Chifane-Wagenhäuser – an international pianist of romanian
At the age of 11 she
won the 1 st
Prize at the Yamaha Piano Competition in Stresa (Italy). Further
prizes as well as radio and television recordings followed. Her musical and
artistic career has been shaped by the different great european
traditions: growing in a valuable cultural environment, RCW has
become acquainted with the french, romanian and german schools.
Through her professors she had managed to reach a genuine european
awareness in the field of music.
As one of the few
among Svjatoslav Richter´s followers, RCW has developed according to
the nontypical russian piano school, that is oriented to producing
authetical sound and art. The red line in RCW´s artistic training
and instruction is to be found as designated by famous performers
starting from Franz Liszt and continuing with Arthur Schnabel and
The pianist has
awarded all mandatory prizes during her studies. After examinations at the famous Musicuniversities in Bucharest, Trossingen and London she distinguishly completed her Mastership
and Soloist class at the Goldstein College of Music (partner of Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov) with „Summa cum
In 1994 the Land of
Baden-Württemberg also supported and promoted her exceptional talent
through a 2 year Fulltime Scholarship at the University of Music in
Critics have likend
RCW to her great predecessor Dinu Lipatti for her combination of
brilliant technique and artistic maturity. Other ones founded her
musical personality and also her stage appearance very similar to
Clara Schumann´s. The way she utilizes colours and articulation in her interpretation of different composeres makes her a trurly unique artist. She brings to life the intentions of the composers and projects an
authentic voice.The pianist has
already proved her special stage presence in Europe and Asia in solo
recitals, concerts with orchestra and chamber music concerts. Her artistic
abilities have also been confirmed by CD recordings and also radio
and TV productions.
Ever since 1997 she
has successfully tought and trained students within Master Classes
and Music Camps both in Europe and Asia. She has thereby developed
her own distinguished fulminant style which combines the artistic
education with specific training methods, leading her students to
significant achievements some of them being winners of international
competitions or professorships in well-known universities.
In order to make her
own ideas such as meta-music-sytem (a piano training system based on
musical researches of the art of sound emission and interpretation)
known the best possible, RCW laid the foundation, few years ago of an
international music school - „European College of Music”, in
The pianist is also
teaching at the University of Music Trossingen/Piano Performing
Faculty young musicians in the spirit of the european cultural
traditions showing them the „Gradus ad Parnassum” of the art of
sounds, being convinced by the aesthetic of the perfection.
In march 2015 Raluca Chifane-Wagenhäuser was appointed professor at the venerable Tongji University in Shanghai. In advance she had played a wonderful concert, held an academic lecture and masterclasses.
in september 2019 she appointed a professorship at the Dalian University in China.