One of the most exciting artists of his generation to emerge from Romania, Vlad Maistorovici combines his performing career as violinist with composition. He performs internationally as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in repertoire ranging from classical to modern. His compositions have been championed by world class orchestras and artists.
As concert violinist, Vlad Maistorovici’s performances display ‘technical assuredness, balanced by interpretative willingness to push boundaries that can, and often does make sparks fly’ (Musicweb International on his Wigmore Hall appearance in 2009). Award-winner of The Tillett Trust, Young Concert Artist Trust and Remember Enescu International Competition, he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at major venues such as London Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Salle Flagey Bruxelles, Kulturhaus Helferei Zurich, Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Merkin Hall New York and prestigious festivals such as Verbier Festival, St. Prex Festival, Spoleto Festival, Enescu Festival, SoNoRo Festival. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, London South Bank Sinfonia, Bucharest Radio Orchestra.
With a concerto and chamber repertoire ranging from Bach to Enescu, through Beethoven and Elgar, Maistorovici does not stop at performing the established classical repertoire. ‘Queen Classics by Vlad Maistorovici’ is a tribute to his rock idol, in which the violin emulates the sophisticated style of interpretation of the band and its legendary frontman. As a founding member of The Mercury Quartet, he has inspired over 15 new works from the most talented composers of his generation, such as Mark Simpson, Steven Daverson, Charlotte Bray, Edmund Finnis, Laurent Durupt, but also established names such as Jonathan Cole or Romanian master Dan Dediu. With the same ensemble he has explored contemporary classical music improvisation in ‘Mercury Acoustic’, released by Gabriel Prokofiev’s label, NonClassical. In Season 2012-13 Maistorovici took up the position of solo violin of Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, where he performed the complete works for string quartet by Anton Webern and extensive 20th Century repertoire. He has given violin masterclasses at the Lilla Akademien Stokholm, Dartington International Summer School, Geneva Conservatoire and Bucharest National University of Music. 2015 will see the first edition of “vibrate!festival” in Brasov, Romania, an event set up by Vlad Maistorovici to explore ways of refreshing the listening experience of classical music.
Maistorovici is also a sought after composer. ‘Catchy and sonorous’ (Musical America), featuring ‘vivid contrasts’ (Financial Times) and ‘clarity of expression’ (Actualitatea Muzicala Bucharest), his music is championed by world-class ensembles, most notably the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra. He is the winner of the George Enescu Composition Prize, Clive Christian Composition Award and alumnus of the Britten-Pears Programme. Most recently, the LSO commissioned ‘Halo’ for large orchestra, which was premiered at the Barbican Hall, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and recorded by the LSO under the baton of Francois-Xavier Roth. Critics hailed the work as ‘full of atmosphere’ (The Classical Reviewer), ‘ethereal’ (Musicweb International), and music that ‘builds inexorably, harnessing power’ (Classical Source).
In 2012 the Romanian Cultural Institute in London has opened its season with a concert entitled ‘Night Music: the chamber works of Vlad Maistorovici’. In 2014 the project was revived at the Sibiu/Hermanstadt International Festival with site-specific video mapping, as part of a musician-in-focus which also saw him perform Brahms and Ligeti horn trios with Martin Owen and Dario Bonuccelli. 2015 will see the premiere of his ‘Concert Transilvan’ by Dmitry Sitkovetsky and New European Strings Orchestra at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Future engagements include a new piano quintet to be premiered by the composer at Victoria Hall in Turin with the Xenia Ensemble and Gianluca Cascioli, a new work for two pianos for Francoise-Green Duo’s 2016 residence at Saint John’s Smith Square, and two music theatre compositions.
Born in Ploiesti, Romania (1985), he is a former pupil of the Carmen Sylva Art School where he studied violin with Adrian Ceapa and Ioana Croitoru, and piano with his mother, Sanda Hîrlav-Maistorovici. At age 16, with the support of Lory Wallfisch, he gained a full scholarship at The Yehudi Menuhin School, where he continued his violin studies with Natalia Boyarskaya. He studied violin with Felix Andrievsky and composition with Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music London, and later violin with Pierre Amoyal on a Soloist Master degree at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. As a chamber musician he has benefited from the long-term mentorship of Bruno Canino.