"Playing at altitude" is a Master Class organized in Bucovina, Poiana Stampei, where twenty pre-selected students will have the opportunity to study instrument and interpretation techniques together with violinist Stefan Horvath and cellist Razvan Suma.
Final concerts will be held in the Concert Hall of Poiana Stampei on the occasion of the “Flori de pe Dorna” Festival and in the synagogue of Bistriţa on the occasion of the Poetry and Chamber Music Festival.
Stefan Horváth – violin
Violonist Stefan Horváth started studying the violin at the Music High School in Cluj-Napoca and then attended courses at prestigious institutions such as the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon, University of Music Bucharest (Prof. Stefan Gheorghiu), Music Academy of Basel (Prof. Adelina Oprean), and lectures with Prof. Gyula Stuller at Freiburg Conservatory.
His talent was rewarded with numerous prizes in competitions such as: “George Enescu“-(3rd Prize – 2001), “Jeunesses Musicales” (2nd Prize – 1998), “Eugen Sarbu” (first prize – 1995, 1996), “Sándor Végh” award (1994), as well as first prizes at national competitions in Timisoara, Ploiesti, Baia Mare.
Between the years 1996-2000 he was the concertmaster of the Orchestra Philharmonie der Nationen, with whom he also performed as soloist, and since 2005 he has been the concertmaster of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the principal conductor of the ensemble being Dennis Russell Davies.
As a soloist he performed with orchestras of the Philharmonics in Cluj-Napoca, Satu-Mare, Oradea, Constanta, Targu-Mures, Giurgiu, Brasov, National Radio Orchestra.
His most recent collaboration with Radio Orchestras was in 2011, within the “Famous Violins” Festival, Stefan having performed two concerts on a Gurneri del Gesu violin, instrument owed by the Del Gesù Foundation.
Răzvan Suma – cello
“Cellist Razvan Suma has fascinated the public with his talent, sensitivity and intelligence.”
This is how the famous German publication “Das Orchester” described the young Romanian cellist – a great musical talent, an artistic certainty of the moment.
Through impressive repertoire that he performed in over five hundred recitals and concerts in his tours in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia, Razvan has shown a great sensitivity and musical intuition, a great technique and flawlessly rendered – through a diversity of sonorities – the stylistic specificity of each play.
Prestigious contests as “Giovanni Batista Viotti” – Italy, “Markneukirchen” – Germany, “Chisinau” – Republic of Moldova or “Villa de Llanes“- Spain, are just a few of the most important awards won by Razvan for his participations in national and international competitions, participations that started when he was only six years old. The “Do you like Bach?” tour from spring 2012 became the most important moment of his career, as he played the complete suites of J. S. Bach in nine Romanian cities, and together with SONORO RECORDS label he released the disc “Six Suites for solo cello by J.S. Bach“.
In recent years Razvan has released a number of special recordings, including for the Golden Record Library of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Society, 5 CDs, as well as live radio and television streaming (“RAI” Turin, “MDR” Leipzig, “TVR” Romania, “Acasa TV”, Radio stations in Berlin, Macau, Sofia, Bucharest, Euskadi).
Born in 1977 in Cluj-Napoca, he attended the hometown Music High School in the class of Professor Gabriela Todor.
In 2000 he received the Bachelor degree of Music from the Academy of Music in Bucharest in the master class Marin Cazacu and in 2002 he studied through the “Artist Diploma” program at Longy School of Music – Cambridge – United States, in the class of Professor Terry King. His musical education was harmoniously complemented by training courses with masters Marin Cazacu, Arto Noras, Miklos Pereny, Radu Aldulescu, Aurel Niculescu, Mirel Ianovici, Herre-Jan Stegenga, Frans Helmerson and by collaborations with great musicians such as, Justus Frantz, Maxim Vengerov, Christian Badea, the Borromeo String Quartet, Voces String Quartet, Silvia Marcovici and Misha Katz.
Later on Razvan became an associate professor at the University Of Music in Bucharest and was invited to give master classes prestigiously and traditionally organized by the SONORO Association.
In 2004 “Romanian Piano Trio” was set up, where Razvan performed until 2010 with Horia Mihail and Alexandru Tomescu, undertaking the annual tours “Music ON” with impressive sales of CDs released with the support of production houses “Humanitas Multimedia” and “SONORO RECORDS”.
In 2010 Răzvan became a concert soloist of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Society orchestras in Bucharest.
Trio Strad is the band in which we can find Razvan next to Alexandru Tomescu and Toma Popovici and with whom he carries out projects in Europe, Asia and South America.
Besides the intense concertistic activity in Romania, Razvan built a stable career with Spanish piano player Josu Okinena with whom he has performed in halls like the “Auditorio Nacional de Madrid“, “Teatro Colón” in Buenos Aires, “Kursall” in San Sebastian, or the University of Valladolid, and recorded CDs with complete sonatas for piano and cello by J. Brahms.
Last, but not least, together with Marin Cazacu, Alexandra Gandy and Octavian Lup, as one component of “Cellissimo” Cello Quartet, Răzvan performed on stages from Italy, Portugal, Macau, Morocco, succeeding in bringing together two generations of artists for whom their music’s message is above the soloist pride.