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Razvan Stoica Violin
Winner of the European Radio Broadcast Competition 2013
"Best violinist in Europe under 28" ... Osnabrucker Nachrichten
Discerning charm and ravishing timbre, breathtaking technical bravura, sparkling intonation…”…he will become one of the greatest violinists of his generation.” “Meunsteriche Zeitung”
Born in Romania, in June 1986, in a family of famous musicians of an undeniable quality and prestige, Razvan Friedmann Stoica enlightens the latest years with his virtuosity and passion, with his outstanding performances and presence on the well-known international stages!
His charismatic performances have drawn the attention of both the press and the public. Having mastered his instrument at a young age, Razvan, has been admitted to the Enesco Conservatory in Bucharest at Maestro Modest Iftinchi class. After graduating, Razvan has continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Amsterdam, studying under Ilya Grubert .
His talent and passionate interpretation brought him out into the light of the classical music world stage as being the real, well-known, appreciated, best new talent of 2013 as rewarded in October 2013, in Slovakia, at the EURORADIO New Talent Competition.
As the best violonist of Europe, Razvan Stoica comes up in the classical world music with a rich and prestigious career. Just a few years before winning New Talent Competition, he has been awarded first prize in various international competitions such as: “Strad prize” in Salzburg’s Strad Competition, being thus provided with a 1729 Antonius Stradivarius violin, the Perosi Competition (Tortona), the Olympic violin competition (Romania) and the Bolzano Duo Competition (Italy).
Razvan has performed, both as a guest soloist and also in recitals as „Duo Stoica” , in Amsterdam “Royal Concertgebouw”, Paris “Théâtre des Champs Élysées”, Brescia Teatro San Barnaba, Genova Teatro Carlo Felice , Palacio de Festivales, Santander.
In 1996 he joined his sister, the pianist Andreea Stoica, forming the successful “Duo Stoica”. As a recording artist, Razvan, is continuing to build a distinguished catalogue of recordings Including: his critically acclaimed recording of the 24 Caprices by Niccolo Paganini and the “Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra Op21” from Edouard Lalo with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra Krakow.
In 2012 Razvan signed with the Dutch based record label Aliud records. The first release under this contract, “Capriccioso”, has been a succesful release in September 2012, being sold worldwide. Following the impressive succesful sold worldwide „Capriccioso„ recording , in 2014, „Duo Stoica” wil release a new album.
Razvan & Andreea Stoica („Duo Stoica”) are to be, frequently, seen in concerts in The Gewandhaus Leipzig, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Konzerthaus and The Musikverein Wien.
Razvan Friedmann Stoica plays on an Antonius Stradivarius 1729 violin loaned to him by an anonymous donor from Salzburg and a violin bow Max Moller Amsterdam courtesy of Montferland Cultuur Fonds.
The suave delightful tone, the heavenly sound and the charismatic performance of the young violonist made the prestigious critics stand up for his presence in concerts and acclaim him to be: the greatest violonist of his generation!
There is nothing more that can be said of his performances than what his public affirms after attending his concerts: „[...] Stoica had it all: the golden tone, the immaculate technique, the beautiful line, and something else; live, he radiated emotion.”; „[...]I closed my eyes and the young who was on stage I heard it like a 70 year old men that lived his whole life and now is sharing with us his experiences of a lifetime. I loved the interplay with orchestra and conductor. I was also intrigued by his changes of vibrato colors: a painter with sound.”; „[...]Stoica by contrast celebrates gesture, risking control, musical architecture and line in order to attempt faster attack, harder connection of the bow through the string, and greater tonal extremes. His brilliance finally had space to stretch, his expressiveness given reason and scope to justify it.”.
” A stradivari with Passion ” review in Luister Magazine
“A Stradivari with passion.” So hot the first CD that the young Romanian violinist Razvan Stoica which was made in summer of 2012 in Krakow ??with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra conducted by Alexander Happiness. It is a fantastic debut album, which recalls the violin virtuoso’s of yesteryear. The intensity, instrumental sophistication and musical freedom that Stoica ‘Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso “by Saint-Sa?ns, the” Tzigane “by Ravel and the” Symphonie espagnole “by Lalo plays, places him in the line of great violinists as Ivry Gitlis, Vadim Repin, József Lendvay, Leonidos Kavakos and, shimmering in the distance, even legendary violinists like Yehudi Menuhin and Jascha Heifetz.
Spring 2012 was followed by the equally impressive CD recording of the 24 Capricci by Paganini, which are fireworks Stoica reared in ancient Paganini interpreter Ruggiero Ricci. And this summer appears the third album “Capriccioso”, which showcases his versatility Stoica in virtuoso, jazzy or lyrical gems include Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Faure, Paganini, Chausson, Pärt, Piazzolla and Grapelli. His five years older sister Andreea accompanies him on the piano. The blood musical duo creates the impression from an early age to fully matched and attuned to.
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Reviews of the Capriccioso CD by Duo Stoica
“With an unprecedented beautiful way of striking and in perfect harmony in the interplay with his sister, this CD is essential for every violin lover!” Mania Klassiek – December 2012
“One of the greatest duo Cd’s I have ever heard. So pure and brilliant, I was impressed about Andreea’s pianism, the virtuosity and passion of Razvan. Makes the perfect Duo!” - Music Main – March 2013
“It is a fantastic debut album, which recalls the violin virtuosos of yesteryear. The intensity, instrumental sophistication and musical freedom that Razvan Stoica brings, places him in the line of great violinists as Ivry Gitlis, Vadim Repin, Leonidos Kavakos, without a doubt shimmering in the distance, and even among legendary violinists like Yehudi Menuhin and Jascha Heifetz.” – Luister Magazine – November 2012
” Duo Stoica in CONCERTGEBOUW AMSTERDAM - REVIEW november 2012
I’ve received an invitation from the Classical Music Journal to attend the concert of violin virtuoso Razvan Stoica and concert pianist Andreea Stoica in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam on the 16th November 2012.
Both musicians give of their utmost and, when the musicians in question are Razvan and Andreea, that makes for something exceptional.
The concert started with a passionate rendition of Schubert monumental “Grand Duo” Sonata. They are both well matched as chamber musicians, and both performed with fiery commitment and technical aplomb in this sonata. It was a warmer rendition of this sonata then Janine Jansen and Itamar Golan and more virtuoso then Repin and Lugansky.
Duo Stoica knows how to build up suspans and when to let the music flow.
Next number of the concert was the Infernal “Carmen” concert fantasy by Waxman/Bizet. The piece was originally written for Jascha Heifetz. Razvan got his virtuosity at its highest.
When I would say that Carmen Fantasy have more warmth and passion then in Heifetz recording , then all the people would say that i am subjective. I might be , but please when you have the opportunity to hear this amazing violinist play you would go and you will understand what I meant.
The second part I had the chance to hear one of the best interpretation of Fratres by Arvo Part as well as an amazing Meditation from suvenir de un lieu cher by Tchaykovsky. Changes of colors and dialog with the piano which became the perfect partner for Razvan. I understand now why they play together. They are the ideal duo: Andreea’s virtuosity response perfect to the brilliance of Razvan and vice-versa.
They finished the concert in the style of the great artist’s of the 20th Century like Kogan, Ferras and Heifetz , the Concert piece “Tzigane ” by Maurice Ravel.
I attend very often the Concertgebouw concert but this one with Duo Stoica really impressed me…
Marianne van der Steem - Amsterdam classical music journal
Razvan Stoica & his ensable: “Het Kamerata Stradivarius orchestra ” REVIEW
Today’s world is filled with violinists . But what Stoica brings is a tone that seems sent from God — bright, sweet and as pure as can be. The Wieniawsky violin concerto No.2 A challenging masterpiece.The beginning of the concerto : Moderato was played in a personal style with nuances of vibrato and amazing depth into the dark sound of his Stradivarius violin. I first heard this concerto back 20 years ago with Igor Oistrakh and I was touched my his refinement. But Stoica had it all: the golden tone, the immaculate technique, the beautiful line, and something else; live, he radiated emotion.
In the second movement “Romance” my eyes where in tears. Just in the middle I closed my eyes and the young who was on stage I heard it like a 70 year old men that lived his whole life and now is sharing with us his experiences of a lifetime. I loved the interplay with orchestra and conductor. I was also intrigued by his changes of vibrato colors: a painter with sound.
In The finale : allegro a la zingara, Stoica’s virtuosity made a break out. Down-bow Staccati, scales, arpeggios, all performed with impeccable clarity . Stoica by contrast celebrates gesture, risking control, musical architecture and line in order to attempt faster attack, harder connection of the bow through the string, and greater tonal extremes. His brilliance finally had space to stretch, his expressiveness given reason and scope to justify it.