Born in 1986 in Romania, Lorena Manescu grew up in a mountain village surrounded by an inspiring environment and her grandparents’ passion for music. She started to play the violin at the age of 5 under the tutorship of her grandfather, an enthusiast fiddler. Lorena then attended the primary and secondary music school in the town of her birth, Ramnicu-Valcea.
Lorena won many prizes at national and international competitions, performed concerts and recitals on some of the most famous stages in Europe and appeared in numerous television and radio broadcastings.
In 2001 at a recital in Munich’s prestigious Gasteig Hall Lorena had her first encounter with Arabian culture through an Arabian composer and his family. Impressed at first by the beauty of the Arabic designs and music, a new passion started to take shape for Islamic culture.
Since 2002 Lorena has been actively involved in chamber music projects including performances at the well-known George Enescu Festival.
In 2005 Lorena graduated from Dinu Lipatti Music High School in Bucharest. Under the tutelage of renowned professors she graduated with distinction from the Vienna Conservatory in 2008.
Lorena’s growing passion for the orient and its rich culture drove her steps to Qatar. Since 2008 she has proudly been a member of the first violin section of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Lorena truly believes in Qatar Foundation’s motto: “Unlocking human potential.”