B i o g r a p h y
Ana Manastireanu is an increasingly sought-after collaborative pianist, specialising in song accompaniment and chamber music.
She has won multiple awards, including Accompanist Prizes in the AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and Ashburnham English Song Awards.
Ana is also the winner of the Alasdair Graham Pianist Prize in the RCM Lieder Competition, the First Prize for Pianists in the RCM Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition and the Second Prize for Pianists in the RCM Joan Chissell Schumann Competition.
Together with mezzo-soprano Annabel Kennedy, she won the Press Prize and Junior Jury Prize at the 56th International Vocal Competition LiedDuo 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands as well as the Audience Prize in the Somerset Song Prize.
Ana was a Scholar of the International Summer Academy for Chamber Music Niedersachsen in Germany and a Fellow of the Toronto Chamber Music Institute in Canada. She is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, Leeds Lieder Young Artist and a Musicians’ Company Young Artist.
Her recent collaborations include performances with tenor Mark Padmore CBE, baritone Roderick Williams OBE, violinist Paul Barritt, Jonathan Crow (Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Andrew Wan (Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Scott St. John (Director of Chamber Music, The Colburn School), Ani Aznavoorian (Principal Cellist of Camerata Pacifica), Marcin Sieniawski (Szymanowski String Quartet) and members of The Harlem Quartet.
Ana has also performed live on BBC Radio 3 - In Tune. Festival appearances include the Oxford Lieder Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, St. Endellion Festival, North Norfolk Music Festival, Brighton Festival, Lewes Festival of Song, London Song Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival and Orford Music Festival.
She has recently graduated with an Artist Diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Kathron Sturrock, Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles, Niel Immelman and Leon McCawley.
Ana's studies were generously supported by the Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship, a Help Musicians UK Henry Richardson Award, and a Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholarship.
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'Ana Manastireanu's accompaniment stood out as dramatic, plaintive and attention grabbing'
(Joe Fuller, The Argus)
'... it was the jaunty "Die Taubenpost" that drew out my tears, with Manastireanu so lightly touching the carrier pigeon's fluttering motif as Williams voiced young Schubert's final, fatal yearning'
(Andrew Connal, The Latest)