On May 9th, on the occasion of the celebrations of Europe Day, the European Union Youth Orchestra and Musica Ricercata sign a two year partnership agreement to help develop the work of this new Romanian orchestra.
Musica Ricercata gathers the finest young musicians from all over Europe to perform exciting musical programmes, spanning from the baroque to modern times, employing modern as well as old instruments.
“It is with particular pleasure that the European Union Youth Orchestra enters into a partnership agreement with Musica Ricercata during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and on the occasion of the EU heads of state Europe Day 2019 meeting in Sibiu, Romania, the home of Musica Ricercata”, says the Secretary General of the Orchestra, Marshall Marcus. “Our agreement will enable EUYO musicians from all over the EU to help Musica Ricercata develop and advance its work, promoting the circulation of European musicians and works of art, increasing pan-European cooperation, and helping to develop this innovative and enterprising Romanian music ensemble”.
Conductor Gabriel Bebeșelea, artistic director of Musica Ricercata commented, “When the ensemble Musica Ricercata was born, our main goals were to assemble the finest musicians from all over Europe, to research and bring to light neglected or long forgotten musical masterpieces of our common cultural heritage through our musical projects. The partnership between Musica Ricercata and the European Union Youth Orchestra starts a new chapter in achieving our goals by enabling our core musicians to bond with fellow musicians from all over the continent, to exchange experiences and share their European cultural identity with audiences everywhere. This partnership helps us grow and develop on all levels and our musical research and innovative artistic projects will get a new dimension of involvement. Personally, I do not believe in coincidences, so the fact that we officially inaugurate this important partnership on the day of the Informal European Council 2019 - which takes place in Sibiu, where our headquarters are located and where the Musica Ricercata Festival takes place - to me is a sign that we are to achieve our goals in the context of a United Europe.”
Future joint projects include EUYO cooperation in BaRockIN Transylvania, a series of concerts that will take place in June 2019 in Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Brașov, Mediaș, and Bucharest, Romania, performing well-known baroque music alongside rediscovered age-old compositions discovered in local archives, and transcribed and performed for the first time in modern times.
photo credits: Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest