LUIZA BORAC Pianist
BBC Music Magazine Classical Award
Passion, sensitivity and amazing technical control are the words that sum up Luiza Borac' s performanceBBC Music Awards
Impressive debut, stunningly played New York Concert Review
Wer den beiden klassischen Zwölferzyklen Chopins noch frische Akzente abgewinnen kann, darf sich zur Pianisten-Elite rechnenDer Spiegel
Winner of the BBC Award 2007 for the best solo CD recording of the year, and of more than 30 top prizes and distinctions, Luiza Borac has gained international recognition through her dazzling stage presence, her passionate interpretations and her sovereign technique.
Hailed as "a virtuoso of fantastic brilliance" and "poetic artist" (Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung) by the international press, Luiza held a scholarship of the Chopin Society Hannover to complete her studies at the Hannover Music Academy, graduating both in Hannover and Bucharest with highest degrees. She has completed her studies at the Juillard School of Music New York and the International Piano Academy Como.
Luiza Borac performed extensively in Europe and USA where her concerts were broadcasted by major radio/TV stations. She performed solo recitals at the Carnegie Weill Hall, Walt Disney Hall, LACMA and Bing Theater Los Angeles, Abravanel Hall and Rose Wagner-Center in Salt Lake City, BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" London, Steinway Hall New York and London, Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Athenaeum Bucharest, Puccini Hall Milan, Radio Hall Hamburg, Konserthus Stockholm, Liederhalle Stuttgart and appeared in festivals including Aldeburgh Music Festival of Music and the Arts, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Oslo Grieg, Prokofiev at the Barbican Centre London, Enescu Bucharest, Chopin Festivals in Vienna and Milan, Bohemian Music Festival. She has performed as soloist with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Nations, Bucharest and Cologne Radio Orchestras, Utah Symphony Orchestra and has worked with artists like Vladimir Jurowski, Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu among others.
Her recording repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Kreisler-Rachmaninoff, Franck, Enescu, Lipatti und Janacek. With AVIE Records Luiza has worked for more than 10 years and recorded 7 Albums.
She was a prize-winner of the Enescu International Piano Festival and was awarded the Romanian Critics Prize with the distinction "Young Artist of the Year".
She won the Silver Medal of Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City 1998, the 1st Prize and Prix d'Oslo, Grieg Prize and Audience Prize of Grieg International Piano Competition Oslo 2002, as well as the East & West International Prize 2001 for a New York Debut Recital at Carnegie Hall, which received a rave review in the New York Concert Reviews (Harris Goldsmith).
Luiza has spectacularly raised international awareness of her great compatriot GEORGE ENESCU. Her Album - a World Premiere - went on to win the BBC Music Award 2007 for the best instrumental CD of the year with more than 40 000 public votes.
In 2009 Luiza Borac performed the World Premiere of the recently discovered composition "Ahnung" (Intuition) by Robert Schuman, originally featured in the Kinderscenen op. 15 – the first unknown work by Schumann that has been discovered since the early 20th century. The event has been featured by all major german press publications -'a sensational discovery' (Die Welt).
Same year she was featured in Gina Bachauer's Festival Programm 'Music-In-Our-Schools" where she played and talked about music for around 3.000 children. 2009 Luiza performed in a series of charity concerts dedicated to the MENORAH Project for the Jewish victims of Schaumburg-Lippe in North Germany.
In November 2011 Luiza Borac became Ambassadrice de la Cité épiscopale of the UNESCO city of Albi, France, where she was awarded the Médaille d'Honneur for her dedication to Polio Plus, the largest global project of Rotary International for the worldwide eradication of polio.
On her latest recording, a double Disc Album released in 2013, Luiza performs Piano Music by the legendary pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti, together with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The recording which features a number of World Premieres was awarded 5 Stars by the BBC Music Magazine, Best CD of 2 Months and 3 x 6 Stars (max.) by the german leading magazine Piano News.
Luiza Borac has captured international accolades for her committed performances of the music of fellow Romanians George Enescu and Dinu Lipatti (on her Album accompanied by the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields) , as well as the prowess of her research and programming. On Chants nostalgiques she comes up trumps again, with an ingenious track list of treasured songs transcribed for piano that includes numerous premieres. The title track is a first recording of a group of three songs composed by the legendary Romanian conductor Constantin Silvestri. There are Liszt arrangements of some of Schubert's most classic lieder – including Gretchen am Spinnrade, Erlkönig and Ave Maria – Rachmaninov's take on Kreisler's famous Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, and Luiza's own transcription of Tárrega's timeless guitar solo Requerdos de la Alhambra, the first ever version recorded with piano. An enticing bonus is the inclusion of previously unreleased historical recordings by the great Romanian tenor Ion Buzea, supplemented with Luiza's modern piano thanks to present-day technology. (Avie).
Described by Classical Piano as 'reminding of nothing less than great Martha Argerich as she took the audience by storm', internationally acclaimed Romanian pianist Luiza Borac is back in London for a series of musical treats. She will be performing at the Steinway Hall on the evening of June 26 and the next day, on June 27, will feature as the 'pianist of the month' at St Martin-in-the-Fields, in a concert series celebrating 65 years of the venerable church's musical programme. The playlist includes George Enescu, Franz Schubert, Leopold Godowski and Friedrich Kreisler.
'Luiza Borac has brilliantly raised international awareness of the piano works of her country's musical hero George Enescu' - BBC Music Magazine
Winner of the BBC Award 2007 for the best solo CD recording of the year, and of more than 30 top prizes and distinctions,Luiza Borac has gained international recognition through her stage presence, passionate interpretations and sovereign technique. Luiza held a scholarship of the Chopin Society Hannover for her studies at the Hannover Music Academy and completed her musical education at the Juillard School of Music in New York and at Como International Piano Foundation. The artist performed extensively in Europe and USA where her concerts were broadcasted by major radio/TV stations. She performed solo recitals in venues such as the Carnegie Weill Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Athenaeum Bucharest or Puccini Hall Milan, and appeared in festivals including Oslo Grieg, Prokofiev at the Barbican Centre London, Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Chopin Festivals in Vienna and Milan. She has performed as soloist with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Nations, Bucharest and Cologne Radio Orchestras, Utah Symphon"
5 Stars performance BBC Music Magazine
Outstanding in the International Record Review
Best CD of 2 Months, 18 stars in the Piano News
Portrait feat. in Der Spiegel & WDR
Album of the Week on Sinfini & Artsjournal
Irish Times, Gramophone, Diapason, Musicweb, Audiophile
Piano Music by Dinu Lipatti
Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Jaime Martin
"This two-disc set of solo and orchestral works, played with commitment by the pianist Luiza Borac, offers an intriguing traversal of his (Lipatti) compositional aesthetic and influences."
New York Times, 26th February 2014"
Eine Einspielung mit persönlichem Hintergrund: Luiza Borac widmet ihre Chopin und Chopin/Liszt-Interpretationen dem seit den frühen 60er Jahren in und von Glyndebourne aus wirkenden John Barnes.Der zu Recht viel gerühmte, in der Kollegenschaft, bei Künstlern ungemein beliebte Mann war verantwortlich für Schallplatteneinspielungen, hatte eine Spürsinn für junge Talente – kurzum: er stand mit beiden Beinen in einer Musikwelt, die er zum Besten formen wollte – und dies auch noch, als er schon von Krankheit gezeichnet war.Die hier vorliegende Aufnahme mit der rumänischen Pianistin Luiza Borac ist die letzte „Produktions"-Initiative John Barnes' – veröffentlicht unter den Label-Fittichen von Avie Records, nicht anders als ihre beiden nahezu konkurrenzlosen Enescu-Projekte mit den drei Klavier-Suiten und den beiden Klaviersonaten.Luiza Borac zeigt Sinn für diese Mehrfachfunktion der nach-kompositorischen Beflissenheit, zeigt geschmeidige Technik, zeigt Empfinden für die melancholischen und festlichen Vorkommnisse dieser Lied-Pianisierungen, beherrscht in den figurativen Tastenerkundungen, mit Geschmack im Bereich der melodischen Grundierung. Hier ist sie etwa ihrem britischen Kollegen Geoffrey Tozer überlegen (einem Vertreter eher unscheinbarer Emotionalität und tendenziell bürokratischen Klavierspiels), und sie bewegt sich auch deutlich auf hellerem Terrain als Claudio Arrau, der in seiner Philips-Einspielung diese Chopin/Liszt-Verschwisterungen mit schweren Seufzern in die Nähe der Brahmschen Spätlyrik zu rücken wagt. Mit den 24 Etüden Frédéric Chopins stellt sich Luiza Borac einer reichlich dreistelligen Medien-Konkurrenz.Borac nun vermittelt die beiden Sammlungen op. 10 und op. 25 mit wärmerem Ton als Maurizio Pollini, dabei nicht ganz so strahlend in den Spitzentönen op. 10,1, aber mit genügend dynamichen Abstufungen i"