Mihai Craioveanu Returns to Carnegie Hall;
Concert at Hope Will Offer Preview
Posted February 25, 2003
HOLLAND -- Mihai Craioveanu, violinist, and
professor of music at Hope College, has been invited for a
return concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, on
Sunday, March 23. He will be accompanied by pianist Irina
Craioveanu will present West Michigan with a
preview of the concert on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. through
the college's Faculty Recital Series in Dimnent Memorial
Chapel, located on College Avenue at 12th Street.
The public is invited to the Hope concert.
Admission is free.
Hailed as "stunning...brilliant", Mihai Craioveanu
has concertized to great acclaim throughout Europe and North
America. Renowned musicians Radu Lupu, pianist, and Jamie
Laredo, violinist, describe him as "very impressive" and a
"superb violinist." Critics described his Carnegie Recital
Hall debut in January of 2002 as "fresh and distinguished
with a keen appreciation of proper style."
Craioveanu has performed sold-out concerts in
legendary concert halls, such as Carnegie Recital Hall in
New York, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona and Atheneum in
Bucharest. He has performed on the internationally
televised "Hour of Power" program at the renowned Crystal
Cathedral in California, and on the television program "Joy
of Music" hosted by the famed organist Diane Bish, broadcast
nationally in the United States and worldwide.
He has appeared at renowned international music
festivals such as Edinburgh (Scotland), Banff (Canada), and
Bodensee (Germany). His performances have been broadcast on
major American television networks, as well as on European
and Australian television. He has been featured on the
international radio stations Free Europe and Voice of
Craioveanu's interest in contemporary music lead
to world-premiere performances of several works written for
him by American composers. His first compact disc recording
of violin masterpieces titled "Introducing Violinist Mihai
Craioveanu," was presented to the public during his highly
acclaimed concert tour of Spain. The disc is featured on
various radio stations around the globe, and is currently
distributed worldwide by Amazon.com.
Craioveanu is also active as a guest conductor.
He recently conducted
to great reviews the Brasov State Philharmonic in Romania,
as well as the National Moldavian Chamber Orchestra.
Craioveanu was music director and conductor of the Holland
(Mich.) Symphony Orchestra.
Born in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, Romania,
Craioveanu is an active promoter of his native land's
musical heritage. At the invitation of the Romanian
Ambassador to the United States, Mihai Craioveanu performed
highly praised concerts for world dignitaries in Washington,
D.C. He was also invited to perform at the official opening
of the Romanian Cultural Center in New York City, as well as
at the historic International Congress of the American-
Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the former Soviet
republic of Moldova. Craioveanu has returned to Romania many
times to be an active part of its musical scene, performing
as soloist with well known orchestras such as the Bucharest
National Radio Orchestra in a national live television and
radio broadcast, Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, and
Moldavia Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Much in demand as an artist teacher, Craioveanu
has given guest concerts and master classes at major music
schools including Northwestern University, Interlochen Arts
Academy, University of Illinois, University of Nevada,
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.
Craioveanu was educated at the Conservatory of
Music in Bucharest, and the Guildhall School of Music &
Drama in London, where he studied on a British Council
scholarship and was the winner of the coveted international
Concert Recital Diploma. In addition, Craioveanu was
awarded scholarships to study at the International Summer
Music Institute at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar,
Germany, and the International Summer Music Festival in