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Calin Ovidiu Lupanu

Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, Violin Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Gardner-Webb University, has served as Concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony since 2004.  In addition to being its concertmaster, Lupanu has also been a featured soloist with the CSO, to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Lupanu is regarded as one of the best violinists and string educators living today. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Music Academy in Bucharest, where he served as Concertmaster of the conservatory’s Chamber Orchestra. During his summers as a student, Lupanu performed in festival orchestras in Lanciano, Italy as Assistant Concertmaster and the Young Soloists Orchestra “Fiori Rari” in Lugano, Switzerland as Concertmaster. Upon graduation, Lupanu was appointed Assistant Professor at the Music Academy.  While in Bucharest, Lupanu joined the newly formed Lipatti String Quartet as First Violin, continuing in that capacity for ten years. Lupanu’s wife, Monica Boboc, was also a member of the Lipatti Quartet and is also a member of the Charlotte Symphony. In 1995, following an international audition, the quartet was named Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where Lupanu earned a Performance Certificate in Chamber Music, studying with Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, and the members of the Fine Arts String Quartet. During its studies at UWM, the quartet was featured as ensemble in residence with the Pabst Theater. The Quartet has accumulated numerous honors, including Fourth Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition, and Second Prizes in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Dmitri Shostakovich Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Further, the Dmitri Shostakovich Foundation invited Lupanu and his colleagues to participate in the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the composer’s birth with a performance in Paris.

In 1997, the Quartet became Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Illinois University, working with the renowned Vermeer Quartet. While there, Lupanu completed his Masters degree and earned the soloist’s Performance Certificate, studying with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke. Additionally, the Lipatti Quartet has performed master classes with many of the world’s most respected chamber ensembles, including the Amadeus, American, Borodin, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, Takacs, and Tokyo String Quartets. The Lipatti Quartet toured extensively in the USA, Germany, Great Britain, France, and Romania.  Lupanu’s awards as a soloist include the First Prizes of the International Violin Competition in Stresa, Italy, and the National Violin Competition in Suceava, Romania. Prior to winning the national audition for the Charlotte Symphony position, Lupanu served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic, principal player in the Alabama Symphony, and concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony. In addition to his season-long responsibilities in Charlotte, Lupanu maintains a busy summer schedule, participating in such festivals as Bach and Beyond, Aspen, Lower Saxony, Strings in the Mountains, and the Colorado Music Festival, the latter of which he has served as Concertmaster since 2004. Lupanu has collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet, Angela Cheng, Jon Nakamatsu, Andres Cardenes, Lynn Harrell, Desmond Hoebig, and was featured as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

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Monica Boboc

Monica Boboc, violinist, was born in Romania. She gave her first performance as a soloist with a professional orchestra at the age of 14 and completed her musical studies at the Bucharest Music Conservatory, where she was later appointed Assistant Professor in Chamber Music. As a member of the Lipatti String Quartet, Ms. Boboc won fourth prize in the London International String Quartet Competition, Second Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend (IN) and was silver medalist in the D. Shostakovich
 International String Quartet Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. The quartet was invited by the Dimitri Shostakovich Foundation to perform in Paris for the 90th anniversary of the composer's birth.  Ms. Boboc toured extensively in the US and collaborated with artists such as Lynn Harell, Jon Nakamatsu, Andres Cardenes, Itzhak Schotten, Wolfgang Laufer, the Fine Arts Quartet and Desmond Hoebig.  In the summer of 1998, Ms. Boboc became a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. She was Associate Concertmaster and later Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 until 2002, and a member of the Montclaire String Quartet from 2003 until 2004. She joined her husband, Concertmaster Calin Lupano, in the
Charlotte Symphony in 2004, and is also on the faculty at Gardner-Webb University as Professor of Violin and Artist-in-Residence.

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Piotr Swic

Piotr Swic, viola and violin, received his M.A. from F. Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland and his B.M. from the Szymanowski Music in Warsaw.  He also studied with the Artist Diploma Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  Mr. Swic attended Tanglewood Music Festival and several other international music festivals in Australia, Europe and South America.  Piotr Swic is a member of the Charlotte Symphony.  Mr. Swic is a Professor of viola and violin and an Artist-in-residence at Gardner-Webb University and serves as principal violist of the GWU Orchestra.

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