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The gala concert concluded 2023 Enescu Concerts Series

Updated: Jan 30

Soprano Teodora Gheorghiu and pianist Cristian Sandrin in concert for the National Day of Romania.

We are thrilled to welcome soprano Teodora Gheorghiu, “undoubtedly one of the greatest sopranos of her generation” (Fanfare) for our much-awaited, traditional gala recital dedicated to the National Day of Romania. Teodora will be accompanied by versatile British-Romanian pianist Cristian Sandrin. The programme will include famous duets by Mozart and Leher, evergreen arias by Verdi, Rossini and Pietro Mascagni as well as songs by Aurel Eliade and, of course, George Enescu. The event is presented in partnership with the Romanian Embassy in London and is part of the Enescu Concerts Series organized together with the Enescu Society of Great Britain.

Romanian soprano Teodora Gheorghiu studied at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in  in Cluj-Napoca and went on to participate in several competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition and the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition. She

later elaborated her vocal training with David Jones and Nelly Miricioiu. Teodora made her debut in 2003 at the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest, singing the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”.Soon after, she was invited to appear at several

European opera houses, such as La Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and various Swiss theatres, including the Luzerner Theater, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Opéra de Lausanne. In 2007,

Teodora joined the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she continued to perform regularly until 2010. In 2014 she made her UK debut at Glyndebourne, with the role of Sophie in “Der Rosenkavalier”, performance.Her first album, “Arias for Anna de Amicis”, 

alongside conductor Christophe Rousset, was recorded in 2011. Her second, of Lieder in duet with pianist Jonathan Aner, was released in 2012. Recent engagements have led Teodora to Romania, France, Spain, Switzerland and Japan. They encompass vocal-symphonic 

repertoire and roles such as Contessa (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Mimì (“La Bohème”), Violetta Valéry (“La Traviata”) and Nedda (“Pagliacci”). Currently, Teodora is touring across Romania,

presenting some of Schubert’s most beautiful lieder accompanied by pianist Diana Ionescu.

Born into a family of musicians from Bucharest, Cristian Sandrin has been surrounded by classical music all his life. Cristian is a complex artist, particularly devoted to the Mozartian repertoire - a passion that has led him to conduct numerous piano concertos from the keyboard for summer festivals as well as for the official opening of the Angela Burgess Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2017 he appeared in a solo recital at the

Wigmore Hall. From 2018–2020 he toured the UK as an artist of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. Cristian is a scholarship holder of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust benefiting from her unique one-to-one guidance and mentorship since 2017. In 2021 Cristian 

travelled to Romania for his debut with the acclaimed George Enescu Philharmonic. In 2022 Cristian performed challenging programmes including Beethoven’s last three sonatas, Bach’s Goldberg Variations - recitals that have left audiences and critics spellbound by the 

Cristian’s  mature interpretations. Cristian’s UK engagements have featured solo performances in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields, the National Liberal Club, among others and in Europe at Salle Cortot in Paris, Marstall Platz in Berlin, Salla Manuel de Falla in Madrid, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano or La Fenice Theatre in Venice.




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