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Tuesday Evening Season - 11th February, 2014
'Ioana Olteanu is very ambitious, with a strong personality; she is a very talented girl who learns with ease…an intelligent and sensitive child…'
The recital given by the violinist Ioana Olteanu can be defined as an evening marked by her youth, by enthusiasm and communication. She was clearly excited about her first performance on the stage of the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum:
'It was really nice to play in this hall. Honestly, ever since I was a child, I have wanted to be able to perform at the Athenaeum. Of all the works in the programme, it is Sibelius I most resonate with; it's the last work that I interpreted. It has a certain depth; it's written mainly for solo violin, but it's a combination between the cadence of the piano and that of the violin. I think it is extremely melancholic and provides multiple possibilities of expression…'
The violinist Ioana Olteanu really excelled in Part I of Sibelius' Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major. After a rather academic, but correctly interpreted musical performance, this has given me the certainty that the young musician possesses all the attributes - virtuosity, sensitivity and a lot of expressivity - necessary to accomplish remarkable feats.
Translated by Mihaela Olinescu and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest