Ovidiu Marinescu, one of the outstanding musicians of his native Romania, was chosen to play at Carnegie Hall for Romanian President Constantinescu on an official visit to the United States. Soon after, he made his debut with the New York Chamber Symphony in Beethoven's Triple Concerto, followed by recitals in Merkin Hall (New York), Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. After his debut with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania in the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, which was broadcast live across Romania, he returned several times to perform works by Mozart and Iorgulescu. This season he returns as soloist and conductor in Shostakovich Cello Concerto no. 1, and works by Beethoven and Glinka. Other notable appearances include Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Slobodkin Center, Elgar Concerto with Helena and Newark Symphonies, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich with the Cleveland Philharmonic, and Mozart Concerto with Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain. His critically acclaimed first recording "Fiesta Latina" was followed by a recording of the complete Miaskovsky cello works with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Kenneth Boulton released by Cambria. His recording of the Bach Cello Suites, released by Navona Records, has received international critical acclaim.

Marinescu has performed at festivals in Luzerne, Bayreuth, Chautauqua, South Bohemia, Orlando and Brasov, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and Magie Barocche in Italy. Active as a chamber musician, between 1995 and 2002 Marinescu was a member of Adirondack Ensemble, a year-around resident group in New York State that performed over 200 concerts, presented school programs and founded Adirondack Music Camp. Currently he is a member of Trio Casals.

A product of the illustrious Romanian National Academy of Music, he won first prize and Music Critics' Award in the George Dima Cello Competition. In the United States, he studied with Wolfgang Laufer at the University of Wisconsin, and with Orlando Cole, at Temple University. Marinescu has been honored in Romania with invitations to perform with many renowned orchestras including the orchestras of Cluj, Iasi and Brasov. In addition, he has toured with Bucharest Symphony. Mr. Marinescu premiered with Newark Symphony a new work for cello and orchestra, "Anecdote," by Hilary Tann, and he presented the first performance of “Ostinato” by Liviu Marinescu with “Orchestra 2001” in Philadelphia. Penn Presents featured Marinescu in a multi-media program at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, in works for solo cello, film and electronics by four local teams of composers and filmmakers. Marinescu is on faculty at West Chester University.

Equally outstanding as a conductor, Marinescu combines a precise technique with great musical inspiration. He is the Director of the West Chester University Symphony, which under his leadership made a sold out debut at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and embarked in its first European tour. Subsequently, the orchestra was invited to participate in the prestigious Catania International Festival in Sicily, Italy. He served as the conductor for the Wilmington Orchestra, the Music Director of the Immaculata Symphony and Manalapan Orchestra in New Jersey, and Principal Conductor of the Goppisberg Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. His guest conducting includes the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the Bacau, Craiova, Ploiesti, Botosani, and Brasov Philharmonics in Romania, Filarmonica de Gaia in Portugal, and Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain, both as conductor and soloist. Marinescu led the Delaware Chamber Orchestra in its first tour abroad, with performances for the South Bohemia Festival in the Czech Republic. Marinescu has conducted the world premiere of the ballet Helen Keller by The Rebecca David Ballet Company in Philadelphia. He has developed several programs for young audiences, including a narrated version of Lt. Kije by Prokofiev.

Known for his powerful interpretations of orchestral works by Russian composers, Marinescu was invited to record Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 and Marche Slave with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow. Other conducting recordings include orchestral music by Samuel Barber, Michael Cunningham, Rain Worthington, Stephen Limbaugh III, David Laganella, and Andrea Clearfield, also recorded in Moscow. A Parma Recordings artist, Marinescu has embarked on a long term recording project with the Russian Philharmonic featuring American orchestral music.

Anastasio, Melu:
Fantasia on a theme by Petrassi

Anderson, Leroy:
The Waltzing Cat,
Pizzicato Polka
Sleigh Ride

Bach, J.S.:
Violin Concerti in A minor and E major
Concerto for Two Violins
Concerto for Violin and Oboe

Bach, P.D.Q.:
Minuet Militaire
Beethoven's 5th Sportscast

Barber, Samuel:
Adagio for Strings
Essay for Orchestra op 12
Essay for Orchestra no. 2
Four Orchestral Songs
Souvenirs, Ballet Suite
The Hand of Bridge, Full Opera
Piano Concerto

Dance Suite

Beethoven, Ludwig van:
Symphonies No.'s 1,4,5,7,8,9
Overtures: Coriolan, Lenonore 3, Fidelio, Egmont
Piano Concerti No. 1,3,4,5
Triple Concerto
Choral Fantasy

Bellini, Vincenzo:
Concerto for Oboe
La Sonambula (selections)

Berlioz, Hector:
Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein, Leonard:
Symphony no. 1 "Jeremiah"

Bizet, Georges:
Carmen Suites No.'s 1 and 2
Carmen (selections)

Borodin, Alexander:
Polovtsian Dances

Brahms, Johannes:
Symphonies No.'s 2,3,4
Variations on a theme of Haydn
Academic Festival Overture
Hungarian Dances
Song of Destiny for choir and orchestra

Bruch, Max:
Violin Concerto No. 1
Kol Nidrei
Prayer for cello and orchestra

Anton Bruckner:
Symphonies no. 4 and 6

Burgmayer, Harold:
Tuba concerto

Chabrier, Emmanuel:

Concertino for flute and orchestra

Chopin, Frederick:
Concerto for piano no. 1 in E minor

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel:
The Bamboula
Petite Suite de Concert
From the Brow of Hiawatha

Clearfield, Andrea:
Romanza for violin and orchestra

Copland, Aaron:
Appalachian Spring
Symphony no. 3
Hoe Down from Rodeo
A Lincoln Portrait

Corelli, Archangelo:
Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 4 and no. 6

Debussy, Claude:
Prelude a l'aprés midi d'un faune

Dittersdorf, Carl:
Sinfonia in C
Concerto for Bouble Bass

Donizetti, Gaetano:
Elisir D'Amore (selections)
Don Pasquale (selections)
"O luce di quest'anima" from Linda de Chamounix

Doppler, Franz:
Concerto for 2 flutes

Dunphy, Melissa:
Jack and the Beanstalk (commissioned and premiered)

Dukas, Paul:
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Dvorak, Antonin:
Symphonies No.'s 8, 9
The Golden Spinning Wheel, Symphonic Poem
The Wood Dove, Symphonic Poem
Violin Concerto
Serenade for Strings

D'Indy, Vincent:
Symphony on a French Mountain Air

Elgar, Edward:
Cello Concerto
Serenade for Strings, op 20

Ellington, Duke:
The Essential Ellington. Music of Duke Ellington and Billy
The Golden Broom and the Green Apple

Enesco, George:
Romanian Rhapsody no 1
Prelude a l'unison fro Suite no. 1

Falla, Manuel de:
Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Farkas, Ferenc:
Concertino for Harp and Orchestra

Faure, Gabriel:
Elegie for Cello and Orchestra

Frank, Cesar:
Symphony in D
Symphonic Variations

Gerber, Stephen:
Dirge and Awakening
Serenade for Strings

Gershwin, George:
Rhapsody in Blue

Glazunov, Alexander:
Concerto for Saxophone

Glinka, Mikhail:
Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla

Grieg, Edvard:
Peer Gynt Suites
Piano Concerto
Holberg Suite

Overture to "Il Guarany"

Gounod, Charles:
Avant de quitter ces lieux (Faust)
The Jewel Song (Faust)

Handel, G.F.:
The Messiah (selections)
Suite from Water Music
Concerto Grosso c. 7
Concerto a Due Cori
"Piangero, piangero" from Julius Caesar

Haydn, Franz Joseph:
Symphonies No. 94, 104
Cello Concerti in D major and C major

Herbert, Victor:
The March of the Toys
Cello Concerto no. 2

Holst, Gustav:
The Planets

Humperdinck, Engelbert:
Overture to Hansel and Gretel

Caucasian Sketches op. 10

Ives, Charles:
Variation on America

Kabalewsky, Dmitri:
Concerto for Piano no. 3

Kleinsinger, George:
Tubby the Tuba

Kodaly, Zoltan:
Te Deum

Laganella, David:
Once on a Fall Fell Red
Under Ethereal

Lalo, Eduard:
Cello Concerto
Overture to Le Roi D'Ys
Symphonie Espagnol for Violin and Orchestra

Liszt, Franz:
Les Preludes

The Pink Panther

Maggio, Robert:
Big Top

Mahler, Gustav:
Symphonies No. 1, 5
Ruckert Lieder

Marinescu, Liviu:

Martin, Frank:
Ballade for Flute and Orchestra
Concerto for Piano No. 2

Massenet, Jules:
Herodiade (Il est doux, il est bon)
McVoy, James:
Elegy for Strings
Gulliver's Travels

Mendelssohn, Felix:
Symphonies No.'s 3, 4 and 5
Violin Concerto
Piano concerto no. 1
St Paul Oratorio: Overture and "How Lovely are the Messengers"

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus:
Symphonies No.'s 18, 31 (Paris), 35, 40, 41
Overtures to Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro, Cossi fan Tutte, La Clemenza di Tito, The Impresario
Piano Concerto no. 8
Flute Concerto in D
Andante for flute and strings
Violin Concerto No.'s 3 (also conducted from the cello podium)
The Impresario (full opera)
"The Marriage of Figaro"
"Cosi fan tutte"
"The Magic Flute" (selections)

Pictures at an exhibition

Nielsen, Carl:
Symphony no. 4

Paganini, Niccolo:
Violin Concerto No. 1

Popovici, Doru:
Codex Caioni

Popper, David:
Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

Poulenc, Francis:
The Story of Babar

Prokoviev, Sergei:
Peter and the Wolf
Piano Concerto no. 3
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra op. 63
Romeo and Juliet (suites 1-3)
Lieutenant Kije Suite (with narration written by O. Marinescu based on the original story)

Puccini, Giacomo:
La Boheme: Musseta's Waltz, Mimi tu non piu torni, Donde Lieta
"Che il bel Sogno" from La Rondine

The Whistler and his Dog

Rachmaninoff, Sergei:
Symphonic Dances
Piano Concerti No.'s 2, 3, 4
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Ravel, Maurice:
Concerto for left hand
Tzigane, Rhapsody for violin and orchestra

Reinecke, Carl:
Concerto for flute

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai:
Cappricio Espagnol
Russian Easter Overture

Rossini, Gioachhino:
Overtures to Gazza Ladra, William Tell and Barber of Seville
"Largo al factotum" from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Saint-Saens, Camille:
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony no. 3 in C Minor, op. 78 (Organ)

Schubert, Franz:
Symphonies No.'s 5,6,8
Der Erlkonig (arr. Berlioz)
"Rosamunde" Overture (Overtue to Die Zauberharfe)

Schumann, Robert:
Symphony No. 4
Piano Concerto
Cello Concerto
Genoveva Overture
Schuman, William:
New England Triptych

Shore, Howard:
Highlights from The Lord of the Rings
Highlights from The Fellowship of the Ring

Saint-Saens, Camille:
Concerto for Piano no. 2
Concerto for Violin no. 3

Shaw, Robert/Bennett, Robert Russell:
The Many Moods of Christmas no. 1
The Many Moods of Christmas no. 3

Shostakovich, Dmitri:
Cello Concerto no 1
Symphony No. 9
Chamber Symphony op. 110a (String Quartet no. 8 arr. Barshai)

Silverman, Adam:
Hard Knoks

Silvestri, Constantin:
3 Pieces for String Orchestra

Smetana, Bedrich:
Die Moldau

Sousa, J.P.:
The Stars and Stripes Forever

Spirituals (traditional):
I got a Home in that Rock
Hold On (M. Bonds)
Ezek'el Saw the Wheel
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord (F. Price)
Deep River (H.T. Burleigh)
O Didn't It Rain (H.T. Burleigh)
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (M. Bonds)
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (M. Bonds)

Strauss, Johann Jr and Sr.:
Overture to Die Fledermaus
Waltzes: Emperor, Blue Danube
Egyptian March
Pizzicato Polka
Radetsky March

Strauss, Richard:
Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra op 11

Stravinsky, Igor:
Firebird Suite
Circus Polka

Suk, Joseph:
Symphony no. 2 "Asrael"

Suppe, Franz von:
Light Calvary Overture

Theobald, Jim:
Symphony on American Folk Songs

Tchaikowsky, Peter:
Symphonies no. 2, 4, 5, 6
Piano Concerto No. 1
Violin Concerto in D major
Francesca da Rimini
Nutcracker suite
Marche Slave
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Serenade for Strings

La Procesion del Rocio, op 9
La Oracion del Torero

Telemann, Georg:
Suite for flute in a minor

Concerto for Doublebass

Vaughn Williams, Ralph:
Concerto for Oboe

Verdi, Giuseppe:
Overture to La Forza del Destino
Prelude to La Traviata
Rigoletto [La Donna e Mobile, Un di, se ben rammetomi (Quartetto)]

Vieuxtemps, Henri:
Concerto for Violin no. 5

Vivaldi, Antonio:
The Seasons
Various Concerti

Wagner, Richard:
Overtures to Rienzi, Die Meistersingers,

Weber, Carl Maria von:
Overture to Euryanthe
Concerto for Bassoon
Concertino for Clarinet op. 26

Walton, William:
Concerto for viola

Warlock, Peter:
Capriol Suite

Widor, Charles-Marie (arr. Marinescu):
Toccata from Organ Symphony no. 5

Williams, John:
Highlights from Harry Potter

Williams, Ralph-Vaughan:
Donna Nobis Pacem


  • Beethoven - Concerto in C for Piano, Violin & Cello, op. 56 (Triple Concerto)
  • Bloch - Schelomo, Hebrew Rhapsody
  • Brahms - Concerto in C for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, op. 102
  • Bruch - Kol Nidrei
  • Dvorak - Concerto in B Minor, op. 104, Rondo op. 94
  • Elgar - Concerto in e, op. 85
  • Enescu - Symphonie Concertante op. 8
  • Gerber - Concerto for cello and orchestra
  • Lalo - Concerto in d
  • Miaskovsky - Concerto op. 66
  • Moore - Concerto for two cellos and orchestra
  • Prokofiev – Sinfonia Concertante, op. 125
  • Saint-Saens - Concerto no. 1 in a, op. 33
  • Schumann - Concerto in a, op. 129
  • Shostakovich - Concerto no.1, op. 107
  • Shostakovich – Concerto no. 2
  • Tann - "Anecdote" a Soliloquy for cello and orchestra*
  • Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33, Pezzo Capriccioso


  • Boccherini - Concerto in B flat (Grutzmacher)
  • Faure - Elegie
  • Glazunov – Chant Du Menestrel
  • Haydn - Concerto in C Major, Concerto in D Major, op. 101
  • Liviu Marinescu – Ostinato*
  • Mozart – Symphonie Concertante for Violin and Cello, K 364 (arranged by O. Marinescu)
  • Mozart – Concerto for violin and Orchestra no 3, in G Major, K 216 (arranged by O. Marinescu)


  • Boccherini - Concerto in D major
  • Tchaikovsky - Andante Cantabile
  • Vivaldi - Concertos in B minor, D major


  • Bach - Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba
  • Barber - Sonata op. 6
  • Boccherini - Sonatas in A and G
  • Bolling - Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio
  • Beethoven - Sonatas op. 5, op. 17, op. 69, op. 102, 7 Variations on a Theme by Mozart, 12
  • Variations on a Theme by Mozart, 12 Variations on a Theme by Haendel
  • Berg - Two Lyrical Pieces
  • Brahms - Sonatas op. 38, op. 99
  • Britten - Sonata op. 65
  • Chopin - Sonata op. 65, Polonaise Brillante op. 3
  • Copland - Waltz and Celebration from "Billy the Kid"
  • De Falla - Suite Populaire Espagnole
  • Debussy - Sonata
  • Faure - Sonata no. 2, Elegie, Sicilienne, Pavane, Apres un Reve, Papillon
  • Franck - Sonata
  • Ginastera - Pampeana no. 2
  • Glazunov – Chant du Menestrel
  • Grieg - Sonata in a, op.36
  • Enescu - Sonata op. 26, no. 2
  • Kodaly - Sonata op. 4
  • Locatelli - Sonata
  • Marcello - Six Sonatas
  • Mendelssohn - Sonatas no. 1 and 2, Song Without Words, op. 109
  • Miaskovsky - Sonatas no. 1 and 2
  • Piazzola - Le Grand Tango, Milonga in Re
  • Poulenc - Sonata for cello and piano
  • Prokofiev - Sonata op. 119
  • Popper - Various pieces
  • Rachmaninoff - Sonata in G minor, op. 19, Vocalise
  • Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso, Piece in Forme de Habanera
  • Rochberg - Ricordanza
  • Sarasate - Zapateado
  • Schnittke - Sonata no. 1
  • Schumann - Fantasiestucke op. 73, Funf Stucke im Volkston, Adagio and Allegro
  • Schubert - Sonata for Arpeggione
  • Shostakovich - Sonata op. 40
  • Strauss - Sonata in F, op. 6
  • Tchaikovsky - Valse Sentimentale, Pezzo Capriccioso
  • Valentini - Sonata in E
  • Vivaldi - Six Sonatas


  • Bach - Six Suites
  • Belcastro, Richard – Philly Bar Hop*
  • Britten - Suite for Solo Cello op. 72
  • Cleafield, Andrean - Sonic Circuits*
  • Constantinescu - Sonata Bizantina
  • Crumb - Sonata for Solo Cello
  • Dutilleux - Trois Strophes sur le Nom de SACHER
  • Gabrielli - Seven Ricercari for Solo Cello
  • Geissinger, Paul – Bending Light*
  • Halle - Concert Piece for Unaccompanied Violoncello*
  • Kim - Five Bagatelles for Solo Cello*
  • Kodaly - Sonata for Solo Cello op. 8
  • Ligeti - Sonata for Solo Cello
  • Ludwig, David – Dante Microludes*
  • Marinescu - Quodlibet Sonata*
  • Paganini - Caprices no. 13, 17 and 24
  • Reger - Three Suites for Solo Cello op. 131c
  • Tagel - Spanish Suite
  • Yannay - "I can't fathom it..." for Solo Cello
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania: Associate Professor (since 2003)
  • Immaculata Symphony - Music Director 2008-2011
  • Wilmington Community - Conductor, 2002 – 2007
  • Manalapan Symphony, NJ - Music Director, 1997 - 2000
  • Goppisberg Festival - Switzerland, conductor, 1997 – 1998

Guest Conducting

  • Russian Philharmonic Orchestra (regular guest conductor)
  • Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain)
  • Gaia Philharmonic (Portugal)
  • National Radio Orchestra of Romania (May 2012)
  • Bacau, Ploiesti, Craiova, Botosani Philharmonics (Romania)

Solo with Orchestra

  • New York Chamber Symphony: Beethoven Triple Concerto
  • Russian Philharmonic Orchestra: Miaskovsky
  • National Radio Orchestra of Romania: Saint-Saens, Mozart, Shostakovich no 1 (solo andconducting)
  • Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain): Mozart
  • Bucharest Symphony: Mozart
  • Moscow Chamber Orchestra: Haydn
  • Helena Symphony: Elgar, Prokofiev, Beethoven Triple
  • Newark Symphony - world premiere of "Anecdote" by Hilary Tann, Elgar Concerto
  • North Penn Symphony: Eldar
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Triple, Shostakovich no. 1
  • Cleveland Philharmonic: Shostakovich no. 1
  • Orchestra 2001 – world premiere of “Ostinato” by Liviu Marinescu
  • Independence Sinfonia (Philadelphia): Schumann
  • "Transylvania" Philharmonic, Cluj-Napoca (Romania): Boccherini
  • Iasi, Bacau, Brasov, Ploiesti, Constanta, Oradea, Craiova, Ramnicu-Valcea Philharmonics (Romania)
  • Delaware County Symphony, Immaculata Symphony, Wilmington Community Orchestra
  • Cleveland State University Orchestra, Temple University Chamber Orchestra, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Symphony (Concerto Competition winner), West Chester
  • University Chamber Orchestra


  • Carnegie Hall
  • Merkin Hall
  • Steinway Hall (New York)
  • Rachmaninov Hall - Moscow Conservatory
  • Bucharest Conservatory
  • Paris, Rome, Venice, Bruxelles, Nuremberg, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Washington DC, Smith College, Northwestern University, Orange
  • County Performing Arts Center (CA) – Artist in Residence, Allegheny College, West Chester
  • University Visiting Artist Series, Russell Library (CT), etc.


  • Bayreuth (1985), Orlando -The Netherlands (1990), Chautauqua (1994), New Hampshire Music Festival (1992) , Goppisberg (1997-98), Luzerne (1995), South Bohemia (2001), Vysocina - Czech Republic (2001), Brasov – Romania (1990,91, 2001-3), Catania-Italy (2004), Magie Barocche – Italy (2005), Gaia – Portugal (2010)


  • J. S. Bach – Six Suite for Unaccompanied Cello (Parma Recordings – winter 2010-11)
  • Music of Michael Cunningham, Rain Worthington and Pete Toushend – Russian Philharmonic Orchestra (Parma Recordings) – March 2010
  • Tchaikovsky orchestral music (with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Stephen Limbaugh III orchestral music (with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Music of Samuel Barber - June 2007, Moscow (with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra) – WCU Faculty and Guests.
  • Orchestral works by Andrea Clearfield and David Laganella (with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • "Fiesta Latina"
  • Miaskovsky complete cello works (with Kenneth Boulton and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra) – released by Cambria Recordings
  • Adirondack Ensemble – "Hopelessly Romantic"
  • Crossroads – with Sylvia Ahramjian

Prizes, Awards, Grants

Chamber Music America Grant, Delaware Professional Artist Grant, G. Dima International Cello Competition (Romania) – First Prize, Cohen Memorial Award – West Chester University, Service Award – Wilmington Music School, University Fellowship – Temple University, Pennsylvania Sate System of Higher Education, Samuel Barber Foundation


  • ADIRONDACK ENSEMBLE - Founder, cellist, board member, VP - Board of Directors. Performed over 200 concerts, Developed Adirondack Music Camp, budget development to $250k/year: 1995-2002
  • BLUE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL - Artistic Director and Founder
  • SAMUEL BARBER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL at West Chester University – Founder and Artistic Director 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011

Radio and TV

Live and recorded appearances on the North Country Public Radio, WRTI, Romanian National Radio and TV, Mediterraneo Televisione – Italy, Comcast Cable and other American TV stations.

Compositions, Arrangements, Musical Editions

  • Three Songs for Baritone and Orchestra (2008) no public performance, No 1 and 2 recorded with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and Randall Scarlata (not-released)
  • Toccata by C. Widor (arranged for full orchestra). Premiered by Immaculata Symphony December 2009, second performance with the West Chester University Orchestra.
  • Ritual Fire Dance by M. DeFalla (arranged for three cellos). Performed by the WCU Ensemble spring 2009
  • Dans taranesc by C. Dimitrescu (arranged violin and cello). Recorded with Sylvia Ahramjian. Multiple performances
  • Hora Staccato by G. Dinicu (arranged violin and cello). Recorded with Sylvia Ahramjian. Multiple performances
  • Pastorala and Joc by V. Jianu (arranged violin and cello). Recorded with Sylvia Ahramjian. Multiple performances
  • Balada by C. Porumberscu (arranged violin and cello). Recorded with Sylvia Ahramjian. Multiple performances
  • Devil's Trill Sonata by G. Tartini (arranged violin and cello). Multiple performances
  • Sonata by Leclair (arranged violin and cello). Multiple performances
  • Hungarian Rhapsody by D. Popper (arranged for two cellos). Premiered at WCU Sprig 2009
  • J. S. Bach – Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (EDITOR) – Published by International Musicians Network, Fall 2010

Articles, books, etc.

  • THE INSTRUMENTAL CONCERTI OF SAMUEL BARBER: THE COMPOSER-PERFORMER RELATIONSHIP – To be published by the Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov, Winter 2010-11
  • Lionhead – Film script (unpublished): co-author with Tom Smith (2009)
  • The Adventures of Dr. O in Music Wonderland – A children’s book. (unpublished): co-author with Tom Smith (2009)

A Ravishing New Recording of Bach's Cello Suites by Ovidiu Marinescu

July 21, 2011
by Grego Applegate Edwards

Ovidiu Marinescu, Bach Cello Suites (Navona)

But then you get beyond that for some of the finest of the small-forces Bach and Maestro Marinescu really comes into his own. This is a warm, vibrant, expressively empassioned version of the suites and it is a true joy to hear. Plus if you put the disk on a computer you get nice extras, like a full set of scores to follow along with, a digital booklet and etc.
If you are in the market for some glorious Bach, this one comes through. It's ready-to- hand (just came out, after all) and it will brighten your space dazzlingly. Very recommended.

Classical Candor CD Reviews

March 14, 2011
by John J. Puccio
Ovidiu Marinescu, Bach Cello Suites (Navona)

You may recall that last year I reviewed a fine, two-disc set of Bach's Six Cello Suites by Zuill Bailey on Telarc. At about the same time, Romanian cellist Ovidiu Marinescu recorded his own renditions of the suites for Navona Records, just recently released and reviewed here. They make another provocative and welcome addition to the Bach catalogue of Suites, and they join the ranks of not only Bailey's recording but those of Rostropovich, Ma, Casals, Fournier, Schiff, Starker, Gendron, Tortelier, Mork, Isserlis, and others. One of the most remarkable things about the Suites is the composer's ability to make the single cello sound like several instruments, with melody and accompaniment, which Mr. Marinescu executes as well as anybody. Marinescu's renderings of these works struck me as reasonably relaxed, stylish, and refined, yet with much personal character. While the soloist seems to place a premium on precise execution above all else, there is also a sense of pleasure and animation in the performances, with clean articulation and rhythmically dynamic cadences. In the process, Marinescu catches Bach's varying moods of joy, meditation, lyricism, amiability, swagger, exuberance, solemnity, and regality at least as well as most of his competition (even giving us two alternative endings to the Prelude of Suite No. 2). Navona recorded the music at Rose Recital Hall in the Fisher-Bennet Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 2009-2010. The sound they obtain is crisp and clear, fairly close up, with excellent definition. There isn't a lot of warmth to the sound, however, so it's mainly the disc's clarity we can appreciate here. Still, the sound is seldom too forward, bright, or edgy, and it comes across with great immediacy and realism if played back at an appropriate level.

Kathodik CD Reviews

July 22, 2011
by Philip Fiery
Ovidiu Marinescu, Bach Cello Suites (Navona)

L’interprete in questione, Ovidiu Marinescu, se la cava egregiamente, fondendo tecnica e rigore da un lato, con pathos e trasporto emotivo dall’altro, e aggiungendo anche un tocco personale al già corposo e intenso suono del violoncello. Un musthave cd per tutti gli appassionati di musica.

Strings Magazine

February/March 2000
Edith Eisler

Romanian cellist Ovidiu Marinescu gave a recital at Merkin Hall, partnered by the splendid pianist Kenneth Boulton. In a varied, imaginative program, he displayed a fine technique, a focused, even, expressive tone, an ability to identify with all styles and idioms, and a strong musical personality. Poulenc's Sonata had lots of dynamic, textural and emotional contrast; three pieces by Faure had a lovely lyricism and brilliant lightness; Schumann's Fantasy Pieces, op. 73, were beautifully romantic; and Piazzolla's Grand Tango was an invitation to dance. The novelty was the Quodlibet Sonata for solo cello by Marinescu's brother Liviu, a big piece whose most startling moments come in the opening. The work was performed with great flair and authority."

Times Union (Albany, NY)

Ron Emery

"Marinescu played with poetry and polish. The intensity of the opening movement lent a kind of grandeur to the performance. The third movement was the most moving, characterized by an inner sadness. The final movement's apparent bounciness turned properly sardonic in this terrific performance."


March 2000
Dennis Rooney

"Cellist Ovidiu Marinescu displayed an appealing platform personality...some real expressive power and attractive rhetoric."

New York Concert Review

Edith Eisler

"A solid, relaxed technique secure in all parts of the fingerboard with a good deal of virtuoso flair when called for, but always used in the service of the music."

The Saratogian (USA)

Judith White

"Romanian born Ovidiu Marinescu gives a grand display of his solo and duo capabilities. He quickly establishes his ample technique, musicality and capacity to choose music with a vibrant kick."

Donau Zeitung, Germany

"...gripping excitement, warm tone, and total technical control over his instrument."

The Journal (Wales)

Keith Davies Jones

"Marinescu's masterly performance, given from memory, identified and expressed the heart and soul of this music with eloquence and grace."

The Chronicle (USA)

"Cello solo played with gorgeous expression by Marinescu."

Actualitatea Muzicala (Romania)

"Exceptional collaboration with cellist Ovidiu Marinescu: unity of feeling and musical phrasing as well as complementing sonorities. To these Ovidiu Marinescu added fantasy."

13-year-old audience member at Merkin Hall, New York

“Cooler than Metallica.”