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Răzvan Suma

Răzvan Suma is one of the most active Romanian musicians, with a wide repertoire, performed in hundreds of recitals and concerts worldwide.

Besides his performing activity in Romania, he performs regularly with Spanish pianist Josu Okiñena: they have undertaken concerts in such concert halls like “Auditorio Nacional de Madrid”, “Teatro Colon” (Buenos Aires), “Belém” Cultural Centre (Lisbon), “Kursall” (San Sebastian) and Casa da Musica (Porto).

“Cellist Răzvan Suma has fascinated the audience with his talent, sensibility and intelligence” – “Das Orchester”, the famous German magazine, stated about the Romanian cellist.
In 2009, Răzvan Suma has become a soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs. He works also as associate professor at the Bucharest University of Music. He has been invited to teach master classes in Spain, Argentina, Korea and Romania. The master class Playing at Altitude, already at its fourth edition, undertaken together with violinist Ştefan Horvath, has been attended annually by 24 students from different countries and enjoyed a lot of popularity.

He has collaborated with such renowned musicians like Maxim Vengerov, Cvartetul Borromeo Quartet, Voces Quartet, Silvia Marcovici, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Christian Badea and Misha Katz.

Răzvan Suma has undertaken his first national solo tour, “Do you like Bach?”, in 2012, being the first tour of its kind in Romania in the field of classical music. It was for the first time that a Romanian artist performed, in one concert, the complete cello suites by Bach. It was followed by the tours “Do you like Brahms?” and “Do you like tango?”, both with a noteworthy impact on the audience and on Răzvan’s own evolution as an artist.
Since 2006, Răzvan Suma has undertaken six trio tours (with “Romanian Piano Trio” and “Trio Strad”), together with Alexandru Tomescu, Horia Mihail and Toma Popovici. He has also been a member of the cello quartet “Cellissimo”, together with Marin Cazacu, Alexandra Guţu and Octavian Lup, with whom he performed in Italy, Portugal, Macao and Morocco.
Along with his classical music projects, he has also promoted less conventional projects, addressed to a younger audience, open to innovation and to combinations between musical genres. His most recent project in this regard is his collaboration with “Viţa de Vie” band, in April 2013, when one of the pieces of the album, “Acustic”, has been recorded together with Răzvan Suma.

Born in 1977 in Cluj-Napoca, Răzvan Suma studied music with Gabriela Todor at the Music High School in the same city. In 2000 he graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Music, where he studied with maestro Marin Cazacu, while in 2002 he enrolled for the Artist Diploma programme at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, USA, where he studied with professor Terry King. He participated in such prestigious competitions like “Giovanni Battista Viotti” (Italy), “Markneukirchen” (Germany), “Villa de Llanes” (Spain). He has completed his musical education with maestros Marin Cazacu, Arto Noras, Miklos Pereny, Radu Aldulescu, Aurel Niculescu, Mirel Ianovici, Herre-Jan Stegenga and Frans Helmerson.

Recently Răzvan Suma has carried out a series of special recordings for various labels including Radio Romania’s Golden Archive, as well as live TV and radio programmes (RAI – Torino, MDR Leipzig, TVR, Acasă TV (Romania), Radio Berlin, Radio Macao, Radio Sofia, Radio Bucharest, Radio Euskadi). In May 2012, as an outcome of the “Do you like Bach?” national tour, he launched, in the foyer of the Romanian Radio Hall, the first recording ever carried out in Romania, of the complete solo cello suites by Bach. With a modern and attractive design, the CD has been issued with the support of the Sonoro Records label. The week before the release of the CD, Răzvan Suma and pianist Josu Okiñena had performed a series of recitals widely acclaimed by the audience.

Răzvan Suma is currently the director of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs.

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