Peaceful Currents Radio is pleased to welcome pianist Angelo Rapan as our January Artist of the Month.
Angelo’s musical pathway is both very similar to and also completely unlike most other artists who reside under the umbrella term of “contemporary instrumental music” today. It was a road that was challenging at times and yet also filled with many rewarding moments and triumphs. More than anything else, his voyage to where (and who) he is now displays that the courage to follow your dreams, coupled with support and love from family, and fueled by passion, talent, and perseverance, can propel you to a lofty place and, with some luck along the way, make your dreams come true.
Angelo started taking piano lessons at a very early age. His mother, a classical musician herself, began tutoring him at age 4. By the age of 6, following in his sister’s footsteps, he was accepted into the prestigious George Enescu Music Academy in his native Romania where he was a pupil of Cristina Georgescu. Six years later, he won his first piano competition, a national one at that, in Bucharest, Romania. Over the next several years, he took first and second place at competitions in Romania, Spain and Belgium.
Râpan quickly ascended to higher heights in the classical music world in Europe and, after moving to America, in the United States as well. He has served as musical director for a variety of organizations in Belgium, New York, Hong Kong, and in his adopted home town of Memphis, Tennessee, where he now resides with his wife. His musical repertoire reaches far beyond his classical roots, encompassing music theatre, opera, dance repertoire, Argentinian tango, world music, and with the latest chapter in his life, contemporary instrumental music of a reflective, soothing nature.
This latest page in the book of his life has culminated in his collaboration with the acclaimed production/engineering team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. The album that resulted from his visit to Vermont, Songs of Leaving, represents a return of sorts for the once shy Romanian boy who was more comfortable playing his own music at the piano than talking. He began an inner journey to explore music as a way of telling his life’s story, communicating what it was like for him to endure his early struggles and finally find peace and fulfillment.