The Romanian Centenary Celebration Debuts with a Spectacular Musical Evocation

15/01/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH

2018 is a special year at the Romanian Cultural Institute as we celebrate, through a special programme of events, 100 years since the unification of all Romanian provinces in one democratic state. The first event of this celebratory series, entitled '100', is a kaleidoscopic journey through the soundscape of Transylvania, Banat, Crişana, Maramureş, Bucovina, Moldova, Bessarabia, Oltenia, Muntenia and Dobrogea, the regions that came together at the end of the Great War, in 1918. Offered by the impressive Imago Mundi Ensemble and performed on period instruments with stunning visuals by Florin Ghenade, the concert provides an irresistible, and metaphorical, blend of the traditional and the contemporary.    

With introductory remarks by HE Mr Dan Mihalache, the Romanian Ambassador to the Court of St James's.

On the occasion of the National Culture Day.

Imago Mundi are:

Adrian Buciu – flutes, shakers / Oana Ivașcu – oboe, tambourine / Ștefan Barbu – violin / Andreea Ţimiraș – cello / Cătălin Ștefănescu-Pătrașcu – kobsa, guitar / Daniel Ivașcu – bendir, shakers / Florin Ghenade – photo, video / Cristian Stănoiu – live video projections. Musical arrangements by Cătălin Ștefănescu-Pătrașcu.



Hora de mână (Hand in Hand Round Dance)

Doina Oltului (The Song of the River Olt)

Brâu moldovenesc (Girdle Dance from Moldavia)

Sârba oltenească (Serbian Dance from Oltenia)

Brâu din Transilvania (Girdle Dance from Transylvania)

Am un leu / Sârba (I’ve got a dime and I wanna drink it / Serbian Dance)

Barbu Lăutaru (Barbu the Fiddler)

Săraca străinatate (Sorrowful is the Foreign Land)

Hora (Round Dance)

Dobrogeana (Dance from Dobrogea / Geampara from Dobrogea)

Fanfara (Fanfare)

Haiducească (Outlawry Ballad)

Doina din Bihor (Doina from Bihor)

Gaida (The Bagpipe)


Adrian Buciu – flutes, shakers

Born into a family with deep musical traditions, Adrian Buciu holds degrees in both the flute and conducting from the National University of Music, Bucharest. In 2006, he became a lecturer in the University's Chamber and Orchestral Music Department, and in 2007 was awarded the title of Doctor of Music (Summa cum Laude). Also in 2007, together with Mihail Ghiga he founded the University's Barockers Ensemble, which performs a repertoire of symphonic, vocal-symphonic, and vocal music. He performs and conducts extensively in Romania and abroad, having given concerts in the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Tunisia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, France, Norway, the United States, and Italy. He frequently performs on television and radio and makes special recordings.


Oana Ivașcu – oboe, tambourine

A classically trained musician, Oana Ivașcu studied oboe at the Faculty of Musical Performance of the National University of Music in Bucharest. Open to innovation and experiment, Oana Ivașcu is familiar to audiences thanks to several groups she has founded and with which she performs: Imago Mundi, Allegria, Bucharest AV, and the Rhapsody Chamber Orchestra. She has worked extensively with major orchestras, including the George Enescu Philharmonic, the Radio Chamber Orchestra, and the “Ion Dacian” Orchestra of the National Operetta Theatre, the Oltenia Philharmonic (Craiova), and the Sinfonia Orchestra (Bucharest). She has given concerts in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Tunisia, Turkey and United States of America.


Ștefan Barbu – violin

Ștefan Barbu studied violin at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Since 2000 he has been a violinist with the Radio Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest. He has performed with the Georges Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra on numerous occasions. He was a member of the Academy Choir (later renamed Kontakion) between 1995 and 1998. He has also been a member of the Musica Selecta choir (which performed live background music for the play Saragossa 66 Days at the Odeon Theatre between 1998 and 2000), the Rules for Graces baroque instrumental ensemble, and the Sartorious Ensemble, a baroque vocal group (1999), the Modus Antiqus early music instrumental ensemble, and the Arioso Quartet (between 2002 and 2005).


Andreea Ţimiraș – cello

Born into a family of musicians, Andreea began studying cello under the guidance of her father, first cellist of the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra in Palermo (Italy). Graduate of the National University of Music Bucharest under the guidance of professors Aurel Niculescu and Marin Cazacu, she improved her artistry skills attending numerous Master Courses with David Geringas (cello) and the Abegg Trio (chamber music). Member of Sicilian Symphony Orchestra since 2001, Andreea has performed solo and with chamber groups, both at home and abroad, and has approached various musical genres such as ancient music works (with the Barockers Ensemble) and contemporary repertoire for which she has received several special awards. In October 2012 Andreea Ţimiraş became a Ph.D. student and assistant researcher of the Early Music Centre at the National University of Music in Bucharest.


Cătălin Ștefănescu – kobsa, guitar

One of the most outstanding musicians of his generation, Cătălin Ștefănescu holds a Ph.D. in Music and studied guitar at the “George Enescu” Academy of Arts in Jassy and composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest. He teaches guitar at the National University of Music. He was awarded the Grand Prize at the Sinaia Classical Guitar Festival and has given concerts in Romania's most important cultural centres: Alba Iulia, Arad, Bucharest, Deva, Jassy, Sibiu. Cătălin has been awarded a scholarship at the Volos Guitar Festival in Greece. His compositions have been performed in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany and Romania.


Daniel Ivașcu – bendir, shakers

Daniel Ivașcu is a graduate of the National University of the Arts, visual artist by training and percussionist by vocation. He is among the initiators of stylistically diverse musical projects that include Imago Mundi (early music), Bucharest AV (audio-video fusion), Allegria (jazzy pop-rock), Shape of Sound (electro-pop), Special Guest Stars (rock fusion), and Body in Pieces (progressive fusion). He has played as a guest performer with Vlaicu Golcea, Electric Brother, Jazz e-Scape (electro-jazz), Cri-Gri (rockfusion), AB4 (alternative rock), and Maxim Belciug (classical guitar). Daniel has performed in concert in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Tunisia, Turkey. and United States of America.


Florin Ghenade – photo / video

A collaborator of Imago Mundi since 2011, Florin Ghenade studied photography and video art at the National University of Arts Bucharest and philosophy at the University of Bucharest. Known to the Romanian public especially for the project Old Trees, a work in progress dedicated to the secular trees of Romania, Florin Ghenade exhibited in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Şona (Făgăraş), and Timişoara. In 2015, his works were a part of the Romanian presence at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. In 2016, Old Trees was exhibited at the contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) art fair in Essen.


Cristian Stănoiu – live video projections

Graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marseille, of graduate courses in scenery, architecture, and video at the same school, and of the of “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. Cristian has been a constant participant in various art projects, cultural events, creative workshops like RollUp Art, Bucharest (projections on the facade of the Faculty of Architecture); Spazzi Aperta, Rome (video installation, sound and set design); Villes en Mouvement (video, sound urban art, photography and set design exhibition in Geneva, Annecy, Marseille, and New York); International Workshop in Nice; and the European Architectural Students Assembly in Denmark.



When: Monday, 15 January 2018, 19:00

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute - 1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PH


Entrance is free but it is required to book your ticket on Eventbrite.

Please note that the seating is unreserved.