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Guest Artist

            Internationally renowned Romanian violinist  Irina Muresanu continues to stretch the
            boundaries of classical music. A sought-after soloist and chamber musician who has appeared
            throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South Africa, Ms. Muresanu has also
            developed a reputation as a compelling and elegant interpreter in the contemporary music
            world. A regular guest artist in festivals and venues across the United States and in Europe, she
            is acclaimed for her elegant, passionate performances and compelling stage presence.

            An avid performer of new music, Ms. Muresanu has recorded for such respected labels as
            BMOP, Avie, Centaur, Albany and AR RE-SE. Among the works she has recorded are Thomas
            Oboe Lee’s Violin Concerto (dedicated to Ms. Muresanu), works by Elena Reuhr, the complete
            William Bolcom sonatas, the Guillaume Lekeu and Alberic Magnard late Romantic Violin and
            Piano Sonatas, and the world premiere recording of Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.

            “Four Strings Around the  World,” Muresanu’s acclaimed solo violin multi-media program
            celebrating the diversity of cultures through the unifying voice of the violin, continues to steal
            the limelight. Released as a solo violin CD in 2018 by the Grammy-nominated Sono Luminus
            label, the CD has been called an “illuminating release” by The Boston Globe. The program was
            highlighted in a Virtual Reality collaboration with the University of Maryland Institute for
                        Advanced Computer Studies. The ever-evolving project includes composers
                          from all continents, with such staple works as Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice
                            No. 24 and J.S. Bach’s Chaconne in D minor, as well as commissioned
                              new works, including Indian composer Shirish Korde and Native
                               American composer Jerod  ‘Impichchaachaaha’  Tate. In 2021,
                               Nigerian composer Fred Onovwerosuoke and Iranian composer
                                Sanam Gharacheh have dedicated solo work to this project.

                                 Born in Romania, Irina Muresanu achieved international
                                  acclaim early on. She is a laureate and winner of top prizes
                                  in several prestigious international violin competitions
                                   including the Montreal International, Queen Elisabeth
                                   International, UNISA International String,  Washington
                                    International, and the Schadt String Competition. Irina
                                    Muresanu is an Associate Professor at the University of
                                     Maryland and holds a prestigious Artist Diploma degree
                                     and a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New
                                      England Conservatory. She plays an 1849 Giuseppe
                                      Rocca violin with an Etienne Pajeot bow.

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