DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Romanian cellist Laura Buruiana was born in Bucharest in 1980 and started playing the cello at the age of ten. From 1999 until 2004 she studied with with Vasile Tugui and Marin Cazacu, and from 2004 with Frans Helmerson at Cologne University of Music, where she obtained her masters degree in 2007.
She was a first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists Award in New York in 2003, and in the same year she won the Premio Arturo Bonucci Competition in Rome.
She has performed the first Shostakovich concerto in the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Dvorák concerto with the Bari Symphony while touring Italy, Bach's A Minor Concerto at the Rheingau Music Festival (Germany) with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, and has also played with the Shanghai Orchestra in the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Under the aegis of Young Euro Classics in Berlin, she was the soloist in Romanian composer Anatol Vieru's first cello concerto.
In 2005, she made her debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, taking over the cello solo part in Paul Constantinescu's Triple Concerto and was invited for a recital at the same festival in 2007. She has performed with all the major orchestras in Romania, and other orchestras in Europe, USA and Asia, working with conductors such as Oliver von Dohnányi, Gerhard Zimmermann, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Lorenzo Muti and Dorel Pascu.
Following her success in the New York competition, she has toured the USA extensively, including concerts at Kennedy Center, Kaufmann Hall, Merkin Hall, and in Pittsburgh, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio and at the Mostly Tchaikowsky Festival in Pella.
She plays an 1850 Caussin cello and has recorded for Naxos, Coviello Classics and Zig-Zag Territories.
CD Spotlight. Approachable Pieces - Enescu and Bartók, heard by Robert Anderson. 'Laura Buruiana triumphs in what is ultimately an exacting work.'
CD Spotlight. In Perfect Balance - Mendelssohn from Laura Buruiana and Ferenc Vizi impresses Andrew Schartmann. 'Their playing is musical to the very core and their technique flawless.'
CD Spotlight. Gutsy Performances - Enescu cello sonatas, heard by Howard Smith. '... perfectly rounded and the intonation irreproachable.'
CD Spotlight. Late Romanticism - Trio Brancusi plays Enescu, welcomed by Bill Newman. 'The performances are all first rate ...'