Three exceptional artists will go on stage Wednesday, at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in order to build with musical notes, a better future for young people in Cluj who are not in employment or education.
Horia Mihail, one of the most appreciated Romanian pianists, Cristian Mandu, violin player, but also pilot and captain of Airbus A320 aeroplanes, and Zsolt Török, founding cello player of the Arcadia quartet and member of the Transilvania Philarmonic, will hold a charitable concert on 7th september, at 19.00. Entrance is free for the public, and the program includes works of Haydn, Masenet, Fauré, Kreisler și Piazzola.
At the concert, those wishing to contribute may give donations to support the professional qualification and nonformal education program YouthBuild, implemented by the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity Cluj and partners, through which young people in Cluj, who aren’t in education or employed, attend courses that allow them to gain a qualification in jobs that are sought in the local economy. This way, the participants can find a job more easily, contributing to the wellbeing of their families and becoming active and involved citizens.
Horia Mihail has played in over 1000 concerts, alongside philarmonics of Romania, USA, Germany, France, Japan, South America. His passion for music has been translated in tours like “The travelling piano”, “Duel of the Violins” and “George Enescu’s violin in the villages”, through which he brought music closer to the souls of thousands of people.
Cristian Mandu has studied music in Romania, USA, Switzerland and has played hundreds of concerts with orchestras of the three countries, as well as in France or Norway. He turned his passion for aviation into a job, becoming a pilot and captain of Airbus A320 planes. In the last years, he has organised and promoted charitable concerts organized in Cluj, to serve local nonprofits with a social mission.
Zsolt Török has studied and graduated the conservatory in Cluj, where he later founded the Arcadia Quartet, together with whom he has played on important stages in Europe, Asia and America. He is a member of the Transilvania Philarmonic of Cluj-Napoca since 2005, but also played as a soloist with philarmonics of Satu Mare, Sibiu, Oradea, Brasov.
The YouthBuild program is at its second edition. The first generation of graduates, in 2015, had 26 participants, of which more than half found a place of work or returned to education in 6 months after finishing the program. The concert is organized with free entrance, and those wishing to reserve their seats in advance can make a donation on concert.habitatcluj.ro.