Alexandra Silocea, Pianist

Attracting considerable attention across Europe and the US with her illuminating interpretations of a wide-ranging repertoire, the Romanian pianist Alexandra Silocea possesses a highly refined musicianship. Educated in Bucharest, Vienna and Paris, she made her debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at Vienna's Konzerthaus in 2008, following it with a Carnegie Hall recital in 2009. It was Silocea's debut recording of Prokofiev's first five Sonatas (released on Avie Records in 2011) that brought her widely acclaimed recognition as a special talent and a performer to watch. Awarded Editor's Choice of the International Piano Magazine and Supersonic Pizzicato Award, the release heralded the arrival of Prokofiev interpretation that "has entered its age of enlightenment", revealing an artist both intellectually committed and intuitive in her flair. Her debut with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski is being followed by concerto and recital engagements in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy and Austria, and a series of new releases on Avie Records.
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    NameSilocea - Pianist, Alexandra
    Born inRomania, Europe
    Home LocationLondon, United Kingdom
    Main languageEnglish
    Additional languages German,  Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan,  French 
    attended UniversitiesUniversity of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse Paris

    Eärendil, the Mariner, by Martin Romberg (2012). Based on the poem by J.R.R. Tolkien.
    Eärendil, the Mariner, by Martin Romberg (2012). Based on the poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, written for Alexandra Silocea for her second album on Avie Records, "Sound Waves", AV2266. 
    Sound Waves, Alexandra's second album on Avie Records
    A short teaser on Alexandra Silocea's second album on Avie Records, "Sound Waves" AV2266 launched in 2013. 
    Debussy - Reflets dans l'eau 
    Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 1-5 Debut Album
    Pianist Alexandra Silocea talks about her Debut Recording of Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 1-5 (Avie Records, April 2011)

    ...Avie introduces the brilliant young Romanian pianist Alexandra Silocea who offers some of her signature repertoire on her debut recording, the first five Piano Sonatas of Prokofiev. 
    Mozart KV453 Debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski
     Vladimir Jurowski :,
    "Impeccable sound, keen sense of phrasing, exquisite beautiful sound."
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     PIZZICATO, Luxembourg
    Der Beginn dieser neuen Gesamtaufnahme der Klaviersonaten ist vielversprechend. Das Label Avie zeigt sich risikofreudig und setzt auf die relativ unbekannte rumänische Pianistin Alexandra Silocea, die aber schon im Wiener Konzerthaus, im Musikverein und in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall aufgetreten ist. Die Plattenfirma scheint richtig zu liegen. Der Hörer erlebt auf ein atemberaubendes Klavierspiel in einer hervorragenden Klangqualität. Die heute 27-jährige Pianistin trumpft mit einem klaftvollen Spiel auf, das sich allerdings immer wieder auf subtilen Nuancen und auf eine farbenprächtige Auslegung von Prokofievs Musik besinnt. Das faszinierende an Siloceas Spiel ist die absolute Natürlichkeit. Nichts wirkt aufgesetzt oder eingeprobt, jede Note scheint ihr eigenes Universum zu besitzen, so dass die Interpretation der Sonaten 1-5 den Hörer magisch in ihren Bahn zieht und nicht mehr loslässt. Wo andere jungen Pianisten und Pianistinnen hervorragend sind, da besitzt Alexandra Siloceas vollblütiges Spiel schon richtige Grösse und einen genialen Atem. Ähnlich wie Gilels, Richter oder Horowitz, deren Spiel einfach stimmig war, und ab der ersten Note den tiefen Kern der Musik erfasste, schafft aus Silocea dieses Gefühl, die Musik absolut richtig - was das auch immer bedeutet - wiederzugeben.
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    "she has no peer"
    ""consistently high standard... an excellent start... she has no peer... a strong recommendation". "
    (Robert Matthew-Walker)
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    "Alexandra Silocea's Prokofiev reveals a rather special talent. The First Sonata shows the player's tremendous belief in the piece's strength. The part-writing is magnificently rendered, and there is a great sense of Romantic sweep - the scores of all five Sonatas seem to present no technical challenge for Silocea at all. If the Second Sonata is not as relentless as Richter was wont to make it, Silocea acknowledges Prokofiev's fantastical side. The slow movement is mesmerically dark, while the spiky finale, with its motor rhythms, hints at how special Silocea's Seventh might be. Silocea is entirely in sync with the chameleon changes of the Third; its moments of simplicity are heart-rending. The highlight of the Forth is the beguiling, black Minuet; the Fifth (in its revised version) contains rugged determination. Excellent booklet notes from David Nice, by the way, and superb sound. A winner.International "
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