Scarlatti 2 Sonatas D minor
Beethoven Moonlight Sonata
Paul Constantinescu Variations on Romanian Song
Prokofiev Sonata no.2
Scriabin – 3 Preludes
Stravinsky – Firebird
Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu, 27, graduated in 2016 with his Master’s degree after completing a 1st class honours Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Aaron Shorr, Petras Geniusas and Steven Osborne. Ciobanu currently lives in Berlin and travels each month for the Concert Diplome in the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
During his Bachelor and Masters Studies in Scotland he was generously supported by the ABRSM with full tuition scholarship and the RCS Trustees grant for his living expenses. Also during this time, he managed to win all the major internal Piano Competitions held between the students in the conservatoire, being the first pupil to achieve such an honour. Ciobanu came to South Africa in 2016 and won 1st Prize at the UNISA International Piano Competition. He also won the Special prize for best Classical Sonatan and won 1st prize at the 2016 Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition in the UK. Most recently he won 1st prize at the 2016 BNDES International Piano Competition held in Rio de Janeiro.
Highlights include an invitation to perform with Lang Lang in the Royal Festival Hall in London; being awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation European Scholarship; 3rd Prize, Public prize and the Concert Engagement prize at the 2013 Piano Campus Competition in Paris; 2nd prize at the 2014 Andre Dumortier International Competition in Belgium, 2nd prize and Public prize at the Montrond les Bains International Competition in France, 1st prize and Special prize at the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin, 1st Prize and Public prize at the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition; 1st Grand Prix , Public prize and Orchestra prize in the 2015 Morocco Philarmonique International Piano Concerto Competition 2015, the first pianist in the history of the competition to have won all the special prizes along with being unanimously voted by the jury for the 1st prize.
Festival appearances include the Fazioli Concert Series – Italy, Bechstein Concert Tour – China, Animato Series and Auvers-sur-Oise Festival – Paris, the Arte con Anima – Greece, the Norfolk Music Festival, Bromsgrove Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Newbury Spring Festival in the UK. He has also had masterclasses with prestigious musicians including Richard Goode, Idil Biret , Philip Fowke and Ian Fountain.
During the 4 undergraduate academic years had masterclasses with Richard Goode, Idil Biret, Philip Fowke, Philip Martin , Pascal Roge, Steven Osbourne , Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo, Roy Howat, Petras Geniusas and Ian Fountain.
Daniel’s flight to South Africa was generously sponsored by the Romanian Consulate.