My name is Gheorghe Dorin Tuca and I am a Master in Violin Solo Performance graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music.
I began learning the violin at the age of seven in my home town, Arad in Romania. Since the age of 9, I have been giving lots of concerts as a soloist and orchestral player and competing in national and international competitions.
Prizes won include the 1st prize at my school, The Sabin Dragoi Music School in Arad, 3rd prizes at two national competitions in Deva and Oradea and a 5th prize at the International Competition Remember George Enesco in Bucharest. At the age of 12, I won 1st prizes at the Deva and Oradea national competitions, a 2nd prize in Targul Jiu national competition. as well as the Special Prize ,‘Mihail Jora’ in the International Remember George Enesco Competition and the Special Prize in the Cornelia Bronzetti International Competition in Campina. At the age of 14 I won the 1st Prize in the Romanian Musical Olympics and Special Prizes in the George Enesco Competition and Bronzetti.
I began visiting England at the age of ten, when I was selected and invited by the Chairman: Moira Smith, to join as a student, the Pro Corda chamber music courses in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk, England. I attended these courses every year for eight years, allowing me to develop my chamber music skills, learn English and make contacts in England.
In 2003, at the age of 16, I was awarded full scholarship to study at the Purcell School in London. I studied there for two years with Evgeny Grach (former leader of the LSO) and Maciej Rakowski.
In 2005, I was awarded full scholarship once more to study at the RNCM on the BMUS undergraduate degree and in 2009 which I completed with 1st class honours.
Since, I have given many concerts and recitals as a soloist and chamber musician with groups from Pro Corda, VaCO and with The Roberts Quartet which performed extensively in England, Ireland and Wales.
As an orchestral player, I led the Purcell School Orchestras on a number of occasions. In the past 3 years I have also led many of the RNCM’s Orchestras including Symphony, Chamber and Concert orchestras. Outside music college, I have been invited on numerous occasions to lead orchestras such as the Mowbray ensemble and the St Cecilia orchestra.
In my life as a violinist I had the pleasure to perform in countries and venues such as: Hungary (Budapest, Szeged, and Beckeschaba), Czech Republic (Prague), Poland (Krakow as part of the K12 team directed by Peter Stark), Germany (Munich, Ulm), France (at the Versailles Palace on the 5th of December 2005), Italy, Romania, Belgium and England (in Manchester, Leeds, London, Edinburgh, Lake district, York and many more). I have played in concert halls such as the Purcell Room, Queen Elisabeth Foyer (for the anniversary of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis), St John Smith Square and Wigmore Hall.
I have also had the honour to receive tuition from many renowned violin and chamber musicians including Ivry Gitlis, When Zhou Li, Yair Kless, Christopher Rowland, Alasdair Tait, Louise Lansdown, Peter Crouch and many many more.
Recent notable events have included performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the York Symphony orchestra at the York university concert hall, March 27th, 2010. I was also winner of the 2010 Paganinni Prize at the RNCM.
Most recently, in April, I was invited to teach on the Easter Pro Corda course in Suffolk where I was employed coaching quartets of children, conducting the orchestra, performing and leading group discussions. I have since been invited back again to teach on the summer course.