From St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to Mozarteum University in Salzburg and Leeds Town Hall, Romanian violinist Alla Petrichei ‘plays with much heart and dug deep into her soul’ and dazzles audiences with her ‘really compelling and real quality playing’ (RNCM Recital Summer 2016).
In the first half of the 2016/17 season Alla was fortunate to perform Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate with Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra for an audience of 800 people. She also gave a recital at Christ Church, Southport and returned as recitalist at St Peter’s Church, Manchester. The second half of the season will focus on Alla’s ever-growing interest in performing new music and collaborating with other artists. Her recent partnerships with composers John Uren and Caroline Bordignon will culminate with two world premieres at the Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester in a solo recital and in the RNCM Concert Hall as soloist with the RNCM Brand New Orchestra. Alla will also perform J. S. Bach’s Solo Partitas No. 1 and 2 at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester as part of a collaborative project with two poets, a painter and a photographer. The collaboration focuses on her passion for exploring the boundaries of meaning in music by combining different arts in a live setting and will bring to a close her Undergraduate Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Last season, Alla gave her international concerto debut with Concerto No 1 by Max Bruch with Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborated with Wigan Youth Symphony Orchestra on performing the same work. As a recitalist, she gave her debut at the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and featured in numerous recital series in the Manchester area at venues including Emmanuel Church, St Ann’s Church, Cross Street Chapel and Holy Innocents’ Church. Alla was also a finalist in the RNCM Salon and Paganini Prizes as well as Schubert Competition.
Always curious and enthusiastic to deepen her learning, Alla receives advice and guidance from Leland Chen, Gina McCormack and Catherine Yates. She has been mentored and is constantly inspired by internationally established musicians including Christian Tetzlaff, Henning Kraggerud, Henk Guittart and Jack Liebeck as well as by members of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, Notos Piano Quartet, and the Talich, Elias and Solem String Quartets.
A former HMC Scholar at St Peter’s School, York, Alla holds the 2012 Music Award and the 2013 Orange Bromhead Prize for String Instrument Accomplishment from this institution.