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Infinite Strings Duo: Multi-Awarded Irina Muresanu and Dana Ciocarlie at the "Enescu Soirees”

Updated: Mar 1

An outstanding music project by two exceptional performers


About the Event


Violinist Irina Muresanu and pianist Dana Ciocarlie, accomplished performers with exceptional European and American careers, come together for an outstanding project, conceived as homage to two titans of modern art: composer George Enescu and sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. The celebrated duo will present a program of little known Romanian musical gems, entitled “Infinite Strings”, in New York, as part of our „Enescu Soirees”, and at the University of Maryland. 


Irina Muresanu and Dana Ciocarlie formed their musical partnership when they both independently and concomitantly won the Pro Musicis International Award. They have toured since internationally and performed on prestigious stages such as New York City`s Carnegie Hall, Boston`s Jordan Hall and Longy School of Music, Bucharest`s Romanian Radio Hall, the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center in Hong Kong, and the Salle Cortot in Paris.



Program


Violeta Dinescu (b.-1953), Satya I for solo violin

Vasile Filip (1900-1983), Caprice in Romanian folk style and Lento. Vivace

Paul Constantinescu (1909-1963), Sonatina / I. Allegro moderato / II. Andante / III. Allegro assai

George Enescu (1881-1955), Impromptu Concertant

Solo piano “medley”: Ciocârlia

George Enescu, Carillon Nocturne

Violeta Dinescu, Echo de Carillon

Paul Constantinescu, Joc Dobrogean

Tiberiu Olah (1927-2002), Sonatina / I. Pesante / II. Andante / III. Allegro con brio

Stan Golestan (1875-1956), Berceuse and Laoutar


Time & Location


Friday, February 9 @ 7 PM | RCI New York | RSVP



Meet the Musicians


Internationally renowned Romanian violinist IRINA MURESANU continues to stretch the boundaries of classical music. A sought-after soloist and chamber musician who has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South Africa, Muresanu has also developed a reputation as a compelling and elegant interpreter in the contemporary music world. A regular guest artist in prestigious festivals and venues, she is acclaimed for her elegant, passionate performances and compelling stage presence. Muresanu's 2023-24 season features concerto appearances with orchestras, recitals and chamber music concerts in the United States, France, North Macedonia, Spain, Austria, Republic of Moldova and Romania. The season also features her acclaimed solo recital “Four Strings Around the World,” – a multi-media program including works by composers from five continents. Irina Muresanu is a champion of new music, having had dozens of works written and dedicated to her. She has recently released on Métier label a solo violin album with works by Violeta Dinescu, and an album titled “Hybrid, Hints and Hooks”, of solo and violin/piano works by Dan Dediu. Irina Muresanu has also recorded for such respected labels as BMOP, Avie, Centaur, Albany, and AR RE-SE. A laureate and winner of top prizes in several prestigious international violin competitions including the Montreal International, Queen Elisabeth International, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competition, Muresanu achieved international acclaim early on as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Muresanu’s awards also include the Creative and Performing Arts Award at the University of Maryland, a prestigious New Music USA Grant, a Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award, and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association. Muresanu has recently been awarded the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar 2024 award, the Independent Scholarship, Research and Creativity Award from the University of Maryland, and the “Enescu grant” by the Romanian Cultural Institute, for her project “Infinite Strings” - a platform designed to promote Romanian music written for the violin in the past 150 years. She is also the recipient of a three-year National Science Foundation grant and a “Grand Challenges” grant from the University of Maryland for the “Music Education for All through AI and Digital Humanities” research she is conducting at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, which involves new technologies in instrumental pedagogy. Irina Muresanu holds the Associate Professor in the School of Music and Affiliate Faculty in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies positions at the University of Maryland and has a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays an 1849 Giuseppe Rocca violin with an Étienne Pajeot bow.


In 2018, Romanian pianist DANA CIOCARLIE is finalist nominated in « Victoires de la musique » annual National Award in France, for her live recording of the complete Schumann piano works. This monumental production has been recorded in Paris between 2012 and 2016; it was released in September 2017 for the french label  La Dolce Volta and received numerous prizes: The International Crtics Award, »Choc de l’année » grand prize of « Classica » Magazine (France), « Joker » distinction from « Crescendo » magazine in Belgium. Top 10 Classical Choices of the year for « Billboard » Japan, the 2018 Award from « Romania Cultural « radio  channel. In 2022 she began the live recording of the Mozart piano concertos with the Open Chamber Orchestra. The first source of Dana Ciocarlie's piano-playing was the Romanian piano school wherefrom also have emerged Clara Haskil and Dinu Lipatti. After a first degree in Bucarest, she then later attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris  for an Artist Diploma program.. Her meeting with the German pianist Christian Zacharias was a decisive factor for her career, stimulating her to delve deeply into Schumann and Schubert's piano music. Endowed with a quick-witted and mercurial temperament, combined with generosity and commitment, Dana Ciocarlie has a vast repertoire ranging from Johann-Sebastian Bach to contemporary composers. Some of these, including Horatiu Radulescu, Karol Beffa, Dan Dediu, Jacques Lenot and Helena Winkelman have written specially for her. Her talent was rewarded with numerous prizes: the Grand prize at the R.Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, the Pro Musicis Prize, the Young Concert Artist European Auditions Award in Leipzig… Since January 2017she had been endorsed Yamaha Official Artist by Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. Dana Ciocarlie currently teaches at the faculty of the Lyon’s Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. Dana Ciocarlie’s numerous recitals and concerts with orchestras throughout the world have taken her to the Japan, United States, Canada, Russia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and she is annually touring in China since 2007. She has performed in most European countries and in France - her country of residence—, concerts have taken her to in Paris: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, L’Olympia, Salle Gaveau, Cité de la Musique, the Auditorium du Louvre; and in La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, Radio-France Festival, La Folle Journée in Nantes... In Germany she performed in Gewandaus Leipzig, in Schumann Festsiepe in Zwickau, in Schloss Elmau’s Chamber Music Week, in WDR concert season. In the USA she played in New York Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, in Boston Jordan Hall. In Russia: Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the  Transsiberian Arts Festival in Novosibirsk.  Among her favorite musical partners figure the conductors  Horia Andreescu, Lawrence Foster, Yoav Talmi, Frédéric Chaslin, pianists Christian Zacharias, Anne Quéffelec,  violonists Irina Muresanu, Gilles Apap, Nicolas Dautricourt, Laurent Korcia, the string quartets Diotima and Talich, the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet. She is a much appreciated guest of France Musique radio channel, where she had a regular emission going with musicologist Jean Pierre Derrien between 2001 and 2015: iHer 19 recordings were highly acclaimed by the specialised musical press who recognised in her the humility of the great and compared her musicality even to that of Wilhelm Kempff and Clara Haskil.



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