Royal Academy of Music, MPhil/PhD
Romanian-born pianist, Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano at the age of 4 with the teacher Doina Olteteanu. Since then she has won numerous national and international piano competitions, such as the first prize at the “Vienna International Piano Competition”, second prize at “Orpheus Young Musician of the Year” contest, third prize at the “Beethoven Piano Competition”, second prize at the “Sterndale Bennett Piano Competition”, first prizes at the “Pro Piano” and “Carl Filtsch” International Piano Competitions and many more.
Her competition activity is harmoniously blended with a busy concert schedule. Alexandra has performed with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra the piano concerti by Stravinsky and Grieg while giving numerous solo and chamber music recitals organized by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust within the UK.
She has performed in masterclasses given by famous pianists and teachers such as Imogen Cooper, Maxim Vengerov, Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Pascal Devoyon, John O’Conor, Evgheny Sudbin, Joanna MacGregor, Galina Eguiazarova, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Petras Geniusas and Jerome Rose.
Alexandra’s performances have taken her to the wonderful venues such as the Lobkowitz Palace (Vienna), Minato-Mirai Hall (Yokohama), Wigmore Hall, Champs Hill Records, Duke’s Hall, Yamaha Centre, The Castle – Wellingborough, St. James’ Church, Steinway Hall, Colston Hall, Regent’s Hall, Charlton House, The Romanian Cultural Institute, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s Place, St. John’s Smith Square, Music University and Gasteig Philharmonic in Munich.
Alexandra is grateful to the Drake Calleja Trust, Imogen Cooper Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, Martin Musical Fund, Help Musicians UK Fund, David Bowerman and Barry Sterndale-Bennett for their support. She is the recipient of a double Fellowship during the 2015/2016 academic year: the Hodgson Fellowship for solo pianists and the Royal Academy of Music chamber music Fellowship with her clarinet/violin/viola/cello/piano group, Ensemble Mirage.
Since 2009, Alexandra has successfully completed the Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and Advanced Diploma courses at the Royal Academy of Music while studying with the pianist Diana Ketler. She is currently a PhD candidate at the same institution where she is researching the piano compositions of George Enescu.