Ionel Manciu of the Mithras Trio has been appointed as the new first concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


Violinist Ionel Manciu has been appointed as the new first concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. He will make his appearance in this new position this weekend during the orchestra's concerts in the Concertgebouw under the direction of former chief conductor Hartmut Haenchen. 

Ionel Manciu won the 2019 ROSL Annual Music Competition String and Keyboard Ensembles Prize with the brilliant Mithras Trio, Dominic Degavino piano, Leo Popplewell cello. 

We are delighted for Ionel, and look forward to following his career closely. 

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Ionel Manciu rehearsing with the Mithras Trio for the 2019 Gold Medal Performance, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre


Ionel Manciu (1993) was born in the city of Bender in Moldova. He received his first violin lessons from Tamara Caftanat and later from Galina Buinovschi at the Ciprian Porumbescu Musical Lyceum in Chisinau. At the age of ten he made his debut with the Moldovan National Chamber Orchestra with Mozart's Violin Concerto in G. Since then he has won several national and international competitions. Manciu has played solo with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and National Chamber Orchestra in Chisinau, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, the Lvov Chamber Orchestra and the Pori Chamber Orchestra in Finland.

Ionel Manciu is a much sought-after chamber musician and works as guest concertmaster with renowned orchestras and conductors all over the world. Recent highlights include a concert at Carnegie Hall as part of the Guildhall Artists in New York series, a performance of Shostakoch's Violin Concerto No. 1 at Barbican Hall and a recital of all six Solo Sonatas by Ysaÿe at the 1901 Arts Club in London . As part of the Mithras Piano Trio, he has won the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and the Cavatina Trust Chamber Music Competition, among others. Manciu plays a Gagliano violin on loan from the Tompkins Tate Musical Instrument Trust.

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