we are roxana popescu, oana popescu, and anna kovach, the ensemble roa.
we look forward to sharing with you our special selection of classical repertoire, a rich spiritual and educational resource, the multitude of artistic themes, and the large range of musical genres from sonatas to dances.
we want to present our programs in various formats to as wide an audience and venues as possible.
please join us in our discovery and celebration of this beautiful repertoire. see concerts
we’d love to hear from you!
all best wishes,
oana kariotoglou popescu, founder and pianist ensemble roa
Roxana began playing the flute at the age of 11, taking lessons at the “Dinu Lipatti” Music School in Bucharest. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music Performance at the Zurich University of the Arts in the class of Prof. Matthias Ziegler. Roxana recently obtained her Master Degree in Music Pedagogy at the Zurich University of the Arts and has been teaching flute in Zürich for several years.Winning the “Constantin Silvestri” award in 2007, gave her the opportunity to study at the Pocklington School in England, with flutist Clare Allan.Roxana is also the recipient of grants from the Rahn Kulturfonds and Lyra Stiftung. The Romanian musician has performed as an orchestral flutist under conductors such as Nello Santi, Werner Bärtschi, Christian Zacharias and Jürg Wyttenbach. She has performed as a soloist in Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania and England. Roxana is an active chamber musician, being a founding member of Trio Solaire and Ensemble ROA, with which she took part in the 81 st edition of the Musikwoche Braunwald Festival.
Oana graduated from the National Music University of Bucharest and Zurich University of the Arts and has lived in Zurich since 2008. Thanks to the generous support of foundations such as the Rahn Kulturfonds and Vontobel, Oana has finished her studies and began her career as a solo pianist in Switzerland. As early as the age of nine, Oana won her first international competition in France and started performing regularly on Radio and TV broadcasts. She made her debut with orchestra at the age of 15, with the Moldova Philharmonic of Iasi, Romania, and recorded her first live CD of Beethoven’s music. The Romanian pianist of Greek origin has since 2014 founded the Ensemble ROA and placed emphasis on the classical repertoire of Romanian, Hungarian, Greek and Swiss composers.
Anna started her musical studies with classical violin, at the age of 7. After graduating high school, she studied classical singing at the Szt. Istvan Conservatoire and, at the same time, International Communication specialized in PR and in Economics. In 2009 Anna Kovach began studying in Zurich with Laszlo Polgar. She immediately started an intensive solo carrier, with performances in masses, concerts, or operas. Anna studied with Barbara Locher at the University Luzern, and musicians like John Aler, Julia Hamari, Margreet Honig, Krisztina Laki, Susanne Mentzer und Ann Murray in specialized classes. Anna performed in Paul Suits new opera Die Göttin im Kater (2013), the main role in Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate, in Theater Luzern or Marie Tell in André Ernest M. Grétry’s William Tell .
from our repertoire
iannis xenakis (1922-2001): zyia for soprano soloist, flute, and piano (watch us on youtube)