Mon parcours musical

I was born in Bucharest (Romania), in a family of musicians of national and international renown.

I began to study music at the age of six at Bucharest Music School, starting with the violin and piano. At twelve years of age, I began to study the clarinet and completed my studies with the highest honours at the Bucharest.

Conservatory (Ciprian Porumbescu) in 1971. That same year (1971), I passed competitive examinations to join the George Enesco Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest as first clarinet.

I won a scholarship for a master’s course in Hanover (Germany) where I specialised in modern and contemporary music under Professor Hans Deitzer. Some years later, I studied orchestral conduction and music phenomenology with the maestro Sergiu Celibidache.

Since 1968, I has taken part in a number of national and international clarinet competitions and won prizes in: Prague, Munich, Birmingham, Geneva, Bucharest, Ancona and first prize in Rotterdam in a contemporary music competition for instruments and groups.

In 1980, I won competitive examinations at Michigan State University (East Lancing) U.S.A. to give doctorate classes to higher-level students for a period of three years.

From 1984 to 2000 I was soloist in the Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra. In 2000 I began to co-operate as a soloist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra .

I has played as soloist in orchestras under the baton of a number of great maestros: Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Georges Prêtre, Cristian Mandeal, Enrique García Asensio, Giuliano Carella, Sergiu Comissiona, Sergiu Celibidache, etc.

At the same time I combined my orchestral and teaching activities with soloist and chamber music performances.

As a soloist, I played with the orchestras of: Bucharest, Prague, Munich, Rotterdam, Tylburg, Bilbao, Frankfurt, Mannheim, etc.