Romanian-born Canadian violinist Joenne Dumitrascu began her musical studies at the age of six in Europe and continued in the pre-college division of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto. She went on to train at the RCM’s Glenn Gould Professional School (B. Mus., A.D.), The Boston Conservatory (M.M.), and furthered her training with additional studies at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hochschule für Muzik und Theater München. Dumitrascu is currently a doctoral candidate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook), where her principal teacher is Philip Setzer, and she studies chamber music with the Emerson Quartet and David Finckel as a member of the newly-established Emerson String Quartet Institute. Summer training has taken her to the Meadowmount School of Music, the RoundTop Festival-Institute, the Banff Centre, the Summit Music Festival, and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy.
Dumitrascu was invited to make her orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and appeared on CBC Radio a year later performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. She was on the competition circuit and appeared at Johansen, Marteau, Enescu, Stulberg, Glenn Gould Chamber Competition, and Canadian Nationals amongst many others, several of which she was laureate of. Dumitrascu is a scholarship and grant recipient of Kiwanis International (Canada Region), Ontario and Canada Arts Councils.
Dumitrascu toured Italy in the summer of 2008 as part of the Casalmaggiore Festival, and was a guest artist during Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to the Royal Conservatory in 2009. Dumitrascu has performed regularly in the Noon Hour Concert Series at the National Ballet of Canada/Canadian Opera Company’s Four Seasons Center. In 2015, Dumitrascu performed as a guest artist in the season-closing concert of the The Boston Conservatory’s string faculty chamber series, String Masters, and in February 2016 she made a guest appearance with the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s top early music ensembles. Recently she collaborated with members of the Emerson String Quartet (ESQ) on several chamber music projects, including the recently-established New Music for Strings festival in Denmark. During the festival’s visit to New York, she appeared with members of ESQ in a gala concert at Carnegie’s Weill Hall where she also performed acclaimed American composer Joan Tower’s quintet Rising, with the composer in attendance. Dumitrascu has performed across North America, Europe and Asia at such venues as the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Glenn Gould Studio, Koerner Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium, the Four Seasons Center’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, Romania. As an orchestral player, she has performed in the orchestra of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative and Boston Civic Orchestra.
Dumitrascu is a chamber music coach in the undergraduate program at SUNY Stony Brook. Recently she joined the jury of the New York International Music Competition for young artists, held at Carnegie Hall.
Dumitrascu's debut CD is anticipated to be released in the winter of 2018. The album features an all-American program and will be produced by Parma Recording's Navona label and distributed exclusively by Naxos.