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MIHAI CRAIOVEANU is Professor of Violin and Head of the String Area in the Music Department at Hope College. Hailed by the prestigious magazine The Strad, as "stunning...brilliant", Mihai Craioveanu has concertized to great acclaim throughout the world. Renowned pianist Radu Lupu and violinist Jamie Laredo, describe him as "very impressive", and a "superb violinist".
Mihai Craioveanu performed sold out concerts in legendary venues, such as Carnegie Hall in New York City (including two return engagements by popular demand), Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Atheneum Hall in Bucharest, and the nationally televised "Hour of Power" program at the Crystal Cathedral, in California. He also performed on the national television program "Joy of Music" hosted by famed organist Diane Bish.
Critics (Strad magazine) described his Carnegie Hall recital debut as "fresh and distinguished with a keen appreciation of proper style." Following his Washington DC recital debut at Corcoran Gallery, the Washington Post praised his playing as “...dramatic, nuanced and playful. His violin became his voice. Craioveanu ensured that it was the music, and not the musician, that came first.” Mihai Craioveanu has appeared at major international music festivals in Edinburgh (Scotland), Banff (Canada), and Bodensee (Germany). His China concert debut in 2007, at the Shanghai International Festival was broadcast live on Chinese television and worldwide on broadband, while his Israel recital debut in Tel Aviv, in 2014, at Felicja Blumental Center was received with great acclaim and an invitation for return engagements.
Craioveanu's interest in contemporary music has led to world-premiere performances of several works written for him by American composers. He premiered “Velocirhapsody” for Violin and Orchestra by Ray Shattenkirk, with the West Michigan Symphony, and Holland (MI) Symphony Orchestra. His compact disc recording of violin masterpieces titled “Introducing Violinist Mihai Craioveanu” was released during his highly acclaimed concert tour of Spain. The disc has been featured on a multitude of radio stations around the globe, and is distributed worldwide at www.amazon.com.
Mihai Craioveanu has given guest concerts and masterclasses at major music schools including Northwestern University, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Illinois, California State University-Fullerton, The American String Workshop, at the University of Michigan, University of Iowa, Bucharest National University of Music and the International Summer Master Classes at the University of Transylvania, in Romania. In addition, he has been invited to present lectures, concerts, master classes and judge competitions at regional and national conferences of the American String Teacher Association, and Music Teacher National Association. Mihai Craioveanu was educated at the University of Music in Bucharest, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he studied on a British Council scholarship and was a winner of the coveted international Concert Recital Diploma. He also received fellowships to study at the International Summer Music Institute at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar, Germany, and the International Youth Music Festival in Brussels, Belgium.