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About

Gheorghe Zamfir is a Romanian artist, musician and virtuoso of the  pan flute, nicknamed the King of Pan flute.

 

Finding his way of expression through a millennial tool, he succeeds  to conquer the applauses of the entire Planet.

 

He is the first Romanian artist who sang in a private mesa of Pope  John Paul II, in 1988.

 

He sold over hundreds of million of records, all over the world, and  he has over 185 recorded albums, a record that has not been  touched by any Romanian artist so far.

 

It is the only Romnian Artist who won two golden discs in USA, and a gold disc in Hungary.

For the first time, the future musician listened to a group of  blind musicians. Among them a girl was laying the accordion. It was winter,  snow, frost, his father was in a hurry, but Gheorghe did not want to leave the  singers.

Fascinated by the sound of this  instrument, in the middle of a square,  downtown Bucharest, mesmerized by what  he just heard, the time stopped for Little  Zamfir, and with this sound started his  journey in the realm of music, where he  remained conquered for the rest of his life.

A messianic destiny that was to flow momen-  tarily and give birth to a genius, to an artist  that will revolutionize the art of pan flute,  gaining over the Planet with his mastery.

At the age of 6-7 years, he felt in love with a  banjo, then with a mandolin brought from  Pitesti, by his father, and at 12 years old he was  already playing the accordion at Gaesti Wire  Broadcasting Station, and for this, he received  a gift from his father, a Mozart accordion,  which he kept around even when he was  going to sleep.

 

“It was my jewellery, it was my life, my soul. All  my existence was in that accordion”

Gheorghe Zamfir

 

 

 

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Education 

Gheorghe Zamfir was born on  April 6, 1941, in Găești City,  DâmboviEa County, on he Street  of Art, where he grew up and  finished the elementary school.  In 1955, at age 14, his father  enrols him at the School of  Music no. 1 from Bucharest  (today, the National College of  Arts Dinu Lipatti), with the intent  to study accordion, but he is  accepted at the pan flute class of  Professor Fănică Luca, and he  proves an extraordinary skill for  this instrument.

After finishing  the Music High School and the  baccalaureate (1961), enters the  Conservatory Ciprian Porumbescu from Bucharest,  where he graduates with a  double degree in Pedagogy  (1996) and Conductor for  choir and orchestra (1968).

There followed another 2  years of conducting with  Maestro Constantin Bugeanu,  considered the greatest con-  ducting teacher from the  world. On March 24, 2005, he  defended his doctorate thesis,  obtaining the Summa Cum  Laudae for his thesis entitled  “Pan Flute – The Instrument of  the Divinity and the Creative  Soul; Genesis, Evolution and  Significance”.

What the World says 

“Absolute musician, thrilling virtuoso,  Gheorghe Zamfir has a radiant personality.  He electrifies a room with few bars”,  L’impartial, the Swiss publication wrote in  1970.

 

Cella Delavrancea wrote in her volume “In  a Life Century” that: “the purity of Gheorghe Zamfir’s art is born from the absolute  perfection of his technique, and from the  intensity of his creative talent. As Chopin,  he glosses  by his sounds the spirit of  ideas. Gheorghe Zamfir is a charming  wizard for an instrument ennobled by his  captivating art, today known worldwide”.

 

“This music has no age. It is the everyday life  of a people and of its surrounding nature”,  Valeurs Actuelles recorded in France, in  1971.

 

Duke Ellington said once that: “such  talented musician, with such special style,  must be part of the artists endowed by  God”.

 

”It’s heard the Romanian soul/ Flowing  through the royal flute/You might believe  that Jesus blows / In the His heavenly fire  bed” – Grigore Vieru

 

“When he’s blowing the pan flute, Gheorghe  Zamfir sweats gold, talks with God, roaming  the universe”.

“In the heavenly worlds, Zamfir’s doina is  certainly heard. No artist alike will be born in  1000 years from now”,

“He ploughed the earth with his pan flute”.

Vasile Iovu

 

He  REVOLUTIONAIZED  the art of Pan flute

His passion for pan flute and for  reviving the sound of this wonderful instrument determined him to  revolutionize its sound, so the  traditional flute with 20 tubes,  became, in turn, with 22, 25, 28,  then with 30 and in the end with 42  tubes, and this instrument became  transcendental, being possible to  be introduced in any repertoire.

This invention also allowed for the  flute to be introduced in all the  musical styles and genres. It universally revolutionized the sound. It  was the moment when in Europe,  and then step by step, in the entire  world, started a general euphoria.  From America and Canada, to  Australia, Japan or South Africa. The  concert halls were packed, cathedrals with thousands of places and  endless rows, everybody wanted to  listen to Gheorghe Zamfir, the pan  flute becoming an universal fashion  instrument.

 

The pan flute was born over

6.000 years ago. In mythology, its tube would have been  created by mistake, the wind  blowing through a bamboos  stick to open it easily on the  other end. “Flute de Pan”, is a  synonym for pan flute. Anywhere in this world, the pan  flute and Zamfir are a whole.  “Who hears the wonderful  sound of the pan flute that  through the mastery of a  man of grace, raises unparalleled emotions, says “Zamfir”.  This is maybe the reason why  in America it is not named  pan flute. This legendary  instrument, revolutionized by  the one who became its  genius, it’s called “Zamfir”.

60 years of Career

With over 70 years of life, the musician Gheorghe Zamfir aims to achieve the integral of its composition in the folkloric, chamber, symphonic, pop-folk, vocal-symphonic, sacred styles, working  also for his “Dracula” Opera, an opera in two acts,  after a libretto of the writer George Astalosh.

 

1959

He recorded his first compositions,  in folk style, with  the Romanian  Radio Folk Music  Orchestra, directed  by Radu Voinescu,  following other  tournaments in the  USSR and Greece,  resulting prize at  Levadia (Greece).

 

1960

Tours in Germany, Switzerland,  URSS, China,  Greece, with  “Ciocârlia”  Ensemble of the  Ministry of  Interior, “Doina”  Ensemble of  Army and with  the High school  of Mysic from  Bucharest.

 

1966

He is appointed conductor of  “Ciocârlia” Ensemble. He makes his  first “Electrecord”  disc that included  also its famous  compositions  “Doina de Jale”,  “Doina ca la vișina”

 

 

He created and invented the  whole range of  pan flutes, alto,  tenor, baritone  and bass, giving  birth to a family  of pan flutes of  diVerent dimensions. In 1982, in  Paris, he created  the contrabass  pan flute.

 

1968

1970

1972

He creates the “pan flute-organ” style,

introducing new repertories and  expanding the palette of expression  and interpretation for pan flute.

 

He established the first concert taraf

and wins Paris, on the scene of  “Vieux Colombier” Theatre, in 45  recitals, playing for the first time to  his four pan flutes - soprano, alto,  tenor, bas – created in 1968. This  invention then offered him the  possibility to introduce the pan flute  in all the musical styles and genres.  It revolutionized the worldwide  sound. It was the moment when in  Europe, and then step by step, in the  entire world, started a general  euphoria. From America and Canada,  to Australia, Japan or South Africa.  the concert halls were packed,  cathedrals with thousands of places  and endless rows.

 

1974

Composes the first “Mesa for Peace”,

for pan flute, organ and orchestra,  recorded in Bucharest with the Radio  Orchestra and Madrigal Choir, with  conductors: Marin Constantin and  Paul Popescu. Superb concerts are  held in collaboration with the German  conductor and composer James Last.  It followed the international recognition of a never heard, a divine sound.  The successes of the great artist, the  rounds of applause, full houses,  medals, golden discs, grand tours in  USA, Australia, New Zeeland, Japan,  Canada, South Africa, Belgium,  France, Switzerland, Austria.

 

1978 -1979

He introduces the pan flute in  symphonic orchestra, with “pop” style and He records “The Lonely Shepherd”

with James Last Orchestra.

1981

He launches the records on  the American market.

1982

In Paris, he creates the contrabass pan flute.

1988-1990

He is received 3 times in Vatican. He made the first disc of sacred music,  something that never happened before.  The Vatican had made its record label,  recorded a disc with Vivaldi, and its  second disc with Zamfir. After the  death of His Holiness, he created  especially for His commemoration the  musical concept Totus Tuus, a set of  works for pan flute, organ and male  vocal groups.

1990-2001

He returns from exile and continues its concerts and tours in France,  Switzerland and Turkey (where he is  declared the most popular composer  and artist of the 20th century).

2001-2005

Gheorghe Zamfir is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Musical  Interpretation from the National  University of Music from Bucharest,  where he created the first,  worldwide, Pan Flute Study  Department.

After the termination of the  collaboration with the National  University of Music from Bucharest,  he was a Professor – University  Doctor Lecturer at Valahia  University from Târgoviște.

2007-2015

1982

 

He creates the first rhapsody  and the first concerto for pan  flute and orchestra, recorded  for “Philips” Records, with the  Philharmonic from Monte  Carlo (conductor: Laurence  Foster).

1984

 

He creates the first quintet  for pan flute and quarter of  strings “The Limes’ Quintet”,  and after, he begins to  compose numerous  chamber works.

1986

He records the first disk with baroque repertoire.

He has concerts at the desk of the  National Folk Orchestra (2007).

 

He has tours in Turkey, Egypt,  Russia, France, Republic of  Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, Italy,  Spain, UK, Canada and the United  States of America.

Compositions: “Nicoleta’s Waltz”  for symphonic orchestra and  choir. Concert for pan flute,  symphonic orchestra and choir.  “Braul lui Dumitru Zamfira”,  ”Concert for two guitars, pan  flute and symphonic orchestra”.

2015

Hold a series of concerts, both at home land and abroad, with  greatest international artist, Andrė  Rieu, and hosts the first International Festival of Pan Flute in the  hometown of the musician,  Găeşti.

2016

Continues with a series of concerts  in Romania and Egypt with renowned pianist  Richard Clayderman and four  artistic performances. He receive the honour of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Ovidius University from Constața. 

2017

The begining of spring finds Master of the Pan Flute, Gheorghe Zamfir with the Representative Orchestra of the Romanian Army,  in a special concert, on the big stage of Sala Palatului in Bucharest.

 

Then on 4th of March, Rome was waiting him in Auditorium della Concilliazione, with his marvellous band.

 

This summer, in 22nd of June in Bucharest and in 25th of June in Cluj Napoca, master Zamfir is invited to perform a special duet with the legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli, inside his World Tour. 

2018

The 1th of March 2018 finds Master Zamfir together with his marvelous Orchestra in a special concert, on the stage of  the Cairo Opera House. Egypt was so welcoming for the Umm Kulthum music interpreted by Zamfir for the first time in life. 

 

The beginning of summer, in 9th of June in Dublin at The HELIX , master Zamfir was invited to perform a special concert at the invitation of  Romanian Community of Ireland, celebrating 20 years of this community and 100 years of Romania! 

Friday, 21st of September 2018, tuk place an extraordinary concert of the great maestro GHEORGHE ZAMFIR, the most accomplished pan flute artist of all time. The event was dedicated to ZAMFIR’s entire career and featured numerous national and international artists, outstanding personalities of the lyrical genre: Enrico Macias, Avi Toledano, Eugen Sârbu, Andrea Griminelli, Valentina Naforniță, Orchestra Metropolitană București – conductor Daniel Jinga, Orchestra Națională „Lăutarii” – conductor Nicolae Botgros, Vasile Iovu, Paula Seling & K1, Cezar Cazanoi, Laura Bretan, Jean Luc Faraux, Aydin Yavas, Roar Engelberg, Gao Chunhua, Chang Kyun Kim, Petruța Kupper, Radu Nechifor, Claudia Iordache, Flavius Tinică, Mădălina Lupu.

Iuliana Tudor, the beloved TV presenter, hosted the September 21 event.

Gheorghe Zamfir - in Christmas Concert at the Vatican

Concerto di Natale is an international event, where artists from all over the world meet for a special concert. The main aim of the concert is to raise as much money as possible for charity projects in Africa and poor regions of the world. In 15th of December 2018, at the Vatican Aula Jean Paul the II, Maestro Zamfir plays Silent Night, at the very opening.
He opened dueting with Anastacia, the italian singer Alessandra Amoroso  and the italian flautist Andrea Griminelli, in “Silent Night”, then Maestro Zamfir and Andrea Griminelli appeared again to sing The lonely Shepherd.

Gheorghe Zamfir - in China

At the invitation of the head Management of the Xi'an Conservatory of Music, Master Zamfir visited the far-away place in the heart of China, at the end of the year 2018, where there is a class of Pan flute, to preside over the annual graduate gala, as Honorary Director of the International Academic Exchange Center for Pan flute. The artist was accompanied by his wife and his team. At Xi'an, the Master held a concert and a Masterclass for Chinese musicians, but also for those coming from Korea and Japan, who had been waiting for him for a very long time.

2019

Gheorghe Zamfir in Zagreb

In 3th of March 2019, Gheorghe Zamfir delighted Zagreb second time at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.
Master  of the Pan flute,Gheorghe Zamfir and his band held a concert in the prestigious Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb, an event that was part of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, according to a statement published on the website of the Romanian Embassy in Zagreb.

Gheorghe Zamfir in concert with the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis in Romania

Pope Francis arrived Saturday 1th of June 2019 in Iasi, where more than 60,000 Christians were eagerly waiting for him, braving the pouring rain; the Pontiff is due to visit the 'Our Lady Queen of Iasi' Roman Catholic Cathedral and further attend a Marian meeting with youth and families at the Culture Palace.
The Pope then traveled by Popemobile to the Palace of Culture, where he was awaited for by more than 60,000 pilgrims from the entire northeastern part of the country, as well as from the Republic of Moldova.
The event ended with a concert performed by pan flute maestro Gheorghe Zamfir and his guest, Soprano Rodica Gabriela Anghelescu, accompanied by the Bucharest Metropolitan Orchestra directed by the conductor Daniel Jinga.

Gheorghe Zamfir with a new concept, "FLIGHT OF SKYLARK" in the closing of the Golden Stag Festival - Brașov 2019

Master Gheorghe Zamfir accompanied by the Orchestra Lăutarii from Chisinau, under the baton of the incomparable conductor Nicolae Botgros, presented a show dedicated to the creator, called FLIGHT OF SKYLARK. Renowned artists were invited to the concert: Paula Seling, Laura Bretan, Soprano Rodica Gabriela Anghelescu, Vali Boghean Band and actor Sorin Francu. The wonderful show was presented by the Romanian Television star, Iuliana Tudor.

HE SHARED THE STAGE WITH  GREAT ARTISTS OF THE WORD

Throughout his career, collaborating with top musicians in the country and  abroad such as: Nicholas Licare†, James Last, Lawrence Foster, the British  Chamber Orchestra Quartet Oxford, Marcel Cellier, organist Diane Bish,  conductor Seiji Ozawa, and so on.

 

On the 50 years of career anniversary, in 2013, constituting 50 Zamfir  Orchestra, composed by valuable musicians from the Philarmonic “George  Enescu” National Radio Orchestra and National Opera.

 

 

In 2015 performed seven times, with André Rieu on stage in Bucharest's  Constitution Square, in front of 84,000 spectators. The concert series  continued with another seven performances in Maastricht, Netherlands.

 

2016 continues with a series of concerts in Romania  and Egypt with famous pianist  Richard Clayderman.

 

2017 - In 22nd of June in Bucharest and in 25th of June in Cluj Napoca, master Zamfir is invited to perform a special duet with the legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli, inside his World Tour.

 

 

2018 -  In 21th of September, at Constitution Square in Bucharest, Maestro Zamfir held an Extraordinary concert dedicated to his entire career and he invited for a duet a very dear and special artist,  Enrico Macias. The concert was at the top performance along with Avi Toledano, Eugene Sarbu, Andrea Griminelli, Valentina Naforniță and many others international artists. 

 

At the Vatican, December 2018 , in the very opening of the extraordinary concert for Christmas, Maestro ZAMFIR had a memorable interpretation of the Silent Night song, with Anastacia, Alessandra Amoroso and Andrea Griminelli.