


He is a recipient of many scholarships and awards, such as: scholar to the European Chamber Music Academy, Witold Lutoslawski Society Scholarship, Oslo Quartet Series, Feliks Nowowiejski Academy Headmasters Scholarship.

Patrycja Błaszak

Patrycja Blaszak (b. 1992 in Poland) is a classical violinist with the background from Polish and Norwegian music academies. During her studies, Patrycja has participated in a large number of masterclasses, learning from musicians such as Detlef Hahn, Vilde Frang, Pavel Vernikov or Igor Pikayzen. She is a laureate with the second prize in Young Musicians Competition in Barletta (2012) and special award recipient in Chamber Music Competition in Bydgoszcz (2015). 


During the seasons 2016-2018, Patrycja held a scholarship in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, where she has collaborated with many renowned conductors, such as Vasily Petrenko, Herbert Blomsted and Manfred Honeck.


Among many performances, Patrycja also led a string quartet in concert for maestro Krzysztof Penderecki (2015), and together with her piano trio took part in “Concert of the Year” in Witold Lutosławski Concert Series in Warsaw, recording live Shostakovich’s piano trios for the Polish Radio Society. In 2017, she was granted a summer scholarship at NYU in New York and a nomination to European Chamber Music Academy in Vienna.


Daniel Dascălu

Daniel Dascălu is a Magister Artium of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna at the class of Martin Hughes. He is currently a PhD candidate of the National University of Music in Bucharest, under the guidance of Dana Borșan.


He is having a rich concert activity, having concerts as a soloist in Romania (Bucharest, Brașov, Bacău, Cluj, Constanța, Iași, Sibiu) and abroad (Austria, Germany and Italy).


An avid chamber musician, Daniel has had numerous appearances at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and as well in Austria, Sweden and Greece.


He participated in masterclasses with pianists such as Klaus Hellwig, Peter Donohoe, Andreas Frölich, Henri Sigfridsson, Roberto Plano and is a laureate at several national and international competitions.


Tudor Bolnavu

Tudor Bolnavu is currently a violin assistant professor at the George Enescu National University of Arts in Iași, after gaining his PhD title in 2014. His repertoire sums up important concertos and a very diverse solo and chamber music works.


He studied under the tutelage of Elena Ovănescu Pîrvu, and he was also a beneficiary of a scholarship at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Musique et Danse de Lyon during his Graduate studies.


His activity marks appearances on various European stages as well as together with several orchestras in Romania, such as Botoșani, Craiova or Bacău.


Since 2014 he has been the leader of the Sonos Alumni chamber orchestra of the George Enescu National University of Arts in Iași, having numerous concerts together with the ensemble.


Daniel Paicu

Daniel Paicu is a university lecturer at the George Enescu National University of Arts in Iași. He studied clarinet under the guidance of Doru Albu both during his high school years in Suceava and for his undergraduate and graduate years.

The young clarinetist has at his 33 years of age a vast concert experience, ranging from concerts with Moldova State Philharmonic of Iași to appearances in Vienna, Pescara, Freiburg, and Nagoya in Japan. 

He is a laureate at Rovere d’Oro and Paolo Barrasso international competitions.

Daniel is also a member of the Orpheus clarinet quartet, an ensemble with which he had participated in several festivals in Germany and Italy. 

He also collaborated for a month with the San Marco chamber orchestra having concerts in Toyota Hall of Japan. Regarding recordings, he managed to record two CDs with contemporary works by composers from Iași.


Ana Larisa Iordache

Ana Larisa Iordache, currently a violist of the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest, finished her Master’s Degree at the Gheorghe Dima National Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, at the class of Marius Suărășan.

Larisa made a nice impression at this early stage in her career both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and orchestra member.


He collaborates constantly with ensembles like the Romanian Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra Foundation of Margareta of Romania, the Cluj-Napoca Opera Orchestra, Moldova Philharmonic of Iași, Mihail Jora Philharmonic in Bacău, Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, Orquestra Filharmònica de la Universitat de Valencia, Orquesta Santa Cecilia Madrid.

Besides, Larisa is a laureate at several national and international music competitions and was a stipend for the Young Talents program of the Royal Foundation of Margareta of Romania and also a beneficiary of an Erasmus+ scholarship to study in Valencia at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquin Rodrigo, at the class of Francesc Gaya Fonts.


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