Oana Rusu Tomai, pianist
An artist of great depth, versatility and expressive powers, pianist Oana Rusu Tomai is the Founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed Romanian-American Chamber Concerts and Arts - ROCCA in Seattle, the U.S.A. Oana has earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature Degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. where she held the position of teaching assistant. Oana’s talent has been discovered early and as a result, she has been the recipient of prestigious scholarships and grants that enabled her to perform solo and chamber music concerts in Europe and across the United States. Her major teacher was acclaimed pianist and pedagogue Rebecca Penneys. Oana is happy to have studied with master teachers at Indiana University, Aspen Music School and Festival, Debrecen Festival, Pecs Music School in Hungary. An ever ambitious music entrepreneur, Oana is the artistic director of the Fountainhead Presents: Classical Concerts at the Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle which present uniquely themed chamber and solo recitals closely coordinated with art exhibits. One of Oana’s most expansive undertakings is performing chamber concerts with members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. She is a frequent guest performer with Seattle Symphony Chamber Concerts, Vashon Chamber Music, University of Washington Concerts, Seattle Public Library & SAM Concerts and King FM 98. 1 Seattle’s Classical Radio Station programs. Currently Oana is involved in studying, performing and recording music of the 20th century with a special emphasis on Romania's most famous composer, George Enescu. Oana is a tireless classical music promoter; as the co-founder of Konnectclub, an e-commerce social marketplace, she has organized, supported and marketed countless concerts. Through the organizations she founded she commissions new works as well as supports brilliant women composers. In 2019 Oana eagerly anticipates traveling to Puerto Vallarta and Bucharest to play in chamber music recitals focused on 20th century music.