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Z. Brinzila-Coslet

Serghei Lunchevichi – virtuoso and symbol of violin art in Moldova of the twentieth century

This article begins with an introduction, which outlines the significant impact of the legendary S. Lunchevichi on the musical culture of Moldova and the entire Soviet Union in the second half of the 20th century. It is no coincidence that the main musical temple of the Republic of Moldova, the National Philharmonic, bears his name. S. Lunchevichi’s multifaceted creative activity is closely connected with the Philharmonic: he was an academic violinist and soloist of the Symphony Orchestra – and also a lautar-violinist, chief conductor and artistic director of the folk orchestra Fluieraș, renowned in the former USSR and abroad. His universal talent also included other incarnations: Lunchevichi was a composer and a Soviet cinema star. His portrayal of the violin virtuoso Toma Alistar from the 1971 cult film Lautarii (directed by Emil Loteanu) contributed to winning prestigious awards at international film festivals in Spain and Italy (1972). The central section of the article emphasizes the development of S. Lunchevichi’s performing art as an academic violinist. It examines the stages of his musical education and the role of his violin teachers. The article is based on the memoirs of the violin professor Iosif Dailis and his colleagues Constantin Rusnac, Gleb Ciaicovschi-Mereșanu, Isolda Milyutina. The conclusion summarizes the phenomena that shaped the original, unique academic performing style of the violinist S. Lunchevichi.

Key words

Serghei Lunchevichi, violin art of Moldova, performing style, national musical culture.

For citation

Brinzila-Coslet Z. Serghei Lunchevichi – virtuoso and symbol of violin art in Moldova of the twentieth century // South-Russian Musical Anthology. 2021. No. 3. Pp. 104–109.