Mihai Ungureanu (Romania)

MIHAI UNGUREANU is a quite enigmatic figure, of a modesty that surpasses all expectations. Never eager for publicity, too little interested in revealing the man behind the artist to the public.Yet, his name is known world wide due to the exceptional interpretative art demonstrated in an immense number of concerts and recitals sustained in Romania and abroad.Almost each such interpretation was followed by eulogistic press articles „Pianist Mihai Ungureanu… extremely metaphorical and clear, tumultuous and calm, introverted yet agile and flexible“(„Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung“); „A top musician impressed us with the brilliant interpretation“ („Badisches Tagblatt“, Baden-Baden); „Ovations for a great Romanian interpret – Mihai Ungureanu – an ideal interpret of Beethoven’s Imperial. He succeeded in creating a perfect harmony with the orchestra, underlying the drama of the work.An introverted virtuoso… (“Sudkurier“, Konstanz)”… that is to quote just some of the articles that praised his extraordinary talent.
Mihai Ungureanu sustained concerts in all concert halls and collaborated with all Romanian orchestras, but until the Revolution he was not given the permission to perform  countries that did not belong to the Eastern Bloc. After 1990 his name became rapidly well known abroad. He sustained concerts, recorded CDs and appeared frequently onTV and at  shows. He participated at tours in Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Moldova, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, USA, Canada and Japan. His repertoire includes a large variety of solo concerts for piano from all cultural époques, piano concerts of famous composers, from Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Dvorak, Rachmaninov or Tscaikowsky to Gershwin, without excluding works of Romanian composers such as Bentoiu, Enescu, Lipatti, Silvestri. The compositions for chamber music are among his favourites, and he often interprets them accompanied by the German violinist Jennny Abel. In parallel with his performances in numerous concerts, Mihai Ungureanu is teaching courses in Germany, Japan and Canada and has a richactivity as member of thejury at international music contests. He is also artistic director of the State Philharmonic from Craiova.