The Stradivarius National Tour 2014, which is dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev, is scheduled to take place in Romania from 18 May to 11 June. The Enel-sponsored In the Mood for Prokofiev will feature some of the Russian composer's most popular works for violin and piano, performed by violinist Alexandru Tomescu on the Stradivarius Elder-Voicu.
Tomescu, a virtuoso and classical musical ambassador, was offered the chance to play the precious Stradivarius following a competition organised by the Romanian Ministry of Culture in 2007. Since then the musician has travelled throughout the country with the violin, giving Romanian audiences the joy of listening to the astonishing sound of the instrument.
The historic violin, considered the crown jewel of Romanian cultural heritage, was purchased by the government in 1956 and is worth $1.2 million. It was built in 1702 by Antonio Stradivari and is one of the best-preserved existing instruments made by the Cremona luthier.
The National Stradivarius tour takes in 12 concert dates across Romania, including capital city Bucharest and other locations included in the Enel City of Energy project. Since 2011, Enel's City of Energy project has promoted a series of major cultural and artistic events in Romania's urban centres.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Hope and Homes for Children Foundation, an organisation that for 15 years has fought against child neglect and endeavoured to abolish orphanages and transform them into family care homes. Child abandonment is a major issue in Romania, and as a result, Enel's non-profit organisation Enel Cuore has sponsored projects promoted by Save the Children.
The Group has been present in Romania for almost a decade as the largest private investor in the country's energy sector. It employs more than 3,600 people and serves 2.7 million customers.