A Musical Thank You
with the Naples Philharmonic
Radu Paponiu, conductor
J. Strauss, Jr. — Overture to Die Fledermaus
Dvořák — Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 2
Bartók — Rumanian Folk Dances
Debussy — Ballet from Petite Suite
Mendelssohn — Saltarello: Presto from Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
Ke-Chia Chen — Chasing the Sun
Albéniz — Tango in D, Op. 165, No. 2
Bernstein — West Side Story Overture
Like the rest of our community, Artis—Naples is still working to put things back in place after Hurricane Irma. We know no better way to return to normal than the restorative power of the arts. And we want to share that with the community. We hope you will join us as we honor those who kept our community safe before, during and after the storm; the countless people who donated their time, treasure and talents to the recovery and the resiliency of Southwest Florida.
Radu Paponiu is the assistant conductor to Andrey Boreyko and the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. A native of Romania, Radu recently completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, Radu was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. Radu also served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York.
Radu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Radu served as assistant conductor for the Aspen Opera Theater Center’s full production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Radu began his musical studies on the violin at age seven, moving on to study privately with Carmen Runceanu and Stefan Gheorghiu. After coming to the US at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu was accepted to the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance. Radu was appointed assistant conductor of the American Youth Symphony in spring 2011.