On December 2, 1950, the terrible illness pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti suffered from took him away from us, his public, from his students, from his fellow-musicians; and with them, music, too, was left bereft of his presence…
Sixty years from that moment, in 2010, Lipatti’s aura still sheds its light over the world of the piano. And in 2010, a vast project of re-discovering and re-considering of the spiritual patrimony which recalls the existence, on this Earth, of one of the most important pianists of the 20th century took place.
The first edition of the Lipatti Days began on October 18 with a series of more than twenty feature reports broadcast on Radio România Muzical: subjects such as the houses Lipatti lived in, the pianos he played on, the copyrights of his scores and his recordings, testimonies given by his students and those who heard him play, were covered.
Between October 22 and October 28, the Lipatti Days invited all young Romanian pianists aged 14 to 18 and 19 to 28, respectively, to a National Piano Competition hosted by the Romanian Athenaeum and the "Tinerimea Română” National Centre for the Arts. The contestants from the older age group who were admitted in the final round were given the opportunity to perform in the company of the Romanian Youth Orchestra conducted by maestro Cristian Mandeal. The jury was composed of Romanian and international piano celebrities (the Rector of the Bucharest National Music University, Professor Dan Dediu, PhD, the Rector of the Cluj Napoca "Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, Professor Adriana Bera, PhD, Professor Viniciu Moroianu, PhD, from the Music University in Bucharest, Professor Otto Probst, PhD, from the Vienna Conservatory), Romanian pianists based in New York or Paris (Matei Varga, Mara Dobrescu), music critic Alexandra Diaconu from French online magazine Resmusica, young pianist Alina Elena Bercu (one of the gifted performers launched by Radio România) and Liliana Staicu, Radio România Muzical’s editor-in-chief. The public had free entry to all stages of the competition.
The Lipatti Days tended to the cinephiles as well, proposing them the Romanian premiere of the documentary "The Recital from Besançon”, directed and produced by Professor Philippe Roger, PhD, from Lyon, and dedicated to Lipatti’s last public appearance. The film was shown on November 28 at the "Elvira Popescu” Cinema in Bucharest.
An exhibition with several photos taken by Dinu Lipatti, recently discovered, was proposed in collaboration with the "Francisc Mraz” School of Photographic Poetics and the Argeș County Museum. At its vernissage, on November 28, more than twenty of those pictures were introduced to the public, having been processed from the negatives found in the Lipatti family archives. The exhibition also presented such items as Lipatti’s christening gown, a baton offered to him by composer George Enescu, copies of his birth certificate. Photographer and cineaste Francis Mraz, Professor Gyuri Ilinca, Phd, and Proffesor Adina Nanu, PhD were invited to give speeches.
The Romanian State Mint, with the support of the National Bank of Romania and with the financial support of late dr. Liliana Pavelescu, issued a series of commemorative medals, encrusted with the Lipatti Days insignia. The medals were offered to the National Piano Competition’s laureates.
The 2010 Lipatti Days concluded with a spectacular gala concert, hosted on November 28 by the Romanian Radio Concert Hall and given by the Romanian Youth Orchestra led by Cristian Mandeal. The gala was broadcast live on Radio România Muzical and on TVR Cultural. During the evening the winners of the National Piano Competition were announced. To each category there was awarded a first, second and third prize, as well as the Lipatti Foundation Prize and the RadioRomânia Muzical Prize (consisting in the opportunity to make a series of recordings in the studios of the Romanian Radio). To those were added an invitation made by the Romanian Embassy in Bern and the "George Enescu” National Museum to the winner of the older age category to play a recital in Lausanne on December 2, the day commemorating the sixty years from Lipatti’s death. A similar event was envisioned by the Romanian Embassy in Luxemburg by the agency of His Excellency Vlad Alexandrescu.
The Lipatti Days were initiated and coordinated by Monica Isăcescu and Ștefan Costache (Radio România Muzical).
Co-organisers: Lipatti Foundation, Argeș County Council, Argeș County Museum.
Co-producer: TVR Cultural
Sponsors: Apa Nova, JTI, WizzAir, ING Bank.
Partners: Bucharest Rotary Clubs, Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Patrimony, The French Institute, "George Enescu” Philharmonic, "Tinerimea Română” National Centre for the Arts, Cocor Media Channel, "Dinu Lipatti” High School, Romfilatelia, Golden Tulip Times Hotel, C&I Ambient, Art Production, Open Sound.