CDs by Alexandra Dariescu
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Schumann Liszt Chopin
Preludes Vol.1 - Chopin-Dutilleux
Preludes Vol.2 - Shostakovich, Szymanowski
Featured as BBC Music Magazine's Rising Star in June 2011, Alexandra Dariescu is
an outstanding communicator, hugely popular with audiences.
In 2012 Alexandra made her début at
the Carnegie Hall in New York where she
was invited by András Schiff during his 'Perspectives' residency. She has given
recitals at major venues and festivals
throughout Europe and further afield
including Wigmore Hall, Royal Concert
Hall, Nottingham, Bridgewater Hall,
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Mozarteum
Buenos Aires, the Harpa Concert Hall in
Reykjavik, Phillips Collection in
Washington D.C., the City of London,
Cheltenham, Bath and Ravel festivals
among many others.
As a concerto soloist, Alexandra performs with such orchestras as the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mecklenburgische
Staatskappelle Schwerin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia ViVA, Northern
Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St Paul's and European Union Chamber Orchestra
at venues including the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre and LSO St
Lukes. In 2011 she gave the world premiere of a piano concerto by Emily Howard
with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra to celebrate the orchestra's 60th anniversary
season. Alexandra also gave the UK premiere of Dinu Lipatti's Concertino in
Classical Style in 2012 with the Orchestra of St Paul's at LSO St Lukes.
A laureate of the Verbier Festival Academy, Alexandra won the prestigious CUBS
Bank Verbier Festival & Academy Prize. She returns to the Geneva International
Summer Festival and Academy for masterclasses and concerts. In 2010 she won the
Guildhall Wigmore Hall Prize and in 2008 received the prestigious Prix Maurice
Ravel at the Academie Internationale de Musique Ravel in France, returning to give
a recital at the Ravel Festival in 2009. Alexandra is the first pianist to be
mentored by Imogen Cooper in the RPS/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme
and an alumna of the English-Speaking Union.
Committed to chamber music, Alexandra has collaborated with the Belcea, Elias,
Idomeneo and Sacconi quartets as well as violinist Alina Ibragimova at venues
including the Wigmore Hall and City of London Festival. Alexandra is regularly
featured on international media and appeared performing for BBC Radio 3 and BBC
Radio 4, Classic FM, radio and television stations across Romania, Manx Radio, Isle
of Man and Nevada Radio in California.
Born in Romania in 1985 Alexandra Dariescu studied in Iasi, Romania, Pocklington
School in York and at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where her
teachers included Nelson Goerner, Mark Ray, Alexander Melnikov and Dina
Parakhina. During her studies at the RNCM, Alexandra was supported in full by the
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and won all major prizes and
awards including the Gold Medal, Chopin Prize and Peter Donohoe Prize. She
graduated in 2008 with distinction. Alexandra was selected by the Young Classical
Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2008 and completed her Masters at the Guildhall School of
Music & Drama with Ronan O'Hora, receiving a Piano Fellowship for 2010/2011.
Alexandra is an affiliated artist with the Romanian Cultural Institute in London and
she is extremely grateful for their continued support.