Prof. Ana Mirabela Dina
Pianist Ana Mirabela Dina was born in Craiova, Romania, in 1976. She received her first piano lessons at the age of four and shortly afterwards met the Bucharest piano teachers Ioana Minei and Ana Pitis, who had a decisive influence on her pianistic development.
Her extraordinary talent became apparent at a very early age: at the age of 10 she made her concert debut with the Craiova State Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Joseph Haydn's D major Piano Concerto. This was followed by a busy concert career with most Romanian orchestras, solo recitals and performances with various chamber music ensembles.
During these years she won prizes at several international competitions, such as 1st prize at the "Concorso internazionale per i giovani pianisti" in Stresa (Italy) in 1984, 3rd prize at the "Incontro internazionale giovani pianisti" in Senigallia (Italy) in 1990, 2nd prize at the "Concorso internazionale per pianoforte e orchestra" in Cantù (Italy) in 1992, and 1st prize at the Japanese "Waki Piano Competition" in 1995.
After the political change in her home country, Ana Mirabela Dina also played in Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany and the USA from 1990 and went to Cologne in 1995 to study in the class of Prof. Karin Merle.
She received further artistic impulses from personalities such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Fou Ts'ong, Alexander Lonquich, Cristian Petrescu, Alexandre Rabinovitch and the Alban Berg Quartet.
In 1998 she made her double debut in Berlin: with the Coronation Concerto KV 537 by W. A. Mozart in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and with the B-flat major Piano Concerto by J. Brahms in the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
In September 1999 Ana Mirabela Dina won the 1st prize at the first "Concurso internacional de piano Martha Argerich" in Buenos Aires. She was then a guest in Montréal with the 2nd Piano Concerto by L. v. Beethoven accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Charles Dutoit and played the Coronation Concerto by W. A. Mozart with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Carl St. Clair.
Solo recitals followed in the Herkulessaal Munich, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Tonhalle Zurich, five concerts in the series "Meisterpianisten" in cooperation with WDR, performances at the festivals of La Roque d'Anthéron (France), Klavier Festival Ruhr (Germany), Musica Vitae in Växjö (Sweden) and a tour in Argentina with recitals and concerts with the Orquesta Académica del Teatro Colón and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in the Teatro Argentino de La Plata, General Roca, Auditório Belgrano and Teatro Colón.
Ana Mirabela Dina has also been invited to the "Martha Argerich Festivals" in Beppu (Japan), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Lugano (Switzerland), where in 2003 she performed the Nutcracker Suite by P. I. Tchaikovsky for 2 pianos together with Martha Argerich in the final concert (released on CD by EMI under "Martha Argerich and Friends"). In February 2007 she was invited to perform at the Salle Pleyel in Paris as part of a "Bach Weekend", where she performed Bach's Concerto for 4 Pianos and Orchestra together with Martha Argerich, Gabriela Montero, Mauricio Vallina, Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica, among others. In addition, Ana Mirabela Dina has made radio recordings for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, as well as for the radio stations in Bucharest, Paris, Buenos Aires (also available on CD) and Lugano.
For several years now, she has dedicated herself to chamber music as well as to pedagogical tasks: she holds master classes in Buenos Aires, La Plata (Argentina) and Bucharest (Romania) and has often been invited as a juror at "Jugend Musiziert". In 2007 she started as a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
Since October 2017 Ana-Mirabela Dina is professor for piano at the HfM Würzburg.