Dorian and Alex represent ELIJAH and Romania in Paris
The ELIJAH Music School has every reason to be proud of its students:
On the occasion of the EU Council Presidency, the Paris Philharmonic put together an orchestra with 120 young musicians from the 27 EU member states. ELIJAH received an invitation to submit applications. With the result: both Romanian representatives are students of the ELIJAH music school!
Dorian (flute) and Alex (violin) have been in Paris from February 19 to 26 take part in the intensive rehearsal programme. On the last day they performed in a stunning concert before representatives of the EU countries and the French President. The full concert is still shown on Philharmonie Live And Arte Concert.
Above all, a Roma melody got the audience going. - Listen to it here:
Dorian and Alex both learned their instrument at our music school in Nou.
Dorian has been playing the flute for 7 years. At first his parents didn't want him to come to our music school because they thought that you can't learn anything among the poor. But Dorian's ambition was on, he came anyway. Now he attends the 9th class of the art high school in Sibiu, with a focus on the flute. Despite the distance, he continues to attend our music school in Nou.
Alex, also 16 years old, has been taking violin lessons for 4 years. Initially a withdrawn child, it was mainly the Roma music and his music teacher that made Alex more self-confident. He has outdone himself and thrives in music.
The two are an example of friendship and mutual acceptance. They are role models for their families and their community. The ELIJAH music schools create opportunities: for a meaningful leisure activity, but also to discover the joy of learning through musical training. This creates diligence and ambition among the children and strengthens their self-confidence.
„We go where the need is greatest. Like the prophet Elijah, we stand up against injustice and bring the Roma children from the margins to the centre of society.“ Father Georg Sporschill SJ, founder of ELIJAH