Città di Cantù 30th International Piano and Orchestra Competition - ORCHESTRA AND CONDUCTOR

 ”Mihail Jora “Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau

Since its inauguration on the 16th of October 1956, the ”Mihail Jora “Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau has been continually growing in quality, due to the intense musical activity of the members of the orchestra under the leadership of such famous conductors as Eugen Pricope, Igor Ciornei and Ovidiu Balan. Today the orchestra has about 75 members, most of whom are members of various chamber groups such as “Tescana”, the renowned “Trio Syrinx” (flute – Dorel Baicu , Oboe - Adrian Petrescu, bassoon - Pavel Ionescu) winners of six international prizes in famous international competitions, “Fagotissimo” bassoon quartet, “Consonante” quartet, and Capriccio” duo.
The permanent repertoire of the orchestra comprises symphonic, vocal-symphonic and chamber concerts from various centuries and belonging to different musical styles, baroques, classical, romantic, contemporary. Apart from the weekly concerts during the musical season, the philharmonic orchestra organizes various international festivals like “Enescu, Orfeul Moldav”, “The Contemporary Music festival”, The Young Composers’Workshop”, International Conducting courses, and so on. In the last 20 years the orchestra has been constantly taking part in numerous international contests, accompanying the semifinalists and the finalists playing the piano, the violin and wind wood instruments (Italy - Città di Cantù, Valsesia Musica, Barletta, A.M.A. Calabria, Racconigi, Brescia; France - Floraisons Musicales, Aix-en-Provence; Spain - Madrid; USA - Altamura Music Festival on the Greene etc). Due to its artistic value, the orchestra has been invited to collaborate with various European recording companies such as: Electrecord (Romania), Edi Pan, Musica Insieme, Exess (Italy), Cadenza Music Production (Germany), and has performed over 1000 concerts in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Gibraltar, USA, Greece, Malta, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Ucraine, Moldavia, Korea. The orchestra was invited to participate in the “Altamura Music Festival On The Greene” and to the 20th anniversary of the “L. v. Beethoven” festival (Long Island, USA - 2001).
Pavel Ionescu Ambrosie is the manager of the Philharmonic orchestra, and along with the artistic consultant, musicologue dr. Ozana Kalmuski – Zarea, conductor Valentin Doni and Chief Accountant, Lenua Hulic, organises the activity of the artistic institution “Mihail Jora”, Bacau.


M° Ovidiu Balan - Conductor

Maestro Ovidiu Balan, the “honorific manager” and conductor of the philharmonic orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau, belongs to the generation of dedicated and famous leaders of orchestra whose merits are internationally acclaimed.
He studied in Bucharest with Maestro Iosif Conta and attended courses in Holland, France, USA with Jean Fournet, Marius Constant, Fernand Quatrocchi, Eugene Ormandi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel.
He has conducted important orchestras (USA, Cuba, Italy, Germany, France, Hollland, Bulgaria, Yougoslavia, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Hungaria) and received the A.T.M. Prize for the interpretation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the prize of the art critics for the interpretation of contemporary music and the prize awarded by the newspapers in Bacau.
For his artistic activity he received the “Cultural Merit” award (1982), the title of “Master of Arts” (1994) in the Moldovian Republic, of Honorary Citizen of Bacau city and district, “Puncetto d’Oro” of the city of Varallo - Italy and Honorary Citizen of city of Cantù - Italy