June is a busy month for conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu, who is in Malaysia conducting a series of performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). Nicolae last conducted the MPO in 2013, and this time he returns to perform as well as conduct, in the grand venue of Petronas Filarmonik Hall, Kuala Lumpur.
Nicolae’s first performance was an organ recital on 4th June of German music by Bach, Schumann and Mozart, finishing with Mendelssohn’s great Organ Sonata No. 2 Op. 65 in C minor.
On 5th and 6th June, Nicolae turned his attention back to conducting for a concert including Beethoven’s Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, as well as Beethoven’s immense ‘Choral’ Symphony No. 9 with the MPO, the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir and various soloists.
Later this month (12th June), Nicolae will conduct the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir and pianist Tengku Irfan. This will be a concert of music by great Germans, with pieces including Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and Beethoven’s Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra.
Nicolae’s final performances will conclude with ‘Opera Magic’ with the MPO on 13th and 14th June. For these concerts, the MPO will join forces with acclaimed soprano Sumi Jo and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, to showcase an array of favourite arias and choruses from the world’s most-loved operas – Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Gianna Schicchi, Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, and more.
Nicolae will also head to Romania later this year to conduct the Filarmonica George Enescu; firstly in the Athenaeum Concert Hall in Bucharest on June 25th and 26th, and again in November for an exciting programme including Durufle’s Requiem. Nicolae will also return to conduct The Romanian National Radio Orchestra in December 2015 and February and May 2016.