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+Negrescu, Pedro

Pedro Negrescu (pe numele real Petronius Aciocarlanoaei) (n. 25 aprilie 1969, Tecuci) este un profesor, instrumentist, regizor muzical si contrabasist de jazz si dirijor de muzica clasica.

A debutat la clasa ilustrului profesor Valentin Gabrielescu, unde, facand parte din grupa speciala de auz absolut, era aproape in exclusivitate castigatorul concursului de solfegiu - dictat, iar drept premiu era bagheta, si deci dreptul de a dirija clasa. A inceput studiile de orchestra ca violoncelist, inca din gimnaziu, la Liceul de Arta "G. Enescu" din Bucuresti. A urmat cursurile de orchestra la Haendel Akademie - Karlsruhe - Germania in 2000, 2001, 2003, atat la sectiunea instrumentala, cat si cea de opera. In anul 2008 a beneficiat de o bursa post-universitara in S.U.A.,unde a fost asistent dirijor al maestrului Larry Livingston, si a participat ca instrumentist in Orchestra Idellwild Festival, cu care a concertat la celebra Disney Hall. A asistat deasemenea la repetitiile orchestrelor Los Angeles Philarmonyc, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, U.S.C. Thornton Orchestra. In urma acestor studii, a obtinut Certificate of Highest Distinction.

Ca dirijor, a sustinut concerte cu orchestrele Filarmonicilor din: Arad, Timisoara, Cluj, Bacau, Botosani, Iasi, a Teatrului Muzical N. Leonard din Galati, si a Tearului de Opereta din Kiev. Din anul 2000, se dedica aproape in intregime artei dirijorale, parcurgand etape de studiu in particular, de masterat si de doctorat, avandu-i ca profesori pe Petru Andriesei, Cristian Brancusi, Dumitru Goia. A mai studiat cu maestrii: Petru Oshanitsky, Sabin Pautza, Larry Livingston, Ilarion Ionescu Galati, Valentin Doni. Ca muzician de jazz, a sustinut numeroase concerte, realizand foarte multe inregistrari de radio si televiziune. Este autorul a trei albume proprii si totodata autor al unor muzici de teatru si film. Dupa o indelungata cariera didactica, in prezent este profesor la Universitatea de Arta Teatrala din Targu Mures, Facultatea de Muzica.

+Neumann, Eduard, Jack

+Niculescu, Florin

Florin Niculescu (b. February 8, 1967 in Bucharest) is a Romanian violinist of Romani (Gypsy) ethnicity. He is considered one of the best jazz manouche violinist of our days, the successor of Seéphane Grappelli. He is noted for his impressive technique and virtuosity as well as for his musical sensitivity.

Niculescu was born into a family of educated lăutari. Everybody in his family was involved in music: his father and his uncle were violinists, his mother a pianist and his sister a cellist. He received his first violin lessons from his father, with whom he started to study seriously when he was 4-5 years old. At 6 he enrolled at the "Dinu Lipatti" Music School and then at the "George Enescu" Music High School, where he was a first prize student. Meanwhile he played with his father at weddings and celebrations, where he developed his improvisatory sense. When he was about 13 he heard for the first time violinist Stéphane Grappelli, who would become his idol and jazz music his main attraction.

In 1991 he left for Paris to fulfill his dream of meeting Stéphane Grappelli and making a name in jazz for himself. He got his first gig at a Russian cabaret. He also enrolled in the Conservatoire de Paris, although his jazz teacher told him from the first audition that he shouldn't waste his time there, instead he should be playing on stage. Meanwhile, he continued to play on various scenes with various musicians. Niculescu finally met his idol, Stéphane Grappelli, in 1994. Grappelli was so impressed by him that he proposed him to record a disc together. Niculescu declined the offer believing that he didn't deserve the honor, yet. He hoped to receive some lessons from Stéphane Grappelli, but Grappelli told him that he has nothing to teach him as the Romani have a fantastic natural technique. In 1995 he joined Romane's band and, in 2001, he was invited by Biréli Lagrène to join his "Gipsy Project", inspired by the Quintette du Hot Club de France. The couple Biréli Lagrène-Florin Niculescu succeeded the couple Django Reinhardt-Stéphane Grappelli. Meanwhile he started to record musical albums under his name and to have numerous collaborations with other musicians: Jimmy Rosenberg, Babik Reinhardt (son of Django Reinhardt), Giani Lincan, Angelo Debarre, Hot Club de Norvège, Tchavolo Schmitt, Oscar Peterson, Jon Larsen, John McLaughlin, George Benson, Marcel Azzola, Regina Carter, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.

http://www.florinniculescu.eu

 

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