PianoAlexandra Dariescu
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Magnificently projected playing, Dariescu is enormously impressive.

BBC Music Magazine
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Biography

Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, recently named as ‘one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career’ (International Piano Magazine), dazzles audiences worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence.

From recent appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to the Royal Albert Hall, Dariescu’s 2017/18 season marks more important milestones including debuts both at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dinu Lipatti with two concertos (Lipatti & Grieg) performed together with the Transylvania Philharmonic conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea and her Vienna Staatsoper debut in recital with Angela Gheorghiu.  Alexandra Dariescu makes her US concerto debuts with the Utah Symphony and Kazuki Yamada as well as her Canadian debut with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Marzena Diakun and Orchestre Philharmonique de Québec with Fabien Gabel. Alexandra also performs Lipatti and Grieg with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Cristian Mandeal in London’s Cadogan Hall and will be soloist with the Brighton Philharmonic and Barry Wordsworth as well as Bath Philharmonia and Jason Thornton. Following her return to the Enescu Festival for a duo recital, Alexandra will be resident at the Iserlohner Herbsttage für Musik in Germany performing a recital, concertos by Haydn and Rachmaninov and giving a three-day masterclass.


 

A highlight of this season will be the world premiere of Dariescu’s own production, The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu – a ground-breaking multimedia performance created for piano solo with dance and digital animation – which will take place at Barbican’s Milton Court, followed by performances at Moscow’s International House of Music, the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival and multiple tours to China.

This season will see Alexandra complete her trilogy recording of Messiaen and Faure preludes which compliments the previously released CDs of Chopin/Dutilleux and Shostakovich/ Szymanowski preludes (Champs Hill Records). The 2016 release of Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev’s concert suite of arrangements from The Nutcracker (Signum Records) received high praise. Another recording features Emily Howard’s ‘Mesmerism’ for piano and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was released on NMC Records.

Always curious to continue learning, Alexandra receives advice and guidance from Sir András Schiff. She has been mentored by Imogen Cooper through the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. A former artist of Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) she was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy. In 2013 Alexandra received the UK’s Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category. She became the youngest musician to receive the Custodian of the Romanian Crown Medal and in 2017 was presented with the Radio Romania’s Cultural Award. In 2017 Alexandra was appointed patron of Music in Lyddington. A former graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alexandra was appointed an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016.

SEASON 2017/2018

Quotes

“It takes an artist of rare courage and ability to play the Tchaikovsky B flat Concerto in public. […] the young musician played octave passages faster, crisper and clearer than it is possible to imagine, her hands moving in a blur as they spun above and around the keyboard on her particular Hamburg Steinway.”

The Argus, 09.10.17

“...she played with power, vigour, great expression and, when needed, gently and persuasively.”

Northumberland Gazette, Martin Gilham, 08.09.2016

“[...] Alexandra Dariescu, whose account of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto was distinguished by an astonishing level of attack and commitment... Dariescu asserted herself from the first bars of the D flat introductory theme, giving notice of the fireworks to come. Here was a pianist capable of encapsulating every mood of this extrovert piece – the dramatic accelerandos of the first movement, the playful gambolling of the second and the fiery cossack dance of the final Allegro. Altogether a thrilling performance; we shall certainly be hearing more of her in future.”

Bachtrack, Richard Ely, 03.06.16

“The concerto [Ginastera: Concierto Argentino] sailed through languid tango rhythms and the smokily Gershwin-esque on its way to strongly assertive lines that might have been Prokofiev’s, while solo passages in the first movement were striking in their unexpected evocation of Debussyan cascades. Dariescu’s technical prowess was amply matched by her sensitive versatility in this broad stylistic palette.”

The Press, Claire McGinn, 21.03.16

“[...] the viciously talented Alexandra Dariescu [...]”

The Telegraph, Emma Barnett, 18.02.16

“Alexandra Dariescu exudes a palpable joy at the ability of her playing to touch an audience and reflects a refreshingly humble gratitude for the gift she's been given to achieve it. Although still in her twenties she brought a maturity of vision to the concerto, especially in the second movement where the piano's tender and repetitive melody suggests the tragic loss of something emotionally invaluable with an aching and persistent yearning to re-capture it. Dariescu is a real star in the firmament of piano literature and her rapturous reception by the audience showed that they recognised it.”

Cambridge News, John Gilroy, 26.10.15

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Discography

TchaikovskyPiano Concerto No 1 and Nutcracker SuiteOct. 2016, Signum Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Shostakovich & Szymanowski: Complete Preludes Vol.2Oct. 2015, ChampsHill Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Chopin & Dutilleux: Complete Preludes Vol. 1Alexandra Dariescu plays Chopin & DutilleuxMay. 2013, ChampsHill Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Schumann, Liszt & ChopinAlexandra Dariescu plays Schumann, Liszt and ChopinJul. 2012, ChampsHill Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon