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The Tuesday Evening Season - 22nd October, 2013

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 , ora 8.07

The young violinist Alexandra Bobeico’s recital given at the Romanian Athenaeum’s Small Hall on 22nd October, 2013, met with a well-deserved success due to the musician’s rigorous training and considerable talent. Alexandra Bobeico, who will be 17 in November, already has a list of important awards, and a few months ago, in June 2013, she won first prize in the violin section and special prize for the best performance of a compulsory piece at the ‘Concertino Praga’ Competiton, the most important competition dedicated to young musicians under 18 years old. The talented musician was recommended for participation in this competition by Radio Romania Music, a partner in the ‘George Enescu’ Philharmonic’s project called the Tuesday Evening Season. With her confident bow strokes, virtuosity and expressiveness, Alexandra Bobeico made quite an impression on the audience in her performance of the  programme including two works by Bohuslav Martinù and three sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel and César Franck respectively. She was accompanied on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum’s Small Hall by pianist Clementina Ristea Ciucu, an experienced musician with an intense artistic activity.

‘I have been performing here since I was eight, this concert hall is very dear to me, and it somehow feels like home. Personally, I communicate  with violinist Alexandra Bobeico very well, I feel her interpretation very well and she is one of those musicians whom you can follow remarkably well.’

Participating for the second time in the Tuesday Evening Season, Alexandra Bobeico, who performed a difficult repertoire, proved to be an intelligent and sensitive musician, with a warm sound and a great joy of performing, which she generously shared with the audience in the concert hall.

‘I also love performing on this stage because the acoustics are very good, which means I can play the violin in a less restrained way. There are some concert halls in which I cannot perform freely, casually, because I have to pay a lot of attention to the sound, and it’s very complicated. I can say that I have chosen this repertoire by myself, but I also consulted with my teachers:  Ravel’s Sonata, because, although I had been meaning to perform it earlier, now I think I’m ready for it, Beethoven’s Sonata, because it’s one of my favourite works, and Franck’s Sonata, in order to have a programme almost completely made up of sonatas… I think it was a good concert.’

The numerous audience applauded Alexandra Bobeico’s performance for a long time, the concert being also attended by Elena Baltaga, her teacher at the ‘George Enescu’ National College of Music.

‘Firstly, she is a violinist, and secondly, she is a student, and, from this point of view, it seemed to me that she performed with great joy, and I think that the audience can sense that. I believe this is what counts the most, and I’m very glad that she enjoys performing on stage.’

A charming stage presence and an extremely pleasant musical ‘surprise’, Alexandra Bobeico confirms her talent as a violinist, a talent which she will continue to improve in order to achieve notable performances. We will surely hear again about her interesting performances.

Jeanine Costache
Translated by Cristina Firoiu and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest