Brilliant soloist bangs the drum for ‘little-known’ percussion

Brilliant soloist bangs the drum for ‘little-known’ percussion
Alex Petcu-Colan, the 28-year-old percussionist from Cork city, rehearsing for his NCH recital.

Alex Petcu-Colan has become one of the most exciting new classical soloists in the country after making a huge impression on audiences nationwide.

This would not be all that surprising if Petcu-Colan came from the usual piano, string, brass or woodwind sectors which usually gobble up the top prizes and accolades, but his emergence as a brilliant percussionist who is determined to make his name as a soloist, has made audiences and critics alike mark him down as something special.

Born of Romanian parents, Ruxandra and Adrian (who themselves have made major contributions to music in Ireland, both...

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