Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara



The Timisoara “Banatul” Philharmonic was founded in 1947 as a result of the Philharmonic Society “Banatul”, thus becoming a professional orchestra, on public funds, which starting with 1951 would include an academic choir.

Since the beginning the symphonic concerts, held weekly, structured on seasons, have been based on repertoires strategies strongly focused on education, covering all the music periods, from baroque to 20th century music. Romanian music held an important place in the creations being performed for the first time in Timisoara. The repertoire area became almost complete with the alternation of symphonic concerts with chamber music, recitals or a capella concerts, the agenda of the performances summarizing yearly an average of 150 concerts.

The participation in outstanding national or international festivals brought a full appreciation to musicians from Timisoara for their professionalism and for their outstanding performance: The International Festival George Enescu and The International week of the music (Bucharest), The Festival of Romania Music (Iasi), The International Festival BEMUS (Belgrade), The Festival SAM-90 (Bordeaux), The Festival Primavera 91 (Valencia), Romaeuropa Festival. The “Banatul” Philharmonic is an organizer of national and international festivals, like the festival The Musical Timisoara, The George Enescu Musical Days, and The days of Sacred Music.

“Banatul” Philharmonic Orchestra had a line of great names - conductors and soloists, like Aldo Ciccolini, Yvri Gitlis, Rudolf Kehrer, Julius Katchen, Yehudi Menuhin, Mincio Mincev, Li Min Cean, Bernard Ringeissen, Miklos Perenyi, Zoltan Kocsis…

The Orchestra made many LP and CD recordings of various works by Bruckner, Mozart, Enescu, Gershwin, Wagner and many Romanian composers, such as Sabin V. Dragoi, Pascal Bentoiu, Stafan Niculescu, Anatol Vieru, Liviu Glodeanu, Paul Constantinescu…

This grate ensemble, of almost 100 persons, stands out through its remarkable overall accuracy, musicality and an impressive dynamic availability…The renown the “Banatul” Philharmony has in its own country, as one of the top orchestras, has been confirmed. Bravo! (Glos Wielikopolska, Poznan - Poland)