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Both Laura Buruiana and Matei Varga were born in 1980 in Bucharest, Romania. Even though they grew up in the same city, their paths did not cross until they ran into each other during a brief trip in Paris in 1997 and later during their stop-over in Prague on their way back to Romania. Then, finally, between 1999 and 2003, when both of them were enrolled at the National Music University in Bucharest, the two collaborated extensively, playing concerts in Romania and abroad.

Laura Buruiana with Matei Varga

Upon graduation from the conservatory, Matei Varga moved to New York in 2003. Since then he has performed as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and Weill Hall, the Morgan Museum and Library, Steinway Hall and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, the White House Lawn in Washington, D.C., as well as major venues in Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Venice, and Tel Aviv.

That same year, Laura Buruiana won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. That successfully launched her career, and since then she has established a worldwide reputation. She has performed with many orchestras in Europe, the United States, and in Asia, under the baton of Oliver von Dohnányi, Gerhard Zimmermann, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Lorenzo Muti, Dorel Pascu, among others. She has performed in numerous recitals throughout Europe, and has toured extensively in the United States.

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On November 11th of 2008, presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, Laura Buruiana and Matei Varga gave the American premiere of Sabina Ulubeanu's Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Mihai Măniceanu's Cadenza for Cello and Piano, at the Merkin Concert Hall of Kaufman Center in New York.
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During the summer of 2011, Matei Varga travelled to Paris to record with Laura Buruiana at the Salle Colonne from August 4th to 7th. The resulting recording, Brahms Sonatas for piano and violoncello, op. 38 and op. 99, has been released on CD and MP3 by the German label Coviello Classics in 2012.
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