Time for another Faculty Friday! For first time readers, our Faculty Friday blog is a series of questions and responses meant to feature instructors from Luzerne Music Center in a unique light. Focusing not only on their professional career, we ask faculty questions that give students and readers a glimpse into their daily lives.
Tudor Dornescu is returning as one of our violin faculty members! With a wide array of performance experience, Tudor has performed chamber music as member of the Mirage Violin Duo, Trios Primavera, and Voyage, and has collaborated with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Chick Corea, Ramin Djawadi, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Evanescence. In addition to his performance career, Tudor also serves as an instructor at Boston University and teaches in the greater Boston Area.
Tell us a little bit about your history with LMC: how did you get connected and how many summers have you been on faculty?
I started teaching at LMC last summer after having reconnected with older friends and school colleagues who were already teaching at the Luzerne Center. As they told me a great deal about the program, I thought this was a great opportunity for me to discover a new and fresh musical environment that nurtures great talent from across the different corners of the country, and of the world! And so I applied...
We see that you have been experimenting with an electric violin! Can you tell us about that?
I have been recently fascinated by the idea of playing a traditional acoustic instrument such as the violin in an amplified setting. Although I am still experimenting with the different and varied new sonorities and cannot say whether I prefer one version over the other, I can definitely appreciate the new complexities and tone qualities that can be added to the violin’s wide range of expression.
What’s your favorite part about living in Boston?
My favorite part about living in Boston is not the weather, of course, but pretty much everything else! I love the rich history of this city that has produced and continues to foster great minds which contribute to the advancement of arts and sciences in the world today. It is an international hub for education and art, and it is a privilege to be a part of such a culturally diverse and effervescent creative environment.
What’s one piece of advice that you wish someone had told you as a young musician?
I wish someone had told me sooner to remember that there are many outdoor activities to be enjoyed, especially after a 5 hour long practice session!
What’s your favorite part about working at LMC?
My favorite part about working at LMC are the weekly concerts given by both faculty and students. Everyone will share the stage at some point during the sessions, so there is not really a strictly ‘teacher/student’ mentality, but rather a sense of musical partnership and guidance. Everyone at camp is an artist.
Finally, if you could be a superhero, who would it be and why?
Probably Superman, because you get to fly without needing an engine or a propeller!