Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Boston Globe has come to praise her as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist” and the Los Angeles Times has written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable,” while Strad Magazine called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance “a first-rate recital.” Irina Muresanu’s performances have been frequently cited among the Best of Classical Music Performances by The Boston Globe, and her recital in the Emerging Artists Celebrity Series was named one of the Top 10 musical events by the TAB Magazine.
Ms. Muresanu achieved early international acclaim as an outstanding soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, winning top prizes in several prestigious international violin competitions. These include the Montreal International, Queen Elizabeth International, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competition. She is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award, the Kate Kinley Fellowship Award from the University of Illinois, and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.
Ms. Muresanu has performed in renowned concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her recent solo engagements include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Syracuse Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria, S. Africa), the Romanian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), the Boston Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the New England String Ensemble, amongst others
In 2013, Ms. Muresanu introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project, a solo violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by musical cultures around the world. An early reviewer wrote that “[W]hen the D Major section moves into D minor [in Bach’s Chaccone], it seemed as if the violin had had its heart broken and was crying. Muresanu’s performance was simply spectacular.”
Her recent recording releases include the Thomas Oboe Lee Violin Concerto (dedicated to Irina Muresanu) on the BMOP/sound label, works of Elena Ruehr (also dedicated to Irina Muresanu) on Avie Records, and the complete Violin and Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom on Centaur label, with pianist Michael Lewin (a recording funded by a Copland Recording Program grant). In Europe, her recording of the Guillaume Lekeu and Alberic Magnard late Romantic Violin and Piano Sonatas, with pianist Dana Ciocarlie and on the French AR RE-SE label, has sparked enthusiasm. Fanfare noted the recording with “singing and soaring…[a] sizzling performance.” Ms. Muresanu has also recorded chamber music works of Gerhard Schedl with the Walden Chamber Players, the world premiere release of Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Violin and Piano with pianist Virginia Eskin (Albany Records), and a CD featuring chamber works of Erich Korngold (VPRO Radio Amsterdam). Adding to her competition laurels, Ms. Muresanu has been granted a Special Commendation award for her recording of Schoenberg’s Fantasy for Violin and Piano, at the 3rd Vienna Modern Masters International Performers’ Recording Competition.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu has appeared in such festivals and venues as Bargemusic in New York, the Rockport Festival in Massachusetts, Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine, the Strings in the Mountains festival and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music Festival in the Netherlands, Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Rencontres des Musiciennes Festival in France. Ms. Muresanu has been a member of the Boston Trio since 2002 and regularly performs with Mistral and the Walden Chamber Players.
Irina Muresanu currently serves on the faculty at the University of Maryland and has taught in the music departments of the Boston Conservatory, Harvard University and MIT. Her ensemble, the Boston Trio, is Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory, the institution at which she received the prestigious Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. A native of Bucharest, Romania, Ms. Muresanu resides in Boston, MA with her husband, son and dog. She plays an 1856 Giuseppe Rocca violin with a Charles Peccatte bow, courtesy of Mr. Mark Ptashne.