born into a family of musicians in Romania in 1978, received her first piano lessons at the age of five and appeared in concert for the first time at the age of eight. She performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 413, with the Romanian Radio National Orchestra, With whom she later performed Beethoven's third piano concerto - now available as a live recording.
In 1990 Mihaela Ursuleasa won the third prize at the International Senigallia Competition, appearedwith the Orchestra of Radio Italy in Rome, gave two recitals in Tokyo and appeared with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In the same year she also appeared with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Mozart's Concerto in E-flat Major, K. 271.
1990 was an important year for the young pianist in another respect - she played for Claudio Abbado, who was immediately impressed by her talent. Following his advice, she interrupted her blossoming career in order to complete her studies. Since then she has studied with Heinz Medjimorec at the Vienna "Musikhochschule".
in addition to her studies, Mihaela Ursuleasa has continued concert activities in well-measured doses. Recitals in Braunschweig, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hanover, Rüdesheim, and Wetzlar as well as orchestral concerts in Laussanne, Munich, Toulouse and Vienna have provided excellent opportunities to display her growing repertoire.
Mihaela Ursuleasa debuted in Vienna at the "Gesselschaft der Musikfreunde" and also performed for Viennese concert audiences in an orchestral concert : she played Beethoven's third piano concerto accompanied by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado. That she is on the right path was recently demonstrated by her success at the renowned Clara Haskil Piano Competition :
"Ursuleasa proved once again that artistic maturity has little to do with age. One is an artist, or perhaps better said, one is born an artist - or one is not. Ursuleasa is incontestably an artist. Accompanied with great attention by an Orchestre de Chambre de Laussanne in grand form and superbly conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, this young woman was completely immersed in the music.
Her pianistic authority, her straightforward, transparent, and (when demanded) energetic style, her sure touch, her stage presence, she is distinguished in all of these elements. Never ceasing to listen to the orchestra, continually encouraging a dialogue, never indifferent or at least bit timid, Mihaela Ursuleasa made one forget that we were assisting at an international piano competition. "
(Le Monde, 5 September 1995)
Back to our home page