The Dublin Orchestral Players is the longest established voluntary orchestra, based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2020 we celebrated 80 years since the foundation of the orchestra in 1940. The orchestra rehearses weekly and performs three main concert programmes each year, and also provides a platform for talented emerging and established professional soloists. Our web-site gives information on forthcoming concerts, the history of the orchestra, and an application form to join the orchestra.
|ANDREEA BANCIU is the violist/founder of the ConTempo Quartet, quartet in residence at the Royal Academy of Music London 1999-2002, Galway Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTE ensemble in residence between 2015 and 2019.|
Andreea is a lecturer in viola at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, TU Dublin and since 2019, she has been a guest principal viola with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Andreea has been invited to perform as lead violist with orchestras such as INO orchestra, Wexford Opera, Luminosa, Vespera, Ulster Belfast.
As a soloist, Andreea has performed with NSO, RTÉ Concert Orchestras, Luminosa Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, UK National Youth String Orchestra, Irish and Romanian National Youth Orchestras.
As a member of Contempo quartet, Andreea has won 14 International Prizes in Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Graz, Hamburg, Rome). She has performed over 3000 concerts around the world in 40 countries (in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo, NCH).Andreea had the honour to perform in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars).
She took part, as a supporting actress, in the "Trop Tard" film (selected for Cannes Festival) and recorded the music for Steven Spielberg & Tom Hank's "Band of Brothers". Her recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.
In 2016, Andreea, together with pianist Aileen Cahill, formed duo Anima, who keeps a busy performing schedule with recitals as part of Clifden, Fermanagh and Clonmel Arts Festivals, as well as performances in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Sligo, Mullingar, Omagh, Maynooth University, TU Dublin, University of Limerick, DCU. The duo has also performed in France and Belgium.
Andreea is an active performer of contemporary music and her quartet has premiered over a hundred works by Irish composers.
In recognition of their immense cultural contribution, Andreea and her colleagues from Contempo quartet were conferred as Doctors in Music, Honoris Causa, by NUI Galway, and in January 2022 were awarded the distinction of Cultural Merit, in the Order of Knighthood, by the President of Romania.