The Tutors
The tutors listed below will be coaching at our next weekend. 
 Adrian Petcu   
Adrian Petcu , was born in Romania and was already well established as a soloist and teacher before coming to Ireland in 1978. Until recently, he held the position of Head of the String Department at the Cork School of Music as well as directing the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He regularly gave solo and chamber recitals and led the Jupiter Ensemble and was violinist in the Crawford Piano Trio.
A renowned music educator, Adrian has coached at many other Chamber Music courses and workshops including ConCorda, Aravon and Xenia International Chamber Music Course in Italy. He has served as member of the Board of Directors of Music Network,  NYOI and IAYO and also served on the String Committees of the Feis Ceoil and the European String Teacher Association, Ireland.
Adrian Petcu  
William Dowdall
was born in Dublin and trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and returned to Ireland at the age of 21. Principal flute in the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland from 1979 to 2004 and appointed Professor of flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he now combines a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. In addition to a wide ranging repertoire, he has a keen interest in contemporary music and many composers have written works for him. As a solo artist he has made critically-acclaimed recordings for Goasco, Naxos, Marco Polo, Black Box, and Celestial Harmonies labels. He plays on gold and platinum flutes by Brannen, a wooden flute by Abell, and an alto flute by Eva Kingma.
Andreea Banciu
Andreea Banciu is the violist/founder of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence since 2003 & RTE Quartet in Residence since 2012. She is a lecturer in viola at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin (2017) and a chamber music visiting teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, (2014).
She studied viola with Bruno Giuranna, David Takeno, Piero Farulli & Valeriu Pitulac at the Royal Academy of Music in London (where she was holding a three years fellowship), University of Music in Bucharest (BMus), Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid (MA), Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, European Music Academy in Aix-en-Provence, Academia Chigiana in Siena, UL (MA) & CIT(MA).
Andreea has won 14 International Prizes in Chamber Music Competitions (including London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Graz, Hamburg, Rome).
She has performed over 2000 concerts around the world, in 42 countries (in venues such as Wigmore Hall London, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera House, Gedai Hall Tokyo, Théâtre de Chatelet Paris, NCH Dublin, Palazzo del Quirinale Rome, Auditorium Brussels, Konserthuset Stockholm, LA Beverly Hilton, Atheneum Bucharest, Waterfront Belfast), the Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bartok & Shostakovich String Quartet Cycles and viola concertos (including Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Weber, Elgar,  Spohr, Williams & Howells).
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, EU Ministers & Hollywood Stars). 
Her connections with the film world include appearances in two movies as a supporting actress ("Trop tard", being selected for the Cannes Festival in France).
Last year Andreea was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ConTempo Quartet through over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad (including appearances in NCH, Wigmore Hall and Tours in UK, Romania, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Northern Ireland & Sweden). 
Her latest album “New Airs” went straight to no 3 in the iTunes classical charts. Her recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.
On 10th June 2016 Andreea was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by the the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). 
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Bogdan Sofei
, was born in Bucharest and is the leader of the RTE ConTempo String Quartet, and the holder of a residency programme in Galway, since January 2003. He graduated The University of Music in Bucharest where he studied with Ladislau Csendes and Stefan Gheorghiu. He continued his studies at the Banff  Centre for the Arts in Canada, Royal Academy of Music in London, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, European Academy  of Music in Aix-en Province,Britten -Pierce School for Advanced Music Studies in Aldeburgh and  Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid with Rainer Schmidt, Siegmund Nissel, Norbert Brainin,Gunter Pichler ,Philip Setzer ,Stephanie Gonley ,Heime Muller, Christoph Poppen, Howard Davis and Hugh  Maguire. Bogdan Sofei has taken his Master of Arts in Music with First Class Honours at Cork School of Music, in the academic year 2004-2005. As the leader of ConTempo Quartet, he had studied with  the most celebrated string quartets of the world, such as  Amadeus, Alban Berg ,Tokyo, Emerson and Hagen quartets ,and with musicians as Diemut Poppen, Petra Mullejans ,Piero Farulli ,David Takeno ,Laurence Lesser, Gilbert Kalish. Bogdan Sofei won several international and national competitions in Italy and Romania in addition to the international prizes he won as first violinist of ConTempo Quartet:1st  Prize at GrosserForderpreise  Competition in Munich-Germany,1st Prize at Valentino Bucchi competition in Rome-Italy,1st Prize at Tunnel Trust Competition  in London-UK,1st Prize at Mozart competition in Cluj-Romania,2nd Prize at Johannes Brahms International Competition in Hamburg-Germany ,Audience Prize and 3rd Prize at London String Quartet Competition in UK,3rd Prize at Schubert und die Musik der Moderne Competition in Graz-Austria,3rd Prize at Max Reger Competition in Weimar-Germany, The Wigmore Award and The Romanian Musical Critics Union Prize in Bucharest. Bogdan Sofei has toured the world extensively ,performing at many major international festivals in Berlin, Munich, Eisenstadt, Belfast, Dublin, Cork, London, Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Paris, Aix-en -Province, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, Venice ,San Marino ,Los Angeles, Toronto, Tel-Aviv, Tokyo, Kyoto and Bucharest. Bogdan Sofei sustains also a busy career as soloist, in UK, Italy, Romania. As the first violinist of ConTempo Quartet, he performed  with Vellinger and  Vanbrugh Quartets ,Kungsbacka Piano Trio(Sweden), Emma Johnson (UK)John O’Conor(Ireland),with Garth Knox-Arditti quartet(Paris) ,Yuko Inoue(UK),Chen Zimbalista (Israel),Garfield Jackson-Endellion quartet, Martin Outram(Maggini Quartet),Jerome Pernoo (Paris),James Lisney(UK),Gilbert Kalish (USA) and Douglas McNabney(Canada).He worked closely with composers such Alec Roth-UK and Jane O’Leary-Ireland. Bogdan Sofei has been teaching in Royal Academy of Music-London, gave chamber music master classes in Royal Irish Academy Of Music-Dublin, in UK(Reading and Devon)and in Ireland( Galway and Kilkeny).
The ConTempo string quartet has its own festival in Galway, and is preparing its 6th  edition of ConTempo Summer School next  year. Recordings as a member of Contempo include labels and names such as Deutsche Schallplatten, BBC, RTE,ORF, TVR and TG4. As the first violinist of ConTempo, Bogdan Sofei performed for personalities such as the Pope John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo in Italy, in 2001, in 2002 for Prince Charles in UK (the second concert at Highrove), in 2003 they were invited to perform for Nelson Mandela, the ex-President of South Africa and EU Ministers, and in 2005 they performed in Los Angeles for Angelica Houston and Merv Griffin. As the first violinist of ConTempo Quartet, Bogdan Sofei also recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for the television drama “Band Of Brothers”, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, arranged the music for the silent movie  “Aufgrunden”, and featured in the documentary film “ConTempo goes  West” by Bob Quinn, having its launch in July 2006. The ConTempo quartet is waiting for the release of their cd with works of Enescu and Janacek, recorded with SOMM, UK.


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