With the RaRo-SoNoRo Ensemble, EUROPALIA brings
together some of the world’s most gifted musicians such
as the Romanian award-winning violinist Mihaela Martin,
who studied under Stefan Gheorghiu, a pupil of George
Enescu, whose repertoire SoNoRo performs during the
concert. Works such as Nocturne for piano quartet Ville
d’Avrayen and Romanian Rhapsody No.1, which was
inspired by traditional Romanian folk music, will captivate
the audience. The ensemble also presents compositions
by Johannes Brahms and the legendary Gabriel Fauré,
who helped George Enescu grow into the most celebrated
composer of his time.
The RaRo-SoNoRo Ensemble is the ensemble in residence of the SoNoRo Festival. Since 2006, they have been contributing to a revival of Romanian chamber music. With concerts in Bucharest, Paris, Tokyo, and other major cities, they now attract an unprecedented number of young listeners and the festival has been called one of Eastern Europe’s most exciting. The ensemble consists of violists Mihaela Martin, Erik Schumann, Alissa Margulis and Tatiana Samouil, viola players Razvan Popovici and Vladimir Mendelssohn, who is also the artistic director of the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, cellists Justus Grimm and Kyrill Zlotnikov and well-known pianist Diana Ketler.
Erik Schumann, Mihaela Martin, Alissa Margulis, Tatiana Samouil: violin / Vladimir Mendelssohn, Razvan Popovici: viola / Justus Grimm, Kyrill Zlotnikov: cello / Diana Ketler: piano