Catalina Butcaru was born in the town of Constanta, Romania. She is one of the outstanding talents of her generation. Her understanding of music paired with supreme virtuosity and a sense of theatre has delighted conductors, musical partners and critics alike. A review of a concert of chamber music at the Konzerthaus in Vienna said “the Romanian pianist is a musical partner of astounding maturity, technically impeccable with an expressive gift that ranges from sublime differentiation to compelling energetic power.”
She started playing the piano at the age of and was accepted at the Music and Art University in Vienna at the tender age of sixteen. From 1996 onwards she was engaged in a series of recordings for Austrian radio and television. Since 2000 Catalina Butcaru played many concerts in the UK, Austria, Italy, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Turkey, Bulgaria and her native Romania. In April 2006 she gave a very well received debut recital in London.
Her activities in chamber music include appearances with the violinist Yair Kless and the cellist of the Alban Berg Quartet, Valentin Erben. Further appearances include those at the Austrian Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, the festival of chamber music at Reichenau, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Atheneum in Bucharest and the Martinu Hall in Prague.