The Transylvanian contemporary music ensemble “Icon Arts” was established during the 2009 Icon Arts Festival by the percussionist Andrei Marcovici, the conductor Gabriel Bebeselea, and the cultural manager Sebastian Gheorghiu. The Ensemble, comprising 11 young musicians under the direction of full-time conductor Gabriel Bebeselea, actively promotes contemporary music and strives to increase the general public’s awareness of this type of music.
Icon Arts has worked with different artists, including Theo Wolters (conductor), Ioana Ilie (piano), Bogdan Saratean (actor), Rodica Vica (soprano), but also with international composers whose works have been premiered by the ensemble.
Since 2010 the Icon Arts Ensemble has been an integral part of contemporary art festivals such as “SIMN” (International Week of New Music), Sibiu International Festival of Contemporary Art, the British Music Season etc.
In September 2011, the ensemble was invited to give three concerts during the “George Enescu” International Festival and was praised for its performances by the members of the jury of the “George Enescu” International Composition Contest (Bernard Cavanna – France, Dan Dediu – Romania, Costin Miereanu – France, Octavian Nemescu – Romania, Cornel Taranu – Romania, Hubert Stuppner – Italy, Zygmunt Krause – Poland). Following that success, the ensemble was invited to participate in the following edition of the Festival, in 2013
In December 2011, the ICon Arts Ensemble under the direction of Gabriel Bebeselea concluded the Mahler anniversary year with a special rendition of the 4th Symphony, arranged by Erwin Stein. The concert that included a special contribution from the soprano Rodica Vica completed a long series of anniversary concerts that were given in Romania throughout 2011.
In March 2012 the prestigious Telemaque (France) and Musiques Nouvelles (Belgium) orchestras selected the Icon Arts Ensemble for the ECO Project – European Contemporary Orchestra. All three will give concerts together in 2013 in Mons (Belgium), Marseilles (France) – the European Capital of Culture in 2013, and Bucharest at the “George Enescu” Festival.
In July and August 2012, the ensemble gave a series of concerts dedicated to Finnish and British composers at the invitation of the Korvat Auki Association and British Council Romania. In November 2012 the Icon Arts Ensemble performed at the anniversary concert on the occasion of 74 years of activity of British Council in Romania.