IOANA MARIA LUPASCU
Music is the only universal language because it is the language of all feelings
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Born in Romania in 1977, she started studying the piano at the age of four and she performs for the first time in public when she was six years old.  In the seventh grade of school she moves to Bucharest, in order better to study the piano at the Musical Highschool “George Enescu” with prof. Lucia Teodorescu. Besides studying and participating in various piano competitions, she performs in recitals-piano solo or chamber music-in different cities from Romania and some, abroad.


 

In 2000 she graduated the Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, then she continues her studies in Switzerland at Conservatoire du Lausanne -where she took the master in Virtuosity Level - but after 3 month  , she moves in Italy, becoming a student of the great pianist Lazar Berman at Accademia Europea di Musica. After graduating the three years Master in Soloistic Performances, she continues working with Maestro Berman until his death, in February 2005. The musical meeting with the great pianist helped her enrich her means of expression, her virtuosity, sound, and depth and Maestro Berman defined her “ beyond any doubt a soloist with huge tehnical and artistic possibilities .” In 2005 she moves back in Romania. She also worked with Valentina Berman, Dag Aschatz, Lucia Teodorescu , Luiz de Moura-Castro.

  Winner, finalist or prize awarded at different national and international piano competitions, among which: "Golden Lyre" Suceava, "Konzerteum" Greece, " Mihail Jora" Bucharest, the Romanian National Piano Competition, "Ferdi & Lili Statzer" Istanbul Turkey - where she was also awarded with the "Vedat Kosal" Prize and so on so forth. She didn’t feel attracted to competitioning and she started her carreer as a concert piano player.


 She performed recitals and concerts in Romania (where she played in front of almost all philharmonic orchestras: Bucharest ( Radio National Orchestra and Bucharest Symphonic Pops ) , Ploiesti, Bacau, Botosani, Cluj , Craiova, Tg. Mures, Arad, Iasi, Timisoara, Sibiu, Galati , Targoviste , Constanta, Satu Mare), Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, Belgium, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, Maldives.

She was invited to various festivals such as Pazailis Music Festival Lithuania, Opera Ball Cluj, The Great Musical Evenings of Bucharest, FIE Iasi, International Theatre Festival Sibiu, National Theatre Festival Bucharest, Mozart festival at Brasov Opera and she shared the stage with famous artists and performers. 

 After a recital in Milan the musical critics reffered to her as “ a pianist full of virtyosity”.

In 2007 she played at the Atheneum Hall, Bucharest, at "Proms of Delight" – the Eastern Edition, and she performed at the International Theatre Festival of Sibiu, European Capital of Culture" alongside great personalities. Also in 2007, in the concert that opened the season 2007-2008 she was the first pianist ever to play with newly formed orchestra “Muntenia” Philharmonic Orchestra Targoviste.


She played with conductors such as: J.F. Antonioli, Ramiro Arista,  Ovidiu Balan, Brian Barker, Matei Corvin, Gheorghe Costin, Valentin Doni,  Mika Eichenholz, Dorin Frandes, I. Ionescu-Galati, Marius Hristescu, Walter Hilgers, Pietro-Ladislau Horvath, Mihnea Ignat, Koichi Innoue, A. Iosub, Koichiro Kanno, Stefan Novak, Shinya Ozaki, Radu Postavaru, I.I.Prunner, Sabin Pautza,Gottfried Rabl, Petre Sbarcea, Tiberiu Soare, Florin Totan, Takiro Ueno, Winston Dan Vogel, Theo Wolters. She played together with great violinists such as : Ladislau – Pietro Horvath( Italy), Luminitza Petre  and Florin Paul ( Germany), Joseph Rommel. She plays with Cellists Rodin Moldovan ( Germany), Mirel Iancovici ( The Netherlands), accordeonist Fernando Mihalache. 


Her official debut in Milan takes place in december 2005 for Societa dei Concerti at Conservatorio Verdi and in 2008 she was invited to open the season of Sala Puccini - Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi , Milano . She played in other great halls such as: Teatro San Babila Milan, Atheneum Hall Bucharest, Radio Hall Bucharest.

 Since 2007 she is state soloist, the piano concert soloist of “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic Orchestra Ploiesti .

 In 2005, after the recital dedicated to the music of the Romanian composer, George Enescu, at the Festival “Romania: Traditional and Artistical Values" that is kept every year in Milan, she became Member of Honour of the "A.R.I." (Associazione dei Rumeni in Italia) Milan.


 In 2007 she releases  theCD – “Live Piano Solo”( Ed. Libris ) - with works by Bach-Busoni, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Silvestri Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and in 2009 “Piano Recital “ ( Ed. Casa Radio) with works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Skriabin, Rachmaninov, Bartok. Being interested to open to new repertories, she plays contemporary composers such as: Paolo Campanini, Guy Bacos, Ioan Dobrinescu, Deniz Inan , Samer Hatoum , Saeed Sharifian , Luca Tieppo and less played concerts such as Liszt- Concerto Pathetique for pianoforte and orchestra and Addinsell- Warsaw Concerto. She often was asked to perform the premiere of a musical composition and there are many compositions dedicated to her.


In 2011 she starts music - poetry shows with actress Daniela Nane and in 2012 classical music-flamenco dance shows SEDUCCION, followed in 2013 by "The piano that dreamed about flamenco" in Italy and in Romania. In 2014 she starts performing together with countertenor Cezar OUATU in different shows:"Musical Jewels" and "Jazz Cafe". And in 2014 she also starts her project PianoTango. 

In 2015 she is on tour PASCAL HARMONIES together with Daniela Nane and in 2016 their show becomes THe PIANO WITH POEMS. 

In 2017 she opens a serie of concerts at Bucharest Opera describing the seasons, called "Harmonies of...". 

Also in 2017 she is invited by Gaudeamus Quarttet to celebrate on stage their 30 years of activity anniversary. 


In december 2012 she is invited together with violonists Romel & Victoria JOSEPH to perform for the International Human Rights Day in United Nations Palace in Geneva, followed by other performance in Paris.


On 1st December 2016 for National Romania Day she performs at Sibiu Philharmonic a concert attended by Romanian Royal Family, Bulgarian Royal Family and Belgium Royal Family. 


She composed and interpreted music and signed the soundtrack  for documentaries broadcasted at Digi World channel and Discovery channel.  


 Besides music, her wide ranging interests include literature, and so, for three years, while living in Italy  she had been a correspondent journalist from abroad to a Romanian daily magazine, "Monitorul". In 2008 she releases her first non-fiction novel “ Printul Baghetei” ( Ed. Meteor Press ) and since 2009 she publishes cultural or musical articles for different national publications, from which the most important : QMagazine ( from 2011)..


The press called her " a force of the new generation", or "her spiritual universe is launching calls like a mythical syrene ", " avalanche of pathetic eloquence", " the intensity of life that she knows to play is the secret of her superior level of art construction" , "excellent pianist and a craftsman who can bring the highs of a music to its best", " she has perfect control of sound and she posses the inner power of playing with her bare soul on the keybords", " magnifica da cappo al fine", ecc