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Pianist Anda Anastasescu’s performances across the world have been consistently praised for their artistry, insight and imagination. An International Debussy Competition winner, she has performed extensively with orchestras in Europe, the USA and Asia, and toured with her own orchestra, The London Schubert Players. She has appeared in prestigious festivals and concert halls and broadcast for the BBC, French National Radio and Romanian National Radio and TV. The British Council promoted several of her concert tours overseas.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, she gave her first public
performance at nine, with works by Beethoven and Prokofiev. After graduating
from the Bucharest Music Academy she went on studying conducting with
In 1989 she formed the London Schubert Players as the orchestra-in-residence of the French Institute in London. With them, she pioneered British music overseas and introduced works by foreign composers to Britain. In 1990, soon after the Romanian Revolution, Anda Anastasescu took the orchestra to Romania on a concert tour to raise funds, bring gifts and support morally the hundreds of Romanian disabled children at centres in Bucharest, Iasi and Bacau. In parallel with public concerts in major halls, the orchestra gave mini-concerts for the children in the centres’ gymnasia, to their initial surprise and subsequent friendship.
Anda Anastasescu has been a consistent performer and promoter of Constantin Silvestri, the renowned conductor and Romania’s most important composer after George Enescu. Her performances at the Wigmore Hall established Silvestri as a ‘composer awaiting thorough investigation’ (International Piano). In Romania, she founded the Constantin Silvestri International Festival, Competition and Summer Academy. As President of the Constantin Silvestri International Foundation she established in the UK the Silvestri Scholarships - awarded yearly to young Romanian musicians to study in Britain; and organised educational concert tours for the orchestra of the distinguished George Enescu Music School from Bucharest, where she had been a student.
Anda has given a number of first UK performances of works by Constantin Silvestri, Dinu Lipatti and Enescu. She was invited to perform in Lipatti’s Sinfonia Concertante for two pianos and orchestra in concerts conducted by Yehudi Menuhin and, more recently, she initiated and was the artistic director of A Romanian Musical Adventure, the first-ever London festival of Romanian composers, November 2005 – February 2006.
In 2003 she was one of the four selected women in the arts in Great Britain to receive the European Women of Achievement Certificate ‘in recognition of an outstanding contribution to pan-European understanding and progress that provides an inspiration to others’.
In September 2004 the President of Romania awarded her the decoration Commander of the Order of Merit for her services to Romanian-British cultural relations.
She has recorded for Electrecord in Romania and for Cressidia Classics in the UK. Her CD A World of Music with the London Schubert Players is obtainable by mail order or special offer.
In Turina's Rapsodia Sinfonica Anastasescu's playing of the solo part again is noteworthy for the quality of execution, as indeed the London Schubert Players are for their spirited support. Evan Dickerson http://www.musicweb.uk.net/classrev/2006/Mar06
'Yet another pianist!' you may think. No, of this calibre the world can never have enough. Antoine Goléa Temoignage Chrétien, Paris.
'Anastasescu's very refined playing amounted to an
absolutely convincing interpretation...sensitive playing... Anastasescu's
performance was highly accomplished...the melodic line was perceptively
shaped...a really vital account of the First Scherzo was a remarkable tribute to
Anastasescu's stamina after two hours of demanding piano playing.' (Wigmore
Hall) Musical Opinion
This latest concert in London’s ongoing Romanian Musical Adventure Festival had at its core three over-riding characteristics: emotion, contrast and integrity... Anastasescu characterised Enescu’s long lines vividly throughout, allowing his love of a strong and resonant bass often against a bell like treble register to sing magnificently. Indeed, her approach to Enescu’s suite succinctly encapsulates her qualities as an artist: precision balanced by exuberance, intelligence in preference to outward showiness and fidelity to the spirit of the composer... The scherzo was carefully drawn with a lightness of touch. By this stage no doubt many in the audience had turned their thoughts to that supreme Chopin interpreter, Dinu Lipatti - who along with Clara Haskil, Radu Lupu, Valentin Gheorghiu...form a line of great Romanian pianists...Anda Anastasescu was heard to be their equal in vision and artistic integrity (Wigmore Hall).
An absolutely wonderful performance of Mozart Piano
Concerto No 21 by pianist Anda Anastasescu . . . immensely exciting playing.
Her execution of the
Dinu Lipatti cadenzas was sensational. . . Anastasescu
was just as brilliant in Shostakovich's quirky First Piano Concerto. Sheffield Telegraph
The recital opened with a stylish and uncompromising performance of Ravel's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales which was marvellously assertive and expansive. Anastasescu has a commanding technique, but there was no ostentation in her performance. Her playing was extremely persuasive and she also handled the intricacies of Franck's piano writing with great delicacy.
A performer approaching the opening bars of Debussy's Clair de Lune must feel like the actor hearing his cue for 'To be or not to be'. Everyone knows it, and how it should sound, but this performance was neither banal nor contrived, flowing limpidly to a ghostly end.
With Anda Anastasescu as the soloist in the ebullient Three Romanian Dances by
the pianist Dinu Lipatti, the Bartokian energy was projected with bite, and moments
of plangent lyricism evoked Hindemithian harmony. Musical Opinion
The noted Romanian pianist Anda Anastasescu’s
recital at the Wigmore Hall was dominated by 20th-Century music…the best
performances of the evening were reserved for two suites for children:
Luigi Dallapiccola’s Quaderno musicale di Annalibera and Debussy’s
evergreen Children’s Corner, both of which were delightfully despatched. Musical Opinion
Reading her slightly ostentatious CV at this
Wisbech Music Society concert, I wondered if Romanian pianist Anda
Anastasescu could possibly live up to the artistic eminence it conveyed. She
did – and more. Wisbech Standard
Romanian-born pianist Anda Anastasescu gave a
scintillating recital…masterful performance…From the first few bars of
Schumann’s ‘Forest Scenes’ it was apparent that this was to be a recital of
some outstanding and virtuoso playing. Fenland Citizen
Scintillating sounds ... superbly sparkling concert ... breathtaking dexterity ... myriad musical colours ...
the melodious interplay in the effervescent finale was
especially riveting... Cambrian News
She proved a delightful performer, with spirited playing in Lipatti's concertante piece.
The atmosphere of the concert was enhanced by Anda Anastasescu's dignified romantic performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto K491.
Züri Woche, Zurich
A magnificent recital ... a performance of Schumann's Carnival which did not make us envy other versions with top world pianists.
Brilliant: dark and dramatic, romantic and dreamy, pianist Anda Anastasescu gave a tremendous performance. Namdals-Avisa, Norway
Quite apart from her pianistic skill, Anda Anastasescu - living in England, unfortunately (for us !) - was very moving in Mozart's Concerto K595 with her range of deep inner moods, passion, dynamism and intelligent phrasing, which conferred on this concert a symbolic dimension. Tineretul Liber, Bucharest.
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