The University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players will present their annual spring concert on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Winners of the quarterly UCSB Chamber Music Competition will perform as the UCSB Chamber Players, and open the first half of the concert. The Chamber Players program will include Derek Charke's Raga Sept 'Single' for flute ensemble; Franz Schubert's String Quartet in C Major, D. 956, Op. 163; Ludwig van Beethoven's Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 3 for violin, cello, and piano; and Viktor Ewald's Quintet No. 3, Op. 7 for brass quintet. Conducted by Vlad Vizireanu, the Chamber Orchestra's program will include Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll; Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Spring, Op. 38; and Richard Wagner's Overture to Rienzi.
About Vlad Vizireanu
Described as a conductor with “ample gestures, clarity, precision, and genuine passion,” Vizireanu made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as one of three finalists in the 2016 Donatella Flick Competition.
He was invited among 14 conductors (out of 400 applicants worldwide) to participate in the renowned Mahler Conducting Competition with the Bamberg Symphony. He won Second Prize in the 11th International Cadaqués Conducting Competition where he conducted the Cadaqués Symphony in an internationally televised concert in L’Auditori Hall, Barcelona.
He studied with David Zinman at the 2016 Tonhalle Orchestra Masterclass, with the late Kurt Masur at the 2015 Manhattan School of Music Conducting Seminar, and was selected for two consecutive years as one of seven conductors from around the world to study with Bernard Haitink at the 2013 and 2014 Lucerne Easter Festivals. Vizireanu was one of the last students of the late Lorin Maazel under full fellowship at the 2014 Castleton Festival. He also received the prestigious 2013 Chautauqua Conducting Fellowship in New York.
In Fall 2013 he was invited to debut at the renowned Enescu Festival in Bucharest where he conducted a side-by-side concert with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Royal Camerata. He conducted the Royal Camerata again in the 2015 edition of the Enescu Festival with sololist Rebekka Hartmann. He has since been reinvited to the 2019 edition of the Enescu Festival with the Orchestre National de Lille, and made his debuts with the Iasi Moldova Philharmonic, Sibiu State Philharmonic, Constanta Symphony, Translyvania Philharmonic, and New Valley Symphony.
An ardent advocate of new music, Vizireanu has showcased new compositions with the Castleton Festival Orchestra, Cadaqués Symphony, and Hebrides New Music Ensemble. Some new works he has recently recorded include Light Show by Max Grafe, Scherzo for Orchestra by Joshua Groffman, and Evelyne Davis’ Concerto for Two Percussionists. He recently commissioned several new compositions by renowned Los Angeles composer Michael Glenn Williams and conducted the world premieres with the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble and Sibiu Philharmonic.
Vizireanu made his operatic debut in 2013 with Arizona State University Opera and Die Fledermaus. He served as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel and Timothy Muffitt with productions of Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Madama Butterfly, and Don Giovanni.
Vizireanu currently serves as Music Director of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Long Island, NY and Assistant Conductor for the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic in Thousand Oaks, CA. He previously served as Conductor for New West Symphony’s Harmony Project, which is aimed at inspiring young children to develop a lifelong love of music through education and exciting musical experiences. He also served as Artistic Director of Enescu & The Americas, an organization that fosters cultural exchange between Romania and the United States through the music of Romania’s greatest composer, George Enescu.
Mr. Vizireanu is represented by William Reinert Associates, Inc.