Alex Petcu

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with both RTE orchestras and as the National Concert Hall Rising Star recitalist are some of his main highlights so far. His debut album, "Alex Petcu: In Time" has just been released on the RTE lyric fm label.

Alex enjoys being involved in the creation of new music and so, regularly works with composers. Examples of recent projects include "Beats, Bells and Bridges" and the Abbey Theatre'sproduction of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, both collaborations with composer Tom Lane"A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing", a children's show commissioned by The Ark with music composed by Brian Irvine and "Invitation to a Journey", a dance/theatre/music collaboration with music by Deirdre Gribbin.

Alex also specialises in solo and chamber music. He regularly performs with the Crash and Hard Rain ensembles, two of Ireland's main contemporary groups, and is a founding member of the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, a new exciting percussion ensemble. He has given concerts at the West Cork Chamber Music FestivalKilruddery HouseKillaloe Chamber Music Festival to name a few and has taken part in and had successes in major national and international competitions such as the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the YearTromp and A.R.D. International competitions.

Alex also enjoys performing in an orchestral setting and is a regular extra player for the various professional ensembles in Ireland such as the RTE SymphonyRTE ConcertIrish ChamberIrish Baroque and Ulster orchestras.

Aside from his performing activities, he is also a keen teacher and has given lecture recitals at Ireland's universities, taught at the CIT Cork School of Music, given a series of workshops for West Cork Music's "Tuning Up" outreach scheme and more. He also holds an MA in music performance from the CIT Cork School of Music, an MSc and BSc in Physics from University College Cork.