dana borsan

Dana Borșan

“… she conquered the heart of her audience with an extremely expressive and temperamental interpretation. Not only her virtuosity, but especially her devoted and warm attitude fulfilled her integration in the space of a well prepared orchestral sound.”- Münchener Merkur

Soloist and concertist at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Society, Dana Borşan has a longstanding and fruitful collaboration with the Radio Chamber Orchestra: in 2006, Borsan and the orchestra launched a unique project in the history of Romanian music, the Complete Concertos for Piano and Orchestra – W. A. Mozart, a premiere for the Romanian music society, with concerts, special recordings for the Radio phonoteque and 8 CDs for Casa Radio.

In the same direction of deepening her understanding of the Mozart universe, we find the Complete Sonatas for violin and piano – W. A. Mozart, a project that comprised a series of recitals with violinist Alexandru Tomescu. Born in Cluj, the artist started studying piano with Professor Petru Florian at the Music High School from her native town. She continued her studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest, with Professor Gabriel Amiraş. In 1992, with a scholarship, she went to study at the Academy of Music in Berlin, with Professor Georg Sava. In order to attain superior performance in her playing, Dana Borşan followed master classes with pianists Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg and Helene Boschi in Weimar.For Dana Borşan, who  won a number of awards from national competitions (1973, 1976, 1983, 1990) and international competitions (Warsaw 1975, Vienna 1985) a decisive moment in her career was the 2nd Prize and the Silver Medal awarded at an important international competition – Robert Schumann Competition in Zwichau, 1977. Her interpreting style, the perfect emotional control, and the architectural construction were some of the qualities that brought her this recognition at the age of 19, promoting Dana Borşan in the international music scene. She performed at numerous festivals, such as Aberdeen, Potsdam, Faenza, Bucharest – George Enescu International Festival and Dinu Lipatti Festival, Cluj – Mozart Festival.

In 2011, the pianist was once more invited as soloist to the Robert Schumann International Festival in Zwickau with Brahms’ Concerto no. 1 for piano and orchestra and to the George Enescu International Festival with Hanns Wolf’s Concerto for piano and orchestra.
Dana Borşan has given concertos and solo recitals in Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, France, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Spain, UK, China, Ireland, Norway. She is a constant presence on the venues of Romanian philharmonics. During the last two years, she gave numerous concerts with orchestras from Germany and Republic of Moldova and she performed piano recitals in Germany, France, Ireland, and Norway.

Dana Borşan offers us the profound meaning of music, finding the most subtle nuances in order to give life to each opus. She appeared in over 900 concerts and recitals, with interesting programmes and diverse repertoires that would put to test any pianist. Her repertoire comprises over 50 concertos, as well as attractive programmes for solo and chamber music recitals. Although she prefers the works of the Viennese school and of the great romantics – Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms -, the artist also plays original works, premieres for the Bucharest venues – concertos for piano and orchestra by Hanns Wolf, Moritz Moszkowski, Siegfried Matthus, Sigismund Toduţă.

To the day, Dana Borşan has 16 records for Eterna, KU Classics, Electrecord, Casa Radio. She also has recordings that sum over 1600 minutes for Radio România, radio and TV programmes in Romania, Republic of Moldova, Germany, Hungary. Music critics have written: „her superior technique, her profound and soulful expression, the intuition of styles, the art of superposing sonorities, all these demonstrate the enormous talent of the artist” – Adevarul literar si artistic supplement, or „Dana Borşan takes out the music, the emotion, the soul substance of the piano… she has a substantial and abundant style, cultivating a poetic sound…” – Romania libera newspaper. For her activity, she received the Music Critics Association Award (1991, 2006) and the Actualitatea muzicală Magazine Award (1998). Prof. univ. dr. Dana Borşan runs since 1990 a piano class at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Her students won numerous awards at national and international competitions, many of whom continued their studies at renowned musical institutions over the world and imposing themselves on international concert venues – Toma Popovici, Alexandra Costin, Amalia Bonciocat, Rebeca Omordia, Andrei Licareţ, Alexandru Petrovici, Raluca Ouatu, and Cătălin Dima. Since February 2012, Dana Borşan is the Senate President of this prestigious academic institution. She was invited to give master classes in similar institutions from Catania, Wuppertal, Essen, Weimar, Stuttgart, Paris, Cork, and Oslo and to be part of the jury for international competitions in Hong Kong, Oslo, Guérande (France), and Romania.