Named BBC Music Magazine ‘Rising Star’, Alexandra Dariescu made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York, where she joined András Schiff during his “Perspectives” residency. Alexandra performs regularly in Great Britain with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia ViVA, Northern Sinfonia and collaborates with conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Jiri Belohlavek, Ryan Wigglesworth, Andrew Litton, Andrew Gourley, André de Ridder, Jamie Phillips, Barry Wordsworth among others. She has appeared in venues all around the United Kingdom including the Royal Albert Hall, where she is the first female Romanian pianist to perform, London’s Southbank Centre, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Brigewater Hall in Manchester, Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.
Having directed the EU Chamber Orchestra in Germany as well as Northern Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard, Alexandra toured Argentina and the Channel Islands, joined the faculty of the Geneva International Summer Festival and Academy and gave concerts in the Les Nouveaux Interprètes series in Switzerland. She appears with the Mecklenburgische Staatskappelle in Schwerin in Germany and with Durban Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa.
Alexandra released her debut CD on Champs Hill Records in July 2012 to critical acclaim, including a 4 star review in BBC Music Magazine and top 10 best CDs of the year in Manchester Evening News. As a result, Champs Hill Records invited her to record a set of 3 discs with complete preludes starting with Chopin and Dutilleux in 2013.
Committed to contemporary music, Alexandra gave the world premiere of Mesmerism, a new piano concerto written for her by British composer Emily Howard. The concerto won the British Composer Award 2012 and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Alexandra also gave the UK premiere of Dinu Lipatti’s Concertino in Classical Style with the Orchestra of St Paul’s at LSO St Luke’s, supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.
Selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2008, Alexandra was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland where she won the Verbier CUBS Prize. She went on to win the Guildhall Wigmore Prize and the Romanian Ambassador‘s award for her outstanding contribution to promoting Romania’s image in the UK, as well as the Prix Maurice Ravel in France. Alexandra is the first pianist to be mentored by Imogen Cooper through the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme and she appeared at the Cheltenham Festival in the PLMS Gala, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Born in Romania, Alexandra Dariescu studied in Iasi (Romania), Pocklington School and at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) where her teachers included Nelson Goerner, Mark Ray, Alexander Melnikov and Dina Parakhina and was supported in full by the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She graduated in 2008 with distinction and the highest distinction College offers, the Gold Medal. Alexandra graduated with distinction holding a Masters’ of Performance degree from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where she studied with Ronan O’Hora. She was awarded the GSMD Piano Fellowship for 2010/2011. Alexandra was also part of András Schiff’s class at the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.