The Romanian violinist was a member of the Academica and Stradivari Quartets, as well as the Trio di Milano


Violinist Mariana Sîrbu

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Romanian violinist Mariana Sîrbu died on 1 August 2023. The prolific soloist, chamber musician and teacher was remembered as ‘a generous, sensitive artist’ by colleagues.

Born in Iași, Romania, Sîrbu began her musical studies with her parents. She went on to study with Ștefan Gheorghiu at the ’Ciprian Porumbescu’ National University of Music Bucharest.

In 1968, Sîrbu founded the Academica Quartet. The ensemble won prizes at several international competitions including Liège 1972, Munich 1973, Geneva 1974 and Belgrade 1975.

In 1985, Sîrbu joined the Trio di Milano with pianist Bruno Canino and cellist Rocco Filippini. In 1994 she established the Stradivari Quartet. From 1992 to 2003 she was concertmaster of the I Musici chamber orchestra and was most recently appointed principal guest director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Sîrbu performed as a soloist in many of the world’s great concert halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Sydney Opera House, Wiener Musikverein, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and Suntory Hall (Tokyo). 

As an educator, Sîrbu taught at the Pontino di Musica Festival. From 2002 to 2018 she taught at the Sermoneta instrumental specialisation courses. She served as a professor at the Musikhochsule in Leipzig. 

Sîrbu played a the 1702 ’Conte di Fontana’ Stradivari violin, which had been played by David Oistrakh.

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