Florian Mitrea and Alexandra Vaduva, piano duet.
This is a part of the series of lectures and concerts, European Capitals of Music.
Famous musical capitals provide the framework for this series of lectures with live music. The first three concentrate not only on 19th century Vienna, but on Schubert in Vienna and writing chamber music. Why did this music happen then, where was it played, who provoked, preformed and paid for it? And was it considered successful?
The final three ask similar questions of other capital cities: 20th century chamber music in Paris, baroque music in London under the shadow of Handel, and virtuoso violin playing in Rome focused on Corelli, the 300th anniversary of whose death is being celebrated this season.
The works in each programme are played by present members of the Royal Academy of Music.
Please note that a number of pictures were taken at this event. These can be viewed on the Gresham College Flickr page.
Christopher Hogwood CBE was a world-renowned conductor, keyboard player, musicologist, writer, editor and broadcaster. As well as being the Gresham Professor of Music between 2010 and 2014, he was the founding director of the Academy of Ancient Music for over thirty years, before holding positions at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.
Born in Nottingham in 1941, Christopher Hogwood studied at the University of Cambridge, before pursuing keyboard studies with Rafael Puyana in Spain and subsequently with Zuzana Ruzickova in Prague and Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. Whilst keyboardist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hogwood founded the Early Music Consort with David Munrow in 1965 and the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973, institutions set up to promote the performance of baroque and early classical music on period instruments. Director of the AAM until 2006, he produced more than 200 recordings for Decca and revolutionized the way music is performed, recorded and heard. Equally at home in the neo-baroque and neo-classical repertoire, Hogwood regularly conducted leading opera companies and major symphony orchestras around the world. He was awarded the Martinu Medal in Prague in 1999.
A celebrated keyboardist and important collector of historical instruments, Hogwood made numerous solo recordings on harpsichord did much to promote the clavichord. His Secret Handel, part of The Secret Clavichord series of CDs, was awarded a Diapason d'Or in January 2007. Also a noted musicologist, Hogwood edited music from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, including work by John Dowland, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar and Igor Stravinsky. He was chairman of the advisory board overseeing the new edition of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works. He also wrote on Handel, Haydn and Mozart and his final major work was Handel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. His work on Handel - editing, performance, recording and writing - brought him numerous awards, including the Halle Handel Prize 2008.
Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1982 and Commander of the British Empire in 1989, Professor Hogwood's final positions were as Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge, Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (USA), and Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds Fellowships at Jesus and Pembroke Colleges, Cambridge and also as a member of the Senior Common Room at Lowell House, Harvard University. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Cambridge in 2008.
Professor Hogwood was the Gresham College Professor of Music between 2010 and 2014. His series of lectures were: Aspects of Authenticity (2010-11), The Making of a Masterpiece (2011-12), European Capitals of Music (2012-13) and Music in Context (2013-14).
All of his lectures can be accessed here.
Professor Hogwood was unable to deliver all of his lectures in his final series due to illness and it was with great sadness that the College learnt of his passing away in September 2014.
Romanian-born pianist, Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano at the age of four with the teacher Doina Olteteanu. Since then she has won numerous national and international piano competitions, such as First Prize at the "Vienna International Piano Competition" (2011), Third Prize at the "Beethoven Piano Competition" (London, 2011), Second Prize at the "Sterndale Bennett Piano Competition" (London, 2011), Fourth Prize at the "Else Cross Modern Piano Competition" (London, 2010), First prizes at the "Pro Piano" and "Carl Filtsch" International Piano Competitions (Romania, 2008) and many others.
Her competitional activity is harmoniously blended with a busy concert schedule. Alexandra has recently performed Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Wind Orchestra conducted by Keith Bragg and she will focus once more her attention on the Russian composer during the orchestral performance of the „Petrushka“ ballet suite conducted by Thierry Fischer.
Alexandra has performed in masterclasses given by famous pianists and teachers such as Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, Pascal Devoyon, John O’Conor, Evgheny Sudbin, Joanna MacGregor, Galina Eguiazarova, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Petras Geniusas, Jerome Rose.
Alexandra’s performances have taken her to wonderful venues such as the Lobkowitz Palace (Vienna), Wigmore Hall, Duke’s Hall, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Centre (Bond Street), The Castle (Wellingborough), St. James‘ Church (Piccadilly), St. Pancras Church (Euston), Regent’s Hall, Charlton House, the Romanian Cultural Institute.
Her next engagements include the performance of Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with the Bedford Sinfonia, UK and many solo and chamber music recitals throughout the UK.
Alexandra is grateful to the SOLTI Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music for their continuous support. She is currently in her final undergraduate year studying with Diana Ketler at the aforementioned institution.
Florian Mitrea was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1989. He started studying piano with professor Flavia Moldovan at the age of 6. He continued his studies at The George Enescu Music High School, under professor Gabriela Enăşescu. During his studies in Romania, Florian distinguished himself among pianists of his generation, winning the First Prize in the National Music Olympics (three years consecutively), the Grand Prize in the Ada Ulubeanu National Piano Competition and the Third Prize in the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition. He has been awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In July 2012, Florian graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree after studying for four years under Professor Diana Ketler. He was also presented with a Regency Award for outstanding studentship and notable achievements. He is currently enrolled on the Master of Arts programme, after being offered a scholarship to continue his studies at the RAM. Florian has also worked with pianists Leif Ove Adsnes, Stephen Kovacevich, John Lill, Pascal Devoyon, Joanna MacGregor, Angela Brownridge, Michael Roll and Boris Petrushansky.
Florian is the winner of The Vienna International Piano Competition – Panmusica Austria 2010, the Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2010 and the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2011 (part of Newbury Spring Festival). As part of his awards, he has been invited to perform at Eroica Saal-Vienna, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Corn Exchange Arts Centre in Newbury and University of Warwick. He was a laureate in the Jaques Samuel Competition – RAM heat 2009 and this prize brought him a recital at St. James’ Piccadilly Cathedral. He is also a prize-winner in several internal RAM competitions, including the First Prize in the Lilian Davies Competition, Second Prize in the Frederick Delius Chamber Music Competition and Harold Craxton Prize. Following the recommendation of Professor Christopher Elton, Florian has given the premiere of Dr. Timothy Jones’ completed version of the Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra by Mozart, together with the violinist Yuka Ishizuka and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Professor David Strange. He has performed at the King’s Place, Steinway Hall-London and the Drapers’ Hall, in London. He played with Joanna MacGregor in the Bath Music Festival 2011, in a performance of Stravinsky’s Les Noces conducted by Diego Masson. In March 2012, he toured South Korea with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists; the tour ended with a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie in Seoul’s 3000-seat Arts Centre Concert Hall. For three years consecutively in May, he has given the performance of a piano concerto with Palmhouse Players (ensemble resident at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Kew).
Florian is also a very active chamber musician. His duo with cellist Alex Rolton won the prestigious Brahms competition – Willfred Parry Prize. They were invited to perform at Colston Hall – Bristol, as well as in the Academy’s Beethoven Festival. Florian has been awarded the Sonoro International Chamber Music Festival Scholarship in 2007 and 2009; he has performed with the outstanding musicians Alexander Sitkovetsky and David Cohen.
Florian’s performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, the Romanian Broadcasting Society – SRR and the Romanian Television Corporation – TVR. He was generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation and he is the holder of the Enescu Society Scholarship – 2010/2011, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.
He is a member of the Romanian Association for Culture, Education and Normality, being involved in projects promoting Romania’s cultural and spiritual heritage.