INSTRUMENT
VIOLA

Andreea Banciu is the violist/founder of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence since 2003 & RTÉ Quartet in Residence since 2012 and chamber music visiting teacher at RIAM, since 2014.

Andreea has won 14 International Prizes in Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Graz, Hamburg, Rome).

She has performed over 2000 concerts around the world in 42 countries (in venus such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Gedai Tokyo, NCH) including the Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bartok & Shostakovich String Quartet Cycles and many concertos (including Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Weber, Elgar, Williams & Howells).

Her connections with the film world include appearances in two movies as a supporting actress (“Trop tard”, being selected for the Cannes Festival in France).

Last year Andreea was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ConTempo Quartet through over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad (including appearances in NCH, Wigmore Hall and Tours in UK, Romania, Italy, Finland & Sweden).

Her latest album “New Airs” went straight to no 3 in the iTunes classical charts. Her recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.

On 10th June 2016 Andreea awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).

Andreea loves Seafood chowder; a good flat white with some home made rhubarb or apple tart; fresh cream, having breakfast in a Connemara café and a picnic in a rose garden; smelling the roses on a nice summer day; going for a walk on the beach; old castles; playing music with friends and dreaming about wandering Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.