Dr Andreea Banciu is the violist/founder of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence since 2003 & RTÉ Quartet in Residence since 2012. She is a lecturer in viola at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin and visiting teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She studied viola with Bruno Giuranna, David Takeno, Piero Farulli & Valeriu Pitulac at the Royal Academy of Music in London (where she held a three year fellowship), University of Music in Bucharest (BMus), Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid (MA), Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, European Music Academy in Aix-en-Provence, Academia Chigiana in Siena, UL (MA) & CIT(MA).
A multi international prize winning musician, Andreea has had the honour to perform in front of world leaders including (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners, EU Ministers & Hollywood Stars). Her connections with the film world also include appearances in two movies as a supporting actress (Trop Tard, being selected for the Cannes Festival in France).
Last year Andreea celebrated the 20th Anniversary of ConTempo Quartet through over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad (including appearances in NCH, Wigmore Hall and Tours in UK, Romania, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Northern Ireland & Sweden).