"The technical brilliance of the young Romanian violinist Vlad Stanculeasa is never in doubt in this very demanding programme – his picture-painting in the Impressions d’enfance, in particular, is both subtle and brilliant. A warm tonal quality, born out of a wide vibrato, perfectly captures Constantinescu’s gypsy element, though it does go some way in smoothing down Olah’s acerbic moments."
The Strad Magazine
Young Romanian violinist Vlad Stănculeasa leads a rich musical life as soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
He’s performed chamber music with some of the most celebrated musicians of today including Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Viktoria Mullova, Jeremy Menuhin, and Ana Chumachenco. He received top prizes in the George Enescu International Violin Competition, Renata Molinari Competition, Valsesia Musica International Competition, as well as the 2007 Enescu Prize for the best performance of Enescu's Impressions d'enfance.
As a soloist, he’s performed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig, George Enescu Philharmonic, and with all major orchestras in Romania. He’s collaborated as soloist with many conductors including Kent Nagano, Han Na Chang, Lahav Shani, Konrad von Abel, Joana Carneiro, Min Kim, and Mischa Katz.
Stănculeasa has been Concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid. He previously served as Concertmaster of the Basel Chamber Orchestra where he often lead the ensemble without a conductor.
He studied with Alberto Lysy and Liviu Prunaru at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland and obtained his Master’s in Music from the Lausanne Conservatory under the tutelage of Pierre Amoyal.
He released his debut album in 2013 on the RCA Red Seal/Sony label with a program dedicated to Romanian concert music performed with pianist Thomas Hoppe. The Strad Magazine review stated that “Stanculeasa is never in doubt in this very demanding program – his picture-painting in the Impressions d’enfance, in particular, is both subtle and brilliant. A warm tonal quality, born out of a wide vibrato, perfectly captures…gypsy element[s]…” 2017 brought the release of “Pyramids” recording where together with pianist James Maddox he performs music by Nielsen, Messiaen and Enescu.
As an educator, Stănculeasa is currently a guest teacher at the Castilla-La Mancha Superior Conservatory, he has served as guest professor at Gothenburg University of Music and Drama and has led multiple master classes throughout Serbia, Spain, Venezuela, and Sweden.
A chance encounter with Sergiu Celibidache’s assistant, Konrad von Abel, led to the establishment of an intense investigation of the phenomenology of music. Maestro von Abels guidance remains a constant source of inspiration and knowledge.
Stănculeasa plays a Pietro Guarneri from Venice 1730 which was kindly let to him by the Göteborgs Symfoniker Vänner Society in Gothenburg, Sweden and a Sanctus Seraphino from 1739 which once belonged to George Enescu and his great pupil Yehudi Menuhin.
Footprint Records release of Pyramids: James Maddox and Vlad Stanculeasa perform Nielsen, Messiaen and Enescu.
Sony/RCA Red Seal presents Romanian Journey: a voyage into the world of Enescu, Olah, Jora and Constantinescu.
Thomas Hoppe, piano / Vlad Stanculeasa, violin
Kammerorchester Basel - Mozart, Klein, Bartok
Vlad Stanculeasa concertmaster / leader
Dorati & Mendelssohn String Octets
Kristjan Järvi Conductor
Gstaad Festival Orchestra
Vlad Stanculeasa Leader/Solo Violin
Concert in Bern at the Paul Klee Center
May 2013 soloist Vlad Stanculeasa - violin
The Accademia Isola Classica will be officially inaugurated on the 9th of September with a special opening concert that will take place in Church of San Salvatore on Isola Maggiore. The concert will be free and local authorities, partners, the local community, students from nearby music schools and conservatories (Tuscany and Umbria), celebrities and local press will be invited to the event.
The protagonists of the evening’s concert will be the most talented students chosen to perform as soloists and as members of chamber music groups. The Academy String Ensemble, consisting of the professors and students, as mentors and protégés, and conducted by the conducting students, will for he first time, perform together on stage.
Vlad Stanculeasa, violin
Joachim Gustafsson, conductor
Gothenburg Wind Band Orchestra