Status: 26.09.2023, 07:32 a.m.
By: Peter Herrmann
Mayor Michael Müller (left) congratulated Horia-Dinu Nicolaescu (2nd from left) and Cico's Jazz Orchestra. © Peter Herrmann
Geretsried - Music and a laudatory speech by film director Matthias Kiefersauer marked an emotional ceremony in the Ratsstubensaal.
Geretsried – "Horia-Dinu Nicolaescu was, as you rarely said about teachers as a student, a pretty cool pig," Kiefersauer recalled. Today's film director once experienced the music lessons of the cultural award winner and, as a young member of the big band of the Geretsrieder Gymnasium, traveled with Nicolaescu to an international jazz festival in Bucharest in 1992.
"The students who went to the weekly rehearsals were thrilled," Kiefersauer praised his teacher. At the time, the now 82-year-old was working with young amateurs. "That's what makes a good bandleader: he takes what's there and makes the best of it," emphasized the laudator.
Landed in Geretsried via detours
The teacher, who was born in the Romanian city of Craiova, first came to Geretsried via many detours. He first studied music and choral conducting at the Academy of Music in Bucharest. Because the trained trumpeter secretly played American jazz music, which was banned in Romania at the time, with other musicians, he clashed with the secret service of the then communist state and emigrated to Nuremberg with his pregnant wife in 1971.
In 1981 he accepted a position as a music teacher at the Geretsrieder Gymnasium and later founded the big band, which he later renamed Cicos Jazzorchester based on his nickname Cico. This resulted in such renowned musicians as saxophonist Stephanie Lottermoser, drummers Falk Willis and Andreas Haberl and pianist Benedikt Jahnel. "You were the first to get me excited about jazz music," Lottermoser said in a video clip during the ceremony.
Previous winners of the Culture Prize:
Mayor Michael Müller recalled the history of the Geretsried Culture Prize. The city has been awarding the award every two years since 2005. Previous winners have been Dr. Otto Rothe, Wolfram Weiße, Ingrid Obser, Roland Hammerschmied, Albrecht Widmann, Ingeborg Heinrichsen, Werner Sebb, the Gelting marching band and Helmut Hahn.
"Creator of Joy"
Cico's jazz orchestra described Müller as a "founder of joy". In addition to a certificate, Nicolaescu also accepted a trophy made by the Peißenberg master metalworker Berndt Schweizer. The bronze sculpture has the shape of an imperfect sphere. "It shows the many paths that can be taken to strive towards perfection," Schweizer explained.
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In his concluding speech, Nicolaescu was touched and first thanked the head of the Geretsried cultural office, Anita Zwicknagl, for her many years of support. He then extensively described the talents of each member of the orchestra. The musicians thanked him with an instrumental version of the Frank Sinatra classic "My Way" and, after the two-hour ceremony, enjoyed the sumptuous buffet of the council chambers with the approximately 120 guests.