Established in 1956, the Philharmonic “Mihail Jora” of Bacau, Romania, today gathers a group of approximately 70 musicians, of which the best are the chamber orchestra “Tescana”, the members of the renowned “Trio Syrinx”. (Dorel Baicu – flute, Adrian Petrescu – oboe, Pavel Ionescu – bassoon).

The repertoire of the orchestra contains parts of symphonic music, vocal-orchestral and chamber, a great variety of periods and musical styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and Contemporary. Apart from the weekly concerts, the Philharmonic organizes several national festivals: “Orpheus of Moldova”, “The days of contemporary music”, “The workshop of young composers”.

For many years, this guest has been an orchestra accompanist for semifinalists and finalists in important national and international competitions for piano, violin, voice and for wind instruments (Italy: “Città di Cantù”, “Valsesia Música”, France: “Aix in Provence “,” Floraisons Musicales “, USA:” Altamura Music Festival on the Greene “,” Composers of Spain of Las Rozas de Madrid (CIPCE) “etc …).

Thanks to its remarkable artistic value, the orchestra has been invited to record CDs with several production houses in Europe: Electrecord (Romania), Edi Pan, Musica Insieme (Italy), Cadenza Music Production (Germany), Belgium, etc.

He has performed concerts in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, USA, Greece, Malta, Russia, obtaining notable successes and highly acclaimed critics. He has participated in the prestigious “Altamura Music Festival on the Greene” and in the twentieth anniversary of the “Beethoven” festival in the USA. (2001).

The artistic director and conductor of the Philharmonic “Mihail Jora”, Maestro Ovidiu Balan is one of the best Romanian conductors. He has studied in Bucharest with Master Iosif Conta and has perfected his studies in Holland, France and the USA. with Jean Fournet, Constant De Marius, Fernand Quattrocchi, Eugene Ormandi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel. The Maestro has directed important orchestras in the USA, Cuba, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Russia, Portugal, Poland and Hungary.

Maestro Ovidiu Balan has received the “ATM” Prize for the interpretation of the 9th symphony of Beethoven, the prize of art critics for the interpretation of contemporary Romanian music, the prize of the Bacau Journalists Association.

For his merits and artistic career he was awarded the “Cultural Merit” (1982), the “Master of Arts” of the Republic of Moldova (1994), the “Puncetto d’argento” of the city Varallo – Valsesia in Italy (2000) , the “Citizen of honor” of the city of Bacau (2001).