“Rigorous discipline and sheer determination allowed her to face obstacles that one could arguably have deemed impossible to surmount. In the actual guitar world, her name is synonymous with artistic integrity, courage and personal success."
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ioana Gandrabur started playing piano at
the age of five. At twelve she discovered the guitar and felt an immediate
connection with this instrument. She began to study with Liviu
Georgescu and Petre Fartatescu and after only two years, won the
Romanian National Guitar Competition in the adult category. She is the
youngest winner in the history of this competition.
At the age of 16, Ioana Gandrabur immigrated to Canada. She continued
her studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal under
the direction of Jean Vallières and graduated with honours.
After receiving a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange
Service, she traveled to Germany for postgraduate studies at the
Musikhochschule in Köln (Germany) with Hubert Käppel, at the Musikakademie
in Basel (Switzerland) with Oscar Ghiglia and finally the
Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany) with Joaquin Clerch. She
received degrees from each of these schools.
Ioana Gandrabur won the following international competitions:
1996- International Guitar Competition “Nürtingen” (Germany)
1997- International Guitar Competition “Frechen” (Germany)
1999- International Guitar Competition “Rene Bartoli” (France)
2000- International Guitar Competition “Havana” (Cuba)
She has also obtained numerous prizes in prestigious competitions
such as “Gargnano” (Italy), “Printemps de la guitar” (Belgium), “Joaquin
Rodrigo” (Spain) and “Guitar Foundation of America” (Canada).
Ioana Gandrabur is an internationally aclaimed guitarist. She performs
concerts, both solo and with orchestra, in countries such as Canada,
France, Germany, Romania, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Austria,
and the USA. She also teaches master classes internationally in
countries including Germany, Mexico, Romania and the USA and has
made several recordings on radio and television.
Ioana Gandrabur currently lives in Montreal, Canada.
Musical compositions are in some ways like people: over the years, some you forget, others you keep in touch with and few become friends for life. Similarly in learning repertoire there are pieces that don't make a lasting impression, some you are happy to have learned but you are not particularly attached to and again others stay with you all your life and you always include them with pleasure in recital programs. For my first cd I have selected some of my "musical best friends" chosen amongst corner stones of the classical guitar repertoire from baroque to music of our times.