Alexandra Silocea, Pianist

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Born in Romania with German-Russian roots, Alexandra Silocea started her musical education in Bucharest before moving to Vienna to continue her studies at the Music Academy at the age of 16 under the guidance of internationally renowned teachers: Oleg Maisenberg, Johannes Marian and Christoph Berner. She then continued her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris with Theodor Paraschivesco and Laurent Cabasso. She also received significant artistic guidance from acclaimed artists including Elisabeth Leonskaja and Maria João Pires.

A winner of numerous prizes in her native Romania, Greece, France, Germany, Italy and USA, Alexandra Silocea was awarded the Herbert von Karajan Scholarship, the Theodor Rogler Foundation and the Meyer Foundation Scholarships, and has received constant support from the Wiener Neustädter Sparkasse.

Her debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2008, followed by recitals at the Musikverein and Carnegie Hall in 2009 were the turning points that launched her professional career. In 2011 Alexandra Silocea released her debut CD with Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 1 – 5 on Avie Records which was received with outstanding reviews and brought her widely acclaimed recognition as a major talent. Awarded Editor’s Choice of the International Piano Magazine and Supersonic Pizzicato Award, the release was hailed “to reveal an artist with compelling insights into Prokofiev's piano music”. She subsequently made a successful debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.

More recent engagements have included solo recitals and concerto appearances in London, at the Brighton Festival, Ryedale Festival, Radio France, Vienna Konzerthaus and the Bucharest Anthenaeum Hall with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as concerts on tour in Italy with the Bolzano Haydn Orchestra under Hansjörg Schellenberger. Alexandra Silocea’s second recording, "Sound Waves" on Avie Records, featuring works by Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Schubert/Liszt and Romberg, was launched in 2013 and her third CD on AVIE with piano and cello works by Enescu, Prokofiev and Shostakovich has been released in 2015.

Last season’s highlights include Alexandra’s US debut at the Ravinia Festival, Canadian debut with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto and a return to the Vienna Konzerthaus. Next season Alexandra makes her Scandinavian debut with Gävle Symphony Orchestra under Gérard Korsten, debut recital at Manchester Piano Series, Wigmore Hall debut performing jointly with Elisabeth Leonskaja as part of the Birthday Gala “Elisabeth Leonskaja and Friends”, and returns to Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra to play Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major.

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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
Reviews
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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EDITOR'S CHOICE
 INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE,
"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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"she has no peer"
 INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, London
""consistently high standard... an excellent start... she has no peer... a strong recommendation". "
(Robert Matthew-Walker)
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SUPERSONIC PIZZICATO AWARD
 PIZZICATO, Luxembourg
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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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(Steff)
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