Trained at the source of the Romanian school of piano like Dinu Lipatti, Clara Haskil or Dan Grigore, Dana Ciocarlie also studied in Paris under Victoria Melki at the École normale de musique and participated in the proficiency training classes of Dominique Merlet and Georges Pludermacher. Her meeting with the German pianist Christian Zacharias would be decisive especially for going deeper into Franz Schubert’s work for piano to which she devoted a cycle of nine concerts at the Théâtre Molière – Maison de la Poésie in Paris in 1997.
Her maturity, the simplicity of her tone, her natural expression attracted the attention of the monthly Le Monde de la Musique in a special report devoted to the "2000 generation": young promising artists likely to make a top billing tomorrow. Gifted with a strong artistic temperament where generosity is no less present than commitment, Dana Ciocarlie possesses a vast repertory, stretching from Johann Sebastian Bach to the composers of today. Some of them have dedicated works to her such as Karol Beffa, Frédéric Verrières, Nicolas Bacri, and she is renowned as one of the major performers of Horatiu Radulescu. Her experience and her talent have been rewarded with numerous prizes during prestigious international competitions: a Grand Prix at the Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, the Sandor Vegh Special Prize at the Geza Anda Competition in Zurich, the Pro Musicis International Prize, the Young Concert Artist European Auditions in Leipzig, the F. Busoni Competition in Italy.
Prizewinner of many Foundations: Yvonne Lefébure, Nadia Boulanger, Gyorgy Cziffra, she is also a sought-after performer in the chamber music field. Her multiple activities around the world in performances or in concert with an orchestra have taken her to the United States (Boston, New York, Los Angeles), to Canada (Montreal, Lanaudière Festival), to Hong Kong, to Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania), to France: Cité de laMusique, Théâtre du Châtelet, Radio-France, Auditorium du Louvre, Salle Gaveau, MIDEM in Cannes, to the Lyon Opera, and to different festivals : Chopin at Bagatelle, Berlioz at the Côte Saint-André, the Women in Music festival in Ushant, Périgord Noir, Massenet in Saint-Etienne, Radio-France-Montpellier, La Roque d’Anthéron...
Since 2001, she has been a regular guest of Jean-Pierre Derrien for the show L’atelier du musicien on France-Musique to play and to comment on Robert Schumann’s great works for piano.
Michel Le Naour