Born into music in the heart of Romania’s cultural capital Bucharest, pianist Elisabeta Cojocaru began performing from a young age and launched her career with a Bachelor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by her Master of Music at the University of Ottawa. Along the way, she had the chance to play for renowned pianists such as Stephen Hough, Ozario Maione, Charles Richard-Hamelin, and André Laplante, and has been awarded first prizes at the 2019 Hamilton Music Festival, the 2019 Maureen Forester Performance Award and the 2017 Heidt Performance Award.

Over the past few years, she has developed a newfound passion for collaborative piano. Whether that’s playing with Opera Nuova in Edmonton, accompanying singers across the Maritimes as part of the Barachois Music Festival, or more recently, joining Canada’s longest running dinner musical show, Oh Canada Eh!, there are few things that bring her greater joy than to create music that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Elisabeta is currently completing her Graduate Diploma with David Jalbert at the University of Ottawa and is excited to continue to serve as a collaborative artist with Atlantic Voices and within the Ottawa community.

Image Credit: An Phan

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