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Pianist accompanists
Pianist accompanist
Born in Landstuhl (Germany), Daniel Blumenthal is of American origin. He began his musical studies shortly after his fifth birthday and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music) and the Juilliard School in New York (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts). He has won several international competitions : Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. He enjoys an international reputation as a soloist, concert musician, and chamber musician. Daniel Blumenthal is professor op piano performance at the Brussels Conservatory and the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. In 1995 he served on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. He has recorded over 80 CDs. Daniel Blumenthal is honorary member of Icons of Europe and musical advisor to this not-for-profit cultural association.
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Aleksandar Madžar was born in Belgrade in 1968. He first studied the piano under the guidance of Gordana Malinovic, and later of Arbo Valdma, at the Belgrade Academy of Music. He went on to further studies with Elisso Virsaladze in Moscow and Daniel Blumenthal in Brussels. He is a laureate of several competitions, winning Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1996 and First Prize at the Geneva Competition (1987) and the Ferruccio Busoni (1989) and Umberto Micheli (1997) competitions. He made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Iván Fischer in 1990. Since then, he has performed regularly all over Europe in recital and in chamber music. He also occasionally tours North and South America, South Africa, and the Far East. Aleksandar Madžar teaches at the (Flemish) Royal Brussels Conservatory.
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Dana Protopopescu started studying music in Bucharest at a very young age and went on to study at the Brussels Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover, under Eduardo del Pueyo and Karl Engel. She gave her first concert with an orchestra at the age of 16. Since then, she has performed with leading conductors such as I . Markevitch, L. Langrée, M. Basarab, I. Baciu, E. Elenescu, M. Cristescu, E. Simon, H. Andreescu, O. Balan, and A. Rahbari. She has played in Abu Dhabi, London, Moscow, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Bucharest, Montreal, Washington, Seoul, and Boston. Dana Protopopescu has recorded numerous CDs, including the complete works for piano of Mendelssohn, and Beethoven’s complete sonatas for violin and piano and Grieg’s sonatas with Liviu Prunaru. Her recordings of the Hummel and Weber concertos have won high praise in reviews in CD Classics, the Penguin Guide, Diapason, and elsewhere. She received a Music Critic Award in Bucharest. An enthusiastic chamber music player, she has performed with A. Dumay, Y. Toda, L. Prunaru, M. Beaver, M.-N. Lemieux, M. Rizzi, M. Martin, F. Helmerson, and G. Hoffman. She has been an accompanist at a number of international competitions and since 2004 has accompanied the soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
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