Mihaela Ursuleasa, Romanian pianist, dies at 33

August 3, 2012

Mihaela Ursuleasa, 33, an internationally renowned Romanian concert pianist, was found dead in her apartment in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Her agent, Andreea Butucariu, said in a statement Friday that Ms. Ursuleasa died Aug. 2 from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Butucariu told Romanian media that Ms. Ursuleasa had recently canceled two concerts in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, on unspecified health grounds.

Ms. Ursuleasa began playing the piano at age 5 under the guidance of her father, a Gypsy jazz musician in Romania. She received a grant to study in Vienna when she was 12.

She went on to play at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and with other top orchestras in Europe.

Survivors include a 5-year-old daughter.

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