Victor Romanul (violinist)

Violinist Victor Romanul started performing at the age of 7. His Grandmother, Stella Roman(ul) was a leading dramatic soprano at the Metropolitan Opera, and at the La Scala theatre in Milan, where she was hand picked by Richard Strauss for the title role of Empress for his premiere there of "Die Frau ohne Schatten". Victor, along with his three brothers traveled and performed extensively as the Romanul Quartet. After studying with Ivan Galamian, Joseph Silverstein, and Jascha Heifetz, Victor joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as a second violinist at the age of 21. During his first week there he won the position of Associate Concertmaster, remaining for six years. Eventually he joined the Boston Symphony. Victor has given numerous Solo and Concerto performances, and specializes in virtuoso music of the solo violin. The father of five children, now grown, he enjoys performing many obscure, and fascinating works, hidden violin gems of composers such as Paganini, Sauret, Ernst, Vieuxtemps, Tarrega, Schnittke, Reger, Westhoff, Matteis, Leon de Saint-Lubin, Agusta Read Thomas, Alard, and Loccatelli among others. Projects such as performances of all the Beethoven Sonatas at the Goethe Institute, the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas in one concert, the complete Ysaye sonatas, and for the 2012 season, several performances of the complete 24 caprices of Paganini, are commonplace on his schedule. An experiment was started in the mid 1990's in Detroit, where musicians were hand picked from all the major U.S. orchestras to meet occasionally as a national chamber orchestra . Victor was asked to serve as Concertmaster for three years till the orchestra disbanded. Victor has given masterclasses throughout the country at many schools including Northwestern, Columbia, Oberlin and SUNY Stony Brook. Several years ago, composer John Williams wrote a violin-viola duo, "Duo Concertante" for Victor and Violist Michael Zaretsky, to whom the Duo is dedicated. A 2 CD world premiere recording of it, along with many other duos included is available. Victor has been named in Best of Boston by the Boston Globe under the category, "soloist with orchestra".