Alexandru Tomescu

Alexandru Tomescu is the man for whom music has no limits: able to tackle the most difficult scores in marathon concerts as well as on tournaments across dozens of cities, the Romanian violinist enjoys today unanimous appreciation from the audience.

His musical path began with the first violin lessons taught by his mother, prof. Mihaela Tomescu and then continued with musical studies carried out under the guidance of maestro Ştefan Gheorghiu, in Romania, and of Tibor Varga, Eduard Schmieder, Igor Oistrach, Ruggiero Ricci and Herman Krebbers abroad. Alexandru’s exceptional training has earned him numerous awards at the most prestigious violin competitions: Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud (Paris, France), Paganini (Genova, Italy), George Enescu (Bucharest, Romania), Sarasate (Pamplona, Spain), Kloster Schöntal (Germany) etc.

Alexandru Tomescu has performed in major halls of the most important capitals of music worldwide: Carnegie Hall (New York), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) etc, under the baton of renowned maestros such as Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach and Kurt Masur. The studies and concerts performed abroad have consolidated an experience which Alexandru intends to use at the best in his own country: this is why he has decided to come back to Bucharest and change the perception on classical music in Romania. He has consequently undertaken the first tours of classical music financed exclusively from private funds and succeeded therefore to demonstrate that in Romania is still open to develop quality projects.

In 2007 Alexandru Tomescu has won the right to play a Stradivarius Elder-Voicu violin, and this was the beginning of a new and beautiful story: the Stradivarius Tour, an annual event which has become since then one of the most appreciated musical events in Romania. The wide success with the public of Tomescu’s innovative programmes was completed by a series of charitable activities associated to the tour, which mobilized tens of thousands of people to raise funds for the Romanian Association of the Blind (2009), granting prostheses for children suffering from hypoacusis (2010), acquisition of medical equipment for Marie Curie Children Hospital (2011) and support for abandoned children (2013).

In all this time, for Alexandru Tomescu the tournament has been the opportunity of self rediscovery: in three consecutive years, the artist has explored his endurance and strength, while approaching three major series of violin solo repertoire – the 24 Caprices by Niccolò Paganini, the Six Sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe and the Six Sonatas and Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach. These repertoires have been the starting point for the three syncretic shows which revolutionized the Romanian concert stage, by featuring a combination of music and film, non-verbal theatre and lighting design: Stradivarius – Caprices (2011), Stradivarius – Obsessions (2012) and Stradivarius – Passions (2013). Every tour has been strongly convinced that music can be an active instrument of transforming society, Alexandru Tomescu puts his talent to the service of many causes, either social, heritage – related and ecological. He supports the WWF Romania and Pro Patrimoni, he has performed in favor of the children supported by the Hope Foundation and Homes for Children in Romania.
Alexandru has earned, thanks to his charisma and popularity, numerous accolades: one of the most recent is the title of Ambassador of Goodwill, offered by the government of the Republic of South Korea, as an appreciation for his special interest in the Korean culture.

Equally passionate about chamber music, Alexandru Tomescu has appeared first in the Romanian Piano Trio (2005-2010), and since 2011 he performs as first violinist in the Ad Libitum Quartet, a prestigious chamber ensemble with a history of over 25 years.
Alexandru Tomescu is a soloist – concertist at the Romanian Radio Orchestras since 2002. He has appeared both with the Radio Chamber Orchestra and with the Radio National Orchestra, at the Mihail Jora Radio Hall as well as on international tours abroad, in Europe and Asia. Concerts by Mozart, Bruch or Mendelssohn, among others, performed by Alexandru Tomescu, have been recorded under the label of the Romanian Radio Publishing House.

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