DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MM, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
BMUS, Andrews University
Romanian born violinist Cristian Neacsu is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at Walla Walla University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Andrews University.
Previously Neacsu served as Assistant Professor and Orchestra Director at Burman University in Canada from 2013-2018. As Orchestra Director, Neacsu strived to refine the ensemble and challenge the musicians with a variety of repertoire from the baroque to contemporary eras. During his tenure the orchestra presented numerous local performances and Canadian tours that also featured renowned guest soloists. Neacsu increased the number of concerts and he established the Burman Virtuosi, a strings chamber orchestra comprised of selected players from the larger orchestra. In 2017 the Burman Virtuosi performed at the Music Conference Alberta along with other celebrated ensembles resident in the province.
During his tenure at Burman University, Neacsu joined the Alberta String Association and served as Vice- President and subsequently as President. In this role, he participated in numerous projects to benefit string professionals and string students within the Province of Alberta. He also established the ASA Concerto Competition and invited internationally renowned artists to lead master classes and workshops. Neacsu’s involvement in adjudications, included the Strings Division at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada, and several local concerto competitions and festivals.
Violinist Neacsu has frequently collaborated with prominent artists such as Stefan Milenkovich, Piotr Milewsky, Herbert Bloomsted, Sherban Lupu, Berick Yehonatan, Carla Trenchyuk, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Guillaume Tardif, Claudio Gonzalez, among others plus renowned groups such as Jupiter Quartet and Pacifica Quartet. He frequently appears in solo recitals and concerts with orchestra as well as in chamber music performances. Some of his solo performances have included major concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Sibelius and Wieniawski, plus many other works from a wide range of genres and styles.
During his graduate studies for the Mater’s degree at University of Cincinnati, he added a minor in Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of Mark Gibson and Annunziata Tomaro. During this time he also held the Assistant Concertmaster position for the Philarmonia Orchestra.
While engaged in his graduate doctoral studies at University of Illinois, Neacsu was awarded a position as a Teaching Assistant. For three consecutive years he taught violin lessons to undergraduate and graduate majors, non-major violin students and assisted in the orchestral conducting class. His collaborations included performances with renowned Faculty at the Krannert Center and the Allerton Festival. Additionally, as a member of the New Music Ensemble, he frequently performed an extensive amount of music by established contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Augusta Read Thomas and Charles Wuorinen, among others. And given his interest in Performance Practice for Early Music, he studied it as a minor and performed on the baroque violin for the Early Music Concerts. Also during the time of his doctoral studies at the Universiy of Illinois, he served as Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church in Monticello, Illinois.
Cristian Neacsu is married to Qian Yin Neacsu, a professional and gifted pianist and violinist. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois.