6th Contest 1976 – Ivan Ion Roncea, Romania

The Romanian harpist, Ion Ivan-Roncea, First Prize Winner of the 6th International Harp Contest in Israel, 1976, graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest, where he was a pupil of Liana Pasquali. In 1977 and 1979 he studied with professor Pearl Chertok in New York City. Ion Ivan-Roncea is Soloist of the Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic and Professor of harp at the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Roncea distinguished himself as one of Romania’s most popular musicians, playing with all the Philharmonic Orchestras in his country, and performing numerous recitals. He has toured extensively in: Austria, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Walles, Serbia, Slovakia, China, U.S.A., Switzerland, Sweden, playing on important concert stages, such as: Grosses Schauspielhaus and Mozarteum Halls in Salzburg, Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Radio Hall in Frankfurt/Main, Radio Hall and Odd Fellow Palaet in Copenhagen, Radio Hall, Saint David’s Hall and Reardon Smith Theatre in Cardiff, Philharmonic Hall in Liege, Megaro Musikis in Athens, Vigado Hall and Franz Liszt Music Academy Hall in Budapest, Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, Romanian Atheneum Hall in Bucharest, Palacio de Congresos-Auditorio in La Coruna, Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles, L”Institut Hall in Orleans, Alfred Cortot Hall in Paris.

Ion Ivan-Roncea appeared as soloist with major orchestras, among them: Vienna Philharmonic, Dresdner Philharmonic, Liege Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic, Athens State Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Cardiff BBC Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Europa Symphony, Collegium Musicum Copenhagen, Paul Kuentz, Budapest Strings and Concerto chamber orchestras, and the French Flutes Orchestra.

He played also in prestigious music festivals, such as: the Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Godollo, Maastricht, Istambul, Cardiff, La Coruna, and Bucharest George Enescu.

As soloist and/or principal harpist of the Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Roncea played with great conductors: Sergiu Celibidache, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Neville Marriner, Genady Rodjetsvensky, Horst Stein, Sir Charles Groves, Michel Plasson, Christian Badea, Ion Marin, Erich Bergel, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Camil Marinescu, Sergiu Comissiona, Edvard Civjel, Pierre Bartholomee and important soloists: Wolfgang Schulz, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Janos Balint, Toke Lund-Christiansen, William Dowdall, Pierre-Alain Biget, Gavril Costea, Virgil Francu, Ion Bogdan Stefanescu, Liviu Prunaru, Aurelian Octav Popa, Dan Grigore, Martin Haselbock, Viniciu Moroianu, Sorin Petrescu, Stefan Ruha, Marin Cazacu, Gheorghe Crasnaru, Georgeta Stoleru, Johnny Raducanu, Maria Bildea, Ioana Nicolescu, Marisa Robles, Chantal Mathieu, Kumiko Inoue, Alice Giles, Naoko Yoshino etc.

He has been invited several times to the World Harp Congresses as guest artist and professor, and between 1985-1990 he was member of the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress.

Ion Ivan-Roncea played and has recorded for important Radio and TV Stations: Vienna, Paris, BBC – Cardiff, Copenhagen, Frankfurt/Main, WQXR – New York, Budapest, Athens, Prague, Jerusalem, Sofia and Bucharest. Some of his best recordings, made in Bucharest, are incorporated in the National Treasured Sound Collection. He has also made several Records, CDs, and DVDs for the Arte Nova Classics-BMG, AIX Records and Electrecord Companies, and appeared in programs for Radio and Television in Romania and abroad.

Many of his students or former students have an active presence on the concert stage as soloists or as members of different music ensembles. Some of them: Maria Bildea, Stasha Grujic, Ioana Nicolescu, Ina Zdorovetchi, Sonja Inglefield, Judith Wunderlich, Anca Beck, Ionela Bradean, Roxana Moisanu, Anna Dermani, Gabriela Chihaescu, Miruna Vidican, Ioana Comsa won prizes in important national and international harp contests.

Ion Ivan-Roncea has taught also at the Master classes in the United Kingdom, France, USA, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Holland. In August 2011 he was the Harp teacher at the Gargilesse Stage d’Ete, France.

He served as a member of the Jury of the International Harp Contest in Israel in 1988, 1992, and in 2009 he was vice-chairman of the Jury of the 17th International Contest in Israel Contest – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Contest that he won in 1976. He has also been a member of the Juries in Cardiff (1991, 1993), ASTH-Lyon (1993), Salvi-Saluzzo (1995), Geneva (1997), German Harp Contest-Weikersheim (1998), Iosef Reinl-Munich (1999), Martine Geliot-Lille (1999), Chisinau (2001), Iosef Reinl-Vienna (2002), UNMB-Bucharest (2002), Lily Laskine-Deauville (2002), ARD-Munich (2004), Belgrade (2005), German Harp Contest-Schlitz (2007), Martine Geliot-Avon (2007), European Young Musicians Competition-Romanian national selection (2004, 2006, 2008), Petar Konjovic-Belgrade (2009).

His repertoire includes original classic and contemporary works for harp, transcriptions, pop, jazz and latin-american pieces, as well as chamber and orchestral music.

In October 2007 Roncea organized the first Harp Festival and Harp Exhibition in Romania.

In June 2009 he became Doctor of Music at the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Prizes, Awards, of Ion Ivan-Roncea:

Diploma of Doctor of Music, 2009

Prize of the Union of Composers and Musicologists for Solo Interpretation, 2009

Prize for Music of the Radio Romania Cultural, 2008

Cultural Merit, Romania, 2004

Certificate of Award of the American Harp Society, 1988

Lily Laskine Award of the Harp Renaissance Society, USA, 1984

Certificate of Appreciation of the American Harp Society, 1979

Critics’ Prize of the Romanian Association of Performing Artists, 1977

First Prize of the Sixth International Harp Contest in Israel, 1976


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