Meet The Artists - Alex Petcu

Alex Petcu

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with both RTE orchestras and as the National Concert Hall Rising Star recitalist are some of his main highlights so far. His debut album, "Alex Petcu: In Time" has just been released on the RTE lyric fm label.

As one of the few Irish percussionists to focus on solo and chamber music, Alex has championed and developed the existing repertoire by giving numerous recitals and working closely with composers. Recent projects include curating and performing in "Wood/Metal/Water" as part of the Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival in Cork, being the solo musician for a production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the Abbey Theatre, recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, NCH John Field Room and much more. He is a founding member of the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, a new exciting Irish percussion ensemble. He has also had successes in major national and international competitions. He recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious international percussion competitions.

Alex is also an active freelance musician and regularly performs with the various professional ensembles in Ireland. This includes the main contemporary groups such as the Crash and Hard Rain ensembles, and the various orchestras such as the RTE Symphony, RTE Concert, Irish Chamber and Irish Baroque orchestras.

Aside from his performing activities, he is also a keen teacher and has given lecture recitals at Ireland's universities, taught at the CIT Cork School of Music, given a series of workshops for West Cork Music's "Tuning Up" outreach scheme and more. He also holds an MA in music performance from the Cork School of Music, an MSc in Physics from University College Cork and a BSc in Physics from the same institution.

Photo Credit: Claudia Hansen

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