Vlad Bourceanu

Vlad Bourceanu


Violinist, conductor, music and theatre journalist
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Vlad Bourceanu was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1980. At the age of two years and three months he started his music lessons, and at the age of five he won his first national music competition (first prize piano, second prize violin) and started studying at the George Enescu Music High School, Bucharest. At the age of nine, he was a guest of the London Symphony Orchestra and performed at the South Bank and Barbican Centres. The Daily Telegraph called him "virtuoso pianist and violinist" on 6 June 1990, and he was also interviewed for BBC Radio 3. After a year of study at the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatoire, Rome, he came to London to study at the Purcell School of Music. He continued his studies with Professors Jean Harvey and Erich Gruenberg at the Royal Academy of Music, where he took part in Masterclasses with Zakhar Bron, Ruggiero Ricci, Igor Ozim, Maurice Hasson, Zvi Zeitlin and more. He also won 2nd prize in the RAM's Beethoven Violin Concerto Competition. He took part in the European Union Youth Orchestra as first violin and its then youngest member in 1997, co-leading the orchestra in September 2000. In the EUYO, he played under Bernard Haitink KBE, Sir Colin Davis and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In other orchestras, he led under Kurt Masur, Ilan Volkov, Edward Gardner, Andre de Ridder and many others. He has performed chamber music with Chiao-Ying Chang, Catherine Dubois, Alice Demske Hansen and Jessica Chan amongst many others. He has been Assistant Conductor for Opera Holland Park's production of La Traviata, with Anne-Sophie Duprels, Colin Lee and Roderick Earle in the title roles. His co-composition, Variations on Notations by Pierre Boulez was selected for performance (by his chamber music group) at the Barbican Hall in the presence of M. Boulez. He has, since 2007, also worked as a classical music and theatre reviewer for online and offline publications.
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