Dr. Angela Draghicescu
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Hailed by the New York Times as “elegant and spectacular”, pianist Angela Drăghicescu has quickly established an international reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist, chamber musician and teacher. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall; The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Rudolfinium in Prague, George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, and Harpa in Iceland. She has performed with many of today’s leading artists including the Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, Concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Liviu Prunaru, violinist Alexandru Tomescu, trumpeter Peter Bond, Canadian Brass trombonist Achilles Liarmankopoulos, French hornist Jeff Nelsen, bassoonist Keith Buncke, cellists David Requiro and Josephine Knight, to name but a few.
Dr. Drăghicescu performs and teaches regularly at many renowned music festivals including Aspen, Verbiers, Interlochen Arts Academy, Round Top Music Festival, Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, SiPiano (Switzerland), and a frequent radio guest on WQXR New York and Classical King FM Seattle. Deeply committed to new music, she has premiered works by Augusta Read Thomas and Donald Grantham and worked with composers William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Dan Welcher, and John Mackey. With assistance from the Romanian Government, Ms. Draghicescu commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom to write his first viola and piano duo.
The 2017-2018 season will see the release of Drăghicescu’s first duo CD, with violinist Alexandru Tomescu, recorded in Bucharest with Grammy award winning producer Jakob Handel. The recording features the premiere recording of legendary pianist Dinu Lipatti’s sonatine for violin and piano, as well as lesser-known works by George Enescu, celebrating Romania’s 100th Anniversary. Other highlights include the world premiere of Bolcom’s Dark Dreams That Will Not disappear at the American Viola Society Festival and Primrose International Viola Competition at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, and several performances at the Royal College of Music in London.
Prior to her appointment at University of South Alabama, Angela served as Instructor of Collaborative Piano at University of Puget Sound, Visiting Collaborative Piano Faculty at Seattle Conservatory, and staff accompanist at University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University and Southeastern Louisiana University. She is currently on the faculties at the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program (Ottawa, KS), Enescu World Music International Festival (Romania), and is guest pianist for the distinguished Embassy Concert Series in Washington D.C. working closely with US And Romanian State Department officials. Dr. Draghicescu works regularly with international and national competitions such as the International George Enesco Competition having been selected under the artistic direction of Zubin Mehta.
Dr. Drăghicescu holds a D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Texas at Austin, under the mentorship of Anne Epperson, and a Bachelor and Masters degree in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University, under the tutelage of renowned pianist Michael Gurt.