The award-winning Rumanian pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa has died suddenly at the age of 33. Her agent, Andreea Butucariu, has informed us that Mihaela was found dead today in her Vienna apartment. A full statement will be issued in the morning. The family requests that its privacy is respected.
Mihaela was supposed to play yesterday in Bucharest with the National Youth Orchestra and on Saturday in Berlin.
The daughter of a gypsy fiddler, she was drawn to classical music as a child and studied in Vienna. Her latest recording (see below) was released three years ago on Berlin Classics.
A Rumanian news site reports that she died of a cerebral haemorrhage. She is survived by a five year-old daughter.