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Aida-Carmen Soanea

Aida-Carmen Soanea

Aida-Carmen Soanea, an eclectic and charismatic violist, won first prize at the 2005 Bucchi Viola Competition in Rome. She was already established as one of the most formidable talents of her generation when she won second prize at the Bashmet Viola Competition in Moscow (2000) and received awards from the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” Foundation in Hamburg, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. As a soloist, Aida-Carmen has appeared in music festivals, such as Internationale Osterfestspiele Luzern, Rheingau Musikfestival, Musikfestspiele Sanssouci, Musikfestival Mecklenburg Vorpommern and has performed with different ensemble formations, including Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, English Youth Orchestra, European Chamber Orchestra and the Berliner Symphoniker. She shared the stage, playing concerts together with Tabea Zimmermann at the Cité de la Musique Paris, Renaud Capuçon at the Lucerne Spring Festival, making her debut in the Berlin Philharmonie with Tanja Becker-Bender. She has also toured all over England performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Tasmin Little. An avid chamber musician, Aida-Carmen regularly performs with pianists José Gallardo and Andrej Jussow and has also performed with Natalia Gutman, Kolja Blacher and Rainer Kussmaul, with whom she appeared several times at the “Berliner Festwochen“. Aida-Carmen also has been a guest of many European festivals, where she collaborated with wonderful musicians as the Vertavo Quartet, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Adrian Brendel and many others.

From 2007 to 2015 Aida-Carmen Soanea was a founding member of the delian::quartet. In that formation, she appeared at Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Ludwigsburger Festspiele and Schwetzinger Festspiele etc. The quartet performed in Vienna Musikverein, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden, the Philharmonie Essen, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt and major concert venues throughout Europe, enjoying great success. Born into a Rumanian family of singers, Aida-Carmen Soanea studied from 1995 to 1999 at the Freiburg University School of Music and at the Berliner Hochschule “Hanns Eisler“ in the class of Kim Kashkashian. She found new inspiration in Paris pursuing her soloists studies at the CNSM de Paris with Gérard Caussé. She was influenced and received significant musical input from artists such as Yuri Bashmet, but especially Claudio Abbado, whom she encountered regularly as a member of Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and later on as a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The present solo CD by Aida-Carmen Soanea is the result of many years of research into the works of Norbert von Hannenheim (1898-1945), a pupil of Arnold Schönberg, who died after the end of the war in a mental institution. These pieces, hitherto considered lost, are a major enrichment of the viola repertoire of the Second Viennese School. Aida-Carmen Soanea also feels a strong connection to contemporary music through her collaborations with living composers, several of whom have dedicated their works to her. Her regular work with the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt is also another sign of her continuing commitment to the music of today. Aida-Carmen Soanea plays a viola by Lorenzo Storioni from 1778, generously loaned to her by Klaus Borggrefe for the purpose of this recording.

 

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Works for viola & piano

Works for viola & piano

Aida-Carmen Soanea

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