"What a really exceptional evening! Daniel’s performance was incredible – such intensity and expression - and we are SO fortunate to have heard him play in Dumfries. I cannot imagine that that piano has EVER been played like that! ... We shall be thinking of him as he makes his Carnegie Hall debut and shall follow his career with keen interest. "

Jane McQuater, Dumfries Music Society, 5/11/18

"Mr. Mussorgsky could have learned a thing or two about evoking bells from his Romanian colleague who was born when Mussorgsky prematurely concluded his life.
In both works by his countrymen Ciobanu explored a rich variety of sounds, textures, colors, and shades: his control of a tonal palette was consummate, magisterial, striking. During his summer recital Ciobanu had already left us breathless with his unusually colorful, strikingly original, visionary version of Mussorgsky’s perennial Pictures at an Exhibition, which in my ears – at least in live performance – had never sounded more gripping, and imaginative, let alone played better. And we are talking about a work that is a staple of piano recitals. The young Romanian played not only with colors, harmonic structure, or hidden voices, but even more importantly with the timing: sometimes the slightly extended moment of unexpected rest left the listener momentarily unsettled; yet it seems to me that the composer would have approved of that approach.... this performance was revelatory because our pianist resorted more to his vivid imagination rather than to added chords and octaves, which are indeed very impressive. Ciobanu has a very distinctive touch, clear, pointed, precise and that allows him to paint with a sharp relief. ....his timing is commanding and allows for creation of a special tension in fragments such in the “Samuel Goldenberg and Shmuyle” section, which gains tellingly with added feeling of nervousness and uneasiness. “Limoges” impressed with its lightness, speed, precision, accentuation, contrasts, and furious coda. Ciobanu achieved striking effects with his consummate use of pedal when on one chord he was able to change the sound of the instrument, as demonstrated in “Catacombs”. And the ferocity of “Baba Yaga” was stunning as well; in its middle section with its mad sounds of chimes in the clock of the witch’s hut.

... pianistic fireworks in the form of the last three movements from the Firebird ballet by Stravinsky by ...Guido Agosti. ... another wonderful chance for Ciobanu to showcase his command of the keyboard and his keen ear for colors and variegated timbre. Just as in Pictures, he found myriad nuances and gradations of sound in the Stravinsky.

Ciobanu goes one step further and forces his listener to rethink the way that a piece of music is engraved in his mind.

Thus he is a name to remember and a pianist who should be invited back here on one of the major concert series. He deserves nothing less."

Roman Markowicz, ConcertoNet.com, The Classical Music Network, 18/10/18

"A name to be shouted from the rooftops... a young man whose staggering virtuoso credentials easily match those of the young Horowitz, Cziffra and Rosenthal... this guy goes the extra quarter mile.... an easy confidence, corruscating brilliance and gay (in the old sense of the word) abandon with ear, heart and mind in perfect alliance ... unforgettable."

John Humphreys

"Daniel Ciobanu’s performance at Weill Recital Hall was decidedly more serious, though no less good- natured and humorous—and a complete thrill from start to finish.
Ciobanu’s blinding technique alone made this an exciting experience, and his power, smooth and quick fingering, and precise delicacy supported deeply musical and expressive playing. He is the type of pianist who takes something loud and fast, like the “Infernal Dance” from the Firebird, and makes it louder and faster without losing any clarity or meaning. He also made the “Lullaby” from the ballet and “The Old Castle” from Pictures gentler and more dolorous yet without a hint of manner or sentimentality.
Ciobanu clearly loves the sound of a piano—striking chords, playing fast figures, and pedaling as a way to relish the ring and glow coming off the strings. And few pianists can make a Steinway sound as good as Ciobanu did Thursday night.
The repertoire he chose was itself a pleasure.....and a hell of a lot of fun."

George Grella, New York Classical Review, 18/10/18

Daniel Petrica Ciobanu / concert pianist

The mission is simple: a cocktail of serious classical music combined with the lollipops and fireworks of the piano repertoire.

Daniel studied from 2010-2016 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was the winner of  the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin. A particular highlight was when he was invited in May 2011, to perform alongside Lang Lang in the Royal Festival Hall, in an orchestra of 100 pianos, but was also specially selected by Lang Lang to perform a solo piece of his own choice in front of 3000 people.

Most recent prizes include winning 2nd Prize and Audience Favourite at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, 1st Prize and Special Prize for best Classical Sonata at the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa and the 1st Prize in the Sheepdrove Piano Competition in May 2016, competing against the best international piano students drawn from all the major UK conservatoires.

Rachmaninoff  “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”

During his four undergraduate years Daniel participated in masterclasses with Richard Goode, Idil Biret, Philip Fowke, Philip Martin,  Pascal Rogé, Steven Osborne, Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo, Roy Howat, Petras Geniusas and Ian Fountain.

He has won many prizes in prestigious competitions including 3rd prize in the Piano Campus International Competition in Paris and 2 special prizes including the Audience Prize and was awarded a concert engagement for January 2014 in Theatre95 in  Paris. He was also awarded 1st Mention of Honour  in the Ricard Vines International Piano competition, Lleida, Spain.  In February 2014 Daniel was awarded one of the three  Yamaha Music Foundation Europe Scholarships after being selected from 10 finalists from the UK top Academies and Conservatoires.  The competition was held at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He won 1st Prize in the Bromsgrove International Competition, 2nd Prize in the professional category of the Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition along with the special prize for the set piece, he was semi-finalist in the presitigious Scottish International Piano Competition, and won 2nd Prize in the Andre Dumortier International Piano Competition  in Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium,  2nd Prize in the  International Piano Competition in Montrond-les-Bains, France, along with the Audience Prize.  In the Morocco Philarmonique International Piano Competition he was unanimously voted winner of 1st Grand Prix, and was also awarded not only the Audience Prize but also the Orchestra Prize.

Daniel has performed with many orchestras including the Mihail Jora Orchestra from Bacau,  Cergy Pontoise Orchestra Paris, Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, Belgium, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Philarmonique du Maroc, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Pretoria.

Die Fledermaus

Recent concerts include  Tsinghua University/Beijing , Kasbah of Maison Arabe/Marrakech, British Consulate/Los Angeles, Mozarteum/Salzburg, Theatre 95 and Salle Cortot, both in Paris, Fazioli Factory/Sacile in Italy, Royal Festival Hall and Fazioli Centre in London and on the Isle of Man.  In Scotland he has played for Inverness Chamber Music, Music in Lanark,  Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh, Stewart’s Melville College, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Pollok House Arts Society and Westbourne Music Society, both in Glasgow, Music in Dollar, Music in Dumfries and with Glasgow Sinfonia, Glasgow.

On 18 October 2018 he played in Carnegie Hall in New York, and on 25 October 2018,  St John’s Smith Square, London to rave reviews.

Jazz Fazioli Concert Hall, Italy

This year’s Scottish Performances:

1 – 2pm, Wednesday 3 October 2018:  Westbourne Music Society, Merchants’ House, 7 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1BA

7.30pm, Friday 5 October 2018:  Music in Dumfries, St John’s Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries DG1 1LW

7.30pm, Saturday 6 October 2018:  Dollar Music Society, Dollar Academy, Mylne Ave, Dollar

5.30pm, Sunday 7 October 2018, Pollok House Arts Society, Pollok House, Pollok Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1 AT

Upcoming Scottish Performances: (more details to follow)

20 November 2020, Biggar

21 November 2020, Nairn

27 November 2020, West Kilbride

28 November 2020, Dumfries

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