Arad | 01 Nov. 2019

The „Romanian Chamber Orchestra” concert held in Arad is organized in partnership with Arad City Council and CMC Arad. 

Timisoara | 02 Nov. 2019

The „Romanian Chamber Orchestra” project is organized under the patronage of „Banatul” Philharmonic Timișoara. 

Bucuresti | 03 Nov. 2019

The „Romanian Chamber Orchestra” concert held in București is organized as part of the „Moștenitorii României Muzicale” project. 


Béla Bartók – Divertimento

Dan Variu – MikroDivertisment (first audition)

The first Romanian Chamber Orchestra call for scores selected work.

P. I. Ceaikovski – Serenada Op. 48

Béla Bartók – Divertimento

Béla Viktor János Bartók (March 25th, 1881, Sânnicolau Mare – September 26th, 1945, New York) was a Hungarian pianist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, recognized today as one of the most important composers of the 20th century. He received his first piano lessons from his mother, Paula Voigt, and by the age of four Bartók’s repertoire included 40 piano works. In 1891, at Nagyszőlős, he gave his first public recital in which he also performed his own composition, named The Course of the Danube, composed at the age of nine.

After studying piano and harmony with Professor László Erkel, Bartók studied between 1899 and 1903 at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest, under the guidance of professors István Tomán (piano) and János Koessler (composition). There he also met Zoltán Kodály, with whom he laid the foundations of the science known today as ethnomusicology. In 1903 he composed the first large-scale work for orchestra – the symphonic poem Kossuth, dedicated to Lajos Kossuth, leader of the Hungarian revolution of 1848, work under the influence of  R. Strauss’, Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Between 1908 and 1934, Bartók taught piano at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest and then became a member of the Budapest Academy of Sciences. Deeply affected by the effects of the Second World War, he emigrated to the United States of America in 1940, where he composed his last works: Concerto for Orchestra, Sonata for Solo Violin, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra and Piano Concerto No.3

The last piece composed in Europe was the Divertimento for String Orchestra Sz.113, written between 2-17 August 1939 in the Swiss town of Saanen, where Bartók was staying at the summer residence of conductor Paul Sacher, founder of the Basel Chamber Orchestra. The title Divertimento is inspired by the Italian language and refers to an entertaining work that delights both the audience and performers.

Dan Variu – MikroDivertisment (*first audition)

I had the primary intuition of the work while being a student at the Composition Section of the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, when I had the opportunity to deepen Béla Bartók’s works, as a composer and as a researcher of musical folklore. My fascination for his exceptional personality decisively marked my compositional path, leading, among other things, to the development of MikroDivertisment for string chamber orchestra, a work that makes its Bartokian affiliation transparent at least on three levels.

Firstly, the title refers in an intertextual manner, to two of the composer’s representative pieces, MikroKosmos and Divertimento for String Orchestra, which guide the expectations of the audience towards Bartók’s own stylistic universe. 

Secondly, in line with this stylistic universe, the musical approach in MikroDivertisment is strongly impregnated by folk influences, engaging in techniques such as inverted chromaticism and dense imitative polyphony, situating itself between the miniatural simplicity of MikroKosmos and the evolved density of Divertimento. 

Thirdly, from a structural perspective, the musical discourse is part of the pattern of the rondo ABACA with strong melodic kinship between sections, a pattern frequently encountered in Bartokian creation.

I thank Romanian Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Cristian Măcelaru for the privilege of being part of a concert concept that happily bonds Béla Bartók, the one who inspired my work MikroDivertisment, and Piotr Ilici Tchaikovsky, another genius personality of universal composition. – Dan Variu

P.I. Ceaikovski – Serenada Op. 48

Piotr Ilici Ceaikovski





Cristian Măcelaru



Alexandru Tomescu


Rafael Butaru

Radu Dunca

Andrei Radu

*RCO Scholar

Radu Ropotan

Maria Marica

*RCO Scholar


Irina Simon-Renes

Principal 2nd Violin

Vlad Popescu

Melita Murgea

Grațiela Aranyosi

*RCO Scholar

Cora Petrila

*RCO Scholar


Cristian Andriș

Principal Viola

Alexandru Bota

Principal Viola

Adrian Vasile

Irina Vizir

*RCO Scholar


Dragoș Bălan

Principal Cello

Radu Sinaci

Octavian Lup

Andreea Petrila

*RCO Scholar


Răzvan Popescu

Principal Bass

Ionuț Bârlan