Daniel Ciobanu first attracted international acclaim in 2017 at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv where he won both the Silver Medal and Audience Prize. He subsequently appeared at Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, St John’s Smith Square in London, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and toured in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil.
“A full and luminous sound, immense pianistic poise, sensibility, an originality without overwhelming ego” (Alain Lompech). Ciobanu’s distinctive musical personality and technical command has led to performances with orchestras such as Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Israel Philharmonic and Israel Camerata, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic and Romanian National Radio Orchestra.
In the 2019/20 season he debuted with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Omer Meir Welber, and was immediately invited back to give a solo recital. He appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Kerem Hasan and at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cristian Mandeal; he was also invited for his Vienna Konzerthaus debut, playing Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with Julian Rachlin. In 2021 he makes his Luzern Festival recital debut (postponed from 2020); other plans include debuts with the Dresdener Staatskapelle, Zurich Tonhalle and BBC Philharmonic orchestras (all with Meir Welber) and with the Orquesta da Galicia under Giancarlo Guererro. For 20/21 season he is the first ever Artist in Residence at the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest.
In May 2020 he recorded his first CD, a solo disc of works by Prokofiev, Debussy, Liszt and Enescu, to be released on the Accentus label.
In 2010 he made his Royal Festival Hall debut, and since then he has given solo recitals in venues such as Munich Gasteig, Salzburg Mozarteum, Auditorium de Radio France, Salle Cortot, Fazioli Hall in Sacile, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Bucharest Atheneum, Duszniki Chopin Festival, Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv and the Taipei National Concert Hall.
In 2015 he received the 1st Grand Prix, Public Prize and Orchestra Prize at the Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Competition - becoming the first pianist in the history of the competition to have won all the Special Prizes along with being unanimously voted by the jury for the Top Prize. He has also won 1st Prize and Special Prize for the best “Classical Sonata” at the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria (South Africa), and 1st Prize at the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2017 Ciobanu founded the Neamt Music Festival in his home town of Piatra Neamt in Romania, to create a fresh and innovative international platform for the cream of today’s young artists. The week-long festival takes place every year in the Carpathian Mountains and features not only classical programming but also embraces other sympathetic art forms including jazz, video-mapping, painting and dance.
Ciobanu started learning the piano at the age of nine in Piatra Neamt, Romania, initially with Magdolna Cosma and Delia Balan, and later with Mihaela Spiridon and Iulian Arcadi Trofin. He went on to win scholarships to study in Scotland with Graeme McNaught and subsequently with Aaron Shorr and Petras Geniusas, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He completed his studies at the École Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris with Marian Rybicki and in the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Pascal Devoyon and Markus Groh.
Choral Fantasy, Op.80 *
Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op.56
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 'Emperor' *
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, S.124
Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125
Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Strings in D minor
Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488
Piano Concerto No.1 in D-flat major, Op.10
Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26
Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55 *
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Piano Concerto in G major *
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 *
Piano Concerto No.2 in F major, Op.102
Piano Concerto No.1 B-flat minor, Op. 23
* in preparation
Livestreams & Broadcasts
George Enescu Philharmonic | March 2021
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
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Sample recital programmes
'Les Enfants Terribles'
Gesualdo - 3 Madrigals arr. Daniel Ciobanu
Haydn - Fantasia in C major
Schumann - Kreisleriana
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Mystery Sonata arr. Daniel Ciobanu
Dan Dediu - Levantiques op.64 “Le vent du Transylvanie”
Liszt- Hungarian Rhapsody no.12
Marc Andre Hamelin/Chopin - Minute Waltz
Prokofiev - Sarcams
Erik Satie -Embryons Desseches
1st encore: C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4 - Allegro
2nd encore: J.Cage - 4’33’’
Arthur Lourie - Prelude Fragile op.1 no.1
Schubert - Wanderer Fantasy
Arthur Lourie - Prelude Fragile op.1 no.2
Dediu - Les barricades mysterieuses - reloaded
Arthur Lourie - Prelude Fragile op.1 no.3
Debussy - Masques & Berceuse Heroique
Arthur Lourie - Prelude Fragile op.1 no.4
Ravel - La Valse
Arthur Lourie - Prelude Fragile op.1 no.5
Schumann - Carnaval
1st Encore: Scriabin - Vers la Flamme
2nd Encore: Bach / Siloti - Air on a G string
New York Classical Review
“Ciobanu’s blinding technique alone made this an exciting experience, and his power, smooth and quick fingering, and precise delicacy supported deeply musical and expressive playing... he clearly loves the sound of a piano—striking chords, playing fast figures, and pedalling as a way to relish the ring and glow coming off the strings... few pianists can make a Steinway sound as good as Ciobanu did Thursday night”
"An inspirational colourist, a captivating inventor"