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Irina Muresanu

Irina Muresanu was born in Bucharest, Romania and since 1994 has moved to the city of Boston in the United States, which is now her permanent residence. Her degrees include a Master of Music from the University of Illinois, an Artist Diploma and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston; she was a pupil of Stefan Gheorghiu in Bucharest and the French violinist Michele Auclair in Boston.

Ms. Muresanu’s list of international prizes and awards include the Montreal International Violin Competition (Canada), the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition (Belgium), the UNISA International String Competition (South Africa), the Washington International String Competition (USA), the “George Enescu” International Violin Competition (Romania), and the “Tibor Varga” International Competition (Switzerland). She is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, as well as the Presser Music Award for Young Talents and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.

Irina Muresanu’s recent engagements as soloist include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Syracuse Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria), the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), the Boston Phiharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (Boston), the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra among others. She has appeared in recitals at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre among others. She often can be heard on Boston’s WGBH and other NPR radio stations.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Muresanu has appeared in such festivals and venues as Bargemusic in New York, the Rockport Festival in Massachusetts, the Bay Chambers concert series, the Bowdoin Festival in Maine, the Strings in the Mountains festival in Colorado, the Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, the Reizend Music festival in the Netherlands, the Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Rencontres des Musiciennes festival in France.

Ms. Muresanu’s discography includes the world premiere recording of Marion Bauer's Sonata for Violin and Piano (with pianist Virginia Eskin) on Albany Records and a CD featuring the chamber works of Erich Korngold released by the VPRO Radio Amsterdam. In June 2005 she received the Copland Fund Recording Grant for the recording of Willam Bolcom’s complete violin and piano sonatas on the Centaur label, along with pianist Michael Lewin. Ms. Muresanu has been granted a Special Commendation award for her recording of Schoenberg's Fantasy for violin and piano at the 3rd International Vienna Modern Masters Performers Recording Competition.

Irina Muresanu currently serves on both the faculties of the Boston Conservatory and the Music Department at MIT. Irina Muresanu plays an 1856 Joseph Rocca violin and uses a Charles Peccat bow, courtesy of Mr. Mark Ptashne.

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