Maestro Enrique Garcia Asensio
Maestro Daniel Barenboim
Giuliana Benedetti Michelangeli †
Maestro Sir Colin Davis †
Maestro Plácido Domingo
Maestro Henri Dutilleux †
Elisabeth Furtwängler †
Maestro Ida Haendel
Maestro Radu Lupu
Professor Dr. Hellmuth Matiasek
Maestro Zubin Mehta
Maestro Murray Perahia
Maestro Sir Simon Rattle
Bundespräsident a.D. Dr. Richard von Weizsäcker †
had a lot of a scientist because he knew exactly the physical laws
of the tone, the field of acoustics as well as the instruments.
But he also had a lot of a mystic and was in the possession of the
unsettled soul of a gipsy. A heterodox, but wonderful mixture!
He was an extraordinary personality!
|My husband Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
and Sergiu Celibidache had the same visions about life and art.
This fact deepened their friendship. For those who love music
the great music that makes you hold your breath this spiritual
affinity, which was manifest in their brilliant performances, will
rest forever in vivid remembrance. Conductor and soloist were as
Giuliana Benedetti Michelangeli, 10. Mai 2001
After World War II, the world - especially the world of Europe - needed moral and physical rebuilding. There were many heroes in this gigantic task. One of them was Sergiu Celibidache, who did much to restore the music life of Europe to ist centuries old importance. For that, above all, we owe him a great debt. I consider it a privilege to have worked with him in the early years of my career.
|I hold in mind very precious memories
of Maestro Sergiu Celibidache among these one of the most wonderful
performances of my opus "Métaboles" with the Orchestre
National de France, an interpretation of sparkling richness and
at the same time of extreme transparency in the tone colourings.
I will further never forget that I owe the commission for my current
work which I am writing for the Berliner Philharmoniker to the
initiative of this great artist, who belonged to the most outstanding
leaders of this very orchestra.
Henri Dutilleux, April 2001
It is important for me to bear witness to the
good relationship for both sides between Wilhelm Furtwängler
and Sergiu Celibidache. They held each other in high esteem; the
most important subject of exchanges between them were the questions
concerning music during their lifetime. Their written correspondence
which is planned to be published contains many exact details
I had the good fortune and great honour to perform many sublime concerts under the baton of Sergiu Celibidache. It is impossible to define genius, but Celibidache was that rare phenomenon who represented an intellect of the highest order combined with an amazing technical conducting skill to match. His great contribution to music was that he carved a path into hitherto unknown musical territory, a revelation of unique quality and experience. Celibidache was capable in a magical way to interpret and incorporate the mystery of life into the eternal enigma of music. We should be forever grateful for this cultural education from a man whose presence on this planet was a gift to all musicians, young and old. The impact which Celibidache made is boundless, - an inspiration and legacy to be cherished for posterity.
Sergiu Celibidache was an unique personality among musicians. His extraordinary musical talent, allied to the profound knowledge of the acoustical and sound principles, offered to the listener an uncompromising, crystal clear and grandiose vision of the complexities of the score. Unforgettable music making...
In the field of art the great father figures
are immortal. A great conductor as Sergiu Celibidache, who by his
lively manner of making music formed his own era, does not fade
to a figure of our memory. The consequences of his powerful and
unique conductions on his musicians, the effects of his pedagogical
charisma on his renowned pupils, but also the great heritage of
original recordings, films, sketches of compositions and writings
can secure the validity of his creation of music into the future.
But all this needs care. The "Sergiu Celibidache Stiftung"
is to have the merit and responsibility of preserving the musical
opus of the great Maestro through documentations, concerts and the
"Sergiu Celibidache Festival". The Bavarian Theaterakademie
August Everding is pleased to be at its disposal for all these purposes.
youth I have been a fan of Sergiu Celibidache, and seen a lot of
his concerts and auditions. During his stay in Stuttgart our contact
was interrupted for a period of time; but it was a great honour
and pleasure for me when I was invited by him to conduct his orchestra,
the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, and later to help out when he
was not able to conduct any more. I support the "Sergiu Celibidache
Stiftung" deep in my heart, because Celi´s thoughts should
stay present and instill with enthusiasm the generations to come
as well as the current ones. The support of young musicians was
always very important to him and is one of the priorities within
the work of the foundation.
Zubin Mehta, 10. Mai 2001
|I was a great admirer of
Sergiu Celibidache and am delighted to be associated with the Foundation´s
Kuratorium. Even though his time with them was short, Celibidache´s
spirit will live on in the Berlin Philharmonic.
Sir Simon Rattle, 15. Mai 2001