Vladimir Jurowski: a Masterpiece Revealed

21/09/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute

As a prelude to the much-anticipated LPO's 'Oedipe' at the Royal Festival Hall, we are proud to host a star-studded evening of music and conversation dedicated to the genius of George Enescu, with Maestro Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, as guest of honour and principal speaker.

Welcome speech by HE Mr Dan Mihalache, the Romanian Ambassador to the Court of St James's, and opening remarks by Mrs Liliana Țuroiu, the President of The Romanian Cultural Institute, and Mr Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the LPO. 

Featuring Romanian soprano Gabriela Iştoc, the Antigone of the LPO production. An evening moderated by the RCI Director, Dorian Branea



Welcome speech by HE Mr Dan Mihalache, Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St. James's
Opening remarks by Mrs Liliana Ţuroiu, the President of Romanian Cultural Institute
Opening remarks by Mr Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the LPO

Maestro Vladimir Jurowski in conversation with Dorian Branea, Director of RCI London, about 'Oedipe' and the music of George Enescu

Music from 'Oedipe' and lieder by George Enescu performed by soprano Gabriela Iştoc and Vladimir Jurowski on the piano


When: Thu 21 September, 7pm
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.
One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow and studied at the Music Academies of Dresden and Berlin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Nabucco.  Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, becoming Principal Conductor in 2007. In October 2015 he was appointed the next Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, a position he will take up in September 2017. Jurowski also maintains his position as Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra). He has previously held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997–2001), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000–03), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005–09), and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001–13). Currently, Vladimir Jurowski is the Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest. He is a regular guest with many leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome; the New York Philharmonic; The Philadelphia Orchestra; The Cleveland Orchestra; the Boston, San Francisco and Chicago symphony orchestras; and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  His opera engagements have included 'Rigoletto', 'Jenůfa', 'The Queen of Spades', 'Hansel and Gretel', and 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; 'Parsifal' and 'Wozzeck' at Welsh National Opera; 'War and Peace' at the Opéra National de Paris; 'Eugene Onegin' at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan and numerous operas at Glyndebourne including 'Othello', 'Macbeth', 'Falstaff', and 'Ariadne auf Naxos'. Future highlights include his Salzburg Festival debut with Wozzeck, and his first return to Glyndebourne as a guest conductor, to lead the world premiere production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet. The Glyndebourne production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, led by Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Chorus, won the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Opera Award.


Gabriela Iştoc is one of Romania’s leading young sopranos and a laureate of numerous national and international competitions. A graduate of the National Opera Studio in London and the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, she studied with Veronica Dunne. She was a Jerwood Young Artist in 2011 and was awarded the Robert and Margaret Lefever Study Award and the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Award. Following her 2013 success at Royal Festival Hall and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as Lucy Brown in Weill’s 'The Threepenny Opera' with the LPO and Vladimir Jurowski, she returned to the UK in 2014 to sing The Echo in 'Ariadne auf Naxos' at Glyndebourne. Previous roles include Eurydice (Julian Philips’s 'Followers'), Ludovina (Philips’s 'The Yellow Sofa'), Gilda ('Rigoletto') and Fiordiligi ('Così fan tutte'). Recent appearances have included Mimi ('La bohème') at Opera North and Den Jyske Opera, Adina ('L’elisir d’amore') at Opera North, and Strauss’s 'Four Last Songs' at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania. Future engagements include a Christmas concert tour of Romania with the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra. Gabriela’s films and DVD recordings include Violetta in 'La traviata: Love, Death and Divas' (BBC), and 'Ariadne auf Naxos' for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.