Adela Liculescu was born in 1993 in Craiova (Romania) and began playing the piano at the age of four. She studied at the music school in her hometown under the teachers Mariana Ilie and Prof. Mihai Ungureanu and completed her musical studies in masterclasses with Walter Krafft and Prof. Csíky Boldizsár. After the baccalaureate (which she passed with maximum grades) she went on studying piano performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Prof. Martin Hughes, from which she graduated with distinction in 2019. She continues subsequently with postgraduate studies in piano with Prof. Martin Hughes in Vienna and Prof. Milana Chernyavska in Graz and pursues a master in chamber music with Prof. Avedis Kouyoumdjian in Vienna. Additionally, she receives important artistic inspiration during her studies from Stefan Mendl and Sibila Konstantinova. At the moment, she pursues a doctorate in Graz under the artistic guidance of Prof. Milana Chernyavska.
Adela is the winner of numerous piano competitions. Her most recent achievement is winning the second prize at the international George Enescu Piano Competition in Bucharest in May 2021, where she performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1 with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest and conductor John Axelrod at the Romanian Athenaeum.
She won the first prize at Prix du Piano Bern in February 2018 (a unique piano competition in which only 4 selected pianists are invited to perform every year and where the public present in the hall votes for the winner of the competition).
In September 2017, in less than two weeks time, Adela Liculescu won both existing Brahms International Competitions: in Pörtschach (Austria) she won the first prize and the audience prize in the gala concert (awarded to only one of the prize winners in all the sections of the competitions – piano, violin, viola, cello and voice) and in Detmold (Germany) she was awarded the first prize and several special prizes (concert engagements and a professional CD recording in Konzerthaus Detmold).
In 2017 she also won the Yamaha Music Prize Austria and won the audition for a scholarship of the Thyll-Dürr Foundation of Switzerland.
In 2015 she won the first prize in the Bösendorfer Piano Competition in Vienna. In the final round (which took place at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn), she performed Beethoven Second Piano Concerto together with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and conductor Stefan Vladar. This prize didn’t bring her only a piano, but also several concert engagements in Austria (most notably the invitation to perform her debut recital in Musikverein Vienna in April 2018).
She has appeared as a soloist in concerts by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Liszt. Highlights of her performances with orchestras include Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Romania under conductor Wojciech Rodek in August 2017 (open air concert on the main square in Sibiu in front of an audience of more than 3000 people and live broadcast), Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 at the Philharmonic in Berlin with das Neue Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin under conductor Raphael Haeger in March 2014 and Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 at the Romanian Athenaeum Bucharest with the Romanian Sinfonietta Orchestra under conductor Horia Andreescu in August 2014 (live recorded and broadcast on the Romanian National Radio and television). In 2018 she appeared as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5 at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
Following her award for the best ranked Romanian pianist in the “George Enescu” Competition 2014, she was invited to be the soloist of the International Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition Bucharest 2015, performing three different concerts together with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra and the finalist conductors at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.
She has performed until now as a soloist with most of the major orchestras in her native Romania.
Adela has performed recitals in London (Saint Martin-in-the-Fields), Munich (Gasteig Philharmonie), Vienna (Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Imperial, MuTh, Bösendorfer-Saal im Mozart-Haus, Beethoven-Haus), Bucharest (Romanian Athenaeum, the Radio Hall, George Enescu Museum) and in many other concert halls in Europe. In 2018, she had a tour in China, playing concerts and teaching master-classes in several cities (Xi'an, Chengdu, Nanjing).
Adela is also an active chamber musician. She performs regularly as a duo with the violinists Ioana Cristina Goicea and Kirill Maximov and has performed in ensembles with musicians like: Alexander Sitkovetsky, Natalia Lomeiko, Barnabás Kelemen, Corinne Chapelle, Domenico Nordio, Diana Ketler, Mirabela Dina, Maxim Rysanov, Răzvan Popovici, Maria Kliegel, Julian Arp, Boris Andrianov, László Fenyö, Erich Oskar Huetter, Andrei Ioniță, Christine Hoock, Albena Danailova, Reinhard Latzko etc.
Adela has received important artistic inspiration in masterclasses with professors like Thomas Adès, Arie Vardi, Bernd Goetzke, Mikhail Voskresensky, Grigory Gruzman, Boris Berman, Rolf-Dieter Arens, Vladimir Viardo, Piotr Paleczny, Jacques Rouvier etc
In 2020 she was awarded the Beethoven Prize by Radio Romania Cultural.
In 2016 she was awarded the prize “Romanian Student of the Year abroad in the Arts category” in a gala awarding ceremony that took place at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest.
In January 2015, she was featured in the „Talentenbörse” of the radio programme „Intrada” on the Austrian National Radio Ö1 and in 2018, her CD was featured by the same broadcaster.
Adela is a current scholar of the Thyll-Dürr Foundation of Switzerland and Music Academy of Licthenstein and a past scholar of the Tokyo Foundation and of the Beethoven Society Vienna.
Adela is Official Bösendorfer Artist.