Les Virtuoses Romantiques
A spectacular ensemble exploring the eclectic
repertoire of the 19th century virtuoso, whose music
was inspired by folk or popular idioms - from
Paganini and Sarasate to Kreisler and Gershwin
About Cléna
The Bessarabian Nights
(Les Nuits de Bessarabie)
"Carried to this point of perfection, the brilliance becomes
undeniably grandiose, and the entertainment value of such a varied
program creates an intoxicating excitement.  A feast!"
Les Virtuoses Romantiques
Passione Amorosa
(New Year's concert for the city of Milan)
I Got Rhythm
Florin Moldoveanu - violin
Cléna Stein - double bass
Dennis Ferry - trumpet
Andrea Bandini - trombone
Adrian Kreda - piano
Ever since Paganini convinced his audience that his extraordinary powers came straight from the devil himself, the
public has been enthralled by the great virtuosi.  In a delightful evening of joy and dazzling musical acrobatics,        
"Les Virtuoses Romantiques" presents a panorama of the genre.  Charming miniatures from the Belle Epoque are
followed by grand opera fantasies from the 19th century, spectacular variations are followed by passionate duos of
love.  The pulse and vitality of folk dance radiates through their concerts  -  the zapateado of Spain, the mazurka of
Poland, or the waltz of Vienna.  
"Les Virtuoses Romantiques" join all together at the end of the concert, crossing
over into the popular idioms of the early 20th century with the jazz of George Gershwin or Duke Ellington, the tango, or
even the klezmer music of Eastern Europe.

All soloists with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande,
"Les Virtuoses Romantiques" have enchanted the public
throughout Europe for over 20 years with their generous evenings of music-making, appearing on television, radio,
and in concert.  They record for Harmunia Mundi France.

The Television Suisse Romande has recorded a 30 - minute show of
"Les Virtuoses Romantiques" with the violinist
Raphaël Oleg.
The Press
"Dennis Ferry plays with sparkling elegance and breath-taking                        

"Florin Moldoveanu brought depth to the works of high-voltage                        
 virtuosity, and tenderness to the romantic pieces, without giving in to             
 excess sentimentality."

"An immense success!"
The Repertoire
Eastern Europe
Wieniawski, Brahms, Kreisler, and klezmer (the music of the 19th century Jewish virtuoso and very                  
similar to gypsy music)

Spain and the Latin World
Sarasate (Malaguena, Habanera, Zapateado, etc.), Bizet's "Carmen", the music from the "corrida"                  
for trumpet, tangos, milongas, paso doblés, and the "Rumba" of George Gershwin

Giovanni Bottesini (Gran duo concertante, Passione amorosa, etc.), variations and fantasies on                      
opera themes (Verdi, Donizetti, etc) and, of course, "The Carnival of Venise"

George Gershwin (Porgy and Bess, etc), the duos for cornet and trombone from the                                           
turn-of-the-century (reminiscent of summer days in the park, blue skies above, and picnic lunches                     
on the grass!), the Charleston, and the jazz of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong

***Special program for Valentine's Day***
"Passione amorosa" of Bottesini, "Romanza andaluza" of Sarasate, "Liebesleid" and                                        
"Liebesfreud" of Kreisler, Gershwin, tangos, etc.

                        "If you believe "
Les Virtuoses Romantiques", the impetus for love surges                                 
                         through music.  The listeners who packed into the Conservatory agreed :  Never                          
                          in the memory of concert-goers has this majestic hall ever reverberated with so                          
                         many kisses!"
                                                                                                        Journal de Genève
The Musicians
Cléna Stein - double bass

Cléna Stein, founder of "Les Virtuoses Romantiques", shares her
birthday with Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz and Kurt Weil.  The works of all
three are part of the repertoire of this ensemble.

Florin Moldoveanu - violin

Florin Moldoveanu is descended from a dynasty of gypsy musicians.  The
brilliant pyrotechnics of Paganini or Sarasate seem to roll off his violin
effortlessly with a wink of the eye.  Born in Bucarest, he began the violin
at the age of 7.  Three years later, he won the national "Ciprian
Porumbescu Competition" and performed for the first time as soloist with
orchestra.  Florin obtained the Virtuosity Diploma (First Prize with
congradulations from the jury) and the "Licence de concert" from the
Conservatory of Lausanne.  He is concertmaster of the Sinfonietta and a
member of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romance.

Dennis Ferry - cornet

Dennis Ferry began his musical education with his father, a jazz
trumpeter.  He is the Principal Trumpet of the Orchestre de la Suisse
Romande, having held the same position in the orchestras of Rotterdam,
Düsseldorf and Jerusalem.  In addition, he was also the Principal Trumpet
of the Colorado Music Festival (USA) for 14 years.
Cléna Stein c Copyright 2006
About Cléna
A specialist in baroque music, he performs on the natural trumpet with the best baroque groups of the moment, such as "Les
Arts Florissants", "La Chapelle Royale" and "The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra".  Dennis records regularly for EMI and
Harmonia Mundi.  His two CDs as soloist were met with great success.  As a teacher, he has given Master Classes in the US,
Holland and Switzerland.  His publications include a book on the art of the orchestral trumpet and also many arrangements for
brass ensembles.

Andrea Bandini, trombone

Andrea Bandini was born in Sienna, Italy.  His musical studies were done in Florence and then in Geneva, where he obtained
the prize of "Virtuosité with distinction".  Since 1986, Andrea has been the Principal Trombone of the Orchestre de la Suisse
Romande.  Professor at the Conservatory of Geneva, he remains very active in the domaine of chamber music.

Adrian Kreda, piano

Adrian Kreda gave his first recital at the age of 10.  Winner of several competitions, he performed live on the National
Television of Argentina.  Receiving a grant from the Polish government, he studied for four years at the Krakow Music
Academy with Eva Bukojemska.  He was awarded the Virtuosity Prize from the Geneva Conservatory in 1992.  Adrian has
performed recitals throughout Europe and has recorded three CDs.  In Poland, he gave the premiere of the Concerto No. 1 of
Alberto Ginastera with the Poznan Philharmonique Orchestra and has recorded with the "Polish Piano Quartet".  Adrian
teaches at the Geneva Conservatory.  He is very active as a composer and also as a tango musician.
The Golden Age of the Double Bass:  
Vienna in the 18th Century