Angela Draghicescu, a native of Romania, currently serves as Collaborative Pianist at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She joined the Department of Music in the fall of 2012. Dr. Draghicescu has toured the world as a duo and chamber music pianist in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall Seattle, George Enescu Philharmonic Romania, Rudolfinium Prague, Mahidon Auditorium Thailand, Hindemith Institute Switzerland, Behague Palace Paris and other venues in Romania, Hungary, France, and Norway. She has collaborated with artists such as the Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, violinists Brian Lewis, Remus Azoitei and Charles Sewart, Naumburg Competition winner cellist David Requiro, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trumpet player David Bond and former Canadian Brass french horn player Jeff Nelsen. As a masterclass pianist, she has been invited to perform for such incredible musicians as Joseph Alessi, Jean Barr, Warren Jones, Paul Edmund-Davies, Charles Sewart, Josephine Knight to name but a few.
Her doctoral thesis Nicolae Bretan: A Guide to Romanian Art Song is the first textbook for Romanian diction for singers and has become an invaluable source for non-native speakers wishing to perform Romanian art song. In 2013 Bucharest University Press published her dissertation for use in universities in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Dr. Draghicescu has attended the SiPiano Chamber Music Festival (Blonay, Switzerland), the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, the Round Top Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival as a collaborative scholarship recipient. An active coach, she serves on faculties of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program (Ottawa, KS) and the Enescu World Music and International Festival (Romania), collaborative pianist at the Interlochen Arts Academy and is guest pianist for the distinguished Embassy Concert Series in Washington D.C. Dr. Draghicescu works regularly for international and national competitions such as the George Enescu International Competition (Romania) the Frances Walton Competition (U.S.A.), the North American Saxophone Alliance (Region I), for all instruments and voice, and has taught masterclasses in collaborative piano and chamber music in Romania, Switzerland and the USA. She is a frequent guest on Seattle’s Classical King FM radio station and can also be heard on the Naxos and Round Top Festival labels.
For 2016-2017 Dr. Draghicescu has been invited to promote the music of George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti and leading contemporary Romanian composers in a European and U.S. tour supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute. Future concert venues include Carnegie Hall New York, Harpa Reykjavik, Atheneum Bucharest, Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as the RCI concert halls venues in New York, Paris, London, Prague, Bruxelles and Washington D.C.
Dr. Draghicescu received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance at Louisiana State University under the mentoring of Michael Gurt and Willis Delony and earned her doctorate in collaborative piano at The University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Anne Epperson. She is currently working on releasing her first CD that will include a newly commissioned piece by her from Pulitzer Prize awarded composer William Bolcom.