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November, December 2013.
Acclaim for The Romanian Film Festival in London

There are times when you get caught out at Cannes. I remember one year considering whether to go to a small Romanian film in the competition or a party organised by a generous PR company. Together with a whole group of others, I decided on the party.

Unfortunately the small Romanian film turned out to be Cristian Mungiu’s brilliantly performed abortion drama, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, and it won the Palme d’Or. We should have been a bit more alert, since the year before Cristi Puiu’s even more extraordinary The Death of Mr Lazarescu, about a sick old drunk pushed from pillar to post from one hospital to another until he dies, won the prize for the best film outside the competition. But I guess some of us thought that was a one-off, the quality of which was not likely to be repeated.

How wrong we were. A stream of terrific Romanian movies, made for very little money and using a comparatively small pool of acting and technical talent, announced the New Romanian cinema to the world. This year Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose, winner of Berlin’s Golden Bear and just shown in London, was the latest example.

So we should all be careful not to miss the 10th Romanian Film Festival, which opened last night at the Curzon Soho and continues over the weekend with a programme of UK premieres.

I am most anxious to see Sunday’s When Evening Falls on Bucharest Or Metabolism by Corneliu Porumboiu, whose two earlier films, 12.08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective, were very good. Tonight there’s the wonderfully titled I Am an Old Communist Hag, about a provincial couple whose daughter arrives back home from Canada to put the cat among the pigeons.

Every time a young British director complains about how hard it is to make movies in the UK, I suggest he takes a look at the six films included in this festival and considers the quality of Romania’s New Wave, where financial or cultural assistance is practically nil.

Derek Malcolm, London Evening Standard, 29th November 2013



28 November - 2 December 2013
Romanian Film Festival in London

The Foundation has once again sponsored the Romanian Film Festival which opens at The Curzon Soho Cinema in Shaftesbury Avenue, London on 28th November. This is the tenth anniversary of the festival, which has built an impressive reputation at the forefront of Romanian cinema.

See the full flyer here (PDF).

For a full programme and further details see www.rofilmfest.com



30th January 2013
Dorin Tuca recital in London

On Wednesday January 30th Dorin Tuca, the young Romanian violinist, will be performing Mendelsohn's piano Trio at St Dunstan-in-the-West Church in Fleet Street, London EC4.

The 45 minute, lunch-time concert starts at 1-15 p.m. All are welcome.

Click here for a link to St. Dunstan's website:

http://www.stdunstaninthewest.org/services-and-events

22 - 25 November 2012
Romanian Film Festival in London

The Foundation has sponsored the November 2012 Romanian Film Festival at the Renoir Cinema in Bloomsbury London.

The Romanian Film Festival (RFF) in London, one of the major Romanian cultural events of the year in Britain, sets out to provide a showcase of Romania’s most exciting films.

For a full programme and further details see www.rofilmfest.com




Victor Brauner, To My Beloved Saşa Pană, 1930. Collection Vladimir Pană
11 November 2011
From Dada to Surrealism
Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania

The Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania exhibition has transferred from Amsterdam to The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
and opened on Friday November 11th in the presence of the Romanian Ambassador, Mr Edward Iosiper.

Click here to see the invitation for the opening as a PDF



Foundation supports the brilliant young Romanian violinist, Dorin Tuca

 

The Foundation is pleased to be supporting the brilliant young Romanian violinist, Dorin Tuca, to obtain ABRSM teaching qualifications at Manchester.

The qualifications are recognized internationally.




















Victor Brauner, To My Beloved Saşa Pană, 1930. Collection Vladimir Pană
1 June until 2 October 2011
From Dada to Surrealism
Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania

A magnificent survey exhibition of Jewish avant-garde artists from Romania will open at the Jewish Historical Museum (JHM) on 1 June 2011: From Dada to Surrealism, with more than seventy works of art from the period 1910-1938. Most of these works have never been on display before in the Netherlands, or anywhere outside Romania.

The Foundation has contributed to the cost of making a short film which will be broadcast on Dutch television and shown throughout the exhibition.

For full details see www.jhm.nl/current/exhibitions/romania



April 2010 - Foundation Makes Possible Publication of
The Portugal Journal by Mircea Eliade
by the State University of New York Press

 

Eliade served as a diplomat for his country for several years. His journal kept during World War II when he was posted in Lisbon at the Romanian Legation has been translated from the Romanian by Professor Mac Linscott Ricketts, and is published in April 2010 by the State University of New York (SUNY) Press in the USA. This publication has been subsidised by the Prodan Foundation, to enable translations of key primary source documents of the period, which have never before been made public, to be included. Eliade’s journal and papers for this period fill a hole in our knowledge of the secret political, diplomatic, and espionage intrigues taking place in Lisbon during the Second World War. All historians of the period will find this material useful, and Eliade enthusiasts will be fascinated to learn of the author and scholar’s intimate involvement in such exciting events of his time.

Click here to enlarge and
view reverse cover (PDF )


2009 Romanian Film Festival

The Foundation sponsored the 2009 Romanian Film Festival held in London from May 1st to May 4th at the Curzon Cinema Mayfair. The Festival was organised by The Ratiu Foundation, The Romanian Cultural Centre in London, The National Centre of Cinematography in Bucharest (CNC) and The Curzon Cinema Group.

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Here is the link to the Romanian Film Festival web page:
http://www.romanianculturalcentre.org.uk/filmfestival/


Madalina Rusu Competition Finalist

Madalina Rusu got through to the final of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, whichwas on Saturday 14th of March, at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings, East Sussex at 6pm. She played the Grieg Concerto with the Sussex Concert Orchestra.


Madalina Rusu Recital
Romanian Orthodox service in Shettlestone Old Parish Church, Glasgow


First Romanian Orthodox Church in Britain

The first dedicated Romanian Orthodox Church in Britain was inaugurated on Sunday 18th January 2009 in Glasgow. The Foundation made a contribution to this excellent venture.The grand opening was a concert of Byzantine music in the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Metropolitan Joseph Pop, who flew in from Romania for the occasion.




Shettleston Old Parish Church, is the host church.
The address is: 111 Killin Street, G32-9AH, Glasgow, Scotland.


For more information:
http://shettlestonold.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=30
http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news/nr010109.htm



Madalina Rusu Recitals
26th of November 1pm, lunchtime recital at Chappell's of Bond Street, Schubert - 4 Impromptus op.90, Rachmaninoff - Corelli Variations, and Liszt - Mephisto Waltz. 

Madalina Rusu performed a recital of Rachmaninoff 1st Piano Concerto at the Family Concert at the Fairfield Hall on 15th of November 2008

Madalina gave the lunch time recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church Trafalgar Square, in London on Monday October 20th, 2008.
Madalina Rusu Recital


Madalina Rusu, Brancusi Music Award 2008

The Prodan Foundation has recently awarded Madalina Rusu The Brancusi Music Award 2008. She was recommended to the Foundation for an award by Stephen Walsh, former music critic for the London Observer, as she recently came second in a British competition of which he was judge. After hearing Madalina’s recordings of Rachmaninoff, her extraordinary talent was easily recognised. Madalina was born in Romania in 1985 and started to play the piano at the age of 8. From 2000 to 2004 she attended the National Academy of Music in Bucharest, and since 2004 has studied at the Guildhall School in London, where she has now commenced work towards her Masters Degree.

Madalina won First Prize at the National Olympiade of Music in 2000 in Romania, and First Prize at the National Stage of Concours Musical de France in 2002. She has also won First Prize at the International Competition Pro-Piano in 2002 and the Croydon Concerto Competition in 2007. She has won several other prizes in competitions, as well as the Beethoven Piano Prize at the Guildhall in 2005 and the Romantic Piano Prize at the Guildhall in 2008.

Madalina has given numerous recitals and concert performances of chamber music as well as concert performances of concertos, including the Grieg Piano Concerto and the Liszt No. 1 Concerto as part of the 2007 London Proms.

Madalina gave a recital as part of the Rachmaninov Festival at London's Barbican Hall on 20th September 2008.   The concert was deemed the biggest success of the festival by one critic:

Stefano Greco
22/09/2008
"Rachmaninoff’s idiom was captured much more tellingly in a recital by the young Romanian pianist Madalina Rusu, which in a nutshell made the distinction between the lyrical luxuriance of the early Moments musicaux Op 16 and the lucidity of the later Corelli Variations. The flagship orchestral events were not quite so forthcoming."
 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/09/22/bagergiev122.xml





Adolfo Barabino receiving applause after his recital
Adolfo Barabino recital

The Foundation sponsored a recital by the talented Italian pianist Adolfo Barabino on Sunday 20th April at Hever Castle in Kent. The programme included Dinu Lipatti’s Second Nocturne and his transcription of Bach’s ‘Sheep May Safely Graze’, both being First British Performances of these pieces. Details of the recital may be downloaded here.

Adolfo Barabino recital (Jpeg file, 235KB)


Mihai Eminescu Trust wins Europa Nostra heritage 
first prize

The Foundation has supported the Mihai Eminescu Trust with their restoration programme. We are delighted they have won this award for their excellent heritage conservation work.

Eminescu Press Release (Word document, 120KB)


Stefano Greco
Stefano Greco
Stefano Greco ~ Piano

"Such competence and passion provoke my unconditional praise. A young musician of great talent." Aldo Ciccolini

The Later Art of the Fugue : An Exploration
Wednesday November 16th, 2005 at 7:30pm

A pre-concert talk was given by Prof. Robert Temple at 6.45pm in the Bechstein Room.

The concert was sponsored by the Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation.

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Stefano Greco studied piano under the guidance of Antonio Serrano and graduated with full marks at the "Tito Schipa" Conservatory in Lecce, Italy. He has been awarded prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions.

In 1994, he studied with Hector Pell, at the Accademia Superiore "G. Curci" in Barletta. From 1995 to 1998 he attended the Triennial International Master of Piano Performance and Technique at the Accademia "A.Ciccolini" in Trinitapoli, with Aldo Ciccolini, during which time Greco gave lectures at the Academy on "The Mechanics of Piano Technique", "The Golden Section", "Proportions" and "Bach's Polyphony". He graduated from the Accademia "A.Ciccolini" with full marks, Summa Cum Laude and Honourable Mention.

His extensive repertoire includes Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and all of Chopin's Etudes.

In 2001, he made a concert tour in the United States of America, Canada and Japan, where he made his debut in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, such as the Alice Tully Hall, in New York's Lincoln Center, and the Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo. More recently he has performed throughout Europe, in the Middle East and returned to North America and Japan. Future engagements include recitals in Italy and South America.

Stefano Greco has recorded J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations on the Phoenix classics label.

Stefano Greco with Professor Robert Temple
Stefano Greco & Robert Temple

"Elegant and spirited, his performance was a joy to hear. While following Bach's score with upmost integrity, Greco's own personality and take on this music were both striking and intriguing: one would hope that he will return to present the full set sometime soon."
Darrell Rosenbluth, "The New York Concert Review", on Stefano Greco's New York Debut at Alice Tully Hall, 2001

 



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Programme

Bach - Trans. in D minor of J S Bach's Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor BWV964 (Trans. W F Bach)
Beethoven/Mozart - Prelude Op.39 No.1 / Fugue in C major KV394
Puccini - Fugue in C minor from "Fughr per Quartetto d'archi" (Trans. S Greco) world première
Scriabin - Fugue in E minor Op. post.
Fauré - Fugue in A minor from Pièces Brèves Op.84
Schumann - Fague in G major and Fugue in C sharp minor from Six Contrapuntal Studies Nos. 2 & 5
Lipatti - Fugue in E minor (Edited S Greco) world première

Interval
Mozart/Enesco - Fragment of a Suite KV399 / Suite No.1 Op.3 "Dans le Style Ancien" in G minor
Chopin - Prelude in A minor Op.28 no.2 / Fugue in A minor Op. post.
Mendelssohn - Prelude and Fugue Op.35 No.3 in B minor
Saint-Saëns - Prelude and Fugue in F major from Suite Op.90
Bruckner - Prelude in C major and Fugue in D minor Op. post.
Scriabin / Rachmaninoff - Canon in D minor Op. post. / Fugue in D minor Op. post.

Programme front cover and order of performance (PDF - 0.3MB)

Two articles were written by Stefano Greco and Robert Temple to be included in the printed programme. These articles concerned the Fugue and can be viewed here:

Concerning the Fugue by Stefano Greco (PDF - 0.2MB)

The Philosophy of the Fugue by Robert Temple (PDF - 0.5MB)

Georges Enesco
Autographed photo of Georges Enesco for Paul Prodan, who was Mia Prodan's uncle. He was director of the Romanian National Theatre and an author.