Alexandra Dariescu

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Tutor in Piano

Pianist and creator of “The Nutcracker and I”, Alexandra Dariescu stands out as an original voice whose fundamental values are shining a light on gender equality in both her concerto and recital programmes as well as championing lesser-known works, advocating for diversity and inclusion. 

In demand as a soloist worldwide, Alexandra Dariescu has performed to critical acclaim with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, European Union Youth Orchestra, Houston, Detroit and Utah Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, among many others. The first ever female Romanian pianist to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Alexandra made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 and has since appeared in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein, Konzerthaus and Staatsoper Vienna, Staatsoper Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Barbican London, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, BOZAR Brussels, Dubai Opera, Musashino Hall Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai Grand Theatres and she has released 8 CDs to critical acclaim, the latest disc being her Decca recording with Angela Gheorghiu.

In 2017, Dariescu took the world by storm with her incredibly successful piano recital production “The Nutcracker and I”, an original ground-breaking multimedia performance for piano solo with live dance and digital animation, which has since enjoyed international acclaim and has drawn thousands of young audiences into concert halls across Europe, Australia, China, the Emirates and the US, realising Dariescu’s vision of building bridges and making classical music more accessible to the wider public.

A former artist of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), Dariescu was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy and received the UK’s Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category. In 2017, Dariescu was appointed Patron of Music in Lyddington, Cultural Ambassador of Romania and Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music. In spring 2018, Dariescu received the “Officer of the Romanian Crown” from the Royal Family and was selected as a Young European Leader by Friends of Europe as well as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. In 2020, Alexandra Dariescu received the Order ‘Cultural Merit’ in the rank of Knight by the Romanian President and became an Associated Member of the RNCM.