Dinu Lipatti 100th Anniversary Concert

Alexandru Tomescu, violin and Angela Draghicescu, piano

Photos by Daniel Zilcsaknwclicks.com

Dinu Lipatti

Born in Bucharest, Romania, pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) is regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20 th century. He fulfilled a startling variety of roles – as pianist, composer, teacher and critic – with tireless devotion and integrity, despite the early and relentless encroachment of the cancer that took his life unexpectedly. It is not surprising, given his death at the age of thirty-three, that Lipatti achieved cult status in the years following his death.
However, his reputation, today based on his recordings, emphasizes the fact that his premature death in no way clouded the critical reception he has received. His approach to the piano was one of utter fastidiousness, striving for perfection in every aspect of his interpretation and performance.
During his lifetime, he was admired by many pianists such as Wilhelm Backhaus, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arthur Schnabel. Many other musicians were also highly impressed by Lipatti’s talents including Yehudi Menuhin, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, and Frank Martin.
Lipatti's pianism is an ideal synthesis of a composer's analytical insight and expressive inwardness that brought outstanding contributions to the classical music interpretation and composition of today.

In a concert honoring the legendary pianist and composer, internationally acclaimed violinist and pianist, Alexandru Tomescu (violin) and Angela Draghicescu (piano), pay tribute to the centennial of the birth of the legendary pianist, in a concert featuring exquisite chamber works of Lipatti and other composers.
The program includes exquisite chamber works by Enescu and Bartok, as well as a rarely heard chamber work by Dinu Lipatti that will receive its Seattle premiere : the Sonatine for Violin and Piano.

Alexandru Tomescu


Alexandru Tomescu is the artist for whom music has no limits: ready to play the most difficult scores in marathon concerts, in month-long tours, the violinist is unanimously appreciated by the audiences all over the world. After graduating from the Bucharest Conservatory where he was taught by Ştefan Gheorghiu, he continued his studies abroad with Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Tibor Varga and Eduard Schmieder. Winner of prestigious prizes in competitions such as Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud, George Enescu, Paganini or Sarasate, he has performed on the world’s most renowned and sought-after concert stages: Carnegie Hall (New York), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). In 2007 Alexandru won the right to play the Stradivarius Elder-Voicu which belongs to the Romanian State and promised to make its sound heard by all Romanians. The Stradivarius International Tour became one of the most sought-after classical music events in Romania. 2015 was the first international edition, marking the 60-th anniversary of Enescu's death with another marathon: all of Enescu's works for violin and piano. International Stradivarius Tour 2016 – „EXPERIENCE 2.0” , may-june will be dedicated the musicians Bela Bartock, Serghei Prokofiev, Vasile Filip.

Angela Draghicescu


Angela Draghicescu, a native of Romania, currently serves as Collaborative Pianist at The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Draghicescu has toured the world as a duo and chamber music pianist in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, George Enescu Philharmonic (Romania), Rudolfinium Auditorium (Prague), Mahidon Auditorium (Thailand), Hindemith Institute (Switzerland), and other venues in Switzerland, Romania, Hungary, France, and Norway. Significant collaborations include Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, violinists Brian Lewis, Naumburg Competition winner cellist David Requiro, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trumpet player David Bond, former Canadian Brass french horn player Jeff Nelsen.
Dr. Draghicescu received her bachelor’s and master degrees in piano performance at Louisiana State University and earned her doctorate in collaborative piano at The University of Texas at Austin. Her doctoral thesis Nicolae Bretan: A Guide to Romanian Art Song is the first textbook for Romanian diction for singers and has become an invaluable source for non-native speakers wishing to perform Romanian art song. In 2013 Bucharest University Press published her dissertation project for use in universities in the US as well as in Europe. An active coach, she was invited to the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, KS as chamber music faculty, as well as collaborative pianist for The Interlochen Arts Academy in 2016. Under the artistic direction of Zubin Mehta, Angela was appointed one of the pianists for George Enescu International Competition and was previously selected as one of the accompanists for the North American Saxophone Alliance, in 2014.

This event is organized by ARCS in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute New York and with the support of the Romanian American Society of Washington State (RO-WA)