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Bucharest, Jan 2 /Agerpres/ - Maestro Marin Constantin the founder and the conductor of the famous Madrigal Chamber Choir died, late on Saturday, 85 of age, the public television informs.
A famous Romanian composer and a conductor, he founded the famous Madrigal Choir in 1963, and had been its conductor and director ever since. He was well-known for his expertise in Renaissance music, Baroque, Gregorian songs and Traditional Romanian music.
He was born at Uretea, in Prahova County (north of Bucharest), on 27 February 1925. He graduated the Conservatoire of Bucharest, in 1949 and was attending the Faculty of Philosophy, concomitantly. He took a PHD in musicology and music philosophy in 1985. He devoted himself to music and made his debut as a conductor of student and amateur choirs, over 1949 - 1953. Since 1954 he held several important posts among which it is worth mentioning the secretary of the Music Council with the Ministry of Culture (1960-1965), and a lecturer at the chair of choir conductors of the Bucharest Conservatoire, later. Between 1966 -1969 he was the general director of the Romanian Opera House.
As we have mentioned before, he is the founder and the lifetime conductor of the Madrigal Chamber Choir, starting July, 7, 1963, from its first concert till the first audio concert in 1999. An outstanding Choir, Madrigal made itself famous worldwide, offering over 3,500 concerts under Marin Constantin's baton, both at home and abroad, in festivals such as George George Enescu (Romania), Bordeaux (France), Vienna (Austria), Handel (Germany), UNICEF (France), the Warsaw Autumn (Poland), the Marcian Year (Venice, Italy), the Prague Spring (the Czech Republic), Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis (Poland), Ohridsko Leto and Belef (Belgrade), the Netherlands, etc.
He got ten plates recorded under the name Art of Choral Construction and Interpretation (ordered by US Columbia), CDs and DVDs with the Madrigal Chamber Choir and many documentary films with the Madrigal were screened.
Marin Constantin was an award-winning musician, conductor and composer, his contribution being rewarded with many prizes and distinctions such as the award of the International Youth Festival and Contest (Bucharest, 1953, Moscow 1957, Vienna 1959), the Award of the German Music Critics (1971), 'Il Sagitario d'Oro' (Italy 1976), Honor Diploma and the 'Grand Due Adolf' Award (Luxembourg, 1979), the A.T.M. Exceptional Prize (1983) for the treatise the Art of Choral Construction and Interpretation, (1983). He was designated a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. He was bestowed the title of the International Man of the Year in 1990, 1992 and 1994, became Doctor Honoris Causa of the Gh. Dima Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca (1994). He was awarded the Patriarchal Cross of the Holy Synod of Romania (2000), the National Order The Faithful Service in rank of Grand Officer (2000), the Vocatia maiestriei artistice Prize (for Calling of Art Mastership), on behalf of the Balkans and Europe Foundation (2006) and the Award for his entire activity. Constantin Marin was mentioned in seven editions of the 'Who's Who' in UK and the US, and in the prestigious 'The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians'. AGERPRES
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