Haydn- Sonata in C:'...admirably crisp, rhythmic...a well judged Allegro but also the requisite buoyancy and clarity...the playing had a splendid combination of technical bravura and musical imagination...A fresh take at this well known music and a witty ending...'
'Ancuta plunged into the seething mood of Rachmaninoff's Presto and brought it off with great convinction...'
Ravel-Jeux D'Eau: '...a delightful final choice-watery and translucent with skilful use of rubato over long distances, ebb and flow beautifully judged...polished and musically alive...' (Clara Taylor, ABRSM Chief Executive, 2008)
Ancuta Nite was born in Piatra Neamt, North East Romania, and began studying the piano at the age of 7. After winning a Silvestri Scholarship aged 16 she studied with Graeme McNaught at the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools, later returning to Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Fali Pavri and Aaron Shorr on a Stevenson Scholarship and an ABRSM international Scholarship. Graduating with a first class BMus Honours, Postgraduate Diploma and a Master’s Degree she won many prizes including the Mozart Concerto Competition performing K271 the “Jeunehomme” Concerto and performed C. Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as part of her final exam. Ancuta has also performed across Europe as well as in the U.K. in venues such as Edinburgh's Usher Hall, London's Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and the New Auditorium at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Ancuta has also participated in masterclasses with great pianists such as John Lill, Steven Osborne, Katia Veekmans, Roy Howatt, Hyoong Jung Chang, Alexander Korsantia and Pascal Roge. Recent performances include Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto with Glasgow Sinfonia, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the New Edinburgh Orchestra and the Warsaw Concerto with Helensburgh Orchestral Society.
Ancuta has been an ambassador for Hospices of Hope (the leading palliative care charity in South Eastern Europe) since 2008 and has also joined their volunteering team in the hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov. Her fundraising efforts have included numerous chamber music concerts with her husband, private recitals and various other performances in many venues as well as London’s Globe Theatre and she has raised over £20.000 for the charity.
Ancuta is the Artistic Director of the Ardtornish Piano Retreat Concert Series which is scheduled in June every year at Ardtornish Estate, Lochaline.
As well as performing, Ancuta very much enjoys teaching piano and she is the founder of the Nite Piano School based in Glasgow City Centre and the West End, as well as being a member of staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of St Andrews.