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Duo Stoica

Duo Stoica

Performing together since 1996, Duo Stoica has captivated both audiences and critics alike. During numerous concerts, the members of Duo Stoica, Razvan and Andreea Stoica have proven themselves to be musical personalities who combine technical brilliance and sensitivity with true artistic vision, thereby achieving perfect homogeneity.

Duo Stoica has performed in Europe, USA, and Japan including among others performances in the ‘Royal Concertgebouw' Amsterdam, ‘Théâtre des Champs Élysées' Paris, ‘Teatro San Barnaba' Brescia, Teatro Carlo Felice , Genova and ‘Palacio de Festivales', Santander.

Razvan Stoica - violin

Known for his virtuosity, passion and superb interpretation, violinist Razvan Friedmann Stoica has laid the basis for an impressive career. His charismatic performances have drawn the attention of both press and public. The Romanian critic Dumitriu Scurtulesco stated in the Journal ‘Romania Libera', Bucharest. (Razvan Stoica displays) ‘Discerning charm and ravishing timbre, breathtaking technical bravura, sparkling intonation... he will become one of the greatest violinists of his generation.'

Growing up in a musical environment Razvan took his first violin lessons with his father, a well known Romanian musician, at the age of four. Razvan then studied with Romanian pedagogue Modest Iftinchi, himself a pupil of David Oistrakh , Jascha Heifetz and George Enesco. Having mastered his instrument at a young age Razvan was admitted to the Enesco Conservatory in Bucharest. After graduating, Razvan continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Amsterdam, studying under Ilya Grubert.

Razvan has received more than 24 national and international awards at prestigious competitions including among others the Perosi Competition (Tortona), Olympic violin competition (Romania) and Bolzano Duo Competition (Italy). In 2009 Razvan was awarded first place at the ‘Strad prize' in Salzburg. As winner of this prestigious competition Razvan has been provided with a 1729 Antonius Stradivarius violin.

Razvan has performed both as guest soloist and in recital in Amsterdam ‘Royal Concertgebouw', Paris ‘Théâtre des Champs Élysées', Brescia Teatro San Barnaba, Genova Teatro Carlo Felice , Palacio de Festivales, Santander. Chamber Music is an integral part of Razvan's life. In 1996 he joined his sister, pianist Andreea Stoica forming a successful ‘Duo Stoica'.

As a recording artist Razvan is continuing to build a distinguished catalogue of recordings including: his critically acclaimed recording of the 24 Caprices by Niccolo Paganini and the ‘Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra Op21' from Edouard Lalo with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra Krakow.

Razvan Plays on an Antonius Stradivarius 1729 violin loaned to him by an anonym donor from Salzburg and a violin bow Max Moller Amsterdam courtesy of Montferland Cultuur Fonds.

Andreea Stoica - piano

Born in Bucharest in 1981, Andreea Friedmann Stoica had her first piano lesson at the age of five. Considered a wonder child she was soon admitted to the George Enescu music Lyceum. At age 12, Andreea made her Orchestral Debut as a soloist with the Mozart Concerto in d minor KV21 for piano and orchestra with the ‘Bucharest Orchestra'.
After graduating from the George Enescu music academy in 1999, Andreea furthered her studies at the Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the Conservatorio ‘Giuseppe Verdi' in Milan where she gained a Masters Degree in 2005. During this period, Andreea took part in masterclasses in Italy, Germany, Korea and the Netherlands with, among others, Maurizio Pollini, Constantine Ionescu Vovu and Andre Previn.

Andreea has been awarded numerous prizes including first Prize in Vercelli Competition, the Chopin prize in Denmark, First prize at the chamber music competition in Bolzano and in 2007.

Since her graduation she has been continually engaged for concert tours and recitals throughout Europe and in Japan. Venturing into the world of chamber music, Andreea together with her brother and violinist Razvan Stoica, formed the ensemble ‘Duo Stoica'. This ensemble has performed in Europe, USA, and Japan including performances in the ‘Royal Concertgebouw' Amsterdam, ‘Théâtre des Champs Élysées' Paris, ‘Teatro San Barnaba' Brescia, Teatro Carlo Felice , Genova and ‘Palacio de Festivales', Santander.