Lenuta Ciulei, violin

Acclaimed in 22 countries on four continents, the Romanian-born violinist Lenuta Ciulei started her brilliant career at the age of 9, appearing live on Romanian National TV. Her distinctive and imaginative style comes from a unique combination of violinistic traditions:  the renowned artists and pedagogues George Enescu, David Oistrach, and Eugene Ysaye. She began playing violin at the age of five and studied with Stefan Gheorghiu, Andre Gertler, Raphael Druian, and Ruggiero Ricci.

Mrs. Ciulei is a first prize winner of the famous N. Paganini (Genoa, Italy) International Violin Competition, the T. Varga (Sion, Switzerland) and M. Abbado (Sondrio, Italy) International Violin Competition. She has played at many prestigious festivals : the Bayreuth Festival (Germany), the Marlboro Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the George Enescu International Festival (Bucharest), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Conn.), and the Grand Teton Music Festival.

For her exceptional career she was awarded the 1994 Pennsylvania Council Of The Arts Fellowship Solo Recitalist Award and in 1996 with The Cultural Order "Rio Grande" by the President of The Federal Republic of Brazil.

She performed in front of the U.N. Great Assembly at U.N. Palais in Geneva, in the Bartok Memorial House in Budapest, in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, in Madrid for the Royal Spanish Family where the El Pais newspaper named her "one of the greatest European violinists of the younger generation", and in other major cities and capitals in Europe, Asia, North and South America as soloist with major orchestras.

Praised by the public and critics alike for the balance between her technique, accuracy, emotion and imagination, she was named "an angel singing", "passionately abandoning herself to music." Lenuta Ciulei has an unusual versatile repertoire which features masterworks from early Baroque to the latest contemporary music. She is a masterful recitalist and chamber music performer.