Manuela Iana – Mihăilescu
Ms. Mihăilescu is a graduate of the music school Ion Vidu, Timişoara, and of the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatoire (National University of Music), Bucharest. Ms. Mihăilescu is currently piano professor habil. at the Music Department of the West University in Timişoara. She is the recipient of numerous awards, among them: 1st prize at the 1983 Dinu Lipatti Competition, Bucharest; 1st prize at the Cantarea Romaniei Competition 1979, 1985, 1987, 1989 editions.
She specialized in the domain of interpretation at the Real Conservatorio de Musica in Madrid (Spain) by studying especially the Spanish piano music with the professor and pianist Guillermo Gonzales. She integrated the study and the interpretative experience of the pieces from the Iberia series by Isaac Albeniz into her doctoral thesis The Piano Technique Concerning the Impressionism in Music, as it Appears in the Solo Piano Works of Debussy, Ravel and Albeniz, completed at the Music University in Bucharest in November 2005, thus obtaining her PhD in music. In 2005 she published Suggestions of Approaching the Piano Works of C. Debussy, M. Ravel and I. Albeniz and Elements of Musical Language in the Piano Works of C. Debussy, for the West University Publishing House in Timişoara.
Ms. Mihăilescu appears frequently with the Philharmonic orchestras from Romania
(Timişoara, Arad, Oradea, Craiova, Constanţa). She is now a soloist of the Philharmonia Banatul from Timisoara (www.filarmonicabanatul.ro) an active chamber musician and recitalist, performing in the main musical centres of Romania, as well as abroad, in piano duo with Dragos Mihailescu in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, France, Austria, Hungary, Greece.
Manuela Iana Mihăilescu was present as part of the jury at prestigious piano competitions such as the competitions in Jaen (2002, 2005) and Valencia – Jose Roca (2003) in Spain; National Competition for students Belgrade, Serbia (2011); Euroregional Competition Alma Cornea Ionescu – Timisoara, Romania (2012,2014,2015); International Competition Citta di Cosenza, Cosenza, Italy – President of the Jury (2013), Bela Bartok Competition – Szeged, Hungary (2017).
Since 1990 she is teaching in the Faculty of Music – West University Timisoara, Romania.
She was invited to teach piano masterclass in Spain (Granada, Guadix), Italy (Adria, Campobasso, Mantova), Norway (Agder University) and Romania (Timisoara, Oravita).
She has recorded 3 professional CDs (by Videoton Budapest, Hungary and Show Factory, Romania) with Dragos Mihailescu and she recorded also for the Romanian National Television and Romanian Radio.
Dragoş Mihăilescu studied the piano at the School of Music Ion Vidu Timişoara. Later he attended the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatoire in Bucharest. Since his graduation in 1982, Mr. Mihăilescu has been an active pianist with the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra, Timişoara, Romania. Starting with 1990 he has been teaching piano at the West University Music School, Timişoara, Romania. Among the many awards he obtained, we can mention: 1st prize at the 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 editions of the national competition in Romania, as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles. He was awarded the prize for the best interpretation of George Enescu’s third Romanian folk sonata at the national competition G. Dima (Cluj-Napoca), edition 1985.
Dragoş Mihăilescu asserted himself not only in the musical life of the country but also abroad, due to his manifold soloist activity, by performing recitals and concerts with the symphony orchestras of the important musical centres of the country such as Bucharest, Timişoara, Arad, Oradea, Craiova, Sibiu, Ploieşti, Satu-Mare and Târgu-Mureş. In 1991, he was the soloist with the Timişoara Philharmonic Orchestra while touring Spain. Mr. Mihăilescu is intensely preoccupied with chamber music. He performs frequently in Romania and in Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary and the former Soviet Union with cellist Alexandra Guţu, and together with his wife Manuela Iana – Mihăilescu, he plays two piano and four hands. The duo is in demand in Romania as well as in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Norway and Sweden.
Mr. Mihăilescu’s piano playing is often recorded and broadcasted for the Romanian National Television and Radio.
Dragoş Mihăilescu was a jury member at the 1994 and 1995 editions from Braşov International Piano Competition (Romania) and at the second edition of the International Piano Competition Ella Philipp, Timisoara, Romania, 2008, Carl Filtsch Competition, Sibiu, 2016.
Since 1990 he is associate Professor of the Faculty of Music – West University from Timisoara, Romania.
In 2012 he obtained the PhD in music in the National University of Music Bucarest (UNMB) - Romania with the theme: Schubert’s Stylistically in his Works for piano four hands.
Since 2011, Manuela Iana-Mihailescu and Dragos Mihailescu are soloists and Piano Duo ensemble of the Banatul Philharmonia from Timisoara (www.filarmonica banatul.ro)
„Von ihrer hochkarätigen Kunst konnte man sich nun erneut überzeugen. Ein perfekt aufeinander abgestimmtes Spiel offertieren die beiden, überaus kultiviert in der Klanggebung, wie aus einem Guss kamen die kraftvoll glühenden Akkorde.
Die Akkorde kamen wie aus einem Guss (Köhl) Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung,
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