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BIOGRAPHY

Madalina Rusu is an established and experienced concert pianist, performing as a soloist and chamber musician.

During her youth she performed to critical acclaim in her home country Romania, and throughout Europe in Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal. She moved to London, UK, in 2004, to study with Professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Graduating in 2011, Madalina has appeared as a soloist across the UK including appearances at Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, LSO St Luke’s and St Martin’s in the Fields. In 2020 she moved to Warrington, Cheshire, with her partner and daughter, and splits her time between performing and managing a busy music school. 

Born in 1985 in Constanta, Romania, Madalina began her musical studies at the Music High School in Constanta with professors Iuliana Carlig, Cristian Dumitrescu and Constantin Ionescu–Vovu. She then received a full scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, where she gained a First class BMus Honours degree, and graduated the MMus course (Guildhall Artist – Performance) with distinction. Madalina was therefore awarded the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship.

During her studies, Madalina played in numerous masterclasses held at the Dartington Summer School and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where her talent was recognised by distinguished musicians such as Richard Goode, Paul Lewis, John Lill, Imogen Cooper, Simon Trpčeski, Stephen Kovacevich, Pascal Rogé, Bryce Morrison, Alfredo Perl, Joanna MacGregor, Douglas Finch, Daniel Adni, and Andrew Zolinsky.

In 2020 Madalina joined a new team at Keys Piano School in Bolton, Greater Manchester, a fast-growing, innovative Music School specialising in developing high aspirations in young pianists. As the head of Academy and Performance, her role requires a challenging combination of performing, teaching and delivering masterclasses to over 300 students.  

Scholarships Awarded

Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Orchestra (2005 – 2009) 

Ratiu Family Foundation (2005 – 2008)

Brancusi Award given by the Prodan Romanian Cultural Centre (2008) 

Boise Foundation scholarship (2009)

Ian Flemming MBF award (2009)

Edith Vogel Bursary (2009).

Competition Prizes - 1st Prizes

International Piano Competition PRO–PIANO, Bucharest, 2002 1st prize

Croydon Concerto Competition 2007 Winner

Piano Competitions at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, Winner 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 

Other Competition Prizes 

International Piano Competition ‘Konzerteum’, Athens, 2000 

Oxford Professional Recital Prize 2005, 2007 and 2008. 

Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition, 2008

Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2009