From the Royal Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York, the young Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, recently named as one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career in the International Piano Magazine, has dazzled audiences worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence.
Selected as one of Forbes Magazine's '30 under 30' Alexandra Dariescu is an outstanding ambassador for classical music. In 2013 Alexandra gave her debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and became the first ever Romanian female pianist to perform in this prestigious hall. Alexandra won the Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category in 2013 and has released two CDs on Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.
In the 2014/2015 season, Alexandra releases her first concerto recording, Tchaikovsky No 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Darrell Ang on Signum Records coupled with the Nutcracker Suite arranged by Pletnev. Alexandra makes her debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as part of a two week recital tour of the Netherlands and at the Piano District Series in Switzerland. Orchestral debuts include the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau and Antony Hermus in Germany and the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra and Ewa Strusińska in Poland.
Alexandra returns to the Royal Albert Hall in Tchaikovsky No 1 with the RPO and Grzegorz Nowak, Sage Gateshead in Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Alexandre Bloch, Alexandra Soumm and Jakob Koranyi, live on BBC Radio 3. Committed to education, Dariescu continues her collaboration with Rhapsody in School in Germany and leads a masterclass with scholars from the Princess Margareta Foundation in Bucharest. Alexandra also continues her Trilogy of Preludes, recording the second album of Shostakovich and Szymanowski complete preludes on Champs Hill Records.
Over the last season, Alexandra made important debuts with the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa, the Meklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin in Germany, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra and made debut appearances at the Royal Festival Hall in London as well as at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest.
Named BBC Music Magazine 'Rising Star', Alexandra Dariescu made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York, where she joined András Schiff during his "Perspectives" residency. Selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2008, Alexandra was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland where she won the Verbier CUBS Prize. She went on to win the Guildhall Wigmore Prize and the Romanian Ambassador's award for her outstanding contribution to promoting Romania's image in the UK, as well as the Prix Maurice Ravel in France. Alexandra was the first pianist to be mentored by Imogen Cooper through the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme.
Rachmaninov's brilliant Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was, in the hands of Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, a performance of commanding authority blessed with sharp attack, clear articulation and above all, a magical sense of romanticism generously applied when required. Together with conductor Maxime Tortelier and those many excellent solos from BSO players, this was a stunning account."