Lola Bobescu

Lola Violeta Ana-Maria Bobescu (August 9, 1919, Craiova, Romania - September 4, 2003, Sart-les-Spa, Belgium) was a great Romanian violinist. Yehudi Menuhin considered her the greatest violinist of the world.

She was born in Craiova, Romania, and began her career as a child prodigy, giving her first recital at the age of 6 together with her father, Aurel Bobescu. In 1928, it entered the École Normale de Musique in Paris, then graduated the Conservatoire National de Musique in the capital of France, receiving "Prix d'Excellence". Privately, she worked with two masters of international stature, George Enescu and Jacques Thibaud.

Young Lola was worldwide remarked at 17, when interpreted in Paris the "Concerto Roumain" by Stan Golestan with the Colonne Orchestra conducted by Paul Paray. Followed 60 years of soloist career or in concert with major orchestras of the world, such as Colonne, Pasdeloup, Lamoureux (France), Berlin and London philharmonics, "Concertgebouw" in Amsterdam, "La Suisse Romande" in Geneva, "Accademia Santa Cecilia" of Rome or in recitals of chamber music, often accompanied by pianist Jacques Genty. She came frequently in her native country, where she played with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest and the philharmonics in Craiova, Iaşi, Timişoara and Sibiu. She recorded a vast repertoire at Electrecord, Philips, Decca, Columbia, Nippon Program, Arcophon.

Lola Bobescu - Bach, Concerto BWV 1041

Lola Bobescu was established in Belgium before the end of the Second World War, having an outstanding teaching career at the Conservatory of Liège and the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. She founded and led "Solistes de Bruxelles", now "L'Orchestra Walon" of Liège, and the String Quartet "L'Arte del Suono" in Brussels. She was a member of the jury of international violin competitions "Reine Elisabeth de Belgique".