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Guest Artists 2020


Alexandra Dariescu

Piano

Romanian born British pianist and creator of “The Nutcracker and I”, Alexandra Dariescu dazzles audiences and critics worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence. Her vision and innovative approach to programming makes her stand out as a creative entrepreneur who likes to think differently.

Highlights of Dariescu’s 19/20 season include debut with orchestras such as Orchestre National de France at the Enescu Festival, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Detroit, Houston, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras as well as Auckland Philharmonia, alongside returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and a UK tour with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, Dariescu continues her collaboration with Angela Gheorghiu after their successful performance at the Wiener Staatsoper and the duo can be seen at the Barbican London, Staatsoper Berlin, BOZAR Brussels and on tour in the US this season.

In addition to the core repertoire, Dariescu continues to champion new or less known works. Having performed Nadia Boulanger’s Fantaisie variée with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan, Germaine Tailleferre’s Ballade for piano and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Jessica Cottis as well as Ginastera’s Concierto Argentino with the Stavanger Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras with John Storgårds, Dariescu looks forward to bringing piano concerto No.3 by Ferdinand Ries to her debut with the Tonkünstler Orchestra this season.

The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu – a ground-breaking multimedia performance for piano solo with dance and digital animation – was premiered at Barbican’s Milton Court in December 2017, and has since then enjoyed international acclaim on tour across Europe, Australia, China, the Emirates and the US in venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Konserthuset Gothenburg, King’s Place London, Melbourne Recital Hall, Sydney City Recital Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Dubai Opera House and Las Vegas Summerlin Library. Also celebrated is Dariescu’s audio book of the same name on the Signum label, with the story written by Jessica Duchen and narrated by celebrated children TV presenter Lindsey Russell.

Dariescu’s Trilogy of Preludes on Champs Hill Records include complete preludes by Boulanger/Messiaen/Faure, Chopin/Dutilleux and Shostakovich/Szymanowski. Also in Dariescu’s discography are recordings of Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Darrell Ang (Signum Records) and “Mesmerism” (NMC Records), which is a concerto written especially for Dariescu by Emily Howard, the British Composer Award winner at the BASCA Awards 2012.

Alexandra has been mentored by Sir András Schiff and Imogen Cooper. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music with the Gold Medal, where she studied with Nelson Goerner, Alexander Melnikov, Mark Ray and Dina Parakhina, Alexandra pursued her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ronan O’Hora. A former artist of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), Alexandra was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy and received the UK’s Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category. In 2017 Alexandra was appointed patron of Music in Lyddington, Cultural Ambassador of Romania and Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music. In spring 2018, Alexandra received the “Officer of the Romanian Crown” from the Royal Family and was selected as a Young European Leader by Friends of Europe.

You can see Alexandra Dariescu in action at Great Classics - Colours of Russia on Thursday 13 February.

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