Remus Azoitei - violin

Described in The Strad as "an uninhibited virtuoso, with soul and fabulous technique", the Romanian-born violinist Remus Azoitei graduated from the Juilliard School in New York in 2001, and has since been a featured soloist of prestigious European ensembles including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique and Deutsche Kammer Orchester. He has performed concertos under conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Dimitri Kitaenko, Michael Sanderling, and Gabriel Chmura.

His recent engagements have taken him to great venues around the world including Carnegie Hall - WRH in New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Cortot Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Konzerthaus Viena, Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, and National Concert Hall in Dublin. "Azoitei played with a fluid melodic sensibility and sparkling technique" wrote The Washington Post after his Washington DC debut at the Kennedy Center. He has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Adrian Brendel, Gerard Caussé, Konstantin Lifshitz and also Nigel Kennedy, with whom, in 2005, he performed Bach's Concerto for Two Violins at the Enescu Festival, a concert broadcast on 19 stations across Europe and North America, including Arte and Mezzo.

Together with pianist Eduard Stan, Remus Azoitei has made the first ever recording of the entire repertoire for violin and piano by George Enescu for Hänssler Classic label. Launched in 2007 on 2 CDs, the collection has attracted international acclaim, such as "...the refined but vibrant performing style of Remus Azoitei... a distinctive player who combines temperament, mastery of idiom and executive elegance in a very special way" - The Gramophone, or "Astonishing clarity... a superb disc." – International Record Review.

Remus Azoitei studied with Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School in New York, where he was awarded a scholarship to study for his Master's Degree. His teachers also included Daniel Podlovsky at the Bucharest Conservatoire and Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 2001, Remus Azoitei was appointed violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, becoming the youngest ever violin professor in the history of this institution. He is the Artistic Director of the Enescu Society in London, also being one of its founding members. He lives in London, and performs on a violin made by Niccolo Gagliano in 1735, from the Royal Academy of Music's collection.