Cristinel BăcanuBorn in Bucharest, Romania, Cristinel began playing the violin at the George Enescu School of Music where he gained his diploma. He then continued his studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest and at Ohio University, studying with Dr Corina Bura and Marjorie Bagley. In 2007 he gained a full scholarship to Arizona State University to undertake a Masters in Performance with Dr Katherine McLin.
During his studies, Cristinel won several concerto competitions and has performed many of the great violin concertos including those by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. He was leader of several orchestras during his time at the Bucharest Conservatoire and Arizona State University.
Cristinel has participated in masterclasses with the Tokyo String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, and in 2000 was selected to represent Romania as both a soloist and chamber musician at the Hanover Expo.
Cristinel is currently based in Birmingham, and is developing a portfolio career as a freelance violinist and music educator. He has regularly been engaged as a guest leader and soloist with various orchestras in the Midlands including the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia of Birmingham, Queen’s Park Sinfonia, Derby Concert Orchestra, the British Police Orchestra and Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra. He plays an 18th century Sebastian Kloz violin.
Cristinel is leader of the Băcanu Quartet, a group promoting live performances and recitals across the UK, and he has appeared regularly with colleagues at St Alphege Church in Solihull.