Ancuta is a pianist born in Piatra Neamt, Romania. After winning a Silvestri Scholarship aged 16 Ancuta moved to Scotland and has since performed across Europe, as well as Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, London’s Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and the New Auditorium at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Ancuta Nite was born in Piatra Neamt, North East Romania, and began studying the piano at the age of 7. After winning a Silvestri Scholarship aged 16 she studied with Graeme McNaught at the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools, later returning to Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Fali Pavri and Aaron Shorr on a Stevenson Scholarship and an ABRSM international Scholarship. Graduating with a first class BMus Honours, Postgraduate Diploma and a Master’s Degree she won many prizes including the Mozart Concerto Competition performing K271 the ‘Jeunehomme’ Concerto and performed C. Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as part of her final exam. Ancuta has also performed across Europe as well as in the U.K. in venues such as Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, London’s Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and the New Auditorium at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Ancuta has also participated in masterclasses with great pianists such as John Lill, Steven Osborne, Katia Veekmans, Roy Howatt, Hyoong Jung Chang, Alexander Korsantia and Pascal Roge. Recent performances include Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto with Glasgow Sinfonia, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the New Edinburgh Orchestra and the Warsaw Concerto with Helensburgh Orchestral Society.
Ancuta has been an ambassador for Hospices of Hope (the leading palliative care charity in South Eastern Europe) since 2008 and has also joined their volunteering team in the hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov. Her fundraising efforts have included numerous chamber music concerts with her husband, private recitals and various other performances in many venues as well as London’s Globe Theatre and she has raised over £15000 for the charity.
Ancuta is the Artistic Director of the Ardtornish Piano Retreat Concert Series which is scheduled in June every year at Ardtornish Estate, Lochaline as well as the Official Repetiteur for Clyde Opera Group and was involved in the two recent very successful performances of Puccini’s La Boheme and Verdi’s Rigoletto. Ancuta is also the principal coach for the pianists who attend the opera course.
As well as performing, Ancuta very much enjoys teaching piano and she is the founder of the Nite Piano School based in Glasgow City Centre and the West End. Ancuta is also a member of staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of St Andrews. More info about upcoming performances can be found at www.ancutanite.co.uk
Folk Renaissance III: continuing our look at folk roots in the concert hall
Traditional: Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No. 4, “Nine Fragments” (2018) (U.S. Premiere)
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Elias String Quartet (Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello)
The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary works.
John Armitage Memorial Concert
Songs from the Marshes performed by Selwyn College Choir and conducted by Michael Bawtree
Also features Tallis’s Lights for brass quintet and organ.
Featuring Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith & Paolo Vinaccia
Nordic jazz has its own heroes, and foremost among them are master bassist, Arild Andersen and drummer/percussionist, Paolo Vinaccia. Both are admired as pre-eminent jazz masters, and are strongly associated with impressive jazz music that exploits overlooked possibilities. They collaborate here with Tommy Smith and the SNJO to tell new and original jazz stories spun around Norse legends, and together will exploit the unlimited potential of musical imagery.
Imaginations will run riot as Thor swings that famous hammer and Odin’s thunder rolls high above the roof of Valhalla. Scandinavian jazz increasingly incorporates folk and hymnal elements from Norse music. It is a phenomenon that is often reflected in Scottish jazz, and it’s worth noting too that Scottish folk music shares some Norse heritage. This project will demonstrate that startling new music is still waiting to be discovered, created, heard and shared.
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
Sally Beamish: New commission, title to be announced
Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, no. 1
Sandra Porter Mezzo-soprano
Graeme McNaught piano
Bournemouth Chamber Music Society present the Divertimenti String Sextet who will be performing music by:
- Dvorak: Sextet in A major, op.48
- Beamish: Divertimenti
- Brahms: Sextet no.2 in G major, op.36
- SCHUBERT Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
- SALLY BEAMISH String Quartet NO. 4, “Nine Fragments”
- SCHUMANN Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1