Carmen Manea pursued piano studies at the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory of Music in Bucharest. She earned her doctorate in 2002. From 1972 to 1993 she was a piano and accompaniment teacher at the “Dinu Lipatti” and “George Enescu” Music High-Schools in Bucharest. Since 1993 she has been Assistant Professor in the Piano Department of the Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Music Pedagogy at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Currently she is Head of the Piano Department (a position she has held since 2006) and a member of the Faculty Council, the University Senate and the University Quality Committee. She has performed in concerts and recitals at home as well as abroad, in Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Switzerland. She has served as jury member at several piano competitions held in Romania (Bucharest, Ploiesti) and Italy (Stresa, Casale Monferrato, Isola di Capri). Together with her students, she has been involved in national competitions (Bucharest, Tulcea, Suceava, Ploiesti) and international ones, namely in Italy (Stresa, Modena, Vercelli) and Spain (Madrid). She continues to take an active part in music performances hosted by the National University of Music and other cultural institutions in Bucharest and to present at conferences and symposia around the country. As for her research endeavors, she has contributed articles and essays to music journals (Muzica, Actualitatea Muzicala, Acord, Akademos) and cultural publications (Ramuri, Axioma). She is the author of three volumes dedicated to Chopin’s work: Aspiring to Plenitude in Chopin’s Oeuvre (2006), Chopin Forever (2008) and At the Piano with Chopin (2010).
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