Young Romanian violinist Vlad Stănculeasa leads a rich musical life as soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and South America. He’s performed chamber music with some of the most celebrated musicians of today including Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Viktoria Mullova, Jeremy Menuhin, and Ana Chumachenco. He received top prizes in the George Enescu International Violin Competition, Renata Molinari Competition, Valsesia Musica International Competition, as well as the 2007 Enescu Prize for the best performance of Enescu’s Impressions d’enfance.
As a soloist, he’s performed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig, George Enescu Philharmonic, and with all major orchestras in Romania. He’s collaborated as soloist with many conductors including Kent Nagano, Han Na Chang, Lahav Shani, Konrad von Abel, Joana Carneiro, Min Kim, and Mischa Katz.
Stănculeasa has been Concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid. He studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland and obtained his Master’s in Music from the Lausanne Conservatory.
When his debut album was released in 2013 the Strad Magazine review stated that “Stănculeasa is never in doubt in this very demanding program – his picture-painting in the Impressions d’enfance, in particular, is both subtle and brilliant. A warm tonal quality, born out of a wide vibrato, perfectly captures…gypsy element[s]…”
As an educator, Stănculeasa has served as guest professor at Gothenburg University of Music and Drama and has led multiple master classes throughout Serbia, Spain, Venezuela, and Sweden.
On this recording, Stănculeasa plays a Pietro Guarneri from Venice 1730 which was kindly let to him by the Göteborgs Symfoniker Vänner Society in Gothenburg, Sweden.