Biography

"The young Romanian Andrea Chira receives the legacy of the greatest Simion Stanciu, the first soloist who played this instrument to perform and record virtuoso repertoire of Vivaldi, Marcello, Mozart mostly with ``I Solisti Veneti`` under the baton of Claudio Scimone."

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Andreea Chira is a young and talented pan flutist from Bucharest, Romania working and living in Vienna, Austria. Born into a family of musicians, her interest for music was given to her as a gift in her cradle.

From early childhood she was fascinated by the pan flute and revealed her love for music, wanting to uncover all the secrets of this musical instrument.  In 2002 her talent was discovered at the age of 11 by Professor Stelian Coman from the “Palatul National al Copiilor Institute” in Bucharest, Romania. Encouraged by her parents Andreea started taking lessons from pan pipe specialist Professor Cornel Pana at the “Dinu Lipatti” music high school in Bucharest.

Three years later she won the National Olympic Competition in Romania. Following these successes she participated in the National Olympic Competitions music festivals as well as national and international contests. At an early age she worked with orchestras such as “Doina Dunarii“, “Doina Bucuresti” and “Romanasul” and performed in Korea, Portugal, Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Italy, Turkey and Austria

In 2007, at age 16, Andreea’s talent was discovered from the famous jazz-singer Aura Urziceanu who takes it upon herself to improve young musicians, organized the cultural foundation “Aura Urziceanu” and the concert “Proud to be Romanian”.

In 2008 Andreea was invited to perform at Romanian Public Television (TVR). Two years later, she was the first musician to participate in playing the pan flute in the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest.

…Andreea has shown herself from the very beginning really receptive and she accumulate a large amount of information during her training; that brings her to the level of professionalism today…

In 2011 she graduated from the “Dinu Lipatti” Music High School in Bucharest with the highest distinctions and followed her dream to sound out and develop the possibilities of the pan flute. Her journey took her to Austria, where she started studying Musicology at the University of Vienna. While in Vienna her talent was recognized by the Austrian music industry and it began the cooperation with the ArtCor -Agency followed by some concerts in Luxembourg, Romania and Austria (2012).

Since 2012 Andreea regularly plays for the International Organization “Live Music Now” which was founded in 1977 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to offer young talented musicians the opportunity to play and to enable them to develop their capabilities and to provide high quality music to those who are limited in their opportunities to attend concerts.

The Austrian composer Roland Baumgartner was fascinated by Andreea’s talent and began to integrate the pan flute in his musical productions. Andreea has performed with some great musicians of the Austrian cultural scene in the musical-productions “Hundertwasser” and “Sisi-Die Seele einer Kaiserin” and has had a tour with the Pygmalion Theater, Vienna, trough Germany (State Theatre Bamberg, Freistadt and Schweinfurt, 2013).

In 2015 Andreea had the honor to promote the Romanian culture and traditions in Vienna. The organization “Mihai Eminescu” invited her and the pianist Ruben Doran to participate in Romanian cultural events ; “Day of the Romanian Traditional Blouse“, “Concert in Celebration of the Romanian Poet Mihai Eminescu” ,  as well as a book presentation “Path of the Kingdom” and “VIS Looks to Eastern Europe“.

By invitation of the Romanian Embassy in Vienna, Andreea participated in the “Marţisor” celebration concert and on the “National Day of Romania” she had the honor to celebrate her country playing a pan flute concert organized in collaboration with Adrian Hollaender.

In 2016 Andreea Chira started teaching pan flute with the support of the FIVE PLUS Art Gallery in Vienna and in the Community College of Baden next to Vienna.

At the moment she is working with the pianist/composer Adrian Gaspar on a new project titled “Classic Meets Jazz Meets Folk“. Together they present the diversity of music and the modern pan flute, that allows her to play a very different style of music. Their work was presented in a number of concerts in 2017 : Catania, Aci Bonaccorsi, Calascibetta, Rom , Italy, Madrid, Spain and Bruxelles, Belgium, with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

After years on stage performances Andreea continues her career with classical repertoires, collaborating with the conductor Maestro Gian Luigi Zampieri as honor guest of  Craiova “Oltenia” Philharmonic Orchestra of Craiova, Romania.

Andreea was the first pan flute player after the legendary Simion Stanciu – to be invited by “I Solisti Veneti” under the conduction of Maestro Claudio Scimone, representing a prestigious and rare opportunity to play with them a Christmas Concert 2017 in Padua, Italy. In February 2018 she was invited to play in Lomza, Poland, to play with the Filharmonia Kameralna im. Witolda Lutosławskiego w Łomży under conductor Maestro Jan Miłosz Zarzycki.