Anna Maria Cristina Popan

Anna Maria Cristina Popan

Born in Timisoara (Romania) in 2001. Since 2019, she studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Telefónica Violin Chair with professor Zakhar Bron. She has been granted tuition and accommodation scholarships by Fundación Albéniz.

She started to play violin at the age of six at the Ion Vidu National School of Arts in Timisoara with Romanian-German violinist and professor Ioan Fernbach.

She has been awarded in national and international competitions, including third prize at the Barlassina International Young Talents Competition (Italy, 2014), Honourable Mention at the Grand Prize Virtuoso in London (2015), first prize at the Josef Brandeisz International Violin Competition (2016) and third prize at the Ohrid Pearls Competition (Macedonia, 2018).

She has attended masterclasses by Ida Haendel, Rony Rogoff, Espen Lilleslatten, Yulia Berinskaya, Gilles Apap, Volkhard Steude, Bogdan Zvorişteanu, Remus Azoiţei, Florin Paul, Mihaela Martin, Ingolf Turban and Silvia Marcovici, and during the 2013-2014 academic year she was granted a scholarship to study at the Milano Music Masterschool.

In addition to several recitals in Romania and abroad, she has given symphony concerts with the Ars Longa Orchestra, under the baton of Ilarion Ionescu-Galati, one at Arad’s State Theatre and the other one at Timisoara’s Banatul Philharmonic. She has also performed Bach’s Double Concerto for two violins in D minor with the Maggiore Orchestra.

As a student of the School, she is currently a member of the Stoneshield Quartet and that of the Vivaldi Estaciones Ensemble.