“A Romanian in the bloodline of a talented people that has given the world great
pianists such as Dinu Lipatti" (C. Tuchila), “a certitude of her generation",
boasting "an unerring and complete technique", endowed with "a special musical
sensitivity and intuition"; "firmness, balance, accuracy, a special sense of
the sonorous color" - these are some of the critical remarks that appeared in
newspapers after concerts given by the young pianist Alexandra Costin.
"A reflexive artistic nature,” music critic Elena Zottoviceanu writes, “she
belongs to that category of pianists filtering their emotional impulse through
a bright intelligence. I intuit a performer with a modern spirit in Alexandra
Costin, capable of expressing her own viewpoint in the music she communicates.
Her exceptional talent is supported by a remarkable sense of construction,
also apparent in performing the pieces on her debut CD, so different stylistically.
This true key test of the styles is convincingly passed by the pianist.”
Born in Bucharest, Romania, pianist Alexandra Costin graduated from the National
University of Music in Bucharest (Romania) in the class of Dana Borsan. In 2005,
she earned her Master's degree at Baylor University (USA) under the tutelage of
Krasimira Jordan and in May 2010 she became a Doctor in Piano Performance, having
earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, where she studied
with Professor Anthony di Bonaventura. Between 2005 and 2009 she was a Teaching
Assistant at Boston University. From 1995 to 2002 she studied at the Summer Academy
in Cervo, Italy with Arnuff von Arnim from the Academy of Music in Dortmund, Germany;
at the International Academy of Music in Nice, France with Brigitte Engerer from the
National Higher Conservatoire of Music in Paris; and at the Wiener Music Seminar
(Austria) with Krassimira Jordan from Baylor University, all under full scholarship.
In 2002, Alexandra Costin won an ERASMUS scholarship, which gave her the chance to
study with J. Christoph Lieske at the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg.
Alexandra Costin was invited by the organizers of the International Piano competitions
‘Florestano Rossomandi’ (Italy, 2007) and ‘Spanish Composers’ C.I.P.C.E (Spain, 2009)
to be a member of the jury.
Winner of national and international competitions, Ms. Costin gave her first performance
of a concerto with an orchestra at age 14. Since then, she has played over 200 concerto
performances accompanied by premiere Romanian orchestras (Radio Romanian Orchestras,
Philharmonic Orchestras in Bacau, Ploiesti, Oradea, Arad, Targu Mures, Craiova, and
Timisoara) as well as with the Symphony Orchestra of Maracaibo (Venezuela); National
Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan; Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México; Mitteldeutsche
Kammerphilharmonie Schönebeck; Münchner Bachsolisten and the Gewandhausmusikern Leipzig
of Germany; Orchestra Sinfonica di Pescara, I Solisti di Napoli and Orchestra di Grosetto
of Italy; North Czech Philharmony (Smetana Hall, Prague), just to name a few.
On Nov. 30th 2008 Alexandra Costin made her Carnegie Hall debut (Isaac Stern auditorium)
with the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, in collaboration with the New England Symphonic
Ensemble and John Rutter, conductor.
In addition to her concerto activity, Ms. Costin is also a frequent recitalist,
having given recitals in her native country Romania as well as in Austria, Germany, France,
Greece and the United States. She has been invited to perform in Ebracher Musiksommer
Festival – Germany (2006, 2007, 2008), Finca Festival - Spain, Grand Canary (2009),
Mozart Festival at Boston University (2007), and Les Amis de la Musique en Vendomois
Festival de Piano 2003 – France.
Alexandra Costin has made numerous recordings for radio and television. Since 2002 she has
been permanently invited to record with Radio Romania Symphonic Orchestra. The first recording
- Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2 was highly acclaimed by the Romanian critics and consequently
the Radio Romanian Society launched her debut CD in 2003. Also, between 2005 and 2008 in collaboration
with the same orchestra, Alexandra Costin recorded Beethoven Concertos Nos. 3 and 4, Grieg
Piano Concerto and Schumann Concerto in A minor.
In 2006 she was awarded the “MELOS” prize, one of the most important awards given by the Romanian
Music Critics Society, for outstanding performances in the company of National Radio Romanian Orchestra.
Since April 2005, Alexandra Costin has been a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
(Gamma Tau and Alpha Kappa Chapter).
Dr. Alexandra Costin currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).