• 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 in Iaşi, a keen musician from the well reputed String division of Iasi traditions, graduated High school of Arts “O. Băncilă”, University of Arts “George Enescu” Iaşi, Faculty of Musical Interpretation, Specialization Viola, and Master of Music at University of Arts “George Enescu” Iaşi, with Prof. Univ. Dr. Bujor Prelipcean (first violin of Voces Quartet, Romania)

Five times winner of National Music Olympics, she participated in numerous master classes, national and international contests, chamber music recitals, and soloist concerts in Iaşi, Cluj, Bucharest and abroad, in 2005 leaving Romania for one year with Erasmus studies at the “Escuela de Arte ” in Salamanca , Spain.

Getting the flavour of the studies abroad, participated in numerous international competitions such as Concorso Internationale di Musica per i Giovani, Citta’ Di  Stresa, Italy and gave concerts in International festivals in France “Entre Deux Airs” , Germany “ International Herbsttage fur Music” and Spain “Escuela de Arte Superior”.

In present, she leads the viola section of the Moldova Philharmonic symphonic orchestra.