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Sabina Virtosu

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About Sabina

Concert Violinist, chamber musician, String Quartet, Trio and Orchestral Projects.
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Born in 1989 in Timisoara, Romania, Sabina started the violin at the age of 4 years old with her mother, an accomplished musician and leader of the ‘Gaudeamus’ String quartet. Later on, she studied violin at Brasov Music College with Professor Maria Mireanu and Maestro Alexandru Tomescu, soloist of the National Radio Bucharest Philharmonic and proved her excellent ability at many national and international violin competitions. After winning a national competition in 2006, Sabina was awarded the “Constantin Silvestri” Scholarship to study at Pocklington School in York, England, as well as a full music scholarship at Wellington College the following year. In 2008 she won 2nd prize at the Hickies Reading Young Musician Competition and the opportunity to play with the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Sabina gave many violin recitals and concerts both as a soloist and as part of different orchestras at many important concert halls across Europe (Greece, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and UK). She performed at Royal Festival Hall, St-Martin-in-the-fields, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall (part of the 1st violin section of the English Chamber Orchestra), Wigmore hall and many other prestigious venues. In 2013 she graduated with Honours from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Yossi Zivoni. During her time at the College, she has attended Masterclasses with Remus Azoitei, Lewis Kaplan (Professor at Julliard School) and had chamber music training with the Chilingirian String Quartet. She has been heavily actively involved in many orchestral and solo projects, been asked to lead orchestras (King’s College Chamber Orchestra), performing Mozart A Major Concerto as part of a Masterclass Series, as well as having a more commercial and modern approach - In February 2015 she was commissioned by HBO to play for their 4th season DVD release in London, a highly mediatised event. In September 2015 she also performed in front of almost 1000 people at the G Arena popular snooker themes before a match between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White MBE. In September 2015 she has founded a Violin-Guitar Duo called ‘The Aces’ with the guitarist Cassandra Mathews, also a Royal College of Music Graduate and a month later they recorded a 12 piece album, both audio and video. Their styles included classical, film music and even arrangements of some pop music.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
Top 25 booked musician of 2019
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Military, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Opera, Ambient, Electro-Swing, Ibiza club, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Experimental, Easy listening, Light music, Avant garde, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Vintage, Tribute, Rock, Classic rock, Britpop, Glam rock, Rock 'n' Roll, World music, Arabic, Argentinian, Asian music, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Choro, Caribbean music, French music, Flamenco, Cumbia, German music, Greek music, Cuban music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Polish music, Polka, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Spanish music, Tango
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy, Live looping
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Song list

Thousand years
Can’t help falling in love
Perfect
Canon in D
Wedding March
Marry me
You’re beautiful
All of me
Vivaldi 4 seasons
Bach Air
Tango
Minor swing
Over the rainbow
Lady in red
Autumn leaves
My heart will go on
Sugar
Shape of my heart
Fields of gold
Lady Madonna
Let it be
Duelling banjos
We will rock you
Smooth criminal
Chura liya
Tum hi ho
Pehli nazar
Humko humise
Pehla nasha
Ave Maria
Hero
Saans
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I have violin/guitar duo, 2 violins, trio and string quartet as well as violin/piano or violin/harp

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If available and given enough notice I may be able to shift the timing slightly, but I cannot guarantee if it’s during a busy season

How much time do you need to set up?

15-20min

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If given enough time, with pleasure although there may be extra charge for the extra time rehearsing the new requests

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I love the buzz of it, I love what I do, creating music and touching other people’s lives with it

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Albert Hall, royal opera house, the O2

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

A number of incredible musicians, most of all my wonderfully talented mother

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Proms at the Rouao Albert Hall

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350

Add-ons

Electric violin
+£75

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Jazz L, 5 months ago

Was punctual and arrived in good time. Played a wide range of songs amazingly well. Thanks you being a part of a special day.

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Zoe P, 11 months ago

Absolutely fantastic! Sabina’s enthusiasm and talent helped make our evening a huge success - thank you. Can’t recommend Sabina highly enough. Already making plans to book her again.

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Tamerah-kate C, 1 year ago

Sabina is superb. A true professional and a beautiful, talented musician. She made our wedding ceremony what it was and was a total delight to deal with on the run up and on the day. If you want the best. Book a Sabina. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts XXX

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Dr M, 1 year ago

Excellent performance. Memorable occasion.

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Arpita U, 1 year ago

Hi Sabina, thank you so much for playing at my ceremonies on Sunday. It was such a pleasure to have you there and many of our guests mentioned they thoroughly enjoyed your performance. We will definitely be recommending you to our family and friends and hoping you can use your services again in the near future :) ❤

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Meera P, 1 year ago

Morning Sabina. It was lovely meeting you yesterday. Sorry we didn't get to speak as much as I woud have liked. But I wanted to personally say a very big thank you! The music was simply AMAZING!!! Thank you for being a big part of our special day!xx

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From other musicians:

25th March 2016

I work regularly with Sabina and find her to be one of the most versatile musicians I have ever worked with. She consistently excels in performing in any genre and is thoroughly professional, as well as having a phenomenal talent for the violin of course! A fantastic musician and an asset to anyone who hires her.

31st January 2016

I played a gig with Sabina, as we both took part in the string section at a jazz concert. She has a beautiful sound and a professional approach. She was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great violinist!

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