Alexandra to open season

Alexandra Dariescu
Alexandra Dariescu

A music society’s season will start with the right notes next week with the visit from an astounding pianist.

Alexandra Dariescu will perform as part of Alnwick Music Society’s 2016-17 programme, opening the season earlier than normal with a concert at Alnwick Playhouse on Tuesday, August 30, at 7.30pm.

The brilliant, young Romanian pianist ‘has dazzled audiences with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence’.

She was recently named as one of 30 pianists under the age of 30, destined for a spectacular career.

She made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the first ever Romanian pianist to perform in this prestigious venue.

More recently she was awarded the Custodian of the Romanian Crown Medal, the youngest musician to receive this distinction from the Royal Family of Romania.

In 2013, she won the United Kingdom’s ‘Women of the Future’ award in the Arts and Culture category and in 2014 was acclaimed Romania’s Woman of the Year.

She has recently released a first concert to recording of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 and the Nutcracker Suite with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

After that she recorded a second volume of Preludes by Shostakovich and Szymanowski.

Her programme for Alnwick begins with Mendelsshon’s Bartholdy Variations, followed by two Preludes by Messiaen. The first half ends with Beethoven’s Klaviersonate Nr.6. After the interval Alexandra will play 9 Preludes of Faure. The concert ends with the delightful Tchaikovsky Nutcracker suite, more usually heard in orchestral form but here as piano score.