What is a festival?

It can be different things to different people. To me a festival is...
BACKSTAGE / CLASSICAL MUSIC
A festival is about HARD WORK

Relentless rehearsals, hundreds of repetitions of the same play, of the same part until you make it perfect, determined and focused till the beauty and balance it is achieved.

A festival is about having fun

Yes, fun has to be an important part of any human activity, otherwise we’ll all go crazy.

A festival is about fixing things

Not that you would want that to happen to you, but it happens and you need to be ready to fix it.

A festival is about eating

Do I have to say more?! Sometimes is all about eating, and I mean eating in style… ­čÖé

A festival is about all the work that is invisible to the public

Setting up the stage, lights, sound, video, marketing, promotion, etc.

A festival is about behind the curtain last minute’s emotion

You can feel the tension rising in the air, the excitement before the curtain opens and the music is about to begin.

A festival is about travel

Travel by bus, by airplane, by car or anything that gets the festival to the next destination.

A festival is about birthday parties

I have been doing many festivals in the last more than 10 years and there is almost always (sic!) at least one birthday celebration in any festival.

A festival is about being tired

There is no way you can achieve this high level of music if you do not work very hard, and when you work that hard there is normal to have moments of low energy.

A festival is about the audience

It is not about the fact that without the audience there could not be a festival, it is about the fact that sometimes there is an amazing audience which send fantastic energy to the musicians, and then the magic happens.

A festival is about struggling

This is more than hard work, this is about communication, empathy and willingness to do it perfect, or at least strive for perfection.

A festival is about meeting friends

New friends, old friends, music has the power to bring together people and bring out the best of them.

A festival is about feeling happy
A festival is about the musicians

Well, it should be about the musicians, after all they are the ones who are bringing back the classical music to the world and they deserve the credits for everything that happens on stage.

A festival is about the team

Should I need to say more? A team can make or break a festival. And this is quite a lot!

And last but not least, a festival is about fantastic music

This was the visual story of 2021 edition of SoNoRo Festival in Romania. I would like to thank to all the people that were part of the festival: Mihaela Martin, Gilles Apap, Tatiana Samouil, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Irina Muresanu, Suyeon Kang, Pavel Berman, Maria Jurca, Tomoko Akasaka, Razvan Popovici, Alexander Zemtsov, Justus Grimm, Frans Helmerson, Benedict Klockner, Andreas Brantelid, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Julian Arp, Stefan Cazacu, Ioan Dragos-Dimitriu, Zoran Markovic, Jose Gallardo, Diana Ketler, Pablo Barragan Hernandez, Christiana Mihart, Thorsten Johanns, Ramon Ortega Quero, Olivier Darbellay, Marcelo Nisinman, Mihaela Taut, Maria Clara Brumariu, Valentin Stefan Stefanita, Andrei Valeanu, Ioana Valeanu, Mircea Ionita, Bogdan Taut, Matei Branea, Ana Branea, Veronica Stefan, Geanina Simion, Alexandra Maria Galan, Mihnea Purdea, Mihai Bulgaru and I have a feeling that I have missed out a few.

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