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Balanescu, Alexander (11th June 1954-Present)

He is a violinist and composer born in Bucharest, Romania, who moved to Israel with his family in 1969.  He studied the violin in London and at the Juilliard School in New York.

He is a founding member of the Michael Nyman Band and the Balanescu Quartet, and was a member of the Arditti Quartet from 1983 to 1985. He has performed and recorded works by popular and modern contemporary composers and artists alike including Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis, The Pet Shop Boys, David Byrne and Gavin Bryar.

His work in TV and film can be heard on the soundtracks of the TV programme University Challenge and the movies The End of the Affair, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Drowning by Numbers amongst many others.

His compositions include the music for the films Eisenstein, Angels and Insects and the Trying to Kiss the Moon.

This is Alexander Balanescu with Ada Milea perfoming “Mabogo”…