Mariana Cristescu, Damen Passo Doble, Editura Nico, Târgu Mures, 2012

Romanian Violin Virtuoso Alexandru Tomescu

Performs Paganini’s Caprices at Carnegie Hall
On the occasion of the National Day of Romania, The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York invited Romanian world-renowned violinist Alexandru Tomescu, for a series of three concerts in New York and Washington, DC.
On November 26, at 6 pm, Romanian virtuoso Alexandru Tomescu will give a fine concert at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, in Washington, DC, charming his audience with works by Enescu and Paganini.
On the National Day of Romania, December 1, at 8 pm, Alexandru Tomescu continues the series of concerts, with  Paganini – angel or demon? The Twenty-four Caprices, at the famous Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in New York.  
A relevant quote, which although refers to a single concert of Alexandru Tomescu, can be extended to his whole career: „Alexandru Tomescu makes uncommon music out of Paganini’s Caprices, playing up contrasts, letting each phrase live and breathe. I expected an evening of champagne bubbles. Tomescu serves up whiskey.” (David Larsen – Metro Magazine, New Zeeland).
On December 3, Alexandru Tomescu will perform excerpts from one if his most successful projects, Paganini – angel or demon? for the distinguished guests of the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations.
Paganini’s Caprices are among the most difficult works written for violin. They constitute 80 minutes of paroxysm and glory, and few violinists dare to play Paganini nowadays, and even fewer seem willing to risk recording him. Among the violinists who rise to the challenge of the Complete Caprices we must mention Ruggiero Ricci, Salvatore Accardo, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Michael Rabin, and, of course, Alexandru Tomescu.
Alexandru Tomescu considers his Paganini – angel or demon? project to be a turning point in his career. After studying in Switzerland with Tibor Varga and in the US with Eduard Schmieder, he returned to his native country of Romania to work towards his mission of demonstrating that classical music can be appreciated by everyone. Alexandru has performed in venues such as Paris’s Théatre des Champs Elysées, Tokyo’s Metropolitan Art Space, and Carnegie Hall, appearing with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, and Christoph Eschenbach. He has since returned to Romania, where he committed himself to organizing national tours.

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