Elizabeth Petcu burns the candle at both ends, illuminating an energetic journey through her active life.
One of nine girls, Elizabeth spoke three languages before the age of five, attending an Irish-speaking school in Dublin and Colegio Acosta in Bogota, Colombia for one year. Awarded a scholarship more recently to study Romanian, she has added this beautiful language to the mix.
Elizabeth sped through her education and had to apply for special permission to take the diploma examination in the The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, earning a Licentiate diploma at possibly the youngest age recorded. At the age of 18 she was presented with the Briscoe Cup, for being the most outstanding music student there. During these years, Elizabeth played for many well-known flautists, including James Galway, Christian Lardé, and Marcel Moyse. Elizabeth added a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2002, building on her Honours Music degree from Trinity College Dublin.
Elizabeth took time off from school in order to deputise in both of Ireland's RTÉ orchestras, often turning up to play in her school uniform.
Elizabeth joined the RTÉ Concert Orchestra permanently in 1980 and may have been the youngest appointed Principal in its history. Here Elizabeth met her husband, Mircea – a violinist, who arrived from Romania (via Iran and Vienna) in 1979. They have three grown–up children and two big, furry, four-legged ones as well.
Since her early retirement in 2006, due to advancing hearing loss, Elizabeth formed Rune, an innovative musical group, the following year. In 2008, Elizabeth released her first solo CD, Just Me, which she considers to be a distillation of her life's experiences. In October 2009, Elizabeth held her first solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and ceramics – a sell-out – and has finished a Diploma in Fine Art and is currently exhibiting her porcelain Dragon Eggs and her porcelain Ghost Fruit in Sculpture in Context in the Botanic Gardens.
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