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Sofia Blându is a 12th grade student at the National College of Arts Dinu Lipatti in Bucharest, studying with Prof. Mircea Marian. She won the Ludovic Bacs Prize – Hungarian Music Festival, 17th edition (2021), first prizes at the National Olympics of Instrumental Music, 3rd prize at the ProArt Competition in Ukraine (2016).

Sofia has performed on stage together with renowned musicians such as Marin Cazacu, Mihaela Martin, Diana Ketler, Răzvan Popovici, and Justus Grimm, as well as in various occasions, such as meetings of the Rotary Club, Enescu and the Music of the World Festival or the SoNoRo Interferences workshops. She performed as a soloist in Cluj Napoca, Bucharest, together with the Youth Orchestra of Romania and Moldova and with the Deutsches Juristenorchester in Germany. She worked with renowned conductors, such as Horia Andreescu, Cristian Mandeal, Gabriel Bebeșelea or Martin Lill. She is a member of the National Youth Orchestra since 2017.

She attended masterclasses given by Frans Helmerson, Henri Demarquette, Reinhard Latzko, Valentin Răduțiu, Marin Cazacu, Răzvan Suma, Octavian Lup, Christoph Wyneken, and Judith Ermert. Sofia Blându is an official ambassador of the Académie musicale de Villecroze after participating in the Cello and Violin masterclasses held by Frans Helmerson and Mihaela Martin.

PROGRAM:

Online Round
Piatti Caprice Op. 25 No. 7
Bach Cello Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major Hob. VIIb/1
Schumann Adagio and Allegro in A flat major Op. 70
Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor L. 135
Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello

Semifinal
Enescu Cello Sonata No. 2 in C major Op. 26
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major Op. 119
Davydov At the Fountain Op. 20 No. 2

Final
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85