Stradivarius Tournament In the mood for Prokofiev

The Genesis Collegiate Foundation continues the series of Genesis for life events!


The Genesis Foundation is a partner of the Stradivarius Tournament in the Mood for Prokofiev, a project in which the violonist Alexandru Tomescu is preparing to leave for the seventh year in a row. This time, Alexandru Tomescu, will be accompanied by the famous Russian pianist, Eduard Kunz, on stage.

In a continuous search for perfection, which has led him in the past years in the area of ​​syncretic performances, combining music with video projections or non-verbal theatre, Alexandru Tomescu now comes to an essential form of music. In Mood for Prokofiev is the title of the tour, the program proposing a selection of the most beloved works for the violin and piano of the Russian composer: Five Op. 35 bis and the two sonatas for violin and piano.



For the first time, the concerts of the Stradivarius tournament will open with the play of a young, even very young, Romanian composer. That is Gabriel Gîţan, a student in the 11th grade at the "George Enescu" National College of Music in Bucharest. He is the winner of the nonconformist contest launched a few months ago by Eduard Kunz and Alexandru Tomescu - an invitation to creation addressed to Romanian composers, regardless of age. More details here.


Stradivarius National Tournament 2014:

May 18 - Târgu Mureş - The Palace of Culture, 7:00 pm

May 20 - Bistrita - Synagogue, 7:00 pm

May 21 - Cluj-Napoca - Students House, 8:00 pm

May 25 - Timisoara - The Banat Philharmonic, 7:00 pm

May 27 - Oradea - Philharmonic, 7:00 pm

May 29 - Hunedoara - Corvin Castle, 7:00 pm

May 30 - Sibiu - Thalia Hall of the Philharmonic, 7:00 pm

June 3 - Pitesti - The Cultural House of the Trade Unions, 7:00 pm

June 4 - Craiova - Oltenia Philharmonic, 7:00 pm

June 7 - Bacău - Philharmonic, 7:00 pm

June 9 - Iasi - National University of Arts "George Enescu", 7:00 pm

June 11 - Bucharest - Radio Hall, 7:00 pm


Moreover, the 2014 edition of the event is part of the tradition initiated by Alexandru Tomescu and the Genesis Collegiate Foundation - to integrate a coordinated social responsibility. The Stradivarius National Tournament - In the Mood for Prokofiev is dedicated to the Hope and Homes for Children Foundation Romania, whose Ambassador, Alexandru Tomescu, has been in charge of it from 2012 and the fight against the abandonment of children. The public is invited to learn more about HHC Romania, a 15 year old organization that deals with the dissolution of old-age orphanages and the relocation of children to systems as close as possible to the family environment. Thus, music lovers will have the opportunity to help HHC Romania accomplish its mission: to close all old-style orphanages by 2020.

For more information about the Stradivarius 2014 National Tour - In the Mood for Prokofiev, visit and in order to be in constant contact with the musicians during the event, we invite you to like the Facebook pages of the two artists: and

Alexandru Tomescu is the man for whom music has no limits: capable of dealing with the most difficult scores in marathon concerts, in tours of dozens of cities, the violinist enjoys a unanimous appreciation from the audience.


His musical journey started with the violin lessons received from his mother, Professor Mihaela Tomescu, and then continued with studies directed by Master Stefan Gheorghiu in Romania and by Tibor Varga, Eduard Schmieder, Igor Oistrach, Ruggiero Ricci and Herman Krebbers abroad. The exceptional training he enjoyed brought him prizes at the most prestigious violin contests: Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud (Paris, France), Paganini (Genova, Italy), George Enescu (Bucharest, Romania), Sarasate (Pamplona, ​​Spain) Kloster Schöntal (Germany), etc.

There followed concerts in famous halls of major metropolis of music: Carnegie Hall (New York), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), etc. He concerts under the baton of masters such as Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach or Kurt Masur. Cross-border studies and concerts have meant Alexandru Tomescu acquired an experience he has been trying to use in his own country, so he decided to return to Bucharest to change the perception of classical music. He initiated the first classical music tournaments funded exclusively by private funds, demonstrating that there is availability in Romania for quality cultural products.

Eduard Kunz was born in the town of Omsk in Siberia, studied the piano with Mihail Hohlov at the Gnessin Special School for Gifted Children in Moscow and later with Andrei Diev at the Piotr Ilici Tchaikovsky National Music Conservatory in Moscow. He earned his master's degree with a distinction and a gold medal for his performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, his professors being Norma Fisher and the late Mark Ray.

Having been included by the prestigious BBC Music Magazine in the top 10 pianists of tomorrow, Eduard Kunz has already collaborated with numerous renowned European orchestras. He performed recitals in the major concert halls of the world, among which we include Wigmore Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Louvre in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Winterthur in Barcelona, ​​The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and was present at the prestigious Festival from Duszniki - "December Nights", Como de Garda Festival, Grieg (Oslo), Al Bustan (Lebanon), Keyboard Festival in New York, as well as St Magnus (Scotland) and City of London festivals.

Over the years, his musical performances have been broadcast on the world's most prestigious classical music stations such as: BBC Radio 3, Radio France, Radio Rai, Deutschland Radio Kultur and Orpheus.

The project is organized by the Cultural Foundation "Remember Enescu" and Quartz Media Production and is supported by the Genesis Collegiate Foundation.



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