Thu, Apr 30|
Irina Muresanu Rediscovers Ragtime for the Enescu Soirees Online
An intriguing recital highlighting the confluence of French and American music in the years after WWI
Time & Location
Apr 30, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT
About The Event
With mesmerizing stage persona, impressive technical ability and a flawless choice of repertoire, Romanian-American violinist Irina Muresanu has become a darling of the classical music circuits in North America and elsewhere in the world. We are thrilled to welcome her in the online series Enescu Soirees of New York, a program she has helped establish and grow as an artistic consultant. Irina will present, accompanied by pianist Max Levinson, an intriguing program highlighting the fascinating confluence of French and American music through compositions by Ravel and Gershwin complemented by the world premiere of Romanian composer Dan Dediu’s “Riesling Ragtime”, indeed the best combination in a time of isolation and social distancing.
Maurice Ravel - Sonata for violin and piano
III. Perpetuum mobile
Dan Dediu - Riesling Ragtime (world premiere)
(dedicated to Irina Muresanu)
George Gershwin/arr. Heifetz - Three Preludes
(live recordings from the "Rorem, Ravel and Ragtimes", the last concert Irina performed before the Corona virus crisis on March 1, 2020 in Boston, featured exclusively in our online concert series)
Romanian-American violinist IRINA MURESANU has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her “irresistible” (Boston Globe), exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Los Angeles Times has written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable”. Her performances have been frequently cited among the Best of Classical Music Performances by the Boston Globe. Muresanu has performed in renowned concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her solo engagements include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria, S. Africa), the Romanian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), the Boston Philharmonic, amongst others. Her most recent recording releases include the Thomas Oboe Lee’s Violin Concerto (which the composer dedicated to her) on the BMOP label, and works of Elena Ruehr on Avie Records. She has also recorded the complete William Bolcom sonatas on the Centaur label with pianist Michael Lewin. In Europe, her recording of the Guillaume Lekeu and Alberic Magnard late Romantic Violin and Piano Sonatas with pianist Dana Ciocârlie for the AR RE-SE French label has sparked enthusiasm. She currently serves on the Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Music and has taught at Boston Conservatory and in the Harvard and MIT Music Departments. She received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays an 1849 Giuseppe Rocca violin and an Étienne Pajeot bow.