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Piano recitals by Swiss virtuoso

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D&M Music Studio will be presenting a recital at the Goethe Institute on Dec 19 by Swiss pianist Dan Poenaru who will perform works by Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, Balakirev and Schumann. He will give another recital at the AUA Language Centre in Chiang Mai on Dec 21. 

Poenaru comes from the great Romanian school of piano, which counts among its most illustrious representatives Dinu Lipatti and Clara Haskil. Born in Bucharest, he began studying the piano at the George Enescu College of Music in the Rumanian capital and won, at the age of 15, a special jury prize in a national contest for his interpretation of a concerto written by Paul Constantinescu for piano and orchestra.

In the early 1980s he studied with Argentinian pianist Eduardo Vercelli in Geneva and obtained a diploma of virtuosity from the Academy of Neuchatel, also in Switzerland. He acquired Swiss nationality a few years later.

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