"Virtuoso" is an international cultural project, developed by leading company Logo, the largest independent software vendor in the region, and implemented in Romania by Logo's local subsidiary TotalSoft. The project puts Dimitrie Cantemir's musical personality at its core, as an international and historical binder of cultures. "Virtuoso" brings Dimitrie Cantemir's musical works in Romania, adapted for orchestra, for the first time in history.
Tugrul Tekbulut, Founder of Logo: "Innovation is part of our DNA and a quality of Dimitrie Cantemir's, a virtuoso in many fields, in his time. An erudite Romanian scholar, as well as the father of Turkish music, Dimitrie Cantemir's work and passion took him all over the region, creating relations between many countries and many people, making history. This project is our way of consolidating the bonds and synergy between Romania and Turkey, which Cantemir established centuries ago".
According to its definition, virtuoso refers to possessing distinguished abilities in a particular field, usually related to fine arts or music. In its extended sense, it represents an emblem of excellence, encompassing craftsmanship, talent and innovative vision, traits on which Logo aims to build and consolidate its business strategy and its international position, together with its leading local susbsidiary, TotalSoft.
The Virtuoso Concert is a tribute to Dimitrie Cantemir and will take place on March 2, 2019 at 7 PM, at the Romanian Athenaeum. The concert is an interpretation of Dimitrie Cantemir's musical works, adapted by composer Cengiz Onural, for orchestra and oriental instruments, with the participation of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra and the Byzantine vocal group "Anton Pann", conductor Christian Badea.Tickets may be purchased online here
Christian Badea has received exceptional acclaim throughout his worldwide career, which encompasses prestigious engagements in the foremost concert halls and opera theaters on all the continents.
At the Metropolitan Opera in New York he conducted over160 performances in a wide variety of repertoire, including many of the MET international broadcasts.
The “George Enescu” Philharmonic is Romania’s representative musical institution. Founded in April 1868, the “Romanian Philharmonic Society", under the direction of Eduard Wachmann, aimed to organize a permanent symphonic orchestra in order to propagate the musical culture and promote the masterpieces of classical music. The first concert took place on December 15th that same year, under the lead of its initiator.More
The vocal group of Byzantine music Anton Pann came into existence in 2003, at the initiative of Constantin Raileanu, consisting of students of the National Music University of Bucharest and of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest. The stated purpose of this group is to reconnect the young generation of psalm singers with the 19th century ecclesiastical musical tradition and to capitalize on the musical treasure of the Romanian archives.More
He was born in 1961 at Istanbul, Turkey.
He was graduated in 1984 from Istanbul Bosphorus University as mechanical engineer and had a master degree from İstanbul Technical University in 1987. He worked as engineer besides his musical carier until 1996. He has been a member of Yeni Türkü in between 1985 – 1997 and he contributed in 9 albumes.
He either scored or has been one of the composers scoring the films of Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Zeki Demirkubuz, Turgut Yasalar, Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, Çağan Irmak, Ersan Arsever, Ulaş Ak, Erhan Tuncer, Erol Özlevi, Selim Evci.
Goshawk Nest (part 1) & Goshawk Flight (part 2)
The first two works are by composer Cengiz Onural and symbolize the history of Logo, the beginnings and maturity, respectively.
This musical theme pays tribute to Bogdan I, the founder of Moldova.
Buselik Peşrev is currently one of Cantemir’s most frequently performed works. “Peșrev” is a musical form that is performed at the beginning of a sequence of works within the same “makam” (mode). It is an instrumental piece, which is a rare thing, since the repertoire of classical Ottoman music is mostly voical music.
Last autumn, Logo and TotalSoft, in partnership with Curtea Veche Publishing, enabled the publication of “Prince Dimitrie Cantemir: Theorist and Composer of Turkish Music”, by Eugenia Popescu-Judetz, aiming to strengthen the cultural and historical relations between Romania and Turkey.
As a folklorist and art historian, throughout her life Eugenia Popescu-Judetz published as series of monographs and essays on traditional Turkish music and Romanian folklore. The book “Prince Dimitrie Cantemir: Theorist and Composer of Turkish Music”, which Logo and TotalSoft first made available in Romania, was initially published in 1999, exclusively in English and Turkish. The book is a homage brought to Dimitrie Cantemir’s contribution to music, a less known area of his work.
“As a leader on the Turkish and Romanian (through TotalSoft) markets, Logo aims to become a regional authority in technology and business software. Dimitrie Cantemir stands for the synergies we wish to establish between the two countries and therefore we are honored to have been the first to bring this comprehensive musical biography in Romania. I put my full trust that our effort brings a homage to the author Eugenia Popescu-Judetz, for her life and valuable contribution to all three cultures: Romanian, Turkish and Balkan”, stated Tugrul Tekbulut, Founder and President of Logo.
The book can be purchased at the following link
Although in Romanian he is better known for his political, philosophical, theological, geographical and literary actions, Dimitrie Cantemir was also the most important face of the South-Eastern European musical culture of the 17th to 19th centuries. As a knowledgeable and multilingual individual, Dimitrie Cantemir is the author of the first treatise on secular music of his time, having left to posterity the most extensive repertoire of owned and collected musical work – a total of 351 pieces, starting from the 15th century. The Romanian erudite scholar Dimitrie Cantemir spent 22 years in Istanbul, while writing 40 Turkish compositions and curated 350 traditional instrumental pieces, first published in notation. Moreover, Dimitrie Cantemir was one of the fascinating personalities between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th, having brought a significant contribution to both Romanian and Turkish culture. Beyond the thesaurus he collected, Dimitrie Cantemir provided valuable contribution on style, composition, interpretation and the fundamentals of music of his time.