The Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora”
The Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau, Romania serves as the Institute’s primary host orchestra for the 16th year in 2018. This partnership began in 2003, and it has grown stronger and deeper with each passing year. Founded in 1956, this highly regarded professional orchestra maintains a cadre of approximately 75 talented musicians. The Philharmonic can boast a successful American concert tour and extensive tours in Europe and Asia including concerts in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Russia and China. Consistently rewarded with critical and public acclaim, the Philharmonic is a true working orchestra that presents more than 100 concerts a year.
The Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra
The International Institute for Conductors welcomed the Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra as host orchestra for its remarkble Mastering the Concerto course for conductors and soloists in 2016. One of four regional orchestras in Bulgaria officially recognized and financed by the Ministry of Culture, the Philharmonic has long been a leading cultural institution in Vidin, and it is the only fully professional symphony orchestra in the northwest region of Bulgaria. The orchestra has its own space for concerts and other activities located in the center of city that includes a 315 seat concert hall plus additional more intimate performance spaces. In addition to a full season of concerts in Vidin and international tours in the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and Spain, the Philharmonic appears regularly at regional festivals, music competitions, anniversary concerts and charity performances.
The orchestra’s repertoire includes a broad palette of symphonic and chamber music from a large variety of periods and musical styles. For many years the orchestra has been invited to accompany semifinalists and finalists in important national and international competitions for piano and violin. Recognized for its remarkable artistic quality, the Bacau Philharmonic has made recordings with various companies in Europe including Electrecord (Romania), Edi Pan, Musica Insieme (Italy), Cadence Music Production (Germany), Nuova Era and Metier (EU). The orchestra most recently completed a new cycle of Music Minus One recordings featuring over 140 opera arias in 2010.
Maestro Balan and pianist Nicole Brancale (Italy) with the Bacau Philharmonic
Institute Alumni Comments
“The orchestra musicians were so positive and supportive. They responded so well and quickly which really helped me
feel confident in front of the group.”
-2017 Mastering the Concerto conductor
“The opportunity to play with a professional orchestra for two weeks is something rarely seen. One could feel the motivation and encouragement passed down to us soloists by the orchestra.”
-2017 Mastering the Concerto soloist
“The orchestra was very responsive and encouraging. Orchestra members were very friendly and gave us useful feedback.”
-2016 Advanced Conducting Academy conductor
“The orchestra adjusted to each conductor and had the unique ability to expose both the strengths and weaknesses of each
student in a professional and supportive environment.”
-2015 Advanced Conducting Academy conductor