Not many trombonists have made solo albums, so it is good to add a new name to the list. Cristian Ganicenco was born and trained in Romania,
studied with Byron McCulloh and Joseph Alessi in the US,
then became principal trombonist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
He has the trombone sound currently in vogue in orchestras:
big, wide-open, and impressive."
" There is no greater trombone warhorse than the Concertino by David, and since it has few recordings, this one is welcome.....
Ganicenco plays with aplomb and makes sport of material that chalenges college players".
" Paul Creston's Fantesy, another worhorse, is played only
by the strongest of trombonists...Ganicenco's is excelent."
" As for Benedetto Marcello's Oboe Concerto, Ganicenco gives
it a lively reading on alto trombone.
American Record Guide, December 2007
"After intermission, the CSO's Ganicenco took his first bows in Creston's trombone Fantasy. An energetic showpiece with bold melodies and urbane, jazzy licks, it demands pristine attack and a pure, mellow tone. Ganicenco had those, and more, and nailed its leaps and soaring themes with confidence and beauty."
The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 19, 2003
"The Razliv was memorable for the trombone solo, beautifully articulated by principal Cristian Ganicenco."
The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 8, 2002
"The "Resurrection march was fittingly wild and raucous -- a nice contrast with principal trombonist Cristian Ganicenco's earnest, pleading solo on the "O Glaube" ("O Believe") motif."
Music in Cincinnati, October 19, 2008
"Another highlight was a Tribute to New York City, featuring trombonist Cristian Ganicenco in the solo "Manhattan""
The Cincinnati Enquirer , April 3, 2003
"Autumnal in mood, it features a thrice-recurring trombone solo that breaks through the texture like a shaft of light. Principal trombonist Cristian Ganicenco soared here, as did the brasses in general in this brass-filled work.""
Cincinnati Post, September 24, 2005