EUGEN TZIKINDELEAN was born in Romania into a musical family. He discovered the violin at the age of four and began studies with his father. At eight he was performing his debut concerts on Romanian stages. He completed his education at the “G. Apostu” and “G. Enescu” high schools and National University of Music in Bucharest with M. Comanescu, N. Bilciurescu and Stefan Gheorghiu. He won many prizes and distinctions in his country, culminating in the First Prize at the 2003 George Enescu International Competition. Later that year Mr. Tzikindelean moved to Paris where he studied at the Conservatoire Superieur, with Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gerard Poulet, and Olivier Charlier. He also worked with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Mauricio Fuks and Pavel Vernikov. Under such celebrated guidance he was able to garner first prizes in several competitions, including Tadeusz Wronski in Warsaw 2004, Uralsk-Kazakhstan 2005, Paganini-Moscow 2006 the Lyon Violin-Piano Duo Competition in 2007, the Nielsen, Valsesia and Long-Thibaud Violin Competitions.
Mr. Tzikindelean is a regular guest at celebrated festivals and has collaborated with ensembles worldwide such as the Philharmonia Orchestra (Salonen, Lazarev, Nelsons) and London Philharmonic (Jurowsky, Nezet Seguin, Eschenbach), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Singapore Philharmonic. After a three-year tenure with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, he has been offered the First Concertmaster position of the Odense Symfoniorkester in Denmark. For the 2013-14 season, amongst numerous chamber music and solo projects, he will be guest-leading a number of orchestras across Europe. Mr. Tzikindeldean arrives in Newport having performed in the Royal Opera House production of Strauss’ Capriccio with Renée Fleming under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis. 2013 was his eighth year in Newport.