cees mulder


ing. cees mulder
acoustic consultant

Enescu Festival - Bucharest

Sala Palatuliu, Bucharest - Romania
type of venue
concert hall (temporary)
room acoustics
Enescu Festival, FACE-BE, Paradigma
2009 / 2011 / 2013 / 2015 / 2017 / 2019

Every second year the Enescu Festival is held in Bucharest, Romania. This festival is to the remembrance of the Romanian composer George Enescu. The festival is held for three weeks in September and famous orchestras from around the world perform there. The main stage of the festival is Sala Palatului, a hall connected to the former royal palace. This 25,000m3 4000 seats hall was designed for congress purposes and needs to be adapted for symphonic performances when the festival is held. For this a 64-channel mcr system is used, that needs to be tuned. This is done by measurements. The fine tuning is done by listening during the rehearsals of the first performing orchestra and the during opening concert.

The opening orchestras of the last festivals were:
2009: Filharmonica “George Enescu” conducted by Maxim Vengerov
2011: The Hague Philharmonic conducted by Christian Badea
2013: Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim
2015: Romanian Youth Orchestra conducted by Kristian Yärvi. During this session I was appointed assistant to the conductor in order to balance the orchestra's sound.
2017: London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Yurowski. Assistant to the conductor was Tiberiu Soare, who was collaborating with me balancing the orchestra's sound and the acoustics.
2019: Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

view at the front facade of the building (2017), photo: Ilina Schileru

view from the hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (2017), photo: Ilina Schileru

view at the stage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (2017), photo: Ilina Schileru

myself (r) in discussion with conductor Vladimir Yurowski (m) and festival director Mihai Constantinescu (l) (2017), photo: Ilina Schileru