Ghenadie Rotari

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Described as “a magnificient of the accordion… a true revelation of the festival…” (Formula-AS) and as an “exquisite accordionist” (Artribune), Ghenadie is a very active musician who has performed across Europe in venues like Musikverein and Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, Gasteig in Munchen, Teatro Regio in Turin, Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, St. Martin in the Fields in London and others.

Born in 1991 in Moldova, Ghenadie started playing the accordion at the age of 9. Winner of first prizes and many awards at various international music competitions, such as the first prize at
the “Strumenti&Musica festival” in Spoleto, the first prize at the international competition “Svirel” in Slovenia and first prize in the “Città di Piove di Sacco” international competition in Italy, among others.

Ghenadie is a frequent participant in numerous concerts in various cities of Italy and abroad (Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Hungary and France) as well as at various international music festivals, such as the second edition of the “Il Mantice Armonico” Festival in Reggio Emilia, “Nei Suoni dei Luoghi”, “Note future”, “Madesimo Music Festival”, “Festival di Portogruaro”, “Propatria” in Rome, “Nopti albe de acordeon” in Bucharest, “Trieste Prima” contemporary music festival, “Innersound New Arts Festival” in Bucharest, “Craiova Muzicala” international music festival, “aDevantgarde contemporary music festival” in Munich performing a repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary music for accordion. In July 2016 Ghenadie has performed in a concert both as soloist and in trio with Krassimir Sterev (Klangforum Wien) and Mirko Jevtovic at the Tzlil Meudcan Contemporary Music Festival in Tel Aviv. The same concert was performed at the prestigious Darmstadter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Germany.

Ghenadie’s chamber music collaborations with young and active musicians are numerous and the repertoire performed ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. He has collaborated with composers such as P. Makkonen, F. Bedrossian, G. C. Taccani, L. Manfrin and R. de Cia to name just a few, promoting their works either by world or national premieres. Ghenadie performed in concerts with Georgy Gusev, Ana Topalovic (violoncello), Laura Agostinelli (violin), Valentina Vargiu (piano), Margherita Berlanda (accordion) and Janoš Jurinčič and Teo Fornasier (guitar), and with Vanja Sedlak (saxophone). In 2017 Ghenadie takes part in the “Junge Solisten” concert series organized by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and promoted by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation in which he premiered 5 new works for different ensembles written by young composers studying at the Hochschule.

Ghenadie, together with Valentina Vargiu, has founded the “Duo Aspera”, which has performed for various concert series in Italy and abroad. The duo participated in numerous international music competitions winning awards, such as the second prize at the “Strumenti&Musica” international competition in Spoleto, the second prize at the “Svirel” international music competition in Stanjel (Slovenia) and, at the same competition, the duo was awarded a special prize assigned to the “most promising chamber ensemble” consisting of a recital for the Amici della Musica of Capodistria association held in their 2014-2015 concert series. The duo has recently won the “Sony Classical Talent Scout” and has been invited to perform at a concert during the “Madesimo Music Festival”.

In 2012 Ghenadie has performed J. S. Bach’s “Concerto in C-major for 2 harpsichords BWV 1061” at the prestigious “Sala Victor De Sabata” of the “G. Verdi” theatre of Trieste, together with the
accordionist Margherita Berlanda, accompanied by the string orchestra of the Conservatory “G. Tartini” of Trieste. In 2014 he was invited as a soloist of the string orchestra of the “Elena Teodorini” Theatre for the New Year’s Eve concert in Craiova, Romania. In March 2016 Ghenadie has toured Slovenia and Croatia with the string orchestra of the Academy of Music of Ljubljana premiering the concerto for accordion and orchestra “Elegia” by the Italian composer Gabriele Vanoni. In September 2017 Ghenadie was invited to premiere Corrado Rojac’s new concerto “La costellazione del soffione II” for accordion solo and string orchestra with the Orchestra Filarmonica delle Marche, conducted by Marco Gatti, during the 70
Coupe Mondiale in Osimo.

To commemorate a decade since the composer Luciano Berio passed away, Ghenadie was invited by the Radio Vaticana to perform one of the Sequenzas written for the accordion, “Sequenza XIII (Chanson)”. The performance has been recorded and put On-Air in the spring of 2013. Ghenadie alongside his partner Valentina Vargiu were also invited by the Italian national television RAI to perform a recital which was recorded in February of 2014. Other recordings followed for Radio Capodistria, RTV Slovenia, Radio Beograd, Radio Classica, Venice Classic Radio, ORF, Radio Ars
Slovenia and BR-Klassik Munich. Many are his TV appearances (TVR International, Tele U Craiova, ProTV, Moldova1, etc.), most notably on the show “Romania got Talent” where he was a finalist with an audience of several million viewers.

As a participant of the Impuls Academy for composers and contemporary music ensembles in Graz (Austria), founded by Beat Furrer and Ernst Kovacic, Ghenadie collaborates with the British composer Rebecca Saunders and performs the Austrian premiere of her work “…of waters making moan” for accordion solo at the MarathonKonzert promoted by the Academy. Ghenadie also participates at the
“Accordion&Composers” workshop held by Rebecca Saunders and Krassimir Sterev premiering two new works written during the workshop by Sara Caneva and Maurizio Azzan. As a soloist, Ghenadie performs together with the Spanish violinist, Jacobo Hernández Enríquez, the piece “Concertino” for accordion solo, violin solo and ensemble written by the Austrian composer Friedrich Cerha and conducted by Ernst Kovacic.

As a participant of the Damstadter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (2016) Ghenadie has collaborated with renown musicians and composers such as Chaya Czernowin, Yaron Deutsch (Ensemble
Nikel), Lucas Fels (Arditti Quartet) and others. He has performed in a solo concert and in duo with electric guitar during the Open Space series in Darmstadt, as well as holding a workshop on writing for accordion for composers. Ghenadie has also performed the work “Traces des moments” by Isabel
Mundry for quintet (clarinet, accordion and string trio) at the “Rückspiegel – sieben Werke aus sieben Jahrzehnten” series.

Ghenadie has performed with various ensembles for contemporary music, such as Ensemble Oktopus in Munich (conducted by Konstantia Gourzi), ensemble XX.Jahrhundert (conductor Peter Burwik) and ensemble Kontrapunkte (conductor Peter Keuschnig) in Vienna. In 2015, for the
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ghenadie performs in Hans Krasa’s two act opera directed by Paolo Grosa at the “Teatro Regio” of Torino. He has recently performed at the MÜPA Concert Hall in Budapest with the Viennese Ensemble PHACE in a silent film project with music composed by Judit Varga. The same project was then presented in June 2017 at the “Brücken
Festival” in Mürzzuschlag (Austria). Ghenadie has performed with Ensemble PHACE at the “MUSICA Strasbourg Festival” in another silent film project, “Die Puppe” by E. Lubitsch with music by Martin Smolka, in September 2017.

In May 2017 Ghenadie has performed in a portrait concert dedicated to the music of Mark Andre together with Ensemble Oktopus at the “Aktuelle Musik” contemporary music festival in
Nürnberg and at the Villa Concordia in Bamberg. He has also collaborated with the Augsburger Philharmoniker Orchestra, giving the world premiere of Patrick T. Schäfer’s “Letzte Nacht. Eine Friedens Oper”.

Ghenadie is the recipient of the Erasmus scholarship that allowed him to study with Matti Rantanen at the prestigious “Sibelius Academy” in Helsinki, Finland. Together with Valentina
Vargiu, Ghenadie is a participant at the courses held by the internationally acclaimed Trio di Parma (Ivan Rabaglia, Alberto Miodini and Enrico Bronzi) at the International Chamber Music Academy in Duino. Since 2016 he is a scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now foundation. After graduating with full marks from the Conservatory of Trieste under the guidance of Corrado Rojac, Ghenadie enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich perfecting his knowledge of
Contemporary Music under the guidance of Krassimir Sterev. He graduated from the Hochschule in Munich with a recital for which he received the highest marks.

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