My PianoBox in Vienna’s biggest Neo-Gothic church.

On October the 23rd over 500 people celebrated a fantastic charity event by Rotary with my PianoBox in Vienna’s Votiv Church.

Since I came to Vienna, I was always fascinated by the Votiv Church, while practicing every day in a room on the other side of the street. I often thought about how it would be to play there, but I couldn’t dream that someday I will develop a concert format, very personal, very emotional, in a permanent connection with the audience, talking about my stories behind the music.

Lost love, melancholy, barbarian rhythms and wild dancing are not the typical religious topics for a church, but reaching for the bound between music and humans is. Maybe this is why it still felt so right. I loved playing on a stage surrounded by the audience and everything together made the impressive Votiv Church a warm place to be.

And what made this really special, together with the exhibition of Djawid C. Borower and perfectly organized by two Rotary Clubs, the event reached an unexpected amount of donations. The Faraja Center Arusha in Tanzania is now able to assure for one year the life, schooling and the start into independence for thirty girls and their babies.

PIANO & DANCE by Maria Radutu & Eno Peçi

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PIANO & DANCE is an evening by two artists turning two art forms into one. A powerful dancer beside a sensitive pianist, ballet and music. Dancing virtuosity and pianistic fulfillment. Above all: music for all senses. Spectacular, impressive, unique.

The beauty of PIANO & DANCE is, that you can really see the music.

Maria Radutu

For me it is important, that Maria plays the music like she is feeling it. Play how you feel it and I will follow you.

Eno Peçi

On October 2nd the long-waited premiere of my new Piano & Dance project with solo dancer of the Vienna State Opera, Eno Peçi took place. The perfect setting for this premiere was found at the Muth – Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna.

Check out our short video of this unique evening, when we both succeeded in uniting these two art forms and creating a breathtaking evening for our audience.

Because of the great success a second performance date this season at the Muth as been added: Mark your calendars and get your tickets for 28 May 2020.


Program:

F. Chopin – Preludes Op. 28

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I. Stravinsky – Tango

G. Gershwin – Three Preludes for Piano

M. Karlsson – Finale from “Blanc”

G. W. Gluck – Dance of the Blessed Spirits

M. Annau – Ninni

P. Constantinescu – Toccata

S.Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5


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Maria Radutu – explorative piano virtuoso. Singing hands. Brings music under your skin. Creativity without limits. From gentle to thrilling, from classical to modern.

Eno Peçi – masculine ballet dancer. Sensitive physicality. Portrays the freedom of dance. Stage presence, expressivity. From dream to rage, from romantic to new. The solo dancer of the Vienna State Opera has an impressive career as a choreographer with works and shows all over Europe and overseas.

The two have worked together on the stage of the Vienna State Opera, Eno in the leading role, Maria as a guest soloist. After inspiring conversations, the idea of a project together was instantly clear. Eno’s versatility and Maria’s programming have created an evening to melt two arts into one story. Two virtuosos in unison.

PHOENIX – The new piano album by Maria Radutu

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The transformation of unfiltered emotions of young souls, through fire, to acceptance and rebirth – melting into freedom

The album Phoenix starts with “one strong emotion per piece” with romantic, folk-inspired classical and world music works. The climax is reached in Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz, where all the elements burn together, exploding into a thrilling dance. Out of the ashes left behind, it creates the space for a modern fusion of styles, a new world of musical expression by Marco Annau’s “Crossing Lines”, Gershwin as the first “crossover” composer in history and Mikael Karlsson’s “Finale” melting old beauty in a contemporary musical surrounding.

Fire creates, destroys, warms and accompanies us in the most diverse and intimate moments. From the whispered lullaby, dancing in a fire place, to the last dripping candle. During one hour of music, we travel together through dances, emotions, love and melancholy. The juvenile sparkling atmosphere of the beginning finds its way to maturity and balance, opening your mind and soul. With a slightly autobiographical touch, Phoenix shows Radutu’s interpretation of questions like “where does the music go?” and “how do we learn from the past to create the future?”

The album will be recorded in Spring 2019 at tonzauber in the Vienna Konzerthaus and the live concert will premiere in July 2019.

  • F. Chopin – Prelude Op. 28, No. 18
  • E. Satie – Gnossienne No. 1
  • B. Bartok – Allegro barbaro, Sz. 49
  • F. Say – Black Earth
  • M. Annau – Ninni
  • I. Stravinsky – Tango
  • H. Villa-Lobos – Alma Brasileira, Chôros No. 5
  • F. Liszt – Mephisto Waltz No. 1
  • G. W. Gluck – Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • M. Annau – Crossing Lines (commissioned work)
  • G. Gershwin – Three Preludes for Piano
  • M. Karlsson – “Finale” from the ballet “Blanc” by Daniel Proietto

The GershWIEN Project – New album out now

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Maria Radutu & Markus Adenberger
Release date: April 2019

Contrasting classical collection. A clarinet and a piano, together like you’ve never heard before.

Radutu’s and Adenberger’s unlimited love for music results in probably the most diverse album for clarinet and piano you’ve ever heard. Modern humor and dark deepness in Penderecki’s Miniatures, America’s jazz of the 20s and 30s in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto, Spanish gypsy virtuosity, German elaborate romance and French singing melancholy.

All-in-one by two soloists and chamber musicians, with Viennese warmth and cosmopolitan perception.

Program:

  • Penderecki – Three Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano
  • Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Piano solo feat. Clarinet)
  • Shaw – Concerto for Clarinet (Clarinet, Piano & Drums)
    • Special Guest: Franz Hofferer
  • Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen (arr. for Clarinet and Piano)
  • Schumann – Three Romances, Op. 94
  • Poulenc – Hommage à Edith Piaf
  • Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, FP 184

The album was recorded by tonzauber on two pianos (Steinway D and Bösendorfer Imperial). Released in April 2019 by All Sound Around.

Maria Radutu & Markus Adenberger

PIANOBOX – up-close recital in intimate atmosphere

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Up-close live concert – the stories behind the musicby Maria Radutu

One piano, some memories, and many emotions. The young pianist opens her personal treasure box of music and, along with performing the pieces, she tells their stories and what fascinates her about them in a plain, personal, and emotional fashion.

The virtuoso steps away from the classical concert atmosphere, as this much more intimate experience is sure to bring you goosebumps. We travel together across genres, through an unforgettable evening between friends.