Violinist Mihai Craioveanu to Perform at Carnegie Hall
Posted December 28, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College faculty member Mihai
Craioveanu is about to take the national stage, at Carnegie
Hall in New York City.
Craioveanu, a violinist, has been invited to
perform in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on
Tuesday, Jan. 22, as part of the prestigious MidAmerica
He will also give a preview of his concert for a select audience at the invitation of the Romanian ambassador in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 17.
Already well-known in the Holland area as an
outstanding conductor, Craioveanu recently left his position
with the Holland Symphony Orchestra to focus on his solo
West Michigan audiences are being treated to two
opportunities to hear Craioveanu perform his recital before
playing in New York. He is to perform at Hope College's
Dimnent Chapel on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
In addition, on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m., he
will perform at Grand Valley State University in the Cook-
DeWitt Center on the university's Allendale campus. The
public is invited, and admission is free.
The concerts feature four works, beginning with
Maurice Ravel's "Sonata for Violin and Piano." Craioveanu
will also perform a sonata by Cesar Franck, "Sonata in A
major for Violin and Piano."
"Variations on 'The Last Rose of Summer' for Solo
Violin" by Heinrich Ernst is his third piece. Craioveanu
will end the performances with a Romanian piece by George
Enescu, "Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 11."
Accompanying Craioveanu is pianist Mansoon Han,
who joined the Hope College faculty this year.
Craioveanu's performances have already earned him
international acclaim. He has performed in London, New
York, Paris, Washington, Barcelona, Cleveland, and
Bucharest. He has also been broadcast on major American
television networks, as well as on European and Australian
television. In addition, he has been featured on the
international radio stations Free Europe and Voice of
His first recording, "Introducing Violinist Mihai
Craioveanu," was released to critical acclaim in 1997 during
his concert tour of Spain. The CD is currently available on
Amazon.com, and at the Hope-Geneva Bookstore.
Craioveanu is professor of violin and viola at
Hope College, where he is also a founding member for the
Born in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, Romania,
Craioveanu is an active promoter of his native land's rich
musical heritage. He has returned to Romania many times to
be an active part of the music scene, and has performed as a
soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the country.
Craioveanu was educated at the University of Music
in Bucharest, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in
London, where he won the coveted international Concert
Recital Diploma. He joined the Hope faculty in 1992.