Ana Elisabeta Popescu Deutsch was born on the 16th of October 1992 in Satu Mare Romania. She felt drawn to music almost at the very start, being able to sing before she could talk properly. At the age of 6 and a half she began to study the violin with Professor Olivia Papa. Very soon she got to play for the general public and participate at national and international competitions.
In 2002 she became a pupil of the “George Enescu” Music School and High-school where she had the chance to properly continue her musical development. In the same year she started working with Professor Alecu Leseanu, to whom she owes many of her later successes.
Her portfolio contains prizes at competitions such as: The National Olympics (Romania- 2005, 2006, 2007), Mozart (Targoviste, Romania-2005) Special Prize, The National Music Performance Competition “Timotei Popovici” (Sibiu, Romania 2008) 1st Prize, Concorso Internationale “Lorenzo Perosi” (Citta di Tortona, Italy) was awarded a prize at the solo and chamber music sections and The International Violin competition (Cortemilia, Italy) 1st Prize.
She also played at notable venues from which are worth mentioning: Carnegie Hall (New York, USA), J.F Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Conzertgebouw (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Konzerthaus (Berlin, Germany), The Italian Institute of Culture, The Sutzu Palace, The Cotroceni Palace in the “Cerchez” hall, The George Enescu Sinaia memorial and museum, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Czech cultural Centre, Instituto Italiano da Cultura and Metropolitan Cultural Centre (Bucharest).
During the years she perfected her musical skills in masterclasses and summer-courses with: Alexander Sitkovetsky, Miranda Dale, Stefan Gheorghiu, Liviu Casleanu, Tamas Andras, Tom Norris and Yossi Zivoni.
Other important achievements are the tours she took part of: In 2010 she was selected to play,as a soloist, in 8 concerts in Germany Hamburg and soon after she was invited to Munchen to participate in a number of recitals. A major step in her musical development was being selected in the European Union Youth Orchestra with which she played under the baton of conductors such as Iac Van Steen and Vladimir Ashkenazy alongside soloists like: Itzhak Perlman, Vilde Frang, Pinchas Zukerman and Yefim Bronfman.
In 2011 she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Professor Richard Deakin. As a result of obtaining good marks, she participated in orchestral projects of high level with conductors such as Semyon Bichkov, Ian Pascal Tortelier and Maxim Vengerov. Her passion for chamber music materialised and was developed through the numerous concerts, competitions, and masterclasses with different groups (experience in 7 structurally different groups) in and outside London.
In 2015 she commenced a master degree at the Royal Academy of Music as a pupil of Mateja Marinkovic. In 2016 she performed Haydn’s Emperor and Dvorak’s A major piano quintet in Italy as part of the “I Magnifici Cinque”. Another notable experience was a recital with a piano trio at St. Martin in the Fields, sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute. Works by Dobrinescu, Enescu and Piazolla were performed.
Highlights from 2017 included recording Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Enescu’s 3rd violin sonata and the completion of a new recital-project called ‘Enescu and Friends’. The first concert of the series took place in St. Mary’s Church, Aylesbury and was meant to give new insights on Enescu and his music, as well as on the musical tendencies of the époque.
She is now one of the 2018 cohort of musicians at Southbank Sinfonia.