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Alexander Balanescu

Biography

Violinist and violist Alexander Balanescu leads the Balanescu String Quartet, a group that crosses the boundary between classical and popular music. Classically trained himself, Balanescu performed 20th century composers for three years, then decided to create a music addressed to more people than just music specialists.

Alexander Balanescu was born in Romania, but moved with his family to Israel in 1969 when his University-employed
Read more father decided to escape the regime of Ceaucsecu. Balanescu went on to study violin in London, and then in New York at Juilliard. He returned to London after his studies, and joined the renowned Arditti Quartet, a group strongly committed to new composers, performing up to 100 new works every year. Balanescu performed music by such composers as Ligeti and Xenakis in the Arditti Quartet for three years. He quit, feeling that much of Arditti's material addressed itself to too few people; that the music was aimed mostly at critics and other composers. In 1987, he formed his own band, the Balanescu Quartet. With his Quartet, he kept working with modern composers, namely Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars. Balanescu also began interacting with the pop world, performing with his Quartet on the Pet Shop Boys first tour (1989), as well as later working with David Byrne and John Lurie. In 1992, he paid hommage to Kraftwerk -- who he considered as important electronic composers as Stockhausen -- through the Balanescu Quartet's Possessed on Mute. Inspired by his return to Romania during their tour, he was inspired to write their next album, Luminitza which came out at the start of 1994 to much positive press. Also with the Quartet, Balanescu has performed on Bryars' 1995 release, in a televised contemporary opera, Camera and with Spiritualized Electric Mainline. He composed the score for Philip Haas' Angels and Insects, which was released in 1996, and was still active in the Balanescu Quartet as of the late '90s. Read less
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  • 1.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84775 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Nyman
    Performer:  Michael Nyman,  Alexander Balanescu,  Sarah Leonard,  Elizabeth Perry
    Conductor:  Michael Nyman
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  • 2.
    Byrne, Lurie, Moran, Torke / Balanescu Quartet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436565 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Byrne,  John Lurie,  Robert Moran,  Michael Torke
    Performer:  Caroline Dale,  Bill Hawkes,  Alexander Balanescu,  Clare Connors
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balanescu Quartet
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  • 3.
    Volans: String Quartets 2 & 3 / Balanescu Quartet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440687 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kevin Volans
    Performer:  Nick Cooper,  Bill Hawkes,  Clare Connors,  Alexander Balanescu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balanescu Quartet
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    Robert Moran: Arias And Inventions From Desert Of Roses, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436128 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Moran
    Performer:  Jayne West,  Mario Falcao,  Alexander Balanescu
    Conductor:  Craig Smith,  Robert Moran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piano Circus
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Warren-green, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82005 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Jonathan Rees,  Alexander Balanescu,  Roger Chase
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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    Moran: Open Veins / Sound Affairs, Et Al
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 627 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Moran
    Performer:  Alexander Balanescu,  Jayne West
    Conductor:  Charlie Barber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sound Affairs,  Piano Circus
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    Bryars: Vita Nova
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 445351 Release Date: 04/03/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gavin Bryars
    Performer:  Roger Heaton,  John White,  Alexander Balanescu,  Gavin Bryars  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Heaton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavin Bryars Ensemble,  Hilliard Ensemble
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    String Serenades - Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Elgar, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61763 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Josef Suk,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Chase,  Alexander Balanescu,  Christopher Warren-Green,  Douglas Cummings  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 9.
    The End Of The Affair - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 51354 Release Date: 12/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Nyman
    Performer:  Alexander Balanescu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Nyman Orchestra
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    Nyman: And Do They Do, Zoo Caprices / Balanescu, Nyman Band
    Label: Jay Records   Catalog: 1322 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Nyman
    Performer:  Alexander Balanescu
    Conductor:  Michael Nyman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Nyman Band
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    Hopkins: En Attendant, Etc;  Gilbert: 9 Or 10 Ossanas /Wells
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Gilbert,  Bill Hopkins
    Performer:  Alison Wells,  Alexander Balanescu
    Conductor:  Richard Bernas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
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    Vaughan-williams, Elgar / Christopher Warren-green
    Label: Virgin Classics Ultraviolet   Catalog: 61126 Release Date: 08/16/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Douglas Cummings,  Roger Chase,  Christopher Warren-Green,  Alexander Balanescu  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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    Nyman: String Quartets 1-3 / Balanescu Quartet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433093 Release Date: 05/07/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Nyman
    Performer:  Jonathan Carney,  Alexander Balanescu,  Kate Musker,  Anthony Hinnigan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balanescu Quartet
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