Described in The Strad as ‘an uninhibited virtuoso, with soul and fabulous technique’, the Romanian-born violinist Remus graduated from the Juilliard School in New York in 2001.
He has since been a featured soloist of prestigious European ensembles including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique and Deutsche Kammer Orchester.
Remus Azoitei’s recent engagements have taken him to venues around the world including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center in New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Cortot Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin, St Martin in the Fields and Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Konzerthaus Vienna, and the Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts.
He has collaborated with artists such as cellists David Geringas and Adrian Brendel, violist Gerard Caussé, pianists Nicola Eimer, Konstantin Lifshitz and the Schubert Ensemble. After his London Wigmore Hall debut in 2004, the Sunday Express wrote that ‘he delivered a memorable programme in front of a packed Wigmore Hall, and had the crowd cheering. He is one fine musician.’ In 2005, he performed Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with Nigel Kennedy, a concert broadcast on radio and TV stations across Europe and North America. He has recorded for the Chandos, Electrecord, Hänssler Classic, and Plush Music labels.
Remus recorded the first ever entire repertoire for violin and piano by George Enescu, with pianist Eduard Stan. Launched by Hänssler Classics on 2 CDs in 2007, this collection attracted international critical acclaim.
In 2002 he became a violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music, at that time being the youngest violin professor in the history of the institution. In 2004 he was awarded the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his professional achievements.
Remus studied with Daniel Podlovsky at the Bucharest Conservatoire, where he obtained his Bachelor degree and posgraduate diploma. After graduating he was immediately invited to join the violin faculty of the Conservatoire. In 1998 he moved to New York to study with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School with a full scholarship. A Masters degree recipient, he was also a student of Masao Kawasaki and, at DeLay’s personal recommendation he received lessons from the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Many of his former students are now part of professional London and European orchestras, enjoy solo careers, or perform in leading chamber ensembles.