Conductors of the future: Andrei Stănculescu

Andrei Stănculescu was born in Râmnicu Vâlcea, the capital city of Vâlcea County, a royal city, with a huge cultural heritage, located on the right side of the Olt River.  

When he was just 3 years old, his kindergarten teacher, sister Julia Palumbo, discovered his ability to vocally reproduce the melodies that she played and informed his parents enthusiastically. Even though Andrei’s grandmother was a French professor at one of the best colleges in Râmnic, his parents ignored the obvious choice and, despite many people’s misgivings, Andrei passed the musical skill test before starting primary school. This “exam” confirmed his talent and little Andrei chose, without much hesitation, the instrument that was closest to his vocality, the violin. Thus, Andrei Stănculescu began his music studies when he was 6 years old, at the Music High School in Râmnicu Vâlcea, discovering the queen instrument, the violin, a companion that would influence his entire artistic journey.  

After graduating high school, he continued his studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest,  the Faculty of Musical Performance, Violin, after which he decided to pursue a second degree at the Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Musical Pedagogy, Conducting. 

Andrei has been conducting since 2012. When he was in high school, he was the assistant conductor of the Râmnicu Vâlcea Theological Seminary Choir. Later on, when he pursued his first bachelor’s degree, he founded and conducted the “Rubato” Choir, a vocal ensemble that played numerous concerts in Romania and Switzerland, with the main purpose of shining a spotlight on contemporary Romanian composers.

Read the entire article here, in the 2nd issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.


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