CelloVisionproject aims to connect different art forms and artists through the use of avant-garde videography.
Bringing live & prerecorded music on stage, together with the visual element, it engages the audience in an unforgettable experience, as a musical journey from classical to contemporary, blended with the play of figurative and abstract imagery.
Dr Adrian Mantu is the cellist/founder of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Ireland’s National Broadcaster’s Quartet in Residence, since 2014 and cello/chamber music teacher at RIAM.
Last year he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by NUIG.
Adrian has won 16 International Prizes in Cello & Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Bucharest, Graz, Hamburg, Sofia, Rome). He has performed over 2000 concerts around the world in 46 countries (in venus such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo, NCH).
Adrian had the honour to perform in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela,
Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars).
He has composed and arranged the music for the “Trop Tard” film (selected for Cannes Fest) and recorded the music for Steven Spielberg & Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers”.
Adrian was celebrating last season the 20th Anniversary of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet through over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad (including appearances in NCH, Wigmore Hall and Tours in UK, Finland, Romania, Italy & Sweden).
He performs equally on baroque, modern & electric cellos.
His latest album “New Airs” went straight to no 3 in the iTunes classical charts!
His recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.
Mihai Cucu was born in Romania. He holds a degree in Art Restoration and Conservation from the University of Fine Arts “George Enescu”, Iasi, Romania, and he studied ceramics at Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, England.
Mihai has worked extensively as a video artist at festivals in many countries, including Romania, Ireland, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Greece, amongst others. He has created and presented videos for many composers and performers: International Week of New Music Festival, Meridian Festival, InnerSound Festival-Bucharest, Music for Galway Festival, The Galway Music Residency National Tour ‘Different trains’- Ireland, Theater of Sound - Dublin, New Music New Audiences - Galway City Museum, Catsheuvel Festival - The Hague, De Nieuwe Regentes Theater - Netherlands, Porta Theater - Athens, Schwankhalle Arts Centre - Germany, Europalia Festival - Belgium etc.
He was artist-in-residence at Inis Oírr Arts and Heritage Centre, Co Galway and at Hilltown Studio Theatre, Co Westmeath.
From 2016, he works part time for the Municipal Museum of Bucharest as a video&graphic designer.
In addition to creating visuals for contemporary music performance and directing short films, Mihai has worked prolifically as a photographer and video editor. Thus, creating video art, photography, filming and editing short films and music clips, painting and teaching, have consumed his recent years in Ireland and Romania. His work has been widely acclaimed by both the media and the artistic community.