Romanian concert pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa dies, aged 33

The Guardian, August 3, 2012

The internationally renowned Romanian concert pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa has died suddenly at the age of 33.

Ursuleasa was found dead in her Vienna apartment by police officers on Thursday at about 11am. The cause of death is thought to have been a cerebral haemorrhage, said Vienna police spokeswoman, Adina Mircioane.

Officers broke into the apartment after her mother became worried and contacted the police. “Her mother regularly spoke with or saw her and she had not been in touch that day,” Mircioane said.

“She became concerned so she went to her apartment and she called her phone and heard it in the apartment. It was then assumed that she was still in the apartment.”

Ursuleasa, who recently cancelled two concerts in Bucharest on health grounds, had been something of a child prodigy. Born in 1978 in Brasov, her father was a jazz musician and her mother a singer. She began to play the piano at the age of five and was giving concerts by the time she was nine.

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