Swiss swoop for concertmaster

The Barcelona concertmaster Vlad Stanculeasa has been snapped up by Sinfonie Orchester Basel, where the music director is Ivor Bolton.




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  • East European names can be confusing, and Romanian names often terminate in the suffix ´-escu´.
    But I am quite certain that the concertmaster of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona is named Vlad Stănculeasa, not ´Stănculescu´.

    He is also well acquainted with, and well-known in, Basel, having been previously the concertmaster of the Kammerorchester Basel.

    An interesting footnote of violinistic genealogy: according to his website, Vlad Stănculeasa plays a Sanctus Seraphino that once belonged to George Enescu, then to Yehudi Menuhin.

  • His name is actually Vlad Stanculeasa.

    Seems that the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya needs to appoint not just another concertmaster, but also the associate concertmaster.

  • The new management team of Auditori in Barcelona, led by Robert Brufau, will leave the Barcelona Symphony in ashes, their programming has destroyed in a few months subscription percentatges and their approach is not satisfacory for the orchestra musicians. The fact the relatively new concertmaster is going away is a bad sign. This is an orchestra very difficult to manage and requires capacities, skills and involvement the new team is not up to deliver.

  • Vlad Stanculeasa will take up the position vacated by Soyoung Yoon. The latter has embarked on a solo carreer and did very well, at least until the onset of covid19.

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