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Selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2008, Alexandra Dariescu is an outstanding communicator, hugely popular with audiences. She has just been awarded the Romanian Ambassador’s Award for Excellence in Music.

 

Over the last year she has appeared as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia ViVA, Northern Chamber Orchestra, the Nottingham and York Symphony Orchestras, performing Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Beethoven Concertos. She also performed Mozart’s Concerto K.414 with the European Union Chamber Orchestra in Germany and Tchaikovsky‘s Concerto No.1 with the International Orchestra for Freedom at St. John’s Smith Square. She has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Leeds International Series, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, the Bath, Leicester, Ribble Valley, Exeter International Festivals and City of London Festival.

 

This summer Alexandra was a resident at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland and was awarded the prestigious CUBS prize. Recent winner of the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize, Alexandra will give a full evening recital at the Wigmore Hall in March 2011. Future engagements include recitals and performances of the Elgar Piano Quintet with the Elias Quartet, Schumann Quintet with the Belcea Quartet, Tchaikovsky 1st Concerto with the EMG Symphony Orchestra, Brahms 1st Concerto with Norwich Symphony, Rachmaninov Paganini Variations with Slough Philharmonic and Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Alexandra will give the premiere of the new piano concerto written for her by the award winner composer Emily Howard with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra in their 60th anniversary season.

 

Committed to chamber music, Alexandra has collaborated with the Sacconi Quartet at Wigmore Hall, the Idomeno Quartet at the City of London Festival and with violinist Alina Ibragimova in London. She made her UK debut at Bridgewater Hall in the 2006 Piano Festival with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra conducted by André de Ridder, broadcast live by BBC Radio 3. Further afield she has given recitals in the USA, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Moldavia and broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, radio and television stations across Romania, Manx Radio, Isle of Man and Nevada Radio in California. In 2008, Alexandra won the prestigious Prix Maurice Ravel at the Academie Internationale de Musique Ravel in France, returning to give a recital at the Ravel Festival in 2009.

 

Born in Romania in 1985, Alexandra studied in Iasi, Romania, Pocklington School in York and the Royal Northern College of Music (where her teachers included Nelson Goerner, Mark Ray, Alexander Melnikov and Dina Parakhina) graduating in 2008 with distinction. During her time at the RNCM, Alexandra was awarded the Gold Medal, Chopin Prize, Recital Prize and Peter Donohoe Prize. Alexandra has just completed her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Ronan O'Hora and was awarded the GSMD Piano Fellowship for 2010/2011.

 

 

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7.30pm Saturday, 2 July 2011

 

 

  Beethoven Sonata Op.31 No.3 in E flat, The Hunt

  Schumann Abegg Variations Op.1

  Debussy L'isle joyeuse

  Liszt Ballade No.2 in B minor

  Liszt/Wagner Liebestod

  Chopin Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52