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“...a born story-teller, combining a rare delicacy of touch with
a remarkable intensity of feeling...”

Prizewinner of the first European Piano Competition ‘Grand Prix Vlado Perlemuter’ in France and the Dinu Lipatti Piano Competition in Bucharest, Mariana Izman has been praised by the press for being a born story-teller (Albert Brüggen), combining a rare delicacy of touch with a remarkable intensity of feeling (Fran Gillespie) and for her ability to penetrate to the heart of the music with an artistry few are granted (Huib Ramaer). Based in Holland, she performed recitals in major venues such as Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), Anton Philipszaal (The Hague), Philharmonie (Haarlem), Oosterpoort (Groningen), Vredenburg (Utrecht) and Vereeniging (Nijmegen). She played as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Romanian National Radio Orchestra.

Her affinity with the music of Robert Schumann is beautifully rendered in her recordings of his major piano works including KreislerianaDavidsbundlertanze and Concert sans Orchestre, receiving outstanding critical acclaims. Her most recent CD includes the two piano sonatas by Sergei Rachmaninoff and has been called a great accomplishment by the European press. She has a profound connection with the great French composers at the turn of the XXth century, notably Debussy and Ravel, which she has performed in many European countries (including the Ravel Festival in Saint-Jean-de-Luz) and the Middle-East.

Her encompassing knowledge of many languages allows her to enjoy great works of literature. As an experienced lieder performer, she frequently presents programs interlaced with poetry and theatre. The notable collaboration with the Romanian actor Ion Caramitru brought her to perform in New York’s Lincoln Center, Boston, Paris and all over Romania. She also performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in Rotterdam’s “de Doelen”, while Cesc Gelabert was dancing Gerhard Bohner’s famous choreography. Forthcoming concerts include Schubert’s Winterreise with the German baritone André Morsch and a programme of French songs performed on an Erard Grand Piano (1896) in Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

Mariana Izman regularly appears in various chamber music concerts. She played with violinists Vesko Eschkenazy and Tjeerd Top (both concertmasters of the Concertgebouw Orchestra), the Lendvai String Trio and the Amsterdam String Quartet. Recently performed works were violin sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Szymanowski and Franck, Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Piano Quartets by Brahms and Dvorak. This year she will play various chamber music programmes, e.g. with cellist Charles Watt in the Britten Festival in Holland, performing works by Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge. As part of a piano duo with pianist and conductor Pieter-Jelle de Boer, she won the "Vriendenkrans" Competition of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and performed during the famous outdoor Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam, attended by 20.000 people.

Mariana Izman was born and raised in Moldova and started her music education at the age of six. At 18 she moved to Holland to continue her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. She studied with Prof. Marcel Baudet and graduated with honors in 2002. She also received coaching from renowned musicians such as Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode. In 2010 she joined the piano faculty at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in England. She plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Instrument Foundation.

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