Led by Romanian-born conductor Cristian Macelaru,
and with Romanian cello talent Andrei Ionita, the Belgian
National Orchestra brings an extraordinary repertoire to
life during EUROPALIA ROMANIA. The BNO has selected a
wide range of pieces that seamlessly fit together to create
one grand spectacle. These include new works, such as
Flemish composer Annelies van Parys’ War Requiem as
well as rarely-performed oeuvres, such as Zoltan Kodaly’s
Cristian Macelaru is one of the fastest-rising stars of the conducting world. He was the youngest ever concert master of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 19. Since then, he has performed regularly with some of the best American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic.
Andrei Ionita, born in 1994 in Bucharest, won first prize in the cello division of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky competition and has performed with the BBC Philharmonic. Andrei Ionita, described by The Times as “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade,” takes the sounds of his beloved instrument to the next level. Bringing pieces selected from the repertoires of some of the world’s most celebrated composers, while also paying homage to his native culture through a stunning rendition of George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody, Ionita wows audiences with his virtuosity and creativity.