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Ilies Constantantinescu: Biography

Ilies Constantantinescu
1942 -
Region: Prairie

Ilies Constantantinescu

Born in Iassy, Romania, in 1942, in a family of musicians, the parents both concert pianists, the father, Radu Constantinescu being the founder of the "Moldova" Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera, Yleesh Constant holds his M.A. in music from the University of Bucharest. He was Principal Cello with the National Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra of Romania, cello and piano soloist in Concerts and Chamber music Recitals, and he has been touring as soloist and teaching in many countries. His works in composition include instrumental music, chamber music and orchestra as well as didactical works, The Method of Thumb practice for Cello in three Books and other Etudes.

In Romania his compositions were recorded and broadcast on Radio. "The Seasons Poem" was commissioned by Regina Symphony Orchestra for the 85th Anniversary, and recorded by C.B.C. "Monotypes" for bassoon,cello and piano and "Sparkles from the Childhood Kaleidoscope"- Octet, were premiered at the "Prairie New Music Festival".

In 2007 he was comissioned for two works : - "Autumn Colors" for Violin and Piano ( for Karen Constant - Judi Levesque, Violin & Piano Recital, Regina,Sask. - Jan. 2008 ) and "Whirling Butterflies" - Ballet for Chamber Ensamble . ( to be performed in California ) He also participated as juror at the 5th " Western Canada Music Awards "

Music review:

  • "Yleesh Constant's "Reverie and Rondo" spoke with a fresh voice, without resorting to the weird noises or empty gestures often heard in new music. The work opened with a passionate romantic outpouring,...the invigorating dance of the Rondo punctated by shrill woodwind cries, could easily be imagined in a version for full symphony orchestra. Here was exciting music and a definite hit with the audience."
    - Andy Cooper, -The Leader Post, Regina,-May 21 - 1991

Chamber Music Ensembles:

  • "Romanian Radio-Television Quartet", with Karen Constant,Dan Ungureanu, Sonia Vizante,
  • "Dimitria International Music Festival", Salonick, Greece & recordings for Television.
  • "Regina String Trio", with Karen Constant, Ernest Kassian,- public performances and recordings for C.B.C.
  • KEY Piano Trio, with Karen Constant and Elena Semenets,-"Crosswinds Gala", Owen Sound, Ontario.
  • virtuosity of the musicians amazed and delighted us". -R.Stroud Leith, The Sun Times, Owen Sound, March 1 - 2006.

  • World premiered in 2006, -"Winds and Waves" for violin, cello and piano was written especially for "Crosswinds Gala of Music and Dance", in Ontario, as a ballet ,- choreographed and performed by his son, Theodore ( www.theodore constant.com ) and Felicia Serbanescu, Prima Ballerina from Romania. Gala review : - "What a thrill it was to have the privilege of seeing internationally known world-class artists performing... we shall never forget having the opportunity to be present for the world premiere of the ballet for which Y. Constant composed the music,...the choreography was evocative and moving,...the incredible virtuosity of the musicians amazed and delighted us". -R.Stroud Leith, The Sun Times, Owen Sound, March 1 - 2006.

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