Ovidiu Marinescu


Ovidiu Marinescu is internationally recognized as a cellist, composer, conductor, and educator.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Holywell Room in Oxford, Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, and has appeared as soloist with the London Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Helena, Great Falls, Portsmouth, and Newark Symphonies, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, Limeira Symphony in Brazil, Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain, and most of the professional orchestras in his native Romania.  The album London Cello Connection features Marinescu and London Symphony Orchestra in eight newly commissioned cello concertos by North American composers.

Marinescu’s compositions have been performed in Romania, China, Brazil, Bulgaria, Russia, Guatemala, Montenegro, and across the United States. Parma Recordings included “I’m All Ears” for solo cello on the album Moto Celeste and “Rorrim no. 1. A Sort Essay” on the album Through Glass, and his piano trio “The Journey” for the album A Grand Journey. He has been composer-in-residence for the International Chamber Music Festival in Guatemala City and the 7th edition of the International String Encounters in Limeira, Brazil.  His Concerto for Two Cellos, String, and Percussion was co-commissioned by seven orchestras in 2020 with funding from West Chester University.  Recently finished is a clarinet quintet for internationally renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales and The Dali Quartet, entitled The Seven Dreams of Frida Kahlo.

Mr. Marinescu’s ongoing MOTO series, developed with Parma Recordings, has been praised as “bold and expressive” (Gramophone Magazine) and “tight, musical, technically virtuosic” (The Whole Note).  Since its launch in 2012, the MOTO series has premiered works by nearly three dozen composers in both recordings and performance at Carnegie Hall. Highlights for 2022 include the recording of 8 new cello concerti with London Symphony for Parma Recordings, to be released in March 2023, 3 recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven Triple Concerto with Trio Casals and SPSO, and performances in Brazil, USA, and Bulgaria.

Marinescu has more than 20 album releases for Parma Recordings and Cambria as a cellist, conductor, or chamber musician, and several recordings released independently.  The recording of the Arthur Gottschalk Sonata for Cello and Piano has received the Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards for 2014 and the recording of “The Sea Knows” by Michael Kurek made its debut as no. 1 on the Classical Billboard list in July 2017.  His first recording – “Fiesta Latina” – was followed by a recording of the complete Miaskovsky cello works with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Kenneth Boulton released by Cambria. The complete Bach Cello Suites, released by Navona Records, have been acclaimed by the international press for their vibrancy and stylistic sparkle.

Equally successful as a conductor, Marinescu has worked with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the Chamber Orchestra of the Romanian National Radio, “New Russia” State Orchestra, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Bacau, Craiova, Ploiesti, Botosani, Targu Mures, and Brasov Philharmonics in Romania, Filarmonica de Gaia in Portugal, Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain, the Helena, Newark, and Southeastern PA Symphony Orchestras, as well as Vidin Sinfonietta in Bulgaria.

Marinescu is cello professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania as well as founder and Artistic Director of the International Musicians Academy, an intensive program for aspiring artists. The Academy collaborates with Sinfonietta Vidin, a full-time professional orchestra in Bulgaria.

More information can be found at www.marinescu.com