ABOUT IAȘI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
During the 18 and 19th century, Iaşi, as the main city and capital of the former Principality of Moldavia, had been closely connected to European musical life, and great European musicians used to play in the city. In 1860, Conservatory of music and dramatic art was founded, followed, in 1868, by the Iaşi Philharmonic Society. The first full season of concerts was performed during 1905-1906.
Moldova State Philharmonic, as an institution with permanent artistic activity, held its inaugural concert on 9 October 1942, conducted by George Enescu. Its primary performing venue is located in the former Sacré-Cœur Institute’s chapel, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments. The main auditorium seats 560, and is named after the conductor Ion Baciu; the second auditorium seats 300, and is named after the composer Gavriil Musicescu.
During a ceremony held on March 25, 2015, at the Peles Castle, the State Philharmonic of Moldova Iasi was decorated with the Order of the Cross of the Royal House of Romania, a distinction awarded to the professor. Dr. Bujor Prelipcean, the general manager of the institution, by Princess Margaret, on behalf of His Majesty, King Michael I.
The high distinction was given for the entire concert and cultural activity that has been carried out for over seven decades to promote the invaluable values of Romanian musical culture and to preserve the national spirit in music, to promote cult music among younger generations and to recognize Romanian music abroad.