I started this musical journey in Romania, and then reached a deeper understanding of why music makes me happy and is such an important part of my life. My passion then became my profession. After a long journey I am currently settled in Amsterdam and Arnhem where I play, teach and sing. Many wonderful people have crossed my path on the way here so I will introduce you to a petite story about them and me.
"We know the sound of two hands clapping. But what is the sound of one hand clapping?"
After my musical studies in Romania I continued my master studies in the Netherlands with Frank van de Laar. My studies brought me close to music working with great teachers: Diana Dava Barb, Daniel Goiți, Horia Haplea, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Frank Peters.
My passion then became my profession. I was involved in projects like "De Staat" by Louis Andriessen, then playing the first piano in Stravinsky´s "Les Noces" with Introdans dance company touring through the country, performing Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35 in Den Haag, with De Haagse Beek Orkest, and playing various chamber concerts in the Netherlands with Aristo Quartet, cellists Adele O’Dwyer, Andrei Ioniță, Inés Suárez López; Stefanie Janssen (soprano), Icelandic mezzosoprana Guja Sandholt, trompetists Mechthild Drop and Jordi Lensink. My spectrum of composers preferences varies, I enjoy performing contemporary composers and had the chance to work with Răzvan Metea, Cornel Țăranu, Adrian Pop, Daniel Schnyder, Jacob tV, Louis Andriessen.
With contemporary dance performance by Dennis Bijleveld
With Stefanie Janssen (soprano)
We are all different and have different ways of learning. I find it essential to understand each of my students’ personality. In my teaching method I engage diverse methods of cultural origin to develope the personality of a student and reach the potential of the piano piece through multiple interpretational choices. Its my goal to offer a student the opportunity to connect their personality with the composer that they are learning the music by. The result is enjoyable, the student learns to love the music and it sounds beautiful.
The children methods I started to work with are mostly based not only on technical exercises, classical pieces and theory games but as well improvisation exercises, imagination games and different genres like jazz, boogie woggies and musicals.
A child has to be encouranged to try different styles and expand his/her musical horizon with fun ways to learn and understand the complexity of music. Through the improvisation and imagination exercises a child not only feels more close and comfortable with the instrument they are playing but also developes a much quicker musical thinking, and an open and brave aproach to the instrument. From the year 2017 I started to prepare pupils for the ABRSM BRITISH EXAM with a succeesful first try and planning to continue for the near future with it.
I teach as well grownups, starting from scrach or not, with the goal of introducing musical practice into their daily life and learn how to play piano in a short time.
I was invited to teach masterclasses held in Ireland and Romania and have a busy teaching schedule in Amsterdam and Arnhem.
“Când cânt mă desprind de lume!”
"When I sing I detach from reality”.
It is a constant passion and a pleasure to step on stage and do something other than playing piano. The Jazz Quintet I am part of initiated in 2010 inspired me to continue my singing journey in The Netherlands. Through the years I developed my vocal skills with small band arrangements and have often included my folklore roots as well. Today I am happy to combine folklore and jazz in a colourful spectrum of repertoire and expressions of sounds.
With Alex Simu (Clarinet) and George Dumitriu (guitar and viola)
With George Dumitriu (guitar)
October 6-8: Concert Pianist at Belgian Taptoo, Searena, VesluysDome, Ostend, Belgium
September 8: Reunion SEM in Naarden, Noord Holland
August 13: Voice and Piano Recital in Iasi, Romania
August 7: Piano Recital at Nocturnal Picnic Angofa, Romania
August 6: Piano Recital in Malancrav, Romania
August: Musical Camp, teaching piano at "Muzicarte"
July 20: Project "Muzicarte" at A.F.C.N. in collaboration with CROM Foundation and MET Foundation in Sighisoara – Laslea and Malancrav, Romania
July 2: Students Teachers Concert Sounds of Rivers at Pikkenberg Arnhem
June-July: Recordings and Performing Grades 5,6,7,8 ABRSM with students from Sounds of Rivers Music Department, Arnhem
May: Start Project "Muzicarte" Mosna, Romania
April 25: Piano Recital in Zurich, Switzerland
April 8-18: Teaching Music in Classes at Rivers International Arnhem
April 5: Reunion and Instrumental Workshops with S.E.M. in Speldor Amsterdam
March 24: Woman in the Arts – Photography of The Album Cover Selected De Hallen Amsterdam
March: Romanian Music Concert Mosterdzaadje – Noord Holland
February: Piano Recital Tenerife
January 23: Piano Recital Culturele Centrum de Bakkermat Arnhem
December 3: Piano Recital Rozet Arnhem
November: Piano Recital Tenerife
September: Winning of the Project "Muzicarte" at A.F.C.N. together with CROM Foundation in collaboration with MET Foundation Sighisoara for Musical Projects in Villages and Poor Communities in 2023
September: Musical Workshops Romania – Floresti and Sighisoara, a program for villages in Romania with poor culture and communities through the Funding from Horizon Netherlands
August: Concert at Cetatea de Balta – Bethlen Haller Castel
July: Musical Workshops Romania – Malancrav and Sighisoara, a program for villages in Romania with poor culture and communities through the Funding from Horizon Netherlands
July: Students Teachers concert Sounds of Rivers Post Theater
June: Album Release concert in WesterKerk Amsterdam
May: Musical Workshops Romania – Alma Vii and Sighisoara, a program for villages in Romania with poor culture and communities through the Funding from Horizon Netherlands
April: Students Teachers concert Sounds of Rivers at Rozet Arnhem
March: Launch Vinyl Album Release "There up, Behind the Moon"
March: Musical Workshops Romania – Archita and Sighisoara, a program for villages in Romania with poor culture and communities through the Funding from Horizon Netherlands
February: Piano Recital in Gothenburg, Sweden
November 27: Concert at Theater de Leuw with Students and Teachers Sounds of Rivers
August 19: Team Building and Concert for MET FOUNDATION Romania
July 11: Concert Arnhem with students and Teachers Sounds of Rivers at Theater de Leeuw
July: Final Recordings Den Bosch Willem Twee
April: Recordings with Band – Den Haag with Dani Luca/Gabriel Barbalau
March 26: Eastwards Romanian Film Festival Den Haag Online Concert
March: Winning Amarte Fonds for Album release
March 19: Second Set of Recording in WesterKerk – Album release with the public
March 11: Art Solidarti Barcelona – Cornel Taranu(Romanian Composer) Recording Interpreted by me used in a Collage Exhibition
March: Ongoing Concept and starting writing and composing "The 7 Musical Adventures" A piano method for 5-year-olds based on Creativity and Musical Imagination development Exercises
November 2020-August 2021: Inside View Concerts Concept A series of sofa, living room concert online
October 2020: Concert TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
March 2019-November 2021: Album in collaboration with Jonathan Nash and Melody as Truth Label
March 2020-September 2021: Piano Method for children
February 2019/November 2019: Piano recital in Tenerife
July 20: Festival Hongerige Wolf met Jonathan Nash en Marrit Bausch
19-22 December 2018: Workshop for Children Sighisoara, Romania
14 December 2018: Piano/Singing Concert Palace Wassenaar in Den Haag
23 November 2018: Concert DUO stART in Moosterdzaadje, Zaand-Poort with Teodora Ducariu
12–18 October 2018: Project week with Eliza Puchianu
28 September 2018: Recital in Amsterdam Toren, Amsterdam
28 September 2018: Workshop Children Carnival of the Animals at Rivers International Arnhem
6–12 August 2018: Workshop Music for Children in Sighisoara Academy of Sighisoara, Romania
13/14/15 July 2018: Hongerige Wolf Festival with the performance "Always be yourself unless you can be a Unicorn" & Marrit Bausch
9 June 2018: Nacht van de Mode/ Frou Frou Concert Arnhem
2 June 2018: Concert dedicated to Children at the Embassy of Romania in Den Haag
11 March 2018: Fairy Tales for Children and Grownups at Splendor Amsterdam Benefit For Children Concert
10 March 2018: Educational Concert for children in Belcampo Caffe De Hallen Amsterdam with Mira Gavris
9 March 2018: Piano Concert at the Romanian Embassy Den Haag
7 March 2018: Workshop Peter and The Wolf at Rivers International School Arnhem
16 December 2017: Woman in the Arts Concert Rotterdam
1 December 2017: Rivers International Music Department presents Primary and Secondary School Concert
26 November 2017: Romania Express(ed) Concert for FOR Children ORGANISATION in Dokzaal, Amsterdam
3 November 2017: B-Unlimited series - Piano Concert Centrale Biblioteek, Den Haag
16 September: Concert Rompro De Rijper Eilanden, Nederland
28 August – 2 September 2017: Competition Niccati Duo STart Anamaria Stamp -piano Teodora Duncariu - flute
1–14 August 2017: Academia Sighisoara
19 June 2017: Piano Recital 4 Hands Rivers International Arnhem 4Manis Project with Kinga Bordos Nagy
28 April 2017: Duo concert Cello and Piano 18:00 BelCampo Caffe (De Hallen Amsterdam)
25–29 April 2017: Project with Cellist Adele O’Dwyer (Irish/American)
30 March 2017: Website release concert
19 March 2017: Concert Singing at Alliance Française Rotterdam for Salon de arte Carmen Sylva
12 March 2017: Piano Recital for SEM (Stichting Eigen Muziek Instrument) in Marsberger
26 February 2017: Verdwijnen (movie premiere) Recording Schubert for the soundtrack of the movie
18–22 December 2016: Romanian Small Tour with the project "Fairy Tales for children and Grownups" with Aurelian Băcan (clarinet) and Anastasia Feruleva (cello)
November 2015: Concert Pianist for Piano Concerto nr 1 by Shostakovich
March 2014: Romanian Foundation CROM to promote Romanian Music internationally. Cornel Taranu concert organized in Amsterdam
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Design: Monika Grūzīte
Photography: Felix Vratany, Alex Schroder