Silvan Negruţiu, piano
Internationally acclaimed pianist Silvan Negruţiu has performed concerts around the world, from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to Ireland's National Concert Hall, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Xi’an Concert Hall in China, the Showa Recital Hall in Tokyo, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He appeared as soloist with prestigious orchestras including the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Alicante Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic and Dublin Symphony Orchestra. Some of his concerts have included live television and radio broadcasts. He is a laureate of numerous international competitions, including the “Roma 2000” and Salerno “Beethoven e i classici” in Italy; the “Seiler” in Sofia, Bulgaria; the “Feis Ceoil” in Dublin, Ireland; and the “Konzerteum” in Pireas, Greece.
In high demand as a performer, masterclass clinician, adjudicator, and speaker, Silvan Negruțiu has been a frequent attendee and performer at international music festivals such as the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, the International Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands, the Xi’an International Music Festival in China, and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, USA. For the last two summers, he has been on the artist-teacher rosters at the Xi’an International Music Festival in China.
In 2008 Silvan Negruţiu was one of the seven international pianists invited to the prestigious Beethoven Festival in Positano, Italy, organized by the Wilhelm Kempff Cultural Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Award from Shenandoah Conservatory, the 2009 Gaiety Bursary in Dublin, the Romanian Government Bursary in 2007, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research Award of Excellence in 2002, and the 2001 Eugen Barbu Award for excellence in performing activity. He has recently collaborated with Japanese violinist Akemi Takayama to record the CD Carl Roskott: Works for Violin (Centaur Records), which was recognized in May 2018 by Global Music Awards with a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement. He is also an active member of the Performing Creation Union of the Romanian Musicians; College Music Society; Music Teachers National Association; the National Honors Societies of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi, currently serving as Vice President of the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association, Vice President of Pi Kappa Lambda’s Alpha Omicron Chapter, and South District Chair of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association.
Silvan Negruţiu holds piano performance degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia (D.M.A.), the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University in Ireland (M.Mus.), and the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania (B.Mus.). He currently resides in Decatur, Illinois, where he is Associate Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard & Instrumental Studies at Millikin University School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Millikin University, Silvan Negruțiu taught at Shenandoah Conservatory and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.