Alexander Balanescu is one of the most visionary and exciting violinists of our time, as well as a prolific composer.
Balaescu was born in Romania and at the age of seven he attended the Special School for Music, in Bucharest. His studies continued at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, London’s Trinity College and from 1975-79 at the Julliard School in New York.
He later returned to London and began working with many of the major contemporary music groups of the early 1980’s. Here, he also began his collaborations in the world of dance, including Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Crumb’s Black Angels in Ballet Ramberts Mercury Ensemble.
In 1979 Balanescu became leader of the Michael Nyman Ensemble and toured with this group around the world for 15 years. During the same period he was also a member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.
Balanescu was in the Arditti Quartet for 4 years before forming his own quartet in 1987. The huge success of the quartet led to tours to the USA and many European performances.
Balanescu recently premiered a ground-breaking project in collaboration with the Austrian video artist Klaus Obermaier, and featuring the Balanescu Quartet. His work is based on the songs and voice of the legendary Romanian folk singer Maria Tanase.
Now, Alexander is working with Didy Veldman’s Umanoove on The Happiness Project. This supremely physical and theatrical full length work for four dancers is made in collaboration with designer Kimie Nakano. Alexander will be performing live on stage with the dancers.
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