MUSIC-LOVERS in need of a spot of relaxation are invited to Solihull Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert.
The event will take place this Saturday at Shirley Methodist Church in Stratford Road – and invites Romanian violinist Cristinel Băcanu to the stage to perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto.
Cristinel was born in Bucharest, where he studied at the George Enescu School of Music and the National University of Music.
He continued his studies in the USA at Ohio University and Arizona State University – but has since moved to the Midlands to pursue a career as a freelance violinist and music teacher.
While living in the UK, Cristinel has worked alongside Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia of Birmingham, Queen’s Park Sinfonia, Derby Concert Orchestra, Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra and the British Police Orchestra.
He and his quartet are also frequent performers at St Alphege Church.
He said: “I’m looking forward to performing the Dvořák Violin Concerto in Solihull.
“The warmth of Eastern European summer evenings, and an abundance of folklore motifs and bohemian tunes are all wonderfully embedded in this nostalgic work which is very close to my heart.”
And as a professional musician, Cristinel thinks the Brummie accent is a thing of musical beauty.
He added: “I love the Brummie accent.
“There is a very musical intonation to it and when I try putting it on back home my family and friends are so impressed that they cannot understand a single word. They call me English.”