The management of Mihaela Ursuleasa, who was found dead in her apartment in Vienna yesterday, has published a clarification of the cause of death and issued an appeal for her family’s privacy to be protected.
Her death has struck Rumanian music to the heart. Several leading musicians have messaged us that they are unable to stop weeping. The official statement follows.
The pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa was found deceased in her apartment in Vienna, her adopted city, in the morning of the 2nd of August 2012. The forensic doctor pronounced a natural death caused by a cerebral commotion.
She was only 33 years old (a magical number).
Artists like Mihaela are those who give us hope, help us feel and make us understand that music, and also art, prevails above everything else; that it makes us advance as human beings. They make us realize that we are on the right path when we open not our eyes and ears but our hearts to listen, expecting music making to move us and take us some place else. This is what Mihaela’s music did.
It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to her, keeping only the hope that other real artists like Mihaela will come our way and guide us to hear and, most importantly, to feel.
We would like to ask you – her public and friends - not to mourn her but to let her go in peace and remember her for what she was on this planet earth, a great musician and artist, probably too great for us to understand most of the time.
In my last phone conversation with her we spoke about music and we also laughed and mentioned her two dear friends and musical supporters Sol Gabetta and Patricia Kopatchinskaja; friends who have always been there for her and whom I would like to acknowledge and thank personally.
I would like to invite you to watch her last orchestra concert with the second Chopin Piano Concerto, concert which took place in Bucharest on the 7th of June of this year and which will be uploaded soon on her website.
I would also like to ask all promoters that had invited Mihaela for the next months and were expecting her in their series to work with us towards planning and dedicating these concerts to her memory and her artistry, in the hope that wherever she is now, she will feel our energy and come join us with her musical inspiration for each of these concerts. A special request to each one of the promoters is to donate half of the fees planned for these concerts to a donation account that we will create for her seven years old daughter. Any other donations will be very appreciated. We will post the account information on Mihaela’s website as soon as possible.
We will provide you with information about her funeral next week, Wednesday or Thursday.
Please consider this statement as the only official and accurate one and please be considerate towards her family and friends. If you feel you would like to be close to her and to us all who have loved her and surrounded her, please listen to her music, this is what she has come and lived for.