Vlad Vizireanu, conductor: “The challenge we face with contemporary music is that no one is raised on atonality. We experience only tonal music from our earliest lullabies”
The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition took place in London from 15–17 November 2016. This documentary follows the progress of the Competition and speaks to founder Donatella Flick, members of the Jury, 2014 winner Elim Chan and the three 2016 finalists.
Most probably, the coolest clarinet triple concerto on earth: "Against All Otts"
by Georg Breinschmid - dedicated to The Clarinotts
A Conducting Masterclass is scheduled for the 5th time in Lucern from March 22nd to March 25th, in collaboration with the Dutch conductor, Bernard Haitink. Students from around the world will conduct Classic, Romantic and early modern pieces and can discuss with Haitink not only their interpretational approach but also very practical conducting questions. You can see below fragments of the 2013 class with “Nuages” from Trois Nocturnes by Claude Debussy.
On the podium was the young conductor Vlad Vizireanu. Already with a rich international portfolio, but less active in Romania, his appearance at the Athenaeum was a pleasant surprise. Enthusiasm, unique musical ideas, and thoughtful phrasings supported by commanding and expressive gestures achieved a remarkable intepretation of Glinka’s Overture to "Ruslan and Lyudmila", but even more so for Rimsky-Korsakov’s
"Scheherazade". A mission not at all simple was in fact Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with violinist, Stefan Horvath.
The Romanian violinist established in Basel won the appreciation and applause of the audience, who were treated, as an encore, with "Lăutarul" by George Enescu.
After the endless minutes of applause and enthusiasm at the end of the concert, it was the orchestra’s turn to offer the public an encore. And it was a regal one: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 by George Enescu, interpreted and played as I have rarely heard it in the past years.
- It was extraordinary. The program was formidable. Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Korsakov in one night! I’m absolutely overwhelmed.
- Marvelous, it’s hard to express just how great it was. The program was very well chosen. The surprise at the end with Enescu [Romanian Rhapsody] was absolutely enchanting for us. I haven’t heard that piece played like that since Sergiu Celibidache. It was exceptional!
Castleton’s Maestro is gone; the show goes on
“It included an astonishing, climate-changing performance of “Nataraja,” a challenging piece conducted unflinchingly by Vlad Vizireanu, one of the dozens of promising young conductors hand-picked by Maazel to work and learn at Castleton over the years, from a similarly lionhearted and lovely score by Michael-Thomas Foumai — the winner of Maazel’s 2014 Young Composer’s Forum.”
Roger Piantadosi, Rappahannock News (July 17, 2014)
Conductor takes 2nd place in Spain contest
“Second-place finish at the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in Spain.”
“He possesses a beautiful stick technique, wonderful musicianship, an astonishing memory and a growing repertoire. (Timothy Russell, professor of orchestral conducting, Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts, Arizona State)”
Robyn Flans, Ventura County Star (January 3, 2014)
College/University Conductor Winner, Runners-up, 2013
“La Forza most persuasive, the passion and emotion keenly presented, the conducting pitfalls negotiated with aplomb.”
Judges Comments, The American Prize (October 1, 2013)
Royal Camerata and members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra “Side by Side”
“The Royal Chamber Orchestra and members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra held on the 2nd of Septembers's afternoon a symphonic concert in The Small Hall of the Palace.”
“The concert began with the accorded Prelude (from no. 1 Suite for orchestra in C Major op. 9) by George Enescu, at the end of which the conductor Vlad Vizireanu and the musicians on the stage were applauded frantically by the audience. No. 1 Concert for piano and orchestra in E flat Major S.124 by Fr. Liszt followed, with South African Ben Schoeman as a pianist. The concert ended with Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 92, by L. van Beethoven.”
Enescu Festival News (September 03, 2013)
“A wild ride”, MSFO journeys to hell and back in a final performance full of extremes
“Vlad Vizireanu, 2013 David Effron Conducting Fellow, will take the stage with the MSFO for the last time to conduct Tchaikovsky’s symphony.”
“Vizireanu said his challenge in conducting this piece will be just that: expressing the emotions needed to convey the scenes of hell.”
Kelly Tunney, The Chautauquan Daily (August 12, 2013)
“Versatile Vlad”; Vizireanu makes MSFO debut with array of musical styles
“Vlad Vizireanu, the School of Music’s 2013 David Effron Conducting Fellow, will lead the MSFO in five arias.”
“He chose the five arias, which range from pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff to Léo Delibes to Imre Kálmán, to take advantage of the freedom he has been given for this concert.”
Kelly Tunney, The Chautauquan Daily (July 8, 2013)
Great Success at Romanian Athenaeum
“The night began with the Overture to Don Giovanni, a famous work, which Maestro Vizireanu conducted from memory. Ample gestures, clarity, precision, and the genuine passion with which he conducted every phrase made an impressive mark on the eager audience.”
“Under Vizireanu’s elegant direction, the orchestra played Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique. Even with the score on the podium it appeared that Maestro Vizireanu conducted the piece from memory with refined phrasing and sweeping, expressive gestures.”
Janina Bădici, Contemporary Roads (April 10, 2012)
Westlake Grad Leads T.O. Philharmonic Concert of New Year
“As a new feature of the concert, an alumnus is given the opportunity to lead the orchestra. In Sunday’s concert, the honoree was Romanian-born Vlad Vizireanu, a Westlake High School graduate who first performed as a pianist in the Philharmonic’s second concert 10 years ago. Now a seasoned conductor, Vizireanu led the orchestra in the opening piece, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, with great precision and passion and without the benefit of a score.”
Cary Ginell, Thousand Oaks Acorn (February 9, 2012)