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Alex Petcu vibraphone/marimba Ioana Petcu-Colan violin

December 8, 2017 7:00 pm
December 8, 2017 12:00 am
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Tom Lane  Oh Mistress Mine Chorale
Keiko Abe  Dream of the Cherry Blossoms
Franco Donatoni  Omar II
Paul Lansky  Hop
John Cage  Dream
Alan Barclay new work (Night Music commission)
Sam Perkin  Prelude and Fugue
Komitas  Yerkinkn Ampel A

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex Petcu is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre.

As one of the few Irish percussionists to focus on solo and chamber music, Alex has championed and developed the existing repertoire by giving numerous recitals and working closely with composers. He recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious international percussion competitions.

For this concert Alex will be joined by his sister, and one of Ireland’s finest musicians, Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin).


Ioana is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician with a widely varied performance schedule programming music from the baroque era to the present day. Although Ioana prefers not to specialise in any one field, she particularly enjoys the challenges of new and unusual projects in addition to the existing contemporary repertoire and is dedicated to raising public awareness of living composers and their work.

Performing contemporary music, Ioana has featured at such festivals as the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Crash Ensemble’s ‘Up North’, Sligo New Music, Masters of Tradition, Clandeboye, and Cheltenham Festivals and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM and RTÉ national television. She has premiered works in Canada, Spain, the UK and Ireland and has worked closely with composers such as Arvo Pärt, Peteris Vasks, Edgar Meyer, Ian Wilson and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh on interpretations of their work.

Ioana plays on an Italian violin, built by Gofreddo Cappa in 1695.