Daniel Ciobanu | Piano
Daniel Ciobanu is a pianist of remarkable skill and talent who has taken the world by storm with his captivating performances. He first garnered international acclaim at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv in 2017, where he won both the Silver Medal and Audience Prize, stunning audiences and judges alike. Since then, he has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and Konzerthaus Berlin, to name a few.
Ciobanu’s talent has not gone unnoticed, and he is regularly invited to perform with renowned orchestras, such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, under the baton of Omer Meir Welber. He has also made his debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
His recent highlights include outstanding performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Israel Philharmonic and Israel Camerata, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic, and Romanian National Radio Orchestra. In addition, he made his Lucerne Festival recital debut in August 2021, performing alongside Julian Rachlin at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Ciobanu’s exceptional artistry has captivated audiences worldwide, and he has performed solo recitals at some of the world’s most renowned venues, including Munich Gasteig, Salzburg Mozarteum, Auditorium de Radio France, Salle Cortot, and Fazioli Hall in Sacile, among others. He has also appeared at prominent international music festivals, such as the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Duszniki Chopin Festival, among others.
In April 2022, Ciobanu performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Omer Meir Wellber, in four prominent performances in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, cementing his status as one of the world’s leading pianists.
Ciobanu’s artistry extends beyond his performances, and he is the first-ever Artist in Residence at the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, beginning in the 20/21 season. He released his first solo album in September 2020, which features works by Prokofiev, Debussy, Liszt, and Enescu, on the Accentus label, receiving critical acclaim from the media.
Furthermore, Ciobanu is a visionary and has created a fresh and innovative international platform for young artists, founding the Neamt Music Festival in his hometown of Piatra Neamt, Romania, in 2017. The festival, which takes place every year in the Carpathian Mountains, features not only classical programming but also embraces other sympathetic art forms, including jazz, video-mapping, painting, and dance.
Ciobanu started learning the piano at the age of nine in Piatra Neamt, Romania, with several teachers including Magdolna Cosma, Delia Balan, Mihaela Spiridon, and Iulian Arcadi Trofin. He was awarded scholarships to study in Scotland with Graeme McNaught, and later with Aaron Shorr and Petras Geniusas, where he graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He continued his studies at the École Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris with Marian Rybicki, and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Pascal Devoyon and Markus Groh, where he completed his studies.