Enescu Trio Chamber Music Concert
Join us for an afternoon of chamber music, brought to you by the Arcadia University’s Music Concert Series. The Enescu Trio will perform in the Mirror Room at Grey Towers Castle. This event is free and open to the public.
Enescu Trio Program
Partita in D minor for Violin No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
- Allegro non troppo
- Allegretto quasi Menuetto
Trio in G major by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
- Poco adagio, cantabile
- Rondo all’Ongarese:Presto
DAN ATANASIU (born 2 December 1955  ) is a Romanian pianist who has twice been awarded prizes
at the Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition.
Originally from Timișoara, he started learning piano at the age of 5 and made his debut in 1968 in Bucharest. He graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest in piano class. His professors were Ana Pitis and Ioana Minei. He also studied in Prague.
In 1978, he won first prize in the Bordeaux Piano Competition. In 1981 he took third place in the Épinal International Piano Competition. In 1975 and 1980, he was a semi-finalist in the 9th and 10th International Chopin Piano Competition, winning the honorable mention of the Minister of Culture and the Arts. In 1983 he won third prize in the Dino Ciani Competition for Young Pianists, and in 1984 fifth prize in the Montreal International Music Competition.
From 1980 to 1993 he was a soloist with the George Enescu Philharmonic. He recorded albums for Electrecord and Polskie Nagrania , and also had radio recordings for radio stations in Romania, Poland and France.
Shortly after emigrating to Canada he was diagnosed with focal dystonia, which affected his right hand and prevented him from performing. He then concentrated on his teaching work. He is on the jury of piano competitions, such as the George Enescu Festival in 2018.
LENUTA CIULEI is an internationally-acclaimed violinist and has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in 35 countries across 5 continents. She has been a featured artist at numerous international festivals, including George Enescu, Marlboro, Santander, Carmel Bach Festival, Bayreuth, South American Contemporary Music Festival, and has presented gala concerts for the presidents of Korea, Venezuela, Italy, China, Romania, Brazil, the Philippines, the English and Spanish Royal families. Ms. Ciulei has been praised as “one of the greatest European violinists” (El Pais-Madrid), “a poet of the violin… an angel singing” (La Libre Belgique, Belgium), playing “brilliantly with an especially beautiful sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer”), “passionately, with complete technical mastership” (“La Stampa” – Genova), with “sparkling, exceptional technique, astounding, amazing” (“Uusi Suomi Helsinki), and as “especially colorful, with great authenticity” (“Beijing Ribao”, China). She remains the youngest first prize winner of the “Premio Paganini”, and has also claimed first prizes in the “M. Abbado” (Milan) and “T. Varga” (Switzerland) International Violin Competitions, the title Grão-Mestre (Grandmaster) da Ordem de Rio Branco, conferred by the President of Federal Republic of Brazil, and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts’ Solo Recitalist Award.
Cellist, conductor, and educator of international acclaim, DR. GEORGE ATANASIU received numerous prizes, medals, and his public performances were broadcasted throughout Europe, United States, Asia, and South America. In1988 he became the cellist and a founding member of the George Enescu piano trio (1987), which he toured in 11 countries throughout Europe, North and South America. One of the most important appearances was the premiere of George Enescu’s piano trio in US at Lincoln Center in N.Y. He is also Philly Pops Orchestra member and collaborates regularly with Opera Company of
Philadelphia and Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. George Atanasiu is founding member and currently Principal Conductor of 3 orchestras: the Pennsylvania Young Performers Orchestra, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Orvieto Festival of Strings in Orvieto, Italy, and was also invited as guest conductor of a tour for Erato Chamber Orchestra (S. Korea). Maestro Atanasiu is currently permanent member of the jury in Rome Anemos International Competition. Dr. Atanasiu is giving Master Classes in US, Italy, Venezuela, Romania, Spain, Germany, S. Korea and teaching students in Haverford College, Eastern Nazarene College, Arcadia University, University of the Arts (Philadelphia).
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