Romanian pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa has tragically died at the age of 33 of what was believed to be a brain hemorrhage. Melanie Spanswick (ClassicalMel) has posted this tribute to Mihaela on her blog.

Melanie Spanswick

The piano world has suffered a loss this week with news of the tragic death of excellent Romanian pianist, Mihaela Ursuleasa, who was just 33 years old. It is believed she died of a brain haemorrhage at her apartment in Vienna.

Mihaela Ursuleasa was born in Brasov, Romania.  Her father was a jazz musician and her mother a singer. She began to play the piano at the age of five and was giving concerts by the time she was nine. As a teenager she won second prize at the International Piano Competition in  Senigallia. Then on the advice of Claudio Abbado, Mihaela studied with Prof. Heinz  Medjimorec at the Vienna Conservatory. She won the Clara Haskil Competition aged 16 and in 1999, she  graduated with a diploma cum laude.

Ursuleasa has appeared with many major orchestras including the Los Angeles  Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de Paris, Mozarteum Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bamberg  Symphony…

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