Alexandru Anastasiu

Talent, technique and discipline helped percussionist Alexandru Anastasiu find his professional route. He played in various symphonic orchestras, chamber music groups, he was member of the GAME percussion ensemble.  Along with GAME, he won the Soros Prize in 1998. As a soloist, he performed very appreciated concerts, both by the audience and the critics.

Alexandru developped a special passion for the vibraphone which led him to dedicate more time studying this particular instrument. In 1999 he reached the semifinale in the International Vibraphone Competition from Clermont-Ferrand. Two years later (2001) he won the Yamaha Scholarship for percussion.

Alexandru was employed by Giurgiu Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Opera Orchestra from Bucharest and he collaborated with the Radio Chamber Orchestra. He is currently member of the National Radio Orchestra Bucharest, participating in four editions of the George Enescu International Festival. His professional training and capacity to understand music were only two of the reason he was invited to jury important competitions (The National Percussion Competition, Bucharest, 2003, Mihail Jora Competition, Bucharest, 2001).

Alexandru Anastasiu graduated in 2000 and has a Master in Music Performance (2002) at the National Music University from Bucharest in 2000. His achievements place him as the best in his generation. He shared his musical knowledge with the younger students while working as a teaching assistant at the same University where he graduated.

Alexandru also plays with well known jazz bands such as Marius Popp Band, Nicolas Simion and The Wild Dogs, Andrea Pauta Band, Pedro Negrescu, performing in National Festivals and other jazz events.  Alexandru improved his technique and musical knowledge by attending master classes with Bogdan Bacanu and Peter Sadlo in Mozarteum University, Salzburg (2006). Starting with 2007 Alexandru is a PhD student at the University of Music Bucharest.

Even from his university years, Alexandru Anastasiu has been involved in different projects  – mainly musical, but also syncretic,  bringing music, theater and dance together.

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