Mihai Cocea

Violist Zürich, Switzerland 5 Followers

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Mihai Cocea Sep 15, 2012

Mihai Cocea - viola
A Third Prize Winner of the “Watson Forbes” International Viola Competition and a semi-finalist of the 2011 Windsor Festival String Competition, violist Mihai Cocea is a student of professor Lawrence Power at the Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste. He recently has been awarded a scholarship by the Swiss Confederation to study in Zurich at ZHdK under the tutelage of Lawrence Power. Born in 1990 in Bucharest, Mihai graduated from the "George Enescu" High School as a student of professor Dumitru Ene. Since then, he has been a winner of national and international awards including the Grand Prize and Best Performance of a Contemporary Work at Icon Arts in Breaza in 2005, as well as Second Prize at the Delius Competition, London in 2008. He has participated in various masterclasses, with Yuri Bashmet, Ladislau Csendes, Maxim Rysanov, Marius Ungureanu, Yuval Gotlibovich, Bruno Giuranna, Lawrence Power, Razvan Popovici, Endre Guran, Tatjana Masurenko, Jerzy Kosmala, Garfield Jackson. Mihai has been selected by the Royal Academy of Music in London to play in a masterclass with Maxim Vengerov being the only violist chosen. He has also participated in international schemes such as: Summer Young Violinist Camp din Wroclaw, Poland, Melting Potes Musik, Nimes, France, Sampling Bukarest, Vienna, Austria, Intercultural Exchange, Beijing, China, Sermoneta, Italy where he had the unique opportunity of playing alongside his mentor: Maestro Bruno Giuranna; and three of the most famous maestros of Europe: Mariana Sirbu, Rocco Filipini and Franco Petrarchi; SONORO-International Chamber Music Festival, offered him the chance of performing several concerts together with great young musicians such as: Alexander Sitkovetsky, Diana Ketler, Razvan Popovici, David Cohen, concerts broadcast by the National Romanian Radio, National Romanian Television and on BBC Radio 3. As a chamber musician and an orchestra player, he has collaborated with Youth Orchestra Wroclaw, Poland in 2005, CEY-Youth Orchestra, in 2006-2007, and EUYO-Youth Orchestra in 2008. He has given recitals in the St.James Picadilly, St.Martin in the Fields, St. Andrews Younger Hall, "George Enescu" Museum and the Romanian Atheneum.
Mihai Cocea plays on a Salomon viola France made in 1780, kindly lent to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

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