Gifted musician with a remarkable artistic mobility, MIHAELA ANICA develops a rich performing activity, both in Austria, her adoptive country, and beyond its borders, interpreting, in numerous recitals and concerts, some of the most valuable chamber music pieces and concert works dedicated to the flute. « Allegro Vivo Festival» (Austria), « Acanthes – Flute Atelier » (France), « George Enescu Festival» and the recitals performed within the series of cultural actions organized by « KulturKontakt Austria » are among the most important musical events she took part in. Moreover, she has won important awards and excellence scholarship – Werner Tripp Memorial Fund and Tokyo Foundation, amongst others. Between the years 2008-2010 she was a member of the prestigious group « Orchestre de Flutes Français » in Paris, and between 2010-2011 she cooperated with the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest. At present she is a member of the Maxim Quartet, an unusual band whose success led to its participation in international festivals such as « Festspiele Europäische Wochen » (Passau, Germany), « Israel Festival » (Jerusalem) or « George Enescu » (Romania). In parallel with the concertistic activity, Mihaela Anica dedicates herself to teaching, by getting involved in musical education projects: « Flute Update » (Doblinger Music Publishing – Vienna), Yamaha Academy of Music – Vienna, Anton Stadler Musikschule – Bruck a.d. Leitha, Austria. Some of her most important projects are the master classes (held in Bistriţa, Botoşani, Oradea, etc.) taught both to students and undergraduates and to flute teachers. Moreover, starting with 2011, Mihaela Anica is a representative, in Romania, of « Wiener Floetenwerkstatt » (Tomasi Workshop), the most important flute manufacturer and supplier in Austria.
A 1st Prize Winner of the Young Concert Artists Award in New York in 2003, the Romanian cellist LAURA BURUIANĂ is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as “a bonafide virtuoso, drawing a wealth of color, drama, and flowing line from her instrument” (The New York Times) in performances where “one might guess she would also be a very fine singer. She embraces her instrument as an extension of her own body, personifying a lyricism that was fitting for an instrument whose timbre is so close to that of the human voice.” (Washington Post) The same year, Laura also won the 1st Prize of the Premio Arturo Bonucci Competition in Rome, being defined as “an artist with an exceptional musical intuition, gifted with a flawless technique…” (La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno) She performed as a soloist together with many important orchestras such as: the Bari Symphony (Italy), the Berlin Chamber Orchestra at the Rheingau Music Festival (Germany), the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest, the Romanian Radio National Orchestra, the Shanghai Orchestra, the Santander Orchestra, the Simphony Orchestra in Ohio, the Simphony Orchestra in North Carolina. She collaborated with various conductors, among whom: Oliver von Dohnányi, Gerhard Zimmermann, Lorenzo Muti, Chen Xiaochen, Song Kyu Ryu, Remus Georgescu, Dorel Paşcu, Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Considered to be one of the best pianists of his generation, HORIA MAXIM (born in 1971 in Galati) is a musician whose constant presence on concert halls stages offers one of the most important references about his artistic talent. The extent of his performer stature is suggested, not at least, by the complexity of the musical expression demonstrated by the pianist in approaching vast and complex repertoires, both as a soloist – collaborator in over 500 concerts of the majority of symphonic orchestras in Romania – as well as partner of some important Romanian and foreign performers (e.g. Maxim Quartet – an ensemble established in 2011) in chamber recitals performed on stages in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Israel, Japan, and, of course, in his homeland. Horia Maxim has been often invited to participate in numerous national and international festivals, the most important among them being “Festspiele Europäische Wochen” (Passau, Germany), ”George Enescu International Festival” (Bucharest, Romania), “Israel Festival” (Jerusalem , Israel), “Nuova Consonanza” (Rome, Italy). His accomplishments include numerous recordings, Horia Maxim interpreting, among others, a significant number of first audition musical creations (e.g. “Concerthymne ” for piano and orchestra by Liviu Dănceanu – CD produced in 2012). He also recorded various works for piano for the soundtrack of several films produced in France and the United States of America (e.g. “Youth Without Youth”, a film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 2007). In parallel with his soloistic career, Horia Maxim is pursuing a supported pedagogical activity within the National University of Music in Bucharest. He is also often invited to support important Romanian and European educational projects.
Born in 1971, Cătălin Creţu has a double formation, as an electromechanical engineer and as a composer, gained after graduating from the Faculty of Electromechanical Machines and Installations at the Technical University of Petrosani and from the National University of Music in Bucharest, the department of Music Education and Music Composition. Drawn by the musical field, Cătălin Creţu fathomed the study of the art of sounds during a Master’s Program in Multimedia Composition at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, and later on, during his doctoral studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest, studies that granted him a PhD title. With a scholarship from MIDAS post-doctoral School, Cătălin Creţu has quite a rich artistic portfolio which comprises of works of various types, from chamber music and symphonies to electronic music, computer-assisted music, multimedia works, etc. Many of them have been purchased by the Symphonic Department of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (UCMR) and have brought Cătălin Creţu many awards.
GABRIELA TOFAN – PROJECT MANAGER
Visual artist by training, laureate of the National University of Arts in Bucharest – Sculputure Depatment, Gabriela Tofan has undertaken numerous cultural activities in the romanian cultural field, in the past 10 years. She worked with several NGOs participating in the implementation of musical, artistically and educational projects, exhibition and cultural promoting activities. Her collaborations include: Elite Art Club UNESCO, Artex Cultural Foundation, "Mihail Kogalniceanu" Memorial Museum, “Paul Cernătescu" Memorial Museum (Iasi, Romania), "Paul Paltan" University History Museum of Galati, "Grigore Antipa" National Museum, "George Enescu " National Museum, AFCN, other NGOs with cultural specific and higher education institutions. Since 2007, Gabriela Tofan coordinates the Art & Co Association, entity that actively supports the Romanian culture by initiating, coordinating and implementing specific projects. Art&Co proudly supports groups and Romanian cultural initiatives. Since 2016, as a manager - she represents the Zona Imaginarium project and group, believing strongly in developing and promoting its ideas and concepts.