“I have known Mr. Ștefănescu for nearly 25 years. He is an outstanding musician and teacher. He has assisted me in many of my classes in Europe. I have watched his progress, technically and musically over the years where he has grown to be a very mature musician of the highest quality. I listened to him on the many CD’s he has made during this period and I was very impressed with his beautiful tone, flawless technique and imaginative choice of repertoire…”
Sir JAMES GALWAY
”Ionuț was one of the friendliest of my students, and among the most gifted. He was already an accomplished player when I met him, and we spent many happy hours together both at the University, and later when I was a guest in his home. His musical tastes are wide and creative, exceeding the limits of my own skills and interests, but always convincing and appropriate in his performances both solo, orchestral, and in collaborative chamber music. A very remarkable talent”.
”Ion Bogdan Ștefănescu’s performances are sensitive, deeply expressive, and technically flawless. His control of timbral nuance is exquisite. The sound of the instruments is always crisp and clean”. EVA WIENER (IAWM - International Alliance for Women in Music) Journal Volume 19, No. 2, 2013
Ion Bogdan Ștefănescu, champion of Dinescu's music, is performing all the parts, from piccolo to bass and the use of multitracking techniques gives a wonderfully uniform tone. Ștefănescu's playing is impressive, and he sounds as comfortable on piccolo as on bass flute. He seems to have an innate understanding of Dinescu's music and communicates it very well, and his singing voice, which often features at the same time as his playing, adds an extra dimension to the emotional expression... This music is quite unlike any flute choir you'll have ever heard!
Carla Rees (”Flutes Play” review, British Flute Society Magazine, pg 60)
“Ionuț Bogdan Ștefănescu, master of the flute family, quite a big family today, playing all these instruments with a lot of skill and sovereign musical science, is one of those artists who harmoniously combines the creative imagination with the spontaneous communication skills and a deep sensitivity of tones...” Aurel Stroe
Ion Bogdan Ștefănescu is the soloist of the ”George Enescu” Bucharest Philharmonic and Professor of Flute at National University of Music, Bucharest. Since 1997, he is principal flautist with the ”George Enescu” Bucharest Philharmonic and member of the ”George Enescu” Wind Quintet. Also, since 2000, he is a member of Trio Contraste. Ion Bogdan Ștefănescu is a founder member of other two important Romanian contemporary music groups: ProContemporania and Profil. He founded as well (conductor and soloist), in 2006, "Barock Orchestra" and, in 2016, Flaut Power Ensemble.
Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu was born on April 25th 1969 in Câmpina, in southern Romania. While he was still at the George Enescu Music Grammar School in Bucharest, where he started with piano, he was already concentrating intensively on learning the flute and made his public debut at the age of fourteen on the stage of the Rumanian Athenaeum. Immediately after his school-leaving examination in 1987 he started studying with Prof. Virgil Frâncu (1988–1993) at the Bucharest National University of Music. After that he went to Illinois in the USA, where he studied with the British flautist Alexander Murray at the Urbana-Champaign University taking his »Master of Music« in 1995. In 2002, after studying with the composer Prof. Dr. Octavian Nemescu at the Bucharest National University of Music, he was awarded a doctorate; his thesis bore the title ”The influence of archaic techniques and tone-colors of the flute music in the 20th century”, published in 2004 by Libra under the title ”Joc de oglinzi” (Game of Mirrors). In the next year, 2005, also at Libra, he published ”The Ages of Flutes”.
He is a permanent analyst to the principle Cultures Romanian Magazine, named ”Cultura”.
His international career began in 1986, when he won first prize at the International Competition ”Concertino” - Prague. In 1987, Ştefănescu went on a concert tour through Czechoslovakia. The tour was followed up with further guest appearances in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as U.S.A. and Japan.
During the times, he continued to attach great importance to further studies. For example he attended an orchestra course with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1990, took part in the same year to a master course given by the French flautist Pierre Yves Artaud as part of the International Holiday Courses for New Music in Darmstadt and was a guest at the summer courses of the Nice Centre for musical training directed by Alain Marion. In 1991 he attended a master course with the Austrian flautist Wolfgang Schulz at the International Flute Festival in Munich and in 1995 took an active part in the International Flute Seminary organized by Sir James Galway in Weggis, Switzerland. In 2002 he was invited by Sir James Galway to the summer courses in Regio Emilia, Italy, where he was awarded the Lyons Club Prize for the best interpretation at the concerts which took place within the context of the courses.
Ion Bogdan Ștefănescu was invited in many International Festivals such as: NFA Convention, Washington, USA; British Flute Society Convention, Manchester; George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest; International Contemporary Music Festival in Bucharest, Darmstadt, Stockholm or Klagenfurt; Festival of Classical and Contemporary Music, Phenian, North Korea; NFA Convention, Kanssas, USA; International Flute Assosiation, Munchen; Zeit für Neue Musik, Bayreuth; Wien Modern; Steingreber Festival etc.
Ştefănescu’s repertoire includes not only classical and contemporary works, but also traditional Romanian music, improvisations with jazz musicians and works in co-operation with the rock groups. These activities are published on numerous CDs and DVDs. During the years of 2003 - 2005 he recorded more than 400 works for Romanian Radio (live and studio recordings). He also recorded for Deutschlandfunk-Köln, WDR, Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne, Bayeriche Rundfunk, DRS 2, Deuchlandfunk and Hessischer Rundfunk.
His manifold activities have earned Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu numerous national and international awards, including among others ”Constantin Brâncuși” Prize For Excellency in Culture, granted by The National Grand Loge from Romania and Romanian Academy, 2018; Medal and Diploma granted by UNIMIR (The Romanian Union of Interprets) for performance of Concerto by André Jolivet, at the 21st Edition of ”George Enescu Festival”; "The Medal of Cultural Merit", Order of Chevalier, conferred by the President of Romania for Excellency in Culture , 2011; Romanian Music Magazine Prize for Interpretation, 2009; Composer Union Prize for Solo Activity (first interpret awarded in the history by Romanian Composers Union), 2007; "The Medal of Cultural Merit" conferred by the President of Romania for Excellency in Music , 2004; Prize of George Dima Academy of Music, Cluj, Romania, 1987; First Prize, ”Concertino” - Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1986; ”Diploma of Merit” - Elite Chamber Music, G. B. Viotti, Vercelli - Italy, 1984; First Prize at the National Flute Competition, Romania, 1985.
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