The Transylvanian contemporary music ensemble Icon Arts Ensemble was created during the 2009 Icon Arts Festival, with a combined initiative from percussionist Andrei Marcovici, conductor Gabriel Bebeselea and cultural manager Sebastian Gheorghiu.
With 11 young members conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea – the most valuable conductor in his generation, the ensemble sets to promote contemporary music and to draw the public to this genre.
Icon Arts Ensemble has collaborations with various artists among which: Theo Wolters (conductor), Ioana Ilie (piano), Bogdan Saratean (actor), Rodica Vica (soprano), but also with composers from all over the world, its repertoire including an impressive number of absolute premieres.
We are happy that, ever since 2010, the Icon Arts Ensemble has made a constant appearance on contemporary art festival scenes, such as SIMN (International New Music Week), International Contemporary Art Festival in Sibiu, British Music season and others.
Other important highlights of the first 5 years of the Ensemble:
- In September 2011 it was invited to perform three concerts within the composition workshop in the George Enescu International Festival, being highly appreciated by composers such as Bernard Cavanna (France), Dan Dediu (Romania), Costin Miereanu (France), Octavian Nemescu (Romania), Cornel Taranu (Romania), Hubert Stuppner (Italy) and Zygmunt Krause (Poland) – members of the George Enescu International Composition Competition 2011. Following this experience, the ensemble was invited again in 2013 to participate in the George Enescu International Festival.
- In December 2011, for the closing of the Mahler Year, it performed a rare interpretation of the 4th Symphony, as a reduction by Erwin Stein. Along with soprano Rodica Vica, it performed the last Romanian concert in a series of events dedicated to Mahler throughout 2011.
- In March 2012, the Icon Arts Ensemble was asked to join the famous groups Telemaque (France) and Musiques Nouvelles (Belgium) as part of the ECO – European Contemporary Orchestra project and would perform together in 2013 in Mons (Belgium), Marseille (Franta) – European Cultural Capital and Bucharest in the George Enescu Festival.
- In July and August 2012, as an invitation from the Korvat Auki Association and the British Council in Romania, it performed a series of concerts dedicated to Finnish and British composers.
- In November 2012, the ensemble was invited to celebrate, in an extraordinary recital, the 74th anniversary of the British Council in Romania.
- In 2013 the ensemble was already a constant appearance in SIMN. This year also brought the 75th anniversary concert of the British Council in Romania, the Composition Workshop in the George Enescu Festival, the first of the ECO – European Contemporary Orchestra concerts, in a series of important Romanian festivals (Icon Arts Sibiu Festival, Historical Film Festival in Rasnov, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest) and in France (concerts in the Theatre Nationale de la Criée, in Marseille, “European Cultural Capital”)
You can follow the Icon Arts Ensemble’s activity on their facebook page.