Liviu Prunaru
Romania, °1969
 
Born in Craiova, Romania, Liviu Prunaru studied at the Menuhin Academy of Gstaad, Switzerland and completed his professional studies at The Juilliard School where he was an assistant to Dorothy DeLay and actively participated in master classes with Itzhak Perlman. Currently a professor at and artistic director of the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, he performs on a 1676 Guarneri violin graciously loaned to him by Professor M. Muller.

Liviu Prunaru has performed recitals in many of the world's major cultural centres and has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony, Belgium National Orchestra, Bucharest Radio-Symphony, and the Puchon Philharmonic in Korea, among others. His work has also been in demand at renowned festivals including the Menuhin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Evian, Athens, and Salzburg festivals. Liviu Prunaru can be heard on CD with Camerata Lysy, as well as his own debut CD released by Pavane Records. He recently released a disc on the Swiss label Claves which includes the three violin concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, directed by Lawrence Foster.

Violinist Liviu Prunaru gained international recognition through his participation at several prestigious violin competitions winning Gold Medals at the Dong-A competition in Korea, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Italy, and the R. Molinari Violin Competition in Switzerland, in addition to a Silver Medal at the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels and at the 1998 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. After capturing First Grand Prizes at the E. Nakamichi Wieniawski Violin Competition and the Juilliard Mendelssohn Competition, Liviu Prunaru made his New York City debut in 1999 with the Juilliard Symphony at Alice Tully Hall. He is konzertmeister of the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest since 2006.
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