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MIHAI CRAIOVEANU is Professor of Violin and Chair of the Strings Area in the Music Department at Hope College. Hailed by the prestigious magazine The Strad, as "stunning...brilliant", Mihai Craioveanu has concertized to great acclaim throughout the world. World renowned pianist Radu Lupu and violinist Jamie Laredo, describe him as "very impressive" and a "superb violinist".
Mihai Craioveanu performed sold out concerts in legendary concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Atheneum Hall in Bucharest, and the nationally televised "Hour of Power" program at the Crystal Cathedral, in California. He also performed on the television program "Joy of Music" hosted by the organist Diane Bish, program broadcast nationally and worldwide.
Critics (Strad magazine) described his Carnegie Hall debut concert as "fresh and distinguished with a keen appreciation of proper style." The Washington Post praised his playing as “...dramatic, nuanced and playful. His violin became his voice. Craioveanu ensured that it was the music, and not the musician, that came first.” Mihai Craioveanu has appeared at renowned international music festivals such as Edinburgh (Scotland), Banff (Canada), and Bodensee (Germany). His acclaimed China concert debut in 2007, at the Shanghai International Festival was broadcast live on Chinese television and worldwide on broadband.
Craioveanu's interest in contemporary music has led to world-premiere performances of several works written for him by American composers. Most recently he premiered “Velocirhapsody” for Violin and Orchestra by Ray Shattenkirk, with the West Michigan Symphony, and Holland Symphony Orchestra. His compact disc recording of violin masterpieces titled “Introducing Violinist Mihai Craioveanu” was released during his highly acclaimed concert tour of Spain. The disc has been featured on a multitude of radio stations around the globe, and is distributed worldwide at www.amazon.com.
Mihai Craioveanu has given guest concerts and masterclasses at major music schools including Northwestern University, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Illinois, The American String Workshop, at the University of Michigan, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Iowa, the Ohio State University, Bucharest National University of Music and the International Summer Master Classes at the University of Transylvania, in Romania. In addition, he has been invited to present lectures, concerts, master classes and judge competitions at regional and national conferences of the American String Teacher Association, and Music Teacher National Association. Mihai Craioveanu was educated at the University of Music in Bucharest, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he studied on a British Council scholarship and was a winner of the coveted international Concert Recital Diploma. He also received fellowships to study at the International Summer Music Institute at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar, Germany, and the International Youth Music Festival in Brussels, Belgium.