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Violinist Alexandru Tomescu and Pianist Sînziana Mircea Celebrate Composer George Enescu

The Romanian Cultural Institute and the Romanian Embassy in London are delighted to present virtuoso violinist Alexandru Tomescu and acclaimed pianist Sînziana Mircea in an extraordinary concert, which continues our Enescu Concerts Series.

The event is being supported by the West University of Timișoara, “Remember Enescu” Cultural Foundation and Art in Conversation. The concert is part of the international tour Remember Enescu, which celebrates Timișoara European Capital of Culture 2023. After a spectacular October recital featuring George Enescu’s own violin Guarneri “the cathedral” masterfully played by Gabriel Croitoru, London music lovers are in for another masterful violinist, the impressive and charismatic Alexandru Tomescu, playing on the famed Stradivarius Elder-Voicu violin built in 1702 - Antonius Stradivarius Cremonesis Faciebat Anno 1702.

PROGRAMME: Jules MassenetMeditation from Thaïs Fritz KreislerLiebesleidand Liebesfreud Niccolo Paganini Centone di sonate, Op. 64, MS 112: Sonata No. 1 in A minor George EnescuBallade and Impromptu concertant Călin HumăConcerto for violin and piano When:Thursday, 9th of November, 2023, 7PM Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH, London Alexandru Tomescu is the artist for whom music has no limits: ready to play the most difficult scores in marathon concerts, in month-long tours, he is admired by the audiences across the world. After graduating from the Bucharest Conservatory where he was taught by Ştefan Gheorghiu, he continued his studies abroad with Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Tibor Varga and Eduard Schmieder. Winner of prestigious prizes in competitions such as Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud, George Enescu, Paganini or Sarasate, he has performed on the world’s most renowned stages: Carnegie Hall (New York), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). In 2007, Alexandru won the right to play the Stradivarius Elder-Voicu 1702 violin, which belongs to the Romanian State, and this underpinned the Stradivarius International Tour, which started in 2015, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Enescu's death with a unique marathon: all of Enescu's works for violin and piano gathered in one session. In 2016, the second edition, titled „EXPERIENCE 2.0”, was dedicated to the musicians Bela Bartock, Serghei Prokofiev, Vasile Filip. The 2017 Tour was called „SEASONS” and included famous pieces music by Astor Piazzola, Pablo de Sarasate, Manuel de Falla, played together with the Argentinian artist Omar Massa–bandoneon and Sînziana Mircea–piano. Stradivarius Tour continued in 2018, with concerts in Romania, France, Belgium, USA, Spain and Denmark dedicated to the most famous Romanian composers over the last 100 years. The Stradivarius International Tour went on its wonderful journey even in difficult times like year 2020 and 2021, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, when the tour celebrated 99 years since the birth of Astor Piazzolla. The 14th edition of the Stradivarius Tour 2021 sent to the public a message full of hope and joy through Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9. For 15th edition of Stradivarius Tour – the message is PEACE! Some of these extraordinary performances have been recorded on CDs and DVDs that have enjoyed great success: Paganini 24/24, Stradivarius Obsessions, Bach to Basics, Integral of Sonatas for Violin and Piano George Enescu or Sonata for solo Violin by Bela Bartok.

Sînziana Mircea, Young Steinway Artist, carries out an international career spanning over Europe, North America and Asia. The Romanian pianist made her debut at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Japan and St Martin in- the-Fields London/UK when she was only 20. Four years later, she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York in a sold-out recital, rewarded by the American public with standing ovations. Soon afterwards, Sînziana undertook her first China tour. Her recent appearances include Carnegie Hall, Bucharest Radio Hall, Stockholm Philharmonic, Tallinn Philharmonic, Harvard Club New York, Bucharest Philharmonic, London Steinway Hall, Tokyo Steinway Hall, Sapporo Concert Hall, Nanjing Arts Centre, Harbin Concert Hall. Sînziana is the recipient of the Young Steinway Artist award for the most promising pianist worldwide, which she received in 2017. The Romanian pianist has released three CDs: "Fortuna- Piano Sensation (Electrecord, 2020), "Unending Love” - distributed worldwide by NAXOS (Sheva COllection, 2017) and “Nihil Sine Deo” (Editura Casa Radio, 2016), ranked third in the national competition for the best classical music CD in Romania in 2016, organized by Radio Romania Musical. Sînziana Mircea performed as a soloist of the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Washington DC Youth Orchestra, Mozart Virtuoso Festival Orchestra Japan, Orchestra Da Camera Imola-Italy, Amadeus Orchestra UK and several other Romanian Philharmonic Orchestras, with conductors such as Mikhail Jurowski, Mitsuyoshi Oikawa, Gianluigi Zampieri, Cristian Neagu, Walter Attanasi, Amaury du Closel. She was invited to perform in prestigious festivals, such as the George Enescu Festival




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