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 .
In our Repertoire
Anton Bernhard Fürstenau (1792-1852): Romance Op 141 (flute, soprano and piano)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Piano Sonata in B Minor, Etudes on Themes by Paganini, Loreley (soprano and piano)
Franz Doppler (1821-1883): Pàsztorhangok/ Shepherds Tone (flute, soprano and piano)
Ravel (1875-1937): La flûte enchantée (flute, soprano and piano)
André Caplet (1878 –1925): Une flûte invisible soupire (flute, soprano and piano)
Béla Bartók (1881-1945): Six Romanian Dances, Songs for Soprano and Piano, Suite Op.14 for piano, Sonata for piano
George Enescu (1881-1955): Cantabile et Presto for piano and flute, Sonata Op.24 for piano, Carillon Nocturne, Pavane for piano, Bourrée for piano, Sept Chansons de Clément Marot, Op.15 for soprano and piano
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967): Songs for Soprano and Piano
Manolis Kalomiris (1883-1962): Nocturne for Piano
Grigoras Dinicu (1889-1949): Hora Staccato (flute and piano)
Frank Martin (1890 – 1974): Trois Chants de Noel (soprano, flute, and piano), Ballade for Flute and Piano
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Sonata for Flute and Piano
Iannis Konstantinidis (1903-1984): Twelve Islands Suite (Arrangement for flute and piano by Oana and Roxana Popescu), Eight Island Dances for Piano
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Zyia for Soprano Soloist, Flute, and Piano (watch us on YouTube)
Georg Ligeti (1923-2006): Songs for soprano and piano, Arany Songs for soprano, flute, and piano
Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994): Dyo nautika tragoudia
Gion Antoni Derungs (1935-2012): Rätoromanische Lieder
Apostolos Paraskevas (*1964): Hope (soprano and piano)