Cristinel Bacanu

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Freelance violin, viola player as well as leader for Bacanu Quartet , Bacanu Music, 4A Strings

I started playing violin and viola at the music school in Bucharest, Romania where I gained my diploma. I have attended Bucharest Conservatory, Ohio University and Arizona State University where I have graduated with all honours and rights. I have lived and worked in England since 2009 both as a professional violinist/violist and instrumental teacher. I lead Bacanu Quartet in all types of performances.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Fanfare, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Medieval music, Contemporary classical, Folk, Ceilidh, Country, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Pop, Covers
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Violin, Viola
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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:
Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Singing teaching
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Song list

Adventure of a lifetime – Coldplay
Budapest – George Ezra
Die a happy man – Thomas Rhett
Ex’s & oh’s – Elle King
Fight song – Rachel Platten
Hello – Adele
Let it go – James Bay
Love yourself – Justin Bieber
One call away – Charlie Puth
Pillowtalk – Zayn
Stitches – Shwan Mendes
Writing’s on the wall – Sam Smith
Breakeven – The Script
The Climb – Miley Cyrus
Fallin’ for you – Colbie Caillat
Fireflies – Owl City
Halo – Beyonce
If I were a boy – Beyonce
Hey, soul sister – Train
I gotta feeling – The Black Eyes Peas
I’m yours – Jason Mraz
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Need you now – Lady Antebellum
Poker face – Lady Gaga
Smile – Uncle Kracker
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Viva la Vida – Coldplay
You belong with me – Taylor Swift
1973 – James Blunt
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
All about you – McFly
All about tonight – Pixie Lott
Apologize – One Republic
Ashes to ashes – David Bowie
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
Bedshaped – Keane
Born to try – Delta Goodrem
Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison
Chasing pavements – Adele
Someone like you – Adele
Domino – Jessie J
Don’t let the sun go down on me – Elton John
Every breath you take – The Police
Every teardrop is a waterfall – Coldplay
The fear – Lilly Allen
Georgia on my mind – Ray Charles
Glad you came – The Wanted
Good vibrations – The Beach boys
Grenade – Bruno Mars
Hallelujah – Alexandra Burke
Human – The Killers
I still haven’t found what I’m looking for – U2
I will always love you – Whitney Houston
Jar of hearts – Christina Perri
Jealousy – Will Young
The lady in red – Chris de Burgh
Last Friday night – Katy Perry
Love goes down – Plan B
Mad World – Tears for fears
Mrs Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
Other side of the world – KT Tunstall
Panic chord – Gabrielle Aplin
The power of love – Frankie goes to Hollywood
Rule the world – Take That
Run – Leona Lewis
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Tiny dancer – Elton John
Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia
Warwick Avenue – Duffy
What makes you beautiful – One Direction
Who’s that girl – Eurythmics
You raise me up – Westlife
You’re so vain – Carly Simon
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Paradise – Coldplay
Lean on me
One day like this
Here comes the sun
No woman no cry - Marley
Hero – Mariah Carey
A thousand years – Christina Perri
Stand by me
Game of thrones
Skyfall - Adele
All of me
A sky full of stars
Just give me a reason
Wrecking ball
Last Friday night
Say something
Let it go
Best song ever
What makes you beautiful
Right place right time
Once upon a dream – Maleficent
From this moment on – Shanya Twain
Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley
American pie – Madonna
Breathless – The Corrs
Desert rose – Sting
Natural blues – Moby
Oops!.. I did it again – Britney Spears
Pure shores- All Saints
Reach – S Club 7
Rise – Gabrielle
She’s the one – Robbie Williams
The A team – Ed Sheeran
Good time – Owl cityand Carly Rae Jepsen
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
I knew you were trouble – Taylor Swift
It’s time – Imagine dragons
Live while we’re young – One direction
Some nights – Fun
Stronger (what doesn’t kill you) – Kelly Clarkson
Too close – Alex Clare
When I was your man – Bruno Mars
Believer – Imagine Dragons
Can’t stop the feeling – Justin Timberlake
Despacito – Luis Fonsi Feat. Justin Bieber
It ain’t me – Kygo & Selena Gomez
Look what you made me do – Taylor Swift
Million reasons – Lady Gaga
Send my love (to your new lover) – Adele
Slow hands – Niall Horan
Too good at goodbyes – Sam Smith
What about us – Pink
All about that bass – Meghan Trainor
Am I wrong – Nico & Vinz
Centuries – Fall out boy
Cool kids – Echosmith
Girl crush – Little Big Town
Heartbeat song – Kelly Clarkson
Lips are movin’ – Meghan Trainor
Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding
Problem – Ariana grande feat. Iggy Azalea
See you again – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
Shut up and dance – Walk the moon
Style – Taylor Swift
Uptown funk! – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Clocks – Coldplay
Every teardrop is a waterfall - Coldplay
Fix you – Coldplay
In my place – Coldplay
Lost! – Coldplay
Paradise – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Speed of sound – Coldplay
Trouble – Coldplay
Violet Hill – Coldplay
Viva la vida – Coldplay
Yellow – Coldplay
Another one bites the dust – Queen
Bicycle race - Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Crazy little thing called love - Queen
Don’t stop me now - Queen
Fat bottomed girls - Queen
I want it all - Queen
I want to break free - Queen
Killer queen - Queen
Play the game - Queen
Radio Ga ga - Queen
Save me - Queen
Somebody to love - Queen
Under pressure - Queen
We are the champions - Queen
We will rock you - Queen
You’re my best friend - Queen
Dancing Queen – Abba
Knowing me, knowing you – ABBA
Take a chance on me – ABBA
Mamma mia – ABBA
Lay all your love on me – ABBA
Super Trouper – ABBA
I have a dream – ABBA
The winner takes it all – ABBA
Money, money, money – ABBA
Chiquitita – ABBA
Fernando – ABBA
Voulez-Vous – ABBA
Gimme!Gimme!Gimme! (a man after midnight) – ABBA
Does your mother know – ABBA
One of Us – ABBA
The name of the game – ABBA
Thank you for the music – ABBA
Waterloo – ABBA
All my loving – Lennon & McCartney
And I love her - Lennon & McCartney
A day in the life - Lennon & McCartney
Eleanor Rigby - Lennon & McCartney
I saw her standing there - Lennon & McCartney
In my life - Lennon & McCartney
Michelle - Lennon & McCartney
Yellow submarine - Lennon & McCartney
All you need is love
Hey Jude
Let it be
Love me do
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da
With a little help from my friends
ABC – Jackson 5
Ain’t no mountain high enough – Diana Ross
Baby love – The Supremes
Endless love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
How sweet it is (to be loved by you) – Stevie Wonder
I can’t help myself (sugar pie, honey bunch) – The four tops
I just called to say I love you – Stevie Wonder
I’ll be there – Jackson 5
My Cherie amour – Stevie Wonder
My girl – The Temptations
Stop! In the name of love – The Supremes
Three times a lady – The Commodores
The tracks of my tears – The Miracles
What’s going on – Marvin Gaye
You’ve really got a hold of me – The Miracles
Green onions – Booker T. & The Mg’s
I get the sweetest feeling – Jackie Wilson
I got you (I feel good) – James Brown
I say a little prayer – Dionne Warwick
In the midnight hour – Wilson Pickett
Let’s stay together – Al Green
Pick up the pieces – Average white band
Private number – William Bell
Respect – Aretha Franklin
(Sittin’ on) The dock of the bay – Otis Redding
Soul man – Sam & Dave
Stand by me – Ben E. King
Take me to the river – Al Green
Walkin’ the dog – Rufus Thomas
Who’s making love – Johnnie Taylor
Axel F – Beverley Hills cop
Bella’s lullaby – Twilight
Bugler’s dream – Olympic fanfare
Chariots of fire
Get smart
Hawaii Five-o theme
I love Lucy
The medallion calls – Pirates of the Caribbean
Newhart Main Title Theme
The odd couple
Romeo and Juliet (love theme) – Romeo and Juliet
Love theme from “St Elmo’s fire
Spanish flea
Theme from “Schindler’s list”
All about that bass – Glee
As times goes by – Casablanca
Arthur’s Theme – Arthur
Blueberry Hill – The man who fell to Earth
Both sides now – Love actually
Boulevard of broken dreams – American idiot
Can you feel the love tonight – Lion King
Concerning Hobbits – Lord of the Rings
Can’t fight the moonlight – Coyote Ugly
Cool kids – Glee
Corpse Bride – Corpse bride
Diamonds are forever – Diamonds are forever
Falling slowly – Once
Ding don the with is dead – The wizard of Oz
Don’t stop believing – The Sopranos
Fame – Fame
Follow the yellow brick road – The Wizard of Oz
For your eyes only – For your eyes only
Goldfinger – Goldfinger
Gonna fly now – Rocky
The Good, The bad and the ugly
The Great Escape
The greatest love of all
He’s a pirate – Pirates of the Carribean
Hedwig’s Theme – Harry Potter
I don’t want to miss a thing – Armaggedon
In dreams – Lord of the rings
James Bond Theme – Dr. No
Let it go – Frozen
The Magnificent seven
Nobody does it better – The spy who loved me
The Notebook Main titles
Over the rainbow – The wizard of Oz
Roar – Glee
The prayer – Quest for Camelot
Satisfaction – Life or Something like it
Song from MASH
See you again – Furious 7
Stairway to Heaven – The song remains the same
Star Wars theme
Summertime – Porgy and Bess
Theme from Superman
We are young – Glee
You only live twice
A whiter shade of pale – The Sopranos
The windmills of your mind – The Thomas Crown affair
You’ve got a friend in me – Toy Story
ABC – Thriller
Always look on the bright side of life – Spamalot
Beauty and the beast
Belle – Beauty and the beast
Circle of life – Lion King
Good morning Baltimore – Hairspray
I just can’t wait to be king – Lion King
My favourite things – Sound of Music
One short day – Wicked
Sixteen going on seventeen – Sound of music
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius – Sound of music
That face – The Producers
We are the champions – We will rock you
The phantom of the opera
Don’t cry for me Argentina – Evita
Close every door – Joseph and the amazing Technicolor dreamcoat
As if we never said goodbye – Sunset boulevard
Everything’s alright – Jesus Christ Superstar
Gus: the theatre cat – Cats
Unexpected song – Song & dance
The music of the night – Phantom of the opera
Love changes everything – Aspects of Love
Whistle down the wind
Our kind of love – The beautiful game
Go go go Joseph - Joseph and the amazing Technicolor dreamcoat
Baby elephant walk – Hatari
Days of wine and roses
Dear heart
It had better be tonight
Mr. Lucky
Moment to moment
Moon river
Peter Gunn
The pink panther
The sweetheart tree
The thorn birds
Two for the road
Whistling away the dark
Backwoods Barbie – 9 to 5
Breathe – In the heights
Expressing yourself – Billy Elliot
Find your grail – Spamalot
Follow your heart – Urinetown
Ireland – Legally blonde
Mama who bore me – Spring awakening
Memphis lives in me – Memphis
Part of your world – The little mermaid
Popular – Wicked
Pulled – The Addams family
There’s a fine fine line – Avenue Q
Too beautiful for words – Color purple
Woman – The pirate queen
Born free – from Born free
Eye of the Tiger – from Rocky III
Georgia on my mind – from Ray
I will always love you – from Bodyguard
(I’ve had) the time of my life – from Dirty dancing
Kiss from a rose – from Batman forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now – from Mannequin
Oh, oretty woman – from Pretty woman
Ring of fire – from Walk the line
Stayin’ alive – from Saturday night fever
GLEE Musical:
And I’m telling you I’m not going
Bust your windows
Dancing with myself
Defying gravity
Don’t stop believin’
Keep holding on
My life would suck without you
No air
Take a bow
Taking chances
True colors
The greatest showman:
A million dreams
Come alive
From now on
Never enough
Rewrite the stars
The greatest show
This is me
High school musical:
Bop to the top
Breaking free
Get’cha Head in the Game
I can’t take my eyes off you
Start of something new
Stick to the Status Quo
We’re all in this together
What I’ve been looking for
When there was you and me
West side story musical:
I feel pretty
I have a love
Jet song
One hand, one heart
Something’s coming
Music from Frozen:
Do you want to build a snowman
For the first time in forever
Love is an open door
Let it go
Reindeer(s) are better than people
In summer
Fixer upper
Music from Trans-Siberian orchestra:
Christmas Ever Sarajevo 12/24
Dreams of fireflies
First snow
A mad Russian’s Christmas
The Mountain
Mozart and Memories
Siberian sleigh ride
Wizards in winter
Les Miserables:
At the end of the day
Bring him home
Castle on a cloud
Do you hear the people sing
Drink with me
Empty chairs at empty tables
A heart full of love
I dreamed a dream
In my life
A little fall of rain
On my own
Who am I
Celtic Rock:
Casey’s Jig – The Fenians
David’s Jig – Natalie MacMaster
Fisherman’s blues – The Waterboys
I’m shipping up to Boston – The Dropkick Murphys
An Irish party in Third Class (Titanic) – Gaelic Storm
Lancaster Gate – Jubilee Riots
Preacher on a pony – Boiled in lead
U.S.A. – The Tossers
Animal – Neon Trees
In my head – Jason Derulo
21 Guns – Green Day
Fireword – Katy Perry
Boulevard pf broken dreams – Green Day
Grenade – Bruno Mars
Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
Haven’t met you yet – Michael Bublé
Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s
Smile – Uncle Kracker
Need you now – Lady Antebellum
Latin music:
Cherry pink and apple blossom white
La bamba
La isla bonita
Livin’ la vida loca
Oye mi canto (hear my voice)
Soul limbo
Hot jazz:
Body and soul
Dark eyes
The hot Canary
How high the moon
My blue heaven
Sweet Georgia brown
This can’t be love
Embraceable you – Gershwin
I got rhythm – Gershwin
Love is here to stay – Gershwin
The man I love – Gershwin
Prelude II – Gershwin
Rhapsody in blue – Gershwin
Summertime – Gershwin
They can’t take that away from me - Gershwin
English, Irish, Scottish, Hungarian, Gypsy, Klezmer – Hundreds of pieces in the repertoire
Any piece by request titles or mood
Light Jazz: by request titles or mood
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I can perform either solo acoustic or amplified. I am also available as string duo, trio, quartet, violin and piano.

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

That is no problem, I am flexible.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need a minimum of 30 minutes to set up.

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

Available to play any songs by request.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can learn any songs, even on the day of the event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My sound and musicality.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Symphony Hall (Birmingham, London), restaurants, estates, etc.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

too many.

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

live on television.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250


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Neeta G, 6 hours ago

Cristinel was FABULOUS! The music was great and all my friends and family loved him. Fab playlist - would use again and will definitely recommend to all. Thank you for making my wedding day even more special x

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Peter L, 7 days ago

Great event thank you Christinel we really enjoyed it

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Natalia U, 1 month ago

They were absolutely amazing even tho it was trio not a quartet. All of our guest loved the music. Just brilliant!

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Liam K, 2 months ago

Bacanu Stings provided me with a Cello and Violin Duo to play background music for a military black tie dinner evening. Their music was amazing, they played classical music as well as modern pieces which really got the attention of those at the function. Cris was very easy to talk to building up to the event and was able to work with the traditional elimemts of a military event. I could not recommend them enough and hope to use them again - by far the best musicians I have used at one of these events. A true 5 star performance !!

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From other customers:

Kelly R, 3 years ago

‘Sublime interpretation of Bach’s Chaconne’

Solihull M, 2 years ago

‘Great performace of Dvorak’s violin concerto’

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