ARTISTS (since 2003)

Corina Belcea-Fisher, violin, was born in Romania in 1975 and began playing the violin at the age of six. Her teachers in Romania were Radu Bozgan and Stefan Gheorghiu. In 1991, as a result of her participation in the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition, she was invited by the late Lord Menuhin to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School where her teacher was Natalia Boyarskaya. After graduating from the Menuhin School Belcea-Fisher continued her studies at the Royal College with Dr. Felix Andrievsky.

Her competition prizes include the 1st Prize in the Kloster Schontal Internation Competition (Germany), second prizes in the Wieniawski International Competition (Lublin) and the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (Folkestone) and the first prize in the Bromsgrove Festival. In 1998 she was the winner of the Lasmo Staffa award.

Corina Belcea-Fisher has performed as a soloist in Europe and The Far East, in venues such as St. John Smith Square, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Barbican Hall, Purcell Room, Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, where she joined members of the Alban Berg Quartet for a perfomance of Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante.

Corina Belcea-Fisher is a founding member of the Belcea quartet, resident quartet at the Wigmore Hall in London from 2001 to 2006. The quartet has won 1st Prizes both in the Osaka and the Bordeaux international competitions and has been touring the world extensively for the past eight years. In 2001 the quartet was signed on by EMI for an exclusive contract and have released eight CDs. The quartet has appeared in major festivals around the world, as well as venues like Konzerthaus in Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paris Chatelet and Cite de la Musique, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Hall, Washington Library of Congress and New York Carnegie Hall.

Belcea-Fisher plays a 1666 Stradivarius violin kindly on loan from the Beare Family.