Mădălina Dănilă

Mădălina-Claudia Dănilă is a Romanian born pianist who is currently pursuing, in America, her Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance and Chamber Music at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia. Currently she is under the guidance of Professor Lambert Orkis and Dr. Sara Davis Buechner.

In 2019 she was awarded a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree program in Chamber Music at Temple University and currently works as an Artistic Intern for the university’s string and vocal programs while actively involved in the study of period instruments such as fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ.

She has performed solo, concerto, and chamber music concerts in the USA and abroad. Recently, she was awarded the prize for Best Performance of a Spanish Work in the International Piano Competition held in Vigo, Spain. In 2023, she won multiple 1st prizes in the Charleston 20th Century Music Competition for both solo and chamber music entries.

Ms. Dănilă is a member of the ‘Mada & Hugh” 4 hand Piano Duo together with the Korean-American pianist and videographer Hugh Sung. The duo is sponsored by the Cunningham Piano Company, the oldest piano factory in the US. Mada & Hugh perform across the US and Europe and have a weekly video/audio podcast on social media. They also received 1st Prize in the 2023 Charleston 20th Music Competition for the chamber music category.

She has been one of the main teachers at the Cunningham Music School in King of Prussia, near Philadelphia, and she also holds the position of Music Director at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase United Methodist Church.

Ms. Dănilă started to play the piano at the age of 4, and in Brailia, Romania, and graduated from the Hariclea Darclee Art High School under the guidance of Prof. Galina Matkovskaia, who had been trained at the Moscow Conservatory. Ms. Dănilă entered the Bucharest Conservatory in 2009 for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs under the guidance of Univ. Prof. Dr. Șerban-Dimitrie Soreanu and Univ. Prof. Dr. Sandu Sandrin.

Ms. Dănilă has competed in several competitions and has won several national and international prizes and scholarships, including 1st Prize and Special Prize at the George Enescu Competition for best performance of a Romanian work and Special Prize ”Maria Fotino” for the best performance of a classical work at the 2015 Mihail Jora International Competition in Bucharest. Between 2006 and 2009 Ms. Dănilă was awarded three scholarships by the Bucharest District Rotary Club.

She actively champions the works of Romanian and contemporary composers, and was invited several times to perform in the International ”Meridian” Festival in Bucharest which is exclusively dedicated to Contemporary Music.

Her doctoral topic revolves around the music universe of the American composer George Crumb, particularly on his works for solo amplified piano “Makrokosmos”.



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