HORIA ANDREESCU is the Principal Conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest, having been for over eighteen years Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Romanian Radio orchestras and choirs. During the years he has served as permanent guest conductor of three leading German orchestras: the Berlin Radio Orchestra (1981-1993), the Dresden Philharmonic (1983-1993) and Mecklenburg Staatskapelle Schwerin (1979-1990). As a guest conductor he was invited to lead such prominent ensembles as Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna, Jerusalem, Iceland, Alabama, Taipei, and BBC Scotland, the Radio Orchestras of Vienna, Leipzig, Hamburg, Cologne, Copenhagen, Madrid, Katowice, Sofia, and Ljubljana, the Netherlands Radio’s Philharmonic, Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras, the Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Budapest, Johannesburg, and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestras, the Israel and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, The Orchestra of Arena di Verona, Collegium Musicum Copenhagen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Modern. Conducted operatic productions in Romania, Italy, Germany, Greece.

Horia Andreescu received his training in composition (under Ștefan Niculescu) and conducting (under Con- stantin Bugheanu) at the Bucharest Academy of Continued his edu- cation with Hans Swarowsky and Karl Österreicher at the Vienna Academy of Music (1974-1975), and completed his training with Sergiu Celibidache in Trier and Munich. Won scholarships for extended studies in some of the main music centres in the United States (1979). Between 1974 and 1987 he was the Principal Conductor of the Ploiesti Philharmonic.

Mr. Andreescu is a prize winner at major international competitions such as Nicolai Malko in Copenhagen (1977) and Ernest Ansermet in Geneva (1978); he was awarded the Prize of the Critics at the Berlin Music Biennale (1981) as well as the national Romanian Awards and the Conductor of the Year 1997 Award of the Union of the Romanian Critics. In April 2003 was distinguished with the UNESCO National Award.

Alongside the classical and romantic repertoire with world renowned soloists, Andreescu is an active promoter of young performers and a champion of new music. He is an ambassador of contemporary Romanian music culture, constantly promoting new music through numerous first performances of works by Wilhelm Georg Berger, Pascal Bentoiu, Paul Constantinescu, Myriam Marbé, Stefan Niculescu, Tiberiu Olah, Constantin Silvestri, Aurel Stroe, and Anatol Vieru.

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