Madalina Rusu has enjoyed performing from a very early age, and is quickly establishing a successful career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed to critical acclaim in Romania, and throughout Europe. Since her arrival in London, Madalina has appeared as a soloist at Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, LSO St Luke’s, St Martin’s in the Fields, St Margaret’s Church, Chappell’s of Bond Street, Fairfield Halls, and elsewhere throughout the UK.
Madalina Rusu is a recipient of scholarship awards by the Martin Musical Fund/Phillarmonia Orchestra (2005 – 2009), Ratiu Family Foundation (2005 – 2008), winner of the Brancusi Award given by the Prodan Romanian Cultural Centre (2008), winner of a Boise Foundation scholarship (2009),winner of the Ian Flemming MBF award (2009), and winner of the Edith Vogel Bursary (2009).
Madalina’s list of prizes include 1st prize at the International Piano Competition PRO – PIANO, Bucharest (2002), winner of the Croydon Concerto Competition (2007), and winner of all internal Piano Competitions at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London (2005, 2008). Madalina is also a major prize winner in the International Piano Competition ‘Konzerteum’ (Athens, 2000), Oxford Professional Recital Prize (2005, 2007, 2008), Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition (2008), and the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (2009).
During her studies, Madalina has played in masterclasses held at Dartington Summer School and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where her talent has been 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.
Born in 1985 in Constanta, Romania, Madalina Rusu began her musical studies at the Music High School in Constanta with professors Iuliana Carlig, Cristian Dumitrescu and Constantin Ionescu – Vovu. Since September 2004, she has been studying piano with professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, where she gained a First class BMus Honours degree, has graduated the MMus course (Guildhall Artist – Performance) with Distinction, and has also been awarded the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship.
Aside from currently performing in UK and abroad, Madalina Rusu is also contracted under Gary Parkes International Artistes agency, where she has performed concerts to critical acclaim on vessels such as Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, and over all the P&O ships. Future contracts include Queen Victoria, P&O Britannia and other P&O ships.
Madalina had intensive practical training in teaching skills at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and has been teaching students of all ages for over 9 years. She encourages development through the Associated Board & Trinity Guildhall exams, where so far the results have been solely of Merit and Distinction.
Madalina has taught at Oleg and Polina Kogan’s Razumovsky Academy, and has covered for lessons at Professor Ian Jones’s teaching studio. She has also taught workshops in London schools. Madalina is a passionate young teacher and encourages students of all abilities to perform from as early an age as possible. She has been teaching piano at the Mount School, in Mill Hill, London, at Chauncy School in Ware, Hertfordshire, and currently she holds piano teaching positions at the Gems Hampshire School in Chelsea, London, and at the Orchard House School in Chiswick, London.