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Homage to DINU LIPATTI

Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall: Friday, March 3, 2017 | 8 PM

Born in Bucharest, Romania, pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) is regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He fulfilled a startling variety of roles – as pianist, composer, teacher and critic – with tireless devotion and integrity, despite the early and relentless encroachment of the cancer that took his life unexpectedly. It is not surprising, given his death at the age of thirty-three, that Lipatti achieved cult status in the years following his death. However, his reputation, today based on his recordings, emphasizes the fact that his premature death in no way clouded the critical reception he has received. His approach to the piano was one of utter fastidiousness, striving for perfection in every aspect of his interpretation and performance. During his lifetime, he was admired by many pianists such as Wilhelm Backhaus, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arthur Schnabel. Many other musicians were also highly impressed by Lipatti’s talents including Yehudi Menuhin, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, and Frank Martin. Lipatti 's pianism is an ideal synthesis of a composer's analytical insight and expressive inwardness that brought outstanding contributions to the classical music interpretation and composition of today.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and the ACCUMM foundation proudly present a concert honoring the legendary pianist and composer, featuring internationally acclaimed violinist and pianist, Irina Muresanu (violin) and Angela Draghicescu (piano) at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, on March 3rd at 8.oo P.M.(More details here.) The performers pay tribute to the centennial of the birth of the legendary pianist, in a concert featuring exquisite chamber works of such as Enescu’s Airs in Romanian Folk Style, and Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 3 “in Ro manian popular style”, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, as well as two rarely heard chamber works by Dinu Lipatti that will receive their US premiere: the Sonatine for Violin and Piano and the Nocturne for solo piano, dedicated to Clara Haskil.

Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Boston Globe has come to praise her as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist” and The Los Angeles Times has written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable” while Strad Magazine called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance “a first-rate recital”. In 2013, Ms. Muresanu introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project, a solo violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by various musical cultures around the world, which she presented to a rapt audience as part of Indian Hill’s chamber music series at Kalliroscope Gallery. An active chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu has appeared in such festivals and venues as Bargemusic in New York, the Rockport Festival in Massachusetts, Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine, the Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music Festival in Netherlands, Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Renncontres des Musiciennes Festival in France. Ms. Muresanu has been a member of the Boston Trio since 2002 and she regularly performs with Mistral and the Walden Chamber Players. IrinaMuresanu currently serves on the faculty the University of Maryland and Boston Conservatory, and has taught in the Harvard and MIT Music Departments. She received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays an 1856 Giuseppe Rocca violin and a Charles Peccatte bow.

Pianist Angela Drăghicescu has quickly established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative artist and chamber musician. She performs regularly in major centres throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, Rudolfinium Prague, George Enescu Philharmonic, Behague Palace, Hindemith Institute, Mahidol Auditorium, as well as many other venues in Europe, the US, and Asia. She has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, Sandy Yamamoto, Virgil Boutellis, Remus Azoitei, Charles Sewart, Peter Bond, Achilles Liarmankopoulos, Jeff Nelsen, David Requiro, and Josephine Knight, to name but a few. Her festival appearances include Aspen, Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, Interlochen Academy for the Arts, SiPiano, Round Top Music Festival, and is a frequent guest on Classical King FM 98.1 Seattle. Currently Collaborative Pianist at University of Puget Sound, Angela Drăghicescu is also one of the official pianists of the prestigious George Enescu International Competition, having been selected under the artistic guidance of Zubin Mehta. Her doctoral thesis “Nicolae Bretan: A Guide to Romanian Art Song” is the first textbook for Romanian diction for singers and has become an invaluable source for non-native speakers wishing to perform Romanian Art Song. Her mentors include the great pianist Michael Gurt, Josette Hirsu, and Anne Epperson.

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