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American Dream at two Pianos

February 20th 2020, 7:00 PM

„Mihai Eminescu” University Library of Iași

Strada Păcurari nr. 4, Iași, România 

We cannot talk about innovation in art and culture without stepping into the realms of jazz, Hollywood or music. The program of the American dream is related in this edition of Classix on two pianos, highlighting the importance of dialogue and mutual respect.

The protagonists will be two young pianists with international careers started in Iași under the guidance of Ioana Stănescu - Dragoș Cantea and Valeria Lapșin. The program is shaped to cover both the film music from the West Side Story suite and the history of African Americans with famous jazz standards in a unique two-piano arrangement.



Leonard Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1961), arranged by John Musto (1998)

The musical West Side Story was brought to life in 1957 and in 1961 the composer came back to it and extracted nine sections from the score to assemble into what he called the Symphonic Dances.

Percy Grainger (1882 - 1961) - Fantasy on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (1935)

Gershwin described his work as a "folk opera", referring to the inclusion of the many features of African-American music of the time, as well as the attempt to portray the social and cultural issues of that period.


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Pianist trained in Iași by Ioana Stănescu and currently under the guidance of Håvard Gimse and Kathryn Stott, Dragoș made recordings for the Simax Classics and Grappa record houses in 2019, and in 2016, 2017 and 2019 he gave recitals and concerts broadcast by Radio Romania Musical and Romanian Television.


Dragoș has numerous concert appearances in Romania, Scandinavia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

At the same time, he is developing a doctoral research, under the guidance of VOCES master Dan Prelipcean. The year 2019 also marked his London debut at St. James's Piccadilly with the orchestra of the London music academies. He is a supporter of innovation in art, supporting charitable causes in the Romanian space, especially in the area of ​​education.


In 2020 Dragoș is the founder and artistic director of the Classix Festival and among other new European appearances he will start with a recital at the prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.


Valeria Lapșin

Originally from the Republic of Moldova, Valeria Lapșin graduated from the conservatory in Iasi with Ioana Stănescu's class, and is currently studying at the Conservatory in Freibug with Tilman Krämer.

During the years of studies he obtained several awards and distinctions, among which we mention the concert debut from the opening of the season of the National Athenaeum in Iasi in 2017, interpreting Concert no. 23 for piano and orchestra in the major K. 488 by Mozart. The scenic activity sums up solo and chamber recitals in countries such as Romania, Moldova, Germany, Norway, Finland, Italy and Belgium.

Also, Valeria was honored by the invitation for the position of collaborating pianist in the cello section of the "George Enescu" International Competition of 2018, and in 2019 she is selected as a beneficiary of the "Young Talents" program, conducted under the aegis of the Princess Margarita Foundation of Romania.


Acces Eveniment

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