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Carmen Constantinescu

Conservatory Instructor
Violin

In Her Studio:

Carmen Constantinescu teaches violin with the Conservatory. Lessons with Carmen cost $60 per hour. She is accepting students at this time. Carmen will teach students ages 8, and up, and prefers to teach students who have at least Suzuki level 3 or 4 or RCM level 3, as well as more advanced students, but will teach beginner students. In Carmen’s studio, students are encouraged to work towards exams, participate in recitals, and participate in Music Festival. She teaches classical music for the most part, but occasionally pop mixed with classical music. Carmen requires students to supply their own books, with guidance from Carmen, and she will talk to students regarding what instrument to acquire. Students of Carmen’s are expected to practice every day, as shown in lessons, for a duration that will be discussed during the lesson.

Biography:

Carmen Constantinescu was born in Romania and studied violin at the Bucharest Conservatory. She began playing violin at age 6 and by the age of 16 her performing career was already taking off. While competing and winning both national and international awards she pursued her studies in Germany (Weimar - Franz List Academy) with Galina Barinova and Switzerland (Gstaad -International Menuhin Music Academy). She performed numerous concerts as soloist with orchestras and chamber music ensembles, recorded for radio and television, and toured throughout Europe.

She is a founding member of the award winning "Eutherpe" Piano Trio of Bucharest and the String Quartet of the National Radio Television Orchestra .

Ms. Constantinescu was a member of the National Radio Television Orchestra in Bucharest prior to her coming to Canada. In 1981 she settled in Montreal and took a position with Montreal Symphony Orchestra and later in 1989 she joined the Regina Symphony Orchestra for which she holds the position of Assistant Concertmaster. Carmen also held the positions of Concertmaster and Acting Concertmaster with the RSO in the past. Ms. Constantinescu has been teaching at the Conservatory of Performing Arts for 30 years.

Carmen is married to Ilies Constantinescu, a well-respected associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, cellist and pianist. Together they have performed in many recitals and she has premiered many of his works.

  • MA - Bucharest Conservatory
  • MB - Bucharest Conservatory

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