Frederic Bager

Frederic Bager (piano) is a recipient of the prestigious Swiss ‘Migros Foundation’ scholarship, and the only pianist to have won the Beethoven Prize at both the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music. He is now a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Ian Fountain. An in-demand song-accompanist, Frederic has accompanied Dame Felicity Lott, and is currently undertaking a private course of study with Roger Vignoles. In 2010 he was a finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Dr. Tamas Barcsay

Born in Budapest. Spent his early childhood on the family property at Gilau (Gyalu), Transylvania. Grew up in Toronto Canada. Holds degrees from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Professor Emeritus of History at Ryerson University, Toronto. Senior Associate Member of St. Antonys College, Oxford 1987. Former Director and Programme Chairman of the Atlantic Council of Canada, Chairman of the Toronto Branch, Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

Maria Berza

Writer, literary translator, editor, cultural policy expert. Studies: M.A., University of Bucharest, Modern Languages Department. Professional background, selected: Vice-president Pro Patrimonio Foundation, Europa Nostra expert, State Secretary, Romanian Ministry of Culture, expert and rapporteur for cultural policy of the Council of Europe, Executive Director Fulbright Commission Romania and previously Open Society Fund; editor. Published works: books/short stories in anthologies, translated from English, French, Spanish – literature, memoirs, history, history of civilization (e.g. Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Claire Lalouette, Andre Clot, Robert Merle, Julio Cortazar, Sacheverell Sitwell, Coetzee, Queen Marie of Romania); prefaces, literary comments, articles, interviews. Rapporteur and participant in international conferences on cultural policy and cooperation. Member of the Writers’ Union of Romania since 1990.

Levent Boz

Levent works as a specialist at the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage and Museums, Turkey. His research interest focuses on oriental carpets and their interactions and influences. Currently he is writing his PhD thesis titled Ottoman & Safavid Carpets in Europe - Interaction and Competition. Levent completed his master’s thesis titled Anatolian Carpets in the Mediasch St. Margaret Church, Transylvania in 2013 and still continues his research on Ottoman carpets in Transylvania. He is also professionally involved in digital cultural heritage projects.

Denisa Comănescu

A poet, editor and translator, Denisa Comănescu graduated in Romanian and English from the Faculty of Philology of the University of Bucharest. She worked as chief editor and editorial director, coordinating several successful foreign fiction series in three main publishing houses. Since 2007 she has been general manager of Humanitas Fiction Publishing House and launched the first personalised series of world literature in Romania, 'Denisa’s Bookshelf', including about 500 titles up late. Comănescu authored five volumes of poetry and has been included in anthologies in more than fifteen countries. In 2003 she participated in the International Writers Program of the University of Iowa. Comănescu translated into Romanian a selection of Alan Brownjohn’s poetry and one of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s poetry. In 1999, she edited an anthology of Romanian Women Poetry – Polish/Romanian edition: Strong–28 Women Poets of Romania. A member of the Writers’ Union of Romania, former general secretary of the Romanian PEN Centre, board member of the Ireland-Romania Cultural Foundation and member of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).

George Cooke

George Cooke (cello) has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Holywell Music Room, and abroad at the festivals of Chigiana, Ischia and Santa Cecilia. He has broadcast as composer and performer for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and Belgian Radio 1. He completed his Masters at the Royal College of Music in 2015, after graduating with a first in Music from Oxford University, and studies with Alexander Chaushian.

Jaymee Coonjobeeharry

Jaymee Coonjobeeharry (flute) recently made his debut for London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a fellow at the Royal College of Music, plays in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and has a first class masters degree in Chemisty from Oxford University. His video of Flight of the Bumblebee for Classic FM has gained 135,000 views!

Dr Marius-Mircea Crișan

Dr Marius-Mircea Crișan (PhD 2008 University of Turin, Italy) is Associate Professor at the Teacher Training Department, West University of Timișoara. He is the editor of the volume Dracula: An International Perspective, author of the books The Birth of the Dracula Myth: Bram Stoker’s Transylvania and The Impact of a Myth: Dracula and the Fictional Representation of the Romanian Space, as well as of Syntheses of Didactics of Romanian language and literature. Co-author of collective volumes, such as An Imagological Dictionary of the Cities in Romania Represented in British Travel Literature and Dictionary of the Writers of the Banat, and organizer of several international conferences on fantastic literature and education.

Dan Draghicescu

Since 1998, Dan has been involved in producing more than 400 TV advertising spots in Romania and abroad for key clients/brands, including the first online TV series produced locally. Viata in 3 in 2010. He spent twelve years in WPP (Grey and David Ogilvy) and for Centrade Saatchi & Saatchi and has focused on independent history film projects. In 2010 he established is own film production company PINK STRIPE Group and also started doing film production. He challenged himself to follow his passion for movie making, and at the beginning of 2011, was the Executive Producer for a short movie: Transylvania Girl.

Ion Florescu

Ion Florescu is an Anglo-Romanian entrepreneur, journalist and historian. He has worked as a journalist covering international politics both in the US and the UK as well as for the London-based merchant bank Schroders. He was the CEO of the first investment bank to be set up in Romania. In 1997 set up his own private equity business and has been involved in the acquisition, management and sale of a number of Romanian businesses. He has recently contributed a number of articles for Historia, the Romanian historical magazine.

Prof. Filip-Lucian Iorga

Filip-Lucian Iorga, Ph.D. (b. 1982) is a Romanian historian and writer, who studied in Bucharest and Paris. He is an expert of the Romanian Cultural Institute and a member of the Romanian Institute for Genealogy and Heraldry. He published 10 books focused on the history of Romanian aristocracy.

Dragos Lumpan

Dragos Lumpan graduated from the National University of Theater and Film, Film Faculty with M.F.A. in Cinematography in 2001 He has exhibited his work in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide and since 2003 has been a contributor to National Geographic. His photographs are held in both private and public collections and his latest, among many, ongoing project Last Transhumance has been developed over many years, culminating in a successful crowdfunding appeal.

Arabella McIntyre Brown

In 2008 British business journalist Arabella McIntyre-Brown left Liverpool for a hermit’s life in a Carpathian mountain village. The book, A stake in Transylvania, explains why she moved and why she stayed.

Philip Mansel

Dr. Philip Mansel was born in London in 1951 and has lived in London , Paris, Beirut and Istanbul. He is a historian of France and the Middle East, focussing on courts and cities. His books include Lives of Louis XVIII (1981) and the Austrian Field Marshal, the Prince de Ligne (2003); Dressed to Rule , a study of the politics of clothes (2005); a history of Paris as capital of nineteenth-century Europe, Paris between Empires (2001); and The Eagle in Splendour; Inside the Court of Napoleon (reprint 2015). He has also written on Constantinople as capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople, City of the World’s Desire (1995); a history of Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut, Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean (2010); and, most recently, a history of Aleppo since the Ottoman conquest in 1516. Aleppo, the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City (2016). His books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Greek and Arabic. He writes for The Spectator, The Art Newspaper and the Times Literary Supplement. In 2012 he received the London Library Life in Literature award. He is currently writing a life of Louis XIV.

Ramona Mitrică

Ramona Mitrică is director of a major Romanian film festival in London, has a publishing house publishing Romanian novels of suspense and crime, she runs an artistic consultancy firm and has a goal in which she strongly believes: to promote Romanian culture, to show the world that Romanians exist.

Dr Ruxandra Nemteanu

Ruxandra Nemțeanu, Bucharest architect, expert in historical monuments, licensed architect and Doctoral Degree (PhD) at „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, over 50 architectural and historical studies related to historic monuments buildings, author of the volume The Neo-Romanian-style Villa. An Expression of the Search for a Native Model in Individual Urban Dwelling, associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Spiru Haret University in Bucharest.

Alan Ogden

Alan first went to Romania in 1991 to induct government officials into the mysteries of privatisation. Seemingly trapped in a series of flying visits to Bucharest, he broke the mould in 1998 and set off from England in an ancient Land Rover to explore Romania proper. The outcome was Romania Revisited: on the trail of English Travelers 1604-1940, which was followed by Fortresses of Faith: an illustrated history of the Kirchenburgs of Transylvania and Revelations of Byzantium: the painted churches and monasteries of Moldavia. His next two books, Winds of Sorrow and Moons and Aurochs, are the sum of all his journeys around the country.

Still an indefatigable Romanian traveler, Alan produces the occasional samizdat such as A Romanian Romance: PLF in Romania 1934-39 and A Pocket Guide to Count Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy.

He lives in London and Sussex.

Michael O’Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan was introduced to Patrick Leigh Fermor’s writings in Vienna in the early 1980s. He was curating the first major exhibition on the life and work of W.H. Auden in the Künstlerhaus where met an exiled Hungarian aristocrat whose friends had known Leigh Fermor in Hungary in 1934. His book Patrick Leigh Fermor : Noble Encounters between Budapest and Transylvania is the first full-length study of the time the author spent in Hungary and Transylvania in 1934. He has lived in Vienna, Marrakesh, Budapest and Dublin and has been a foreign correspondent, broadcaster and biographer. He is currently writing a biography of the Hungarian author and statesman Miklós Bánffy (with Bánffy’s great-nephew, Tamás Barcsay).

Dr. Mária Pakucs

Mária Pakucs (PhD) is a researcher with the “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History – Romanian Academy, in Bucharest. Her research interests focus on trade history in South-Eastern Europe in the sixteenth and seveteenth centuries, and on the social and urban history of early modern Transylvania. Her publications include a book based on the customs accounts of Sibiu: Sibiu-Hermannstadt. Oriental Trade in Sixteenth Century Transylvania, and an edition of the first town protocol book of Sibiu/Hermannstadt.

Bronwen Riley

Bronwen Riley is a writer, publisher and historian with a special interest in the Classical world and in Romania – her life-long passion. She has lectured widely on Romanian history and culture and wrote her dissertation on a miracle-working icon in Oltenia. As series editor of the much-loved English Heritage Red Guides she published more than 80 guidebooks as well as other innovative titles in print and on line, organising and presenting many literary events in conjunction with them. She is the author of several publications, including Transylvania (2008) and Journey to Britannia (2015). She is currently working on her latest book Journey to Jerusalem about pilgrims from the north of Britain travelling to the Holy Land at the end of the fourth century.