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Wed, Jul 17


Sand City


Alina's playing will leave you in awe with her flawless technique and endless palette of colors in her sound. She will be joined by violinist Nancy Zhou, violist Jonathan Vinocour and cellist Michelle Djokic for the sublime Schumann Piano Quartet followed by a dazzling half of solo piano works.

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Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sand City, 440 Ortiz Ave, Sand City, CA 93955, USA

About the Event

ALINA BERCU returns to SandBox for her second appearance. Last summer, the sell out crowd was left wanting more. Don't let her small stature fool you. She is a force of nature beind the keyboard just oozing with technical facility displaying the sound colors you never imagined.

Alina Bercu was born in Campina, Romania. When she started learning the piano at the age of seven years old, her first teacher was Prof. Dr. Stela Dragulin from the Transilvania University in Brasov. Later, she began her academic studies with Prof. Grigory Gruzman at the University for Music "Franz Liszt" in Weimar, Germany, and continued them with Prof. Wolfgang Manz at the University for Music in Nürnberg. During this time, she also studied chamber music with Prof. Michael Sanderling and Angelika Merkle at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany.

Alina has performed at numerous renowned concert halls throughout Europe, America and Asia: Carnegie Hall - New York, Mariinsky Theatre – St. Petersburg, Vienna Opera House, Théâtre de Vevey, Tonhalle – Zürich, Prinzregententheater – München, Die Glocke – Bremen, Tonhalle – Düsseldorf, Musikhalle – Hamburg, Auditorium – Rome, Great Palace Hall – Bucharest and Romanian Atheneum. She has also played with many prestigious orchestras, such as the: Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestre de chambre Lausanne, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Camerata Zürich, Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, “Mozart Orchester” - Hamburg, Limburg Symfonie Orkest, „George Enescu” Philharmonic – Bucharest, “Gulf Coast Symphony” - Mississippi / USA.

Alina has recorded on many occasions. Her CD with the violinist Ilian Garnetz with works by Schubert and Brahms was awarded the "Golden Label" and "Cle d’or". She has made numerous radio and television appearances, for example with NBC (USA), ARTE TV, medici TV, Radio Suisse Romande – Espace 2 and Télévision Suisse Romande (Switzerland), Radio Bremen, Eurovision and Telepace (Italy), Metro – TV (Indonesia) and TVR (Romania).

Between 2018-2020 Alina was assistant professor at the University of Music „Franz Liszt” Weimar. Currently, since 2020, she has been teaching at the International Music Academy "Phoenixsee" in Dortmund (Germany).

Joining Alina on this program will be the reknown prize winning vilolinist Nancy Zhou, principal violist of the SF Symphony and sought after chamber music collaborator Jonathan Vinocour and Grammy nominated cellist and founder of SandBox, Michelle Djokic. The Piano Quartet in E flat major by Robert Schumann is one of the most beloved chamber works in existence.


Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47 - Robert Schumann

Sonata in E Flat major Op. 31, no. 3 -- Beethoven

Sonata in B flat major Op. 83, no. 7 - Sergei Prokofiev

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