• 8 th of September / 19.00


    The Crescendo programme begins with the childhood theme illustrated by the thirteen miniature masterpieces that form Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen(“Scenes from Childhood”) for solo piano. Works by the young Johannes Brahms and likewise youthful Sergei Rachmaninov will take us through the stringed fusion on duet and trio territory towards a fresh, newly commissioned quartet composed by our resident artist Pierre Audiger, in its premiere. The programme culminates with a resounding performance of Cesar Franck’s passionate and uncompromisingly mature Piano Quintet in F minor.

    Robert Schumann – Kinderszenen op.15
    Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples)
    Curiose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
    Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Buff)
    Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
    Glückes genug (Quite Happy)
    Wichtige Bebebenheit (An Important Event)
    Träumerei (Dreaming)
    Am Camin (At the Fireside)
    Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-Horse)
    Fast zu ernst (Almost too Serious)
    Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
    Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
    Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
    Artist: Graeme McNaught

    Johannes Brahms – Scherzo in C minor opus posthume
    Artists: Graeme McNaught & Kristine Balanas

    Sergey Rachmaninoff – Trio élégiaque no.1 in G minor
    One Movement (più vivo – con anima – appassionato – tempo rubato – risoluto)
    Artists: McNaught, Kristine Balanas & Alberto Cassadei

    Comissioned Piece for Premiere in the Festival
    Artists: Pietro Bonfilio, Bogdan Ciobanu, Pierre Audiger, Alberto Cassadei

    Cesar Franck– Piano quintet in F minor opus 14

    Moltomoderato quasi lento – Allegro
    Lentocon molto sentimento
    Allegronon troppo ma con fuoco

    Artists: Graeme McNaught, Kristine Balaans, Michelle Dierx, Catalina Toma, Alberto Cassadei


Born 3rd March 2000, percussionist Bogdan-Paul Ciobanu began his musical education in Piatra Neamt at the “Victor Brauner” Highschool of Arts and  has just completed a year’s study at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh, made possible by a “ Constantin Silvestri” scholarship.

 He playedpiano between the ages of five and eight, but was then attracted by the soundscape  of percussion which has remained his passion to the present day.

 He has twice been successful in the fierce auditions run by the “ Principessa Margareta” Foundation, which offer a very limited number of scholarships to up and coming musicians of great talent and are open to the whole of Romania. These scholarshipsinvolvea number of workshops and concert tours around the country, including performances for the Royal family of Romania. During his first year within the “Tinere Talente” scholarship, Bogdan was required to spend a week at “George Enescu” memorial house in Tescani in order to prepare, together with other music scholars, the scholars’ closing concert, showcasing their talents in front of an audience including many  Romanian celebrities.

 Bogdan now aspires to continue his studies in London, with a programme to include not only classical percussion, but electronic music, sound engineering and composition.