Silvan Negrutiu, piano
September 8, 2021
Dame Myra Hess Concerts
Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago
Dave Schwann, host
Joan Tower (b. 1938) – Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (2014) (5’)
George Enescu (1881-1955) – Sarabande, Op. 10 (1903) (7’)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) (22’)
I. Andante con moto, cantabile e compiacevole
III. Andante, cantabile e grazioso
V. Quasi allegretto
VI. Presto – Andante amabile e con moto
Hailed as “a startling and authentic pianist displaying rich imagination and brilliant vigor, whose precision and splendor of keyboard sound certainly inspire a transcendental reality” (The Musical News, Bucharest), Silvan Negruţiu has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. He has performed on major international stages, from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to Ireland’s National Concert Hall, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Xi’an Concert Hall in China, the Showa Recital Hall in Tokyo, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
A laureate of numerous international piano competitions, including the Rome and Salerno (Italy), the Seiler (Bulgaria), the Feis Ceoil (Ireland), and the Konzerteum (Greece), Silvan Negruțiu has appeared as soloist with prestigious orchestras, such as the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Alicante Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic, and Dublin Symphony Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Award from Shenandoah Conservatory, the 2009 Gaiety Award in Ireland, the Romanian Government Fellowship in 2007, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research Award of Excellence in 2002, and the 2001 Eugen Barbu Award for excellence in performing activity.
In high demand as a performer, clinician, adjudicator, and speaker, Silvan Negruțiu appears frequently as an artist-teacher at international music festivals across Europe, America, and Asia. He has been praised for his innovative programming in concerts and recordings, which often combines mainstream and rare piano repertoire. He promotes the music of Romanian composers, with a primary focus on George Enescu and Constantin Silvestri.
Silvan Negruțiu has commissioned and premiered new music, most recently performing and recording the world premières of Robert Chumbley’s Five Bagatelles and Zack Stanton’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble. His new album, featuring piano bagatelles by Beethoven, Alexander Tcherepnin, Carl Vine, and Robert Chumbley, will be released by Centaur Records on September 17, 2021, while his recent collaboration with Japanese violinist Akemi Takayama on the album Carl Roskott: Works for Violin (Centaur Records, 2018) has garnered rave reviews, including a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement by Global Music Awards.
As an artist, a teacher, and a scholar, Silvan Negruțiu embraces the exploration of rare piano literature, along with the advancement of arts entrepreneurship in higher education. He holds degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia (D.M.A.), the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University in Ireland (M.Mus.), and the Romanian National University of Music in Bucharest (B.Mus.). Silvan Negruțiu serves as Associate Professor and Director of Piano Studies at Northern Arizona University. Prior to this appointment, he taught at Millikin University, Shenandoah Conservatory, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
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