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Clark College News and Events

February 7, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Music Professor Donald Appert
Telephone:  360-992-2195
Clark College Music Department
Telephone: 360-992-2662


Clark College welcomes guest conductor Romeo Rimbu,
music director of Romania’s Oradea State Philharmonic

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Clark College Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Romeo Rimbu, Music Director of the Oradea State Philharmonic in Romania, will present its Winter Concert “Czech Delight” on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Durst Theatre of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.  The featured soloist will be violinist Natalie Yu, student of Oregon Symphony violinist Kathryn Gray, performing the Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Also on the program are Overture Festivo by Dmitri Shostakovich and Symphony No. 8 by Czeck composer Antonin Dvořák.   Admission is free and open to the public.  Donations to the Music Scholarship Fund will be accepted at the door.  The Vancouver School of Arts and Academics is located at 3101 Main St., Vancouver.

Maestro Rimbu’s appearance is part of a podium exchange.  Clark College Orchestra Music Director Donald Appert will guest conduct the Oradea Philharmonic on March 29.

Guest conductor Romeo Rimbu

Romeo Rimbu, Music Director of the Oradea State Philharmonic in RomaniaRomeo Rimbu is currently the permanent conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestras in Oradea (since 1990), Ploiesti (since1999) and Iasi (since 2003).  He is also main conductor of the New Transylvania Orchestra (since 1999), and a faculty member at the Music-Universitatea of Oradea (since 1998).

Maestro Rimbu regularly guest conducts most of the orchestras in his native Romania, such as Orchestra de camera a Radiodifuziunii –Bucuresti and the State Symphony Orchestras of Arad, Bacau, Botosani, Brasov, Cluj, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Satu-Mare, Sibiu and Targu-Mures.  Moreover, he has toured internationally with his orchestras, performing in Seoul's Art Center, Vienna's Musikverein, Munich's Herculesaal, Rome's Teatro Manzoni and Bilbao's Teatro Arriaga.

Romeo Rimbu has conducted over 500 concerts at an international level, including appearances in most European countries, the USA, Brazil, Japan, and South Korea.  Some of the orchestras he has conducted in foreign countries include the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (China), L'Orchestre du Conservatoire de Rennes (France), the New York University's Contemporary Music Ensemble (U.S.A.), Symphonic Orchestra of Athens (Greece) and National Philharmonic of Moldova.

Romeo Rimbu is also a recording artist with the Olympia label.  He has recorded four CDs of the music of composers historically associated with the town of Oradea:  Michael Haydn, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Wenzel Pichl. 

Guest artist Natalie Yu

Violinist Natalie YuNatalie Yu, 13, is an 8th grader at Conestoga Middle School.  She started playing the violin at the age of four.  She is a student of Oregon Symphony violinist Kathryn Gray.  Her past teachers include Wong Fu Wing and Ann Thatcher.

In 2002, she earned third place in the Annual Southwestern Youth Music Festival held in California.   Natalie Yu has been winner of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Baroque, Romantic, and Classical Festivals.  Also, in 2004 and 2005 she was the winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) state competitions. At the age of 12, she took alternate to the MTNA national competitions. 

During April 2006, she appeared as soloist on the Young Artists Debut! concerto concert with members of the Oregon Symphony and with the Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of Niel DePonte at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.  During the summer of 2006, Natalie attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine for six weeks.  She was the co-winner of the Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) Annual Concerto Competition and performed with the orchestra in March, 2007.  In addition, Yu was selected to play in the All-State Honors Orchestra in Eugene in 2007. 

Natalie Yu has participated in master classes with violinists Itzhak Rashkovsky, Mikhail Kopelman, Ani Snarch, Renee Jolles, and Leila Josefowicz.    She has been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association for four years and was selected to be a member of the PYP Chamber Music Program this year.  She is also concertmistress of her school orchestra.

Natalie won the OMTA Baroque and Romantic Festivals in 2005 for piano performances as well and currently studies with Sylvia Killman.  Natalie has an interest in mathematics and was part of her school MathCounts team in sixth grade.  She maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is on her school’s honor roll.   Natalie also takes private Chinese lessons. 


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