Moldavian National Chamber Orchestra
The National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova is hosted at the Organ Hall in Chisinau. The Organ Hall, located in one of the most beautiful buildings in the centre of the city, is the leading cultural artistic institution.
The Orchestra´s exceptional activity is of great importance to the spiritual life of Moldovan capital, thanks to events/ festivals, contests, etc./, whose impact go well beyond the national scene. The National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova is renowned for its many performances in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Turkey, Israel, USA, Jordan; its high interpretive skill and wide repertoire are applauded to across the world.
The National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova was founded in the spring of 1998 by the conductor Alfred Ghershfeld (subsequently established in the USA). At present the chief conductor of the orchestra is Cristian Florea.
The Orchestra members are graduates of Music Institutes from Chişinău, Moscow, Nijnii Novgorod. Each musician pursues concurrently a career as a concert vocalist as well as a member in various instrumental chamber ensembles: string trios, quartets, quintets, piano ensembles, clavesin, and brass instruments.
The National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova performed with prestigious guest conductors and vocalists among which are : pianist Dan Grigore, Horia Mihail, violinists Gabriel Croitoru, Alexandru Tomescu(Romania), pianist Dana Ciocârlie ( Romania/France), violinist Eugen Sârbu (Romania/Great Britain), conductors Patrick Strub (Germany) and Misha Kats (France), organist Andrzej Chorosinski and pianist Tadeusz Domanowski (Poland), pianists Alexander Paley(USA), Michel DAlberto, Laure Favre-Kahn, Jean Bernard Pommier (France), Dang Thai Son (Vietnam/Canada), Konstantin Lifschitz (Germany), Guigla Katsarava (Georgia/France), violinists Marine Iashvili (Georgia/Russia/, Liana Isakadze (Georgia/Germany), Aiman Musahodjaeva (Kazahstan) and Oleh Krysa ( USA), cellist Ştefan Popov ( Great Britain), cellists Alexander Rudin, Alexander Knyazev and pianist Evghenii Mikhailov ( Russia), violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov ( Russia), who especially appreciated the high professionalism of the ochestra, and the famous conductor Gilbert Varga (Switzerland).
Among the most important artistic achievements of the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova is recording of a CD in collaboration with a French trumpeter Bernard Soustrot which was launched at the Theâtre Montansier, Versailles. As members of the European Symphonic Orchestra also founded by Cristian Florea, musicians of the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova had the honor to accompany such world celebrated tenors as Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, mezzosoprana Teresa Berganza on various famous European stages.
The Orchestra´s repertoire includes chamber music from preclassical to contemporary composers and operas in concert version-«Der Schauspieldirektor» («The Theatre Director»), «Die Zauberflote» («The Magic Flute»), «La Clemenza di Tito» («The Clemency of Titus») by W.A.Mozart; vocal-symphony pieces – «Die Jahreszeiten» («The Seasons») by F.J. Haydn, «Matthaus-Passion», «Johannes-Passion», «Weihnachts-Oratorium”(«The Christmas Oratorio»), Hohe Messe in Si minor by J.S. Bach, Kronungsmesse («Coronation Mass”) by W.A.Mozart, Ungarischen Kronungsmesse(«Hungarian Coronation Mass”) by F. Liszt etc.
On the 4th of September 2011 the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova performed with great success in Bucharest at «Ateneul Român» in the edition of the International «George Enescu» festival (the 20th anniversary edition) with a programme: Sigismund Toduţa – Concert nr.1 for the string orchestra, Leonard Bernstein – Serenada for violin solo, string orchestra, harp and percussion («Banchetul» by Platon), Boris Dubosarschi – «The Chamber Symphony» for string Orchestra, string quartet and timpani.