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The Impeto Violin and Piano Duo

Wed Mar 23rd 2011, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


Artist Info:

The Impeto Duo: Raluca Matei (violin) with Florian Mitrea (piano)

The Impeto violin and piano duo was born from the enthusiasm and pure love for art of the Romanian musicians Raluca Matei (violin) and Florian Mitrea (piano). The ensemble was established in August 2009, when the two decided to join their forces and work together. Although they study at different music colleges (Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy) and have very different schedules, the two members thought that what they had in common was rare and was worth putting into practice: the energy and patience to build something lasting from passion.

The Impeto violin and piano duo has received intense coaching from some of the most famous names in the chamber music world. Raluca and Florian worked with outstanding musicians like Alexander Sitkovetsky, Ian Brown, Simon Crawford-Philips, Michael Bochmann, Diana Ketler and the Wihan Quartet.

The positive feedback and the high enthusiasm for both art and musical communication have attracted numerous concert engagements in the UK and Romania. At the moment, they are working on a very ambitious project: the Sonata genre for piano and violin, throughout the music history. Thus, their current repertoire includes a wide range of sonatas for this type of ensemble, from Mozart to Enescu, including Beethoven, Grieg, Prokofiev and others. The purpose of this project is to rediscover and shape through musical expression the transformations that this genre has suffered over the centuries, in an original way. For this, the Impeto Duo was awarded The Chamber Music Award by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust in 2009.

In terms of recitals, in December 2010 they have performed in several cities and towns of Romania, such as Bucharest, Ploiesti, Busteni and Tulcea. Other concerts in England scheduled for 2010/2011 include St Alfege’s Church, St. Anne's and Agnes', St.Pancras, Lauderdale House, Southwark Cathedral, Charlton House, Farnham Maltings and Pound Arts – Corsham.

Among other cultural and artistic activities they organize together, Florian and Raluca are both members of the Romanian Association for Culture, Education and Normality, being involved in projects promoting Romania’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

Moreover, they are both accomplished teachers, having taught students of all ages and levels.

Raluca Matei was born in 1987 in Bucharest, Romania. She started playing the violin when she was seven and at 14 she was offered a place at the ‘George Enescu’ College of Music where she continued her studies under Professor Mihaela Mailat. She has won more than 20 prizes in national and international violin competitions.

In 2006, she was accepted at the National Academy of Music in Bucharest, receiving the highest mark in the entrance audition. It was during this time that she discovered a passion for chamber music, therefore played in many ensembles such as string quartet, piano trio, violin duo, violin and piano duo. Her achievements brought her a scholarship given by the Romanian State between 2003 and 2006. She came to London in 2008 and became student of Trinity College of Music, where she is currently in her final undergraduate year, studying with Pieter Schoeman, leader of the LPO. A one year scholarship for outstanding entrance audition was offered to her and also became leader of the orchestra. She also studied with Carmel Kaine, Michael Bochmann and has participated in chamber music and solo masterclasses held by Mateja Marinkovich, Alexander Sitkovetski, Peter Manning, Rivka Golani, George Hadjinikos, Liviu Prunaru, Remus Azoitei, Franco Mezzena, Walter Verdehr and the Wihan Quartet.

As a scholar of the Sonoro Chamber Music Festival in 2010, she played with outstanding musicians such as Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg and Reto Bieri.

Raluca is the winner of the Vera Kantrovich Bach Solo Competition 2010. Recent achievements include : semi-finalist of the TCM Soloists’ Competition in 2008 and finalist of the TCM Vera Kantrovich Bach Solo Competition in 2009.

Raluca plays a violin by the renowned Italian maker Eugenio Degani made in 1896, which is on loan from Trinity College of Music.

Raluca has also completed a Bachelor degree in Psychology - her other great passion – after graduating from the University of Bucharest in 2009.

Florian Mitrea was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1989. He started studying piano with Professor Flavia Moldovan, at the “Iosif Sava” Music School and continued his studies at the “George Enescu” College of Music under Professor Gabriela Enăşescu. He has been accepted with scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he is currently studying under Professor Diana Ketler. He participated in masterclasses held by professors John Lill, Angela Brownridge, Pascal Devoyon, Sylviane Deferne and Boris Petrushanky. During his years of study in Romania, he has been awarded many national and international distinctions, including the First Prize in the Romanian National Music Olympics (three years in a row).

Florian is the winner of The Vienna International Piano Competition 2010. He was runner-up in the Jaques Samuel Competition - RAM heat 2009 and this prize brought him a recital at St. James' Piccadilly Cathedral. He is also the winner of the Beethoven RAM Competition - Lilian Davies Prize 2010, and he was a laureate in many other internal competitions, including the Second Prize in the Frederick Delius Chamber Music Competition and Harold Craxton Prize.

Florian has given the premmiere of Dr.Timothy Jones' completed version of the Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra by Mozart, together with violinist Yuka Ishizuka and the RAM Symphonic Orchestra, under the baton of Professor David Strange. He has performed at King's Place and the luxurious Drapers' Hall, in London.

Florian is a very active chamber musician. As a scholar of the Sonoro Chamber Music Festival in 2007 and 2009 he has performed with outstanding musicians such as Alexander Sitkovetski and David Cohen. He is also a member of the Mitrea Piano Quartet which has won the Harold Craxton Prize.

Florian was generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation and he is the winner of the Enescu Society Scholarship - 2010/2011, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute, London.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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