The Romanian Foundation for Excellence in Music


Dear friends and colleagues,

We welcome you with enthusiasm and with the hope that you will join our team on the long road ahead of us. The Romanian Foundation for Excellence in Music is a non-governmental, not for profit organization, created to help the most talented young musicians of Romania in collaboration with their colleagues from other countries and to harness the creative contribution and energy of an entire generation.

Our aim is to be an open platform for all those who have talent, desire to work with great seriousness and professionalism and who demonstrate a positive and collaborative way of thinking. Young artists collaborate in Romania and abroad with the leading musicians of the world – Romanian and foreign. They contribute to the progress of the cultural values in the country and help promoting a positive image of Romania abroad. Among our main objectives are cultural events of the highest artistic quality as well as educational and social projects involving music and musicians.

The activity of the Foundation has a flexible character and it is based on the contribution of the young people for whom it was created. Their success is of the greatest importance because it ensures the future success and the positive development of our society. We wholeheartedly invite you to join us as colleagues, partners, or sponsors.

Christian Badea, President – The Romanian Foundation for Excellence in Music


The mission of the Foundation is the advancement of classical music in Romania, while helping the development of the young generation of musicians. 

To accomplish its mission, the Foundation aims to attain the following objectives: 

-   to create the structural and material conditions for the young musicians from Romania to perfect their art through collaborations of the highest level with their colleagues from other countries and with the most important artists of the world.
-   to establish ensembles of an international artistic level, which will present concerts in Romania and abroad, giving the young musicians the possibility to develop their talent in a professional environment of the highest quality
-   to contribute to the improvement of the Romanian society at large through social and educational projects involving music and musicians 


Established in December 2011 by the Romanian conductor Christian Badea, the activity of the Romanian Foundation for Excellence in Music started already in the days before Christmas, with “THE MUSICAL  CARAVAN”, its first project of social involvement of classical music. The project consisted of several concerts/visits at the pediatric oncology departments of two children hospitals – “Marie Curie” and "Grigore Alexandrescu” and at the social centers “The House of Hope” and “Don Orione” in Bucharest, bringing a smile and a musical gift for Christmas to the children and the old people stricken with cancer or with grave handicaps. The project was realized in collaboration with the Rotary Triumph Bucharest. "THE MUSICAL CARAVAN" series of concerts were repeated in subsequent years.. 

Another important project of the Foundation was the "London - Bucharest Festival Orchestra" which took place in two phases. The first phase consisted of a series of national auditions held during a period of 8 days in March 2012, in the music universities of Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Iaşi and also in Chişinau, by a panel formed of Christian Badea, Remus Azoiŝei, Mihaela Martin, as well as Martin Owen and Richard Simmons – principal musicians with the BBC Symphony. The panel heard over 400 applicants.

During the second phase of the project (April 2-8, 2012), the young musicians selected by audition, collaborated closely with invited guests from among the most prominent European artists – leaders and principal musicians of orchestras such as the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Suisse Romande and Tonhalle Zurich and professors from the Royal Academy and the Guildhall School of Music in London. The project combined the educational objectives of the Foundation – through a series of master classes and lessons with the guest artists, with the performing ones - either in chamber music ensembles or in an orchestral setting. The week culminated with a Gala Concert, where all the participants performed together on the stage of the Athenaeum in Bucharest in THE LONDON - BUCHAREST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.  The program featured works by Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Beethoven. 

In October 2012, the STRADIVARIUS string ensemble debuted at the Atheneum in Bucharest, with AlexandruTomescu as soloist and Gabriel Bebeselea as conductor, in a charity concert to benefit the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation.

The baroque ensemble LA STRAVAGANZA with Giuliano Carmignola as soloist, debuted in May 2013 in a Gala Concert in Sibiu, launching the Sibiu- Hermannstadt International Music Festival. The Sibiu Gala Concert was also the occasion for the debut of the MOZART KAMMERPHILHARMONIE - the chamber orchestra of the Festival, dedicated mostly to the classical repertoire of composers, such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.

In May 2014, the Foundation organized the Sibiu - Hermannstadt International Music Festival. Over 8 days (May 24-31), the Festival welcomed over 100 artists from Romania and 7 other countries and presented 12 concerts in several locations throughout the city. In addition to the most talented young musicians from Romania, UK, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Denmark, Germany and Ukraine, the Festival welcomed such guests as Mario Caroli, Giuliano Carmignola and the Borodin Quartet. The MOZART KAMMERPHILHARMONIE, under the artistic leadership of Christian Badea, was the orchestra in residence at the Festival. 

In May 2015, the Foundation initiated a new project, in partnership with the "George Enescu" Philharmonic - RICHARD WAGNER - PARSIFAL AT THE ATHENAEUM. The project debuted with the presentation of the 3rd act of the opera, with the collaboration of such Wagnerian soloists as Stefan Vinke, Eric Halfvarson and Bela Perencz. The triumphant success of the concerts represented the beginning of a long term artistic strategy of establishing a Wagnerian tradition of performance in Romania, at the highest artistic level, through close collaboration between the Romanian musicians and the best Wagnerian singers of the world. 

Through its future projects, the Romanian Foundation for Excellence in Music aims to become an important international platform, open to the creativity of the Romanian musicians, especially the young generations, in close collaboration with their colleagues from other countries and with the best artists of the world.

In addition to organizing artistic events, the Foundation will continue to develop educational and social projects involving music and the young musicians, members of the artistic team of the Foundation.



Christian Badea - Executive Director

Stefan NM Ungureanu - Business Manager -

Andrei Stefan Racu - Manager - Artistic personnel and logistics -, +40 721 231 731

Clifford Chance Badea - Legal Counsel - Contact Bogdan Micu, +40 742 964 883,

The Romanian Foundation for Excellence in Music

4 Ion Ghica Street, Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania

Registered at the Courthouse of sector 1, Bucharest with no. 3471/299/2012, on March 13th, 2012. Certificate of fiscal registration no. 30004543 issued on March 30th, 2012 (Ministry of Economy and Finance). Registered in the Special Register of Associations and Foundations with no. 8 of 22/03/2012 at the Courthouse of sector 1, Bucharest 

Bank accounts:

RO53 RZBR 0000 0600 1449 1821 - RON
Raiffeisen Bank - Bucharest Mall Agency

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