Jérôme Akoka, Violonist

Conference: “The Romanian Avant-garde and Music”

Monday, September 4th at 5:00 pm, French Institute in Bucharest 



Born into a family of musicians, Jérôme Akoka studied in Paris, Budapest, Moscow and Siena, before beginning to play as a soloist and chamber musician, and as solo violinist in various groups.

He has performed with orchestras and in recital all around the world and has recorded several albums to critical acclaim. Several composers have called on him to premiere their works. After being a member of the Simon Quartet, he joined the Orpheus Quartet for an international career that lasted until 2008. Solo violinist of the Deutsche Kammer Akademie since 2004, he is also guest conductor of this ensemble. In the field of early music, he joined the Concert d’Astrée after directing the Ensemble Fragonard, which he founded. He takes part in the activities of the Chambre Philharmonique and the Cercle de l’Harmonie. He is artistic director of the music programme at the Abbaye Port-Royal des Champs.

Jérôme Akoka is a member of the Prometheus 21 Ensemble.

Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize in Physics 

Conference: “Revolutions in physics at the turn of the twentieth century”

Monday, September 4th at 5:00pm, French Institute in Bucharest


Serge Haroche is a French physicist born in 1944 in Marocco. After his studies at the University of Paris VI, he worked for almost ten years at the CNRS. He developed new methods for laser spectroscopy, based on the study of quantum beats and superradiance.

He taught in many prestigious institutions such as Paris Vi University, Ecole Polytechnique, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Yale University and École Normale Supérieure, among others.

Since 2001, Haroche is a professor at the Collège de France and holds the chair of quantum physics.

On 9 October 2012 Haroche was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, together with the American physicist David Wineland, for their work regarding measurement and manipulation of individual quantum systems.

Nicolas Grimal, Permanent Secretary of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres

Conference: “Conference-Dialogue about George Enescu” with Sever Voinescu (Director of Dilema Veche magazine)

Tuesday, September 5th at 5:00 pm, French Institute in Bucharest



Nicolas Grimal was awarded the Agrégation in Classics in 1971 and the Doctorat d’Etat in 1984. Since 1988, he has been Professor of Egyptology at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). From 1989 to 1999 he was director of the Institut français d’archéologie orientale in Cairo.

Since 1990, he has been scientific director of the Franco-Egyptian Centre for the Study of the Temples of Karnak (CFEETK).

He held the Chair of Egyptology at the Collège de France from 2000 to 2020. Since 2022, he has been Permanent Secretary of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

He was awarded the Prix Gaston-Maspero by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in 1987 and the Prix Diane Potier-Boes by the Académie Française in 1989.

Eli Barnavi, Historian and Essayist

Conference: “Conference-Dialogue about George Enescu” with Sever Voinescu (Director of Dilema Veche magazine)

Tuesday, September 5th at 5:00 pm, French Institute in Bucharest



Élie Barnavi is a historian and essayist, and Professor Emeritus of the History of the Modern Occident at Tel Aviv University.

From 2000 to 2002, he served as Israel’s ambassador to France.

Since 1998, as scientific adviser to the Museum of Europe in Brussels and scientific director of the Tempora society, Élie Barnavi has directed or co-directed the scientific committees of several exhibitions, including Dieu(x), modes d’emploi, c’est notre histoire! 50 years of the European adventure; L’Amérique, c’est aussi notre histoire! Three centuries of relations between Europe and the United States; 21 rue La Boétie; L’islam, c’est aussi notre histoire! Europe and its Muslim heritage.

Élie Barnavi has published around twenty works on the French and European sixteenth century and on the contemporary history of Israel and the Jewish people, as well as studies in professional journals in Europe, the United States and Canada and political analysis articles in the mainstream press in Israel and abroad (France, Belgium, Spain, Italy).

Elie Barnavi has received several awards, including the Grand Prix de la Francophonie from the Académie Française in 2007 for his entire work.

Elie Barnavi is a member of several scientific and advisory boards. In France, he chaired the international symposium on the fiftieth anniversary of the Ministry of Culture in 2009.