Lucia Barcari, Concertmaster candidate, performs with the PSO for sold out A Nutcracker Christmas

06 Dec 2016, Posted by Sarah Lazure in News

At the PSO’s sold out holiday concert, A Nutcracker Christmas, the second Concertmaster candidate of 2016/17 will take to the stage with the orchestra. Lucia Barcari is a Toronto-based violinist who has been rehearsing with the PSO community players this concert cycle. She is a versatile violinist who enjoys collaborating with other musicians in various genres and groups. Her broad musical experience includes working as an orchestral leader, a recording artist, and a chamber and folk musician throughout Canada and Europe.

Born in Chișinău, Moldova, Lucia was admitted to the Music School for Talented Children at the age of seven. She later won the Moldovan National Music Competition and continued her education at the Odessa State Conservatory in Ukraine where she completed a master’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy.

Lucia immigrated to Canada in 1996 and became a Canadian citizen in 2000. Her 20-plus years of orchestral experience include performing with the Kitchener-Waterloo and Windsor Symphony Orchestras, Opera York, Opera Mississauga, the Hamilton Opera Company, Sinfonia Toronto, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and playing as concertmaster in the Ottawa Valley Music Festival and Nuove Musiche in Belgium. She has worked with various world-class artists including Anton Kuerti, Angela Hewitt, James Ehnes, Andrea Bocelli, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Andre Laplante, Michael Schade, Barbara Hannigan, Uri Mayer, and Kolja Blacher.

Having a special interest in educating a new generation of musicians and audiences, Lucia has worked with Sistema Toronto, a philanthropic organization created to enhance the social development of children through music education. Lucia is also a founding member of Duo Koncertante and is currently collecting contemporary Moldovan compositions with a folk theme for a future performance and CD recording. If you would like to learn more about Lucia ahead of her performance this Saturday with the PSO, please go to www.facebook.com/DuoKoncertante/.