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Mihaela  Ursuleasa

Mihaela Ursuleasa

Mihaela  Ursuleasa

*27 IX 1978 Brasov, †2 VIII 2012 Wiedeń

Mihaela Ursuleasa – a unique combination of highly energetic playing, consummate technique and lyrical talent made this winner of the prestigious Clara Haskil Competition one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation. Born in 1978, in Brasov, Romania, she was giving public concerts at the age of seven and made her first recording a year later. Before long, she had won Second Prize in the International Piano Competition in Senigallia. At the advice of Claudio Abbado, she took up studies with Heinz Medjimorec at the Vienna Conservatory.

At the age of sixteen, she won the Clara Haskil Competition. She gave recitals in the world’s leading cities and concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw, Cologne Philharmonic, Vienna Konzerthaus, Zurich Tonhalle and Carnegie Hall. Notable performances included Ravel’s Piano Concerto with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugo Wolff and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G major, K.453 with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and Kurt Sanderling.

In 1998, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Mozart’s ‘Jeunehomme’ Concerto, K.271 with the Mozarteum Orchestra. Less than a year later, she undertook her first tour abroad with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Paavo Järvi.

In 2000, she toured Germany with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Neville Marriner, and her next German tour took place in March 2003, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Järvi.

She worked with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Paarvo Jarvi and gave several recitals in Miami and St Paul.

As a chamber musician, she performed with the cellist Tajna Tetzlaff, the violinists Mirijam Contzen and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the Hugo Wolff and Belcea quartets.

In 2000, she received the Polish Radio II audience prize for the most outstanding personality of the 14th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Her performances always aroused great interest, and audiences received her playing with enthusiasm. 

In 2010, she performed in Warsaw during the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival. 

Mihaela Ursuleasa died suddenly on 2 August 2012.


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