Biography

Since her public debut at eight, Ana Sorina Popa has performed on both the North American and European continents as a recitalist, chamber music collaborator and orchestra soloist. Her appearances in such distinguished halls as Jordan Hall in Boston, USA, Romanian Academy in Rome, Italy or the Dalles and Atheneum Halls in Bucharest, Romania have garnered wide spread audience accolades. Ms. Popa’s first live recording for the Romanian National Radio at 16 was followed by several appearances on the Romanian National Television Stations as well as local TV stations in Massachussetts. Ms. Popa is a prize winner of several piano competitions that include the International Piano Competition for Young Pianists, Stresa, Italy and the International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Rome, Italy. Following her winning of the Commencement Concerto Competition at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston, Ms. Popa made her soloist debut in 2001, with C. Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Egyptian’ under conductor Richard Hoenich. Ms. Popa is also the recent recipient of the Chopin and Haydn ‘Special Mentions’ at the Ibla International Competition and Festival, Sicily, Italy.

In an effort to bring classical music to a wider audiences and connect young musicians with each other and the public she has established and is the Artistic Director of the Sunday at Three Concert Series in Dorchester, MA. The series provides free concerts to Dorchester residents in the relaxed and welcoming space generously provided by the First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist.

Ms. Popa has received a Bachelor’s of Music Degree with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, studying with Veronica Jochum; a Master of Music from Boston University, under Tong Il Han and is continuing her doctoral studies (ABD) at Boston University, working with Randall Hodgkinson as well as Burton Hatheway.

Her thesis is ‘You Become What You Practice: Applications of Tai Chi Principles to Piano Playing.’ This work explores the interface between Eastern philosophy, body mechanics, mental attitudes and breathing patterns found in the practice of Tai Chi Chuan and the Western approach to piano playing. Through a thorough process of integration, the application of the principles learned in the context of Tai Chi leads to an optimization of expression in piano playing and a clear path for rehabilitation from injury.

Ms. Popa is a faculty member of the Stonehill College and Rivers School Conservatory and former faculty of the Brookline Music School and Dana Hall School of Music (Wellesley, MA). When not practicing, concertizing or teaching, Ms. Popa enjoys doing Tai Chi and loves indulging in lemon squares.

Education

  • New England Conservatory of Music, Boston
  • MFA, in Music, Boston University
  • ABD, Boston University

Courses Taught

  • Chamber Music Workshop: Piano
  • Piano Workshop