Josu De Solaun, artist and professor of piano at Sam Houston State University’s School of Music and first prize winner of the prestigious George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, Romania, founded in 1958 and won by legendary pianists such as Radu Lupu and Elisabeth Leonskaja, will present a three-part recital series featuring the complete piano works of Enescu. The three concerts offer free admission and will take place at 7:30 PM on October 14, October 30, 2015 and January 14, 2016 in the Recital Hall of the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center.
“Regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and Romania’s most important musician, I’ve been a long-time Enescu fan,” said De Solaun. “The concerts, featuring his complete piano works, are in preparation for my upcoming recording for Naxos Records, one of the largest distributors of classical music in the world.”
De Solaun has performed as a soloist with prestigious international orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Venice’s Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, Czech Radio Orchestra of Prague, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest Philharmonic, New York’s American Ballet Theater Orchestra, and Spain’s National TV and Radio Orchestra. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, De Solaun studied for twelve years under pianists Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutierrez, as well as chamber music with Isidore Cohen. As a collaborative artist, he was worked alongside Mark Nuccio, associate principal clarinetist of the New York Philarmonic, Amaury Coeytaux, concert master of the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, pianists Andre-Michel Schub and Lydia Artimiw, and Metropolitan Opera soprano Catherine Malfitano, among many others. He now divides his time between New York and Huntsville, Texas, where he recently joined the faculty of Sam Houston State University.