A musician “who shows lyrical and plastic keyboard artistry” (Opera Magazine, Paris), French-Romanian pianist Axia Marinescu features a “strong personality and an authentic soloist character, accompanied by a clear and colourful sound” (Théodore Paraschivesco).
Axia’s remarkable talent was recognized since she was very young. At the age of 8, she was awarded her first international prize at the Stresa competition in Italy. Axia is a winner of numerous awards in France, Romania, Greece and Italy. Axia Marinescu made a distinguished début when she was only 11 years old, with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, being described by the critics as “an incredible young pianist sharing with Mozart the spirit of genius”.
2018-2019 season highlights include a China tour, as well as a series of recitals across Europe. Her new CD Introspections dedicated to master-pieces by Mozart, Brahms and Debussy was released in September 2018 under the french label Polymnie and received enthusiastic reviews from both public and critics.
Axia performs solo and with orchestra in various important venues in Europe (Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Munich, Stuttgart, Palermo, Athens, Bucharest ...) and Asia (Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Nanjing Poly Grand Theater etc.). She is often invited to play at prestigious piano festivals: Piano aux Jacobins, Piano en Valois, L’esprit du piano, Enesco Festival... Her vaste repertory includes works going from Bach and Rameau to contemporary composers, emphasizing her versatile musicianship.
Axia Marinescu had the privilege to receive the guidance of internationally acclaimed pianists, who forged her refined and temperamental musical personality: Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Dominique Cornil, Rena Shereshevskaya, Théodore Paraschivesco and Gabriel Teclu.
Born in Romania and attracted to music very early, Axia Marinescu started studying piano at the age of 5 at the George Enescu Music School in Bucharest. She also studied music theory, harmony, counterpoint and composition. At the age of 17, Axia continued her studies at the Conservatory of Lausanne, being admitted directly in the Master Course and later at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and the Royal Conservatory of Bruxelles, where she received her degree with great honors. Axia Marinescu was a winner of the Scheuring Grant in France.
Alongside her solo career, Axia Marinescu gives conferences and masterclasses to young pianists in Europe and Asia.
Her steady curiosity and search of beauty led Axia Marinescu to study Philosophy, being a graduate of the Paris University. She is a TED speaker and her articles were published in Germany and her native Romania. Axia Marinescu speaks fluently five languages and is currently based in Paris.