OP Alexandra Dariescu (01-03) has won the 2013 Woman of the Future award in Arts and Culture. The winners were announced on Wednesday 13th November 2013 at a gala dinner at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.
Now in their eighth year, and supported by patron Cherie Blair, the Woman of the Future awards, in association with Shell, recognise outstanding women aged 35 and under, as well as creating and supporting role models for the next generation through the Women of the Future Ambassadors programme.
Earlier this year Alexandra became Romania’s first ever female solo pianist to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. Her performance with the Royal Philharmonic was front-page news in her native country. Her passion for classical music, combined with her innovative mentoring schemes that support budding professional musicians, impressed the judges. They said, “Alexandra possesses an extraordinary dedication to her art and clearly has a genuine aspiration to promote classical music to a wide audience. She is a genuine ambassador for Romania and for women”.
Alexandra commented “I am over the moon! To be in a room with so many inspirational women and then to win the award is a huge honour for me, for my country and for all women in classical music.
“Using the Women of the Future Ambassadors programme as a platform, I am keen to help and inspire the younger generation through music workshops and master classes. I was inspired by my mother and by my piano teachers both in Romania and Pocklington so the educational aspect is very important to me.
Alexandra bumped in to fellow OP Ollie Moore (88-99) who was also attending the awards ceremony with his company Entrerprise. They were not at school at the same time but the Pocklington connection attracted Ollie’s attention so he introduced himself to Alexandra. It just goes to show that the OP network is omnipresent!