|"The happyness is our
most beautifull thing"
of excellent concerts all over the world have brought out in bold relief
Ion Voicu's brilliancy as a Romanian violinist of international reputation,
one of the greatest masters of our time.
He was born in Bucharest where he started his musical training when only
six years old, with 200 years of musical tradition in his background.
A child prodigy, he was admitted at the Bucharest Royal Academy of music
and completed its seven years course in only two years as a pupil of the
renowned Romanian professor George Enacovitch. Later on Ion Voicu polished
his art under the guidance of such celebrated violin masters namely George
Enesco and David Oistrakh.Ph.D. at the Tchaikovski Conservatory.
Ion Voicu have given in a fifty five years period of his career, thousands
of concerts all over the world: Paris, New York, London, Rome, Vienna,
Tokyo, Berlin, Stockholm, a.s.o. His annual tours have gained him enthusiastic
acclaims everywhere, as respected critics attest … "Ion Voicu has
magic in his fingers and his bow", "He has poet's mind and skill
of a hand that makes one think of a conjurer", "Zauberer auf
Saiten", "Beifallstürme für Ion Voicu", "Ein
Teufelsgeiger", "Sa technique est éblouissante et sa
sonorité charmeuse", "Il est parmi les élus",
"Ion Voicu se situe sur le plan des plus grands maîtres du
violon", "He is one of the greatest violinists", "A
lesson of violinistic art", "Un grand soir avec Ion Voicu",
"Voicu kann man zweifellos zu den besten Geigern zählen",
"A star of international musical life", "Ion Voicu gehört
neben Zino Francescatti zu den grössten", "Il se place
aux premiers rangs des violonistes du monde entier", "Le concert
inoubliable de Ion Voicou", "Voicu ist in der Reihe der hervorragendsten
Künstler", "He was triumphal!".
More than 100 records LP and CD he has produced, including those by DECCA
House and Deutsche Gramophone, have aided in his world fame. His repertoire
rang from forgotten masterpieces of the past to new works written for
him by Romanian and foreign contemporary composers.
Ion Voicu has played with such prestigious orchestras as BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER,
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, he played under the baton of great conductors
such as Sir Barbirolli, Paul Kleski, Antal Dorati, André Cluytens,
Sir John Pritchard, van Oterloo … concerts broadcasted and telecasted
by BBC-London, ABS-New York, NHK-Tokyo, RTV-Belge, Moscow, Ankara, Stockholm,
a.s.o. He played concerts with Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Henryk
Szeryng, Leonid Kogan, Igor Oistrakh and others, played sonatas with Cristoph
Eschenbach, Hepzibach Menuhin, Monique Haas, a.s.o.
His teaching activities goes from private instructor to "Master Classes"
taught at the "International Mozarteum Academy" in Salzburg,
Conservatoires de Paris, Nice, Genéve, Lausanne, Vienna, International
Menuhin Academy, to name some of them. Quite often prof.dr.Ion Voicu is
appointed for Vice-President at the Tchaikovsky International Competition
and a jury member of Bach International Contest, Carl Flesch Competition
in London, Sibelius International Competition, Folkstone Menuhin Competition,
to name a few.
Ion Voicu has contributed to the musical world in many ways. His contribution
to raise the prestige and quality of "George Enescu Philharmony"
in Bucharest, where he has been General Director for ten years, is attested.
He created the "Bucharest Chamber Orchestra" since 1969, which
is well known in all Europe and was present at important international
festivals. Now his son Madalin
Voicu conducts it.