Soloist

Alexandra Dariescu

Piano

Biography – about the artist.

Alexandra Dariescu, creator of “The Nutcracker and I”, is a pianist for the 21st century, standing out as an original voice on gender equality in both her concerto and recital programmes, championing and premiering lesser-known works. In demand as a soloist worldwide, she has performed with eminent orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, whilst the list of conductors she has worked with includes Adam Fischer, Cristian Măcelaru, Alain Altinoglu, Fabien Gabel, Jun Märkl, Vasily Petrenko, Ryan Bancroft, James Gaffigan and JoAnn Falletta.

In 2023/24 Dariescu opens the season for the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sakari Oramo at the Barbican Centre. A regular guest of the George Enescu International Festival, she returns alongside pianist Jean Efflam Bavouzet and the Manchester Camerata for Mozart’s double concerto. In North America she debuts with the Indianapolis Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, followed by her return to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of James Lee III’s new piano concerto ‘Shades of Unbroken Dreams’, in honour of the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech. The concerto, written for Dariescu, is a co-commission along with the BBC Philharmonic and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, giving the piece’s UK premiere under the baton of John Storgårds. Further highlights include her return to the Houston Symphony with Fabien Gabel and debuts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, the Trondheim and Wuppertal Symphony orchestras. This season marks the 7th running year of her successful piano recital production “The Nutcracker and I”, with presentations taking place in cities across the UK, Germany, Belgium and China.


In recent seasons Dariescu has given important premieres of unjustly neglected pieces, such as Nadia Boulanger’s Fantaisie Variée; in the US with Houston Symphony, in Norway with Oslo Philharmonic and in Finland with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2022 she made the world premiere recording of a newly discovered piano concerto (1900) by Leokadiya Kashperova with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for BBC Radio 3’s acclaimed programme ‘Composer of the Week’. Further discoveries include international performances of the recently unearthed piano concerto by George Enescu and Dora Pejačević’s Phantasie concertante. 

In 2017, Dariescu took the world by storm with her successful piano recital production “The Nutcracker and I”, an original ground-breaking multimedia performance for piano solo with dance and digital animation, which has since enjoyed international acclaim and has drawn thousands of young audiences into concert halls across Europe, Australia, China, the Emirates and the US, realising Dariescu’s vision of building bridges and making classical music more accessible to the wider public. 

Dariescu has released eight albums to critical acclaim, the latest disc being her Decca recording with Angela Gheorghiu. The discography includes a Trilogy of Preludes series on Champs Hill Records, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Darrell Ang (Signum Records), in addition to “The Nutcracker and I” audio book.

Dariescu has been mentored by Sir András Schiff and Dame Imogen Cooper. A Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy, she received the UK’s Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category. In 2017, Dariescu was appointed patron of Music in Lyddington and Cultural Ambassador of Romania. In spring 2018, Dariescu received the ‘Officer of the Romanian Crown’ from the Royal Family and was selected as a Young European Leader by Friends of Europe. In 2020, Dariescu received the Order 'Cultural Merit' in the rank of Knight by the Romanian President and became an Associated Member of the RNCM.

Season 2023/2024


The Nutcracker and I

A pianist, a ballerina, state-of-the-art animations and digital effects. The Nutcracker for the 21st century with astonishing, state-of-the-art animation and digital effects to retell this seasonal classic like it’s…

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The next dates:

29.06.2024

Ipswich Corn Exchange

Ipswich

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04.07.2024

Saffron Hall

Saffron Walden

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04.07.2024

Saffron Hall

Saffron Walden

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12.07.2024

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz

Mainz

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13.07.2024

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz

Mainz

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Your contact persons:

General Management:

Spiros Chatziangelou

+44 20 7395 09-17

spiros.chatziangelou@kdschmid.co.uk

North America:

Ann SunHyung Kim

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Germany, Austria, Switzerland:

Katerina Kanavaki

+49 30 5213 702-23

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Robbie Littlejohns

Artist Coordinator

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Discography.

Plaisir d'Amour

Angela Gheorghiu & Alexandra Dariescu

11.2019, Decca, CD

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Boulanger, Fauré & Messiaen

Complete Preludes, Vol. 3

04.2019, Champs Hill Records, CD

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Alexandra Dariescu "The Nutcracker and I"

04.2018, signum Classics, CD

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Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1 - Nutcracker Suite

10.2016, signum Classics, CD

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Shostakovich & Szymanowski

Complete Preludes, Vol. 2

10.2015, Champs Hill Records, CD

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News.

Alexandra Dariescu debuts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic

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Alexandra Dariescu returns to Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony Orchestra

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Alexandra Dariescu returns to North America

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'The Nutcracker and I' celebrates its 7th season with a tour in Europe and China

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Alexandra Dariescu gives the world premiere of James Lee III's new piano concerto

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Alexandra Dariescu opens BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2023/24 season

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Alexandra Dariescu plays at the George Enescu Festival

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Alexandra Dariescu debuts with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

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Press.

„Pianist Alexandra Dariescu was magnificent in the piano solo cadenza of Shades of Unbroken Dreams. She encapsulates the voice-merging technique used by African American preachers in the second movement. You could hear the voice and speech of Dr. King with every note and it was moving.“

Patch News, Nili Nathan, 24.02.2024

„In James Lee III’s piano concerto, Shades of Unbroken Dreams, Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech serves as a launchpad to reflect the ongoing struggle for equal rights … Episodes of Ravelian delicacy jostle with bellicose marches and celebratory climaxes of immense power that narrowly avoid toppling over into bombast. Alexandra Dariescu was the muscular soloist, plunging into dialectical games with the orchestra and taking the demanding piano writing in her stride.“

The Guardian, Clive Paget, 26.11.2023

„Phantasie Concertante of 1919 by Dora Pejačević, sounding a little like Rachmaninov with a modernist twist, it gave the soloist Alexandra Dariescu a chance to display pianistic brilliance…Dariescu took all this in her stride, matching her steely technique to the tempestuous opening. Where the piano took a calming lead, for instance in a brief duet with cello, the Romanian pianist showed poetic poise.“

The Telegraph, John Allison & Alexandra Coghlan, 07.10.2023

„The audience was treated to a joyful Mozart, the Concerto in E flat major for two pianos and orchestra, presented by Alexandra Dariescu and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, an expressive duo in the dialogue carried on the keys. As in her previous return to Bucharest, in May 2023, Alexandra Dariescu captured the warmth of her own audience, dripping fire in her tender interpretation, carefully coordinated with that of her partner, receiving a thunderous applause.“

Adevărul, Madalina Firanescu, 20.09.2023

„Her first intervention, musical, with contrasts, portends beautiful things for the rest of the work. The balance between Orchester Symphonique de la Monnaie and the soloist is excellent. The sensitivity shown by the pianist is touching. Her playing is elegant and refined but she stands up to the orchestra in the big tutti. It is also necessary to note the beautiful complicity between Alexandra Dariescu and Alain Altinoglu. The latter pays great attention to the soloist and perfectly masters the orchestra to get the best out of it.“

Crescendo Magazine, Timothée Grandjean, 01.01.2023

„Pianist Alexandra Dariescu brings vividness and passion to this rarely heard work [Clara Schumann], her enthusiasm clear to see.“

GoldenPlec, Michael Lee, 24.05.2022

„With her formidable technique, expressive approach and delightful stage presence, Dariescu wowed the audience.“

Limelight Magazine, Phillip Scott, 27.02.2020