Cristinel Bacanu Biography
Cristinel was born in Bucharest, Romania and began playing the violin at the “George Enescu School of Music” where he gained his diploma. He then continued his studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest and Ohio University having lessons with Dr Corina Bura and Marjorie Bagley. In 2007 he gained a full scholarship to Arizona State University to undertake a Masters in Performance with Dr Katherine McLin.
During his studies, Cristinel won several Concerto competitions and has performed many of the great violin concertos including the Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. He was leader of several orchestras at the Bucharest Conservatoire and Arizona State University. Cristinel has participated in masterclasses with the Tokyo String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, the Julliard String Quartet, and in 2000 was selected to represent Romania as both a soloist and chamber musician at the Hanover Expo.
Currently, Cristinel is based in Birmingham, and is developing a portfolio career as a freelance violinist and music educator. He has regularly been engaged as a guest leader with Birmingham Philharmonic, Queen’s Park Sinfonia, Sinfonia of Birmingham, British Police Orchestra, Derby Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with The Midland Sinfonia, The New English Concert Orchestra, Longborough Festival Orchestra, The Leicester Bach Camerata, English Concert Orchestra.
Recent and future projects include solo performances with various orchestras in the Midlands of the Bruch violin concerto no. 1, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Mozart Violin Concerto no 4, Dvorak Violin Concerto, Piazzolla' Four Seasons, Paganini Violin Concerto no 1, and the Mendelssohn violin concerto among other various orchestral engagements across the Midlands.