It was at the height of Ceausescu’s Romania in 1972 that a young pianist from Bucharest came to Leeds for a piano competition. Anda Anastasescu was offered a scholarship and decided to stay without permission. Her decision resulted in her being given a six year prison sentence in absentia.
Anda remained in Britain and is now the artistic director of A Romanian Musical Adventure – the first London festival of composers from her home country, including Constantin Silvestri.
Anda talks to Martha about her life and musical career.
Music: Veloce from Three Pieces for Strings by the Romanian composer, Constantin Silvestri
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