BIOGRAPHY

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Andrea Vasi (1989) was born in Voorburg, the Netherlands, into a Romanian-Dutch family. She started playing the piano at age six, and was accepted at the ‘Young Talent School’ of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague four years later. In this period, at the age of fourteen, she won 1st prize, Press prize and the Public award at the national finals of the Princess Christina Competition (as a duo with violinist Sumire Hara), and as a result of this she performed in Carnegie Hall, New York (USA). Two years later, she won again, this time as a duo with violinist Noa Eyl. Again, she performed in Carnegie Hall, and was followed by a Dutch television program called ‘Young Musicians on the way to the concert stage’.

In the same year, 2006, she was a finalist of the Steinway Competition in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (as a soloist). In 2012, she won the ‘Musico Lied competition’ in Amsterdam, together with soprano Ellen Valkenburg. In 2014, also with Ellen Valkenburg, she was a finalist and prize winner during the International Vocalist Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch, in the ‘lied duo’ category. In 2015 they were prize winners at the Student Lied duo competition in Enschede.

Andrea made concert tours through France, Belgium, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the USA, Canada, India (with violinist Bas Treub and soprano Nora Fischer) and Argentina (with violinist Maxime Gulikers and soprano Laetitia Gerards). Many of her concerts were broadcasted on radio and/or television. She was a special guest at a.o. the Gergiev Festival (Rotterdam) and the Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), and she played a number of times with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble, e.g. recording music by Kurtág (for the special cd box including all works by the composer).

After graduating high school (VWO), she started her Bachelor of Music studies at the same conservatoire, under prof. Ellen Corver. Together with Corver, she performed regularly during her studies.

After her Bachelor graduation, she spent some months in India, doing volunteer work in orphanages (giving English, music and karate lessons) and following Buddhist education. Afterwards, she finished her Master of Music education with distinction.

As a soloist, she performed piano concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Ravel and Stravinsky, a.o. under conductor Etienne Siebens. She played in various orchestras and ensembles, also playing the synthesizer and the harpsichord. As a member of the NJO Steve Reich ensemble 2013 (of the NJO), she worked together with Steve Reich and gave a performance at the Lowlands Festival. In 2014 she was ‘Young Artist in Residence’ during the Gelderse Muziekzomer of the NJO, and was a.o. the soloist in Beethoven’s third piano concerto, which she performed on an original 1820 fortepiano under maestro Hidemi Suzuki.

She attended masterclasses and courses in the Netherlands, Italy and Austria, and had lessons with a.o. prof. Pascal Nemirovski (Royal Academy of Music, London), Boris Petrushansky and Ronald Brautigam (solo). In chamber music, she had lessons with the Osiris Trio, Philippe Graffin and many others.

As a duo with trombone player Sebastiaan Kemner, she performed in the ten greatest halls of the Netherlands in April 2016, as part of the Dutch Classical Talent tour. Composer Theo Verbey dedicated his new work, ‘Ballade’, to the duo.

In September 2015, she was appointed teacher/accompanist at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, NL.