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Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, K. 304
Tempo di Menuetto
Friedrich Max "Fritz" KreislerAlt-Wiener Tanzweisen (Old Viennese Melodies)
César FranckSonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Allegretto ben Moderato
Allegretto poco mosso
This young pair brings us a moving program for violin and piano.
Mozart’s Sonata in E minor is the only one of the composer’s violin sonatas in a minor key and it is wistful music, full of a depth of feeling that many have associated with the death of his mother, which occurred around the time he wrote the work while in Paris with her in July 1778. Ravel and Kreisler offer a jauntier tone but no less emotional impact. The concert closes with Faure’s sonata, composed during a period of great joy in the composer’s life, after announcing his engagement (although he would never marry). The work was premiered in 1877 with Faure himself at the piano.
Ioana Cristina Goicea was born into a family of musicians in Bucharest in 1992 and plays a Giambattista Guadagnini violin (Parma, 1761). She is a professor of violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and has won many prizes and competitions.
She is joined by Romanian pianist Adela Liculescu, who is not only a soloist and chamber musician but performs with major orchestras and won first prize at the unique Prix du Piano in Bern. She currently studies at the Thyll-Durr foundation of Switzerland and the Music Academy of Licthenstein.
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Ioana Cristina Goicea & Adela Liculescu
Ioana Cristina Goicea is one of the outstanding violinists of her generation. She won First Prize at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, with critics praising her passionate performance and describing her as “a new star in the musical firmament.” In 2018 she won First Prize at the German Music Competition in Bonn and was a laureate of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In 2019 she became a prize winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She is also the winner of the J. Brahms International Competition (2013) and laureate of the “Fritz Kreisler” International Violin Competition Vienna (2014).
In October 2020, at the age of 27, she was appointed violin professor at the renowned University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Ms. Goicea has performed at renowned venues in Europe, Asia, America, New Zealand and Australia, among them the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St Martin-in-the-Fields London, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Bozar Brussels, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, the Queen Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Athenaeum Bucharest, the Townhall Auckland, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Konzerthaus Freiburg.
She has performed as a soloist with the Belgian National Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Staatskapelle Halle, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Indianapolis Symphony, the George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the National Radio Orchestra Bucharest, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic.
In addition to her career as a soloist, the young violinist is also an avid chamber musician. She performed at renowned chamber music festivals and academies: the Verbier Academy, Hitzacker Festival and Academy and the Heidelberger Frühling Academy. In 2015, together with pianist Andrei Banciu, she won the Second Prize and the Young Duo Award at the International Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste” in Trieste, Italy.
Ioana Cristina Goicea was born into a family of musicians in Bucharest in 1992. She is studying with Krzysztof Węgrzyn at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. She previously studied with Mariana Sîrbu at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig and with Petru Munteanu at the University of Music and Theater in Rostock. She participated in masterclasses with Prof. Mihaela Martin, Silvia Marcovici, Pinchas Zuckerman and Saschko Gawriloff.
Ioana Cristina Goicea plays a Giambattista Guadagnini violin (Parma, 1761) generously loaned to her by the German Music Instrument Fund in Hamburg (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben).
Pianist Adela Liculescu was born in Craiova, Romania and graduated with distinction from Martin Hughes’ studio at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2019. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in chamber music with Avedis Kouyoumdjian in Vienna, and a doctoral degree with Milana Chernysavska and Deniz Peters in Graz.
Liculescu was awarded First Prize at the Prix du Piano Bern in February 2018. In 2017 – in less than two weeks – she won both existing Brahms International Competitions: in Pörtschach (Austria), she won First Prize and the Audience prize; in Detmold (Germany) she was awarded First Prize and several Special Prizes, including concert engagements and a CD recording.
She has performed recitals in London, Munich, Vienna, Bucharest, and in many other concert halls across Europe. In 2018, she performed concerts and taught masterclasses in Xi’an, Chengdu and Nanjing, China.
Liculescu is also an active chamber musician. She performs regularly as a duo with violinist Kirill Maximov, and has performed in ensembles with Alexander Sitkovetsky, Natalia Lomeiko, and Barnabás Kelemen, among many others.
Adela is a current scholar of the Thyll-Dürr Foundation of Switzerland and Music Academy of Liechtenstein, and a past scholar of the Tokyo Foundation and of the Beethoven Society Vienna.
Adela Liculescu is an Official Bösendorfer Artist.