Imaginative Pianist Silvan Negruțiu at the Enescu Soirees
This week's recital at the Enescu Soirees features Romanian-American Silvan Negruțiu, praised by the Romanian musical press as “a startling and authentic pianist displaying rich imagination and brilliant vigor." The accomplished musician will offer a program of Romanian music, consisting of works by the inimitable George Enescu as well as by Constantin Silvestri, a famous conductor in the 1950s with an absorbing oeuvre that is yet to be discovered. The recital is dedicated to two important celebrations: 140 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the United States and the upcoming National Day of Romania.
George Enescu - Sarabande, Op. 10
Constantin Silvestri - Third Piano Suite, Op. 6 No. 1
1. Preludio; 2. Duetto; 3. Capriccio; 4. Notturno; 5. Danze sacre; 6. Baccanale
SILVAN NEGRUȚIU has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. He has performed on major international stages, from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to Ireland's National Concert Hall, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Xi’an Concert Hall in China, the Showa Recital Hall in Tokyo, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. A laureate of numerous international piano competitions, including the Rome and Salerno (Italy), the Seiler (Bulgaria), the Feis Ceoil (Ireland), and the Konzerteum (Greece), Silvan Negruțiu has performed as soloist with prestigious orchestras, such as the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Alicante Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic, and Dublin Symphony Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Award from Shenandoah Conservatory, the 2009 Gaiety Award in Ireland, the Romanian Government Fellowship in 2007, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research Award of Excellence in 2002, and the 2001 Eugen Barbu Award for excellence in performing activity. He promotes the music of Romanian composers, with a primary focus on George Enescu and Constantin Silvestri. His new album, featuring piano bagatelles by Beethoven, Alexander Tcherepnin, Carl Vine, and Robert Chumbley, will be released by Centaur Records in 2021, while his recent collaboration with Japanese violinist Akemi Takayama on the album Carl Roskott: Works for Violin (Centaur Records, 2018) has garnered rave reviews, including a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement by Global Music Awards. As an artist, a teacher, and a scholar, Silvan Negruțiu embraces the exploration of rare piano literature, along with the advancement of arts entrepreneurship in higher education. He holds degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia (D.M.A.), the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University in Ireland (M.Mus.), and the Romanian National University of Music in Bucharest (B.Mus.). Silvan Negruțiu is currently an Associate Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard & Instrumental Studies at Millikin University School of Music. Prior to this appointment, he taught at Shenandoah Conservatory and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.