Singers

Florin Estefan

Baritone Florin Estefan was born in Oradea on April 10, 1982. In 2004 he graduated the University of Music in Oradea, where he studied with professor PhD Alexandru Farcas and assistant professor PhD Gheorghe Mogosan. As a second-year student, at the age of 20 years, he was offered a position as soloist with the Romanian National Opera in Cluj, where he was employed for four years. 

He participated in numerous competitions including: The International Singing Competition Hariclea Darclee (First Prize), Toti dal Monte International Competition (Special Prize), Ionel Perlea International Festival of Lied (Grand Prix), Sabin Dragoi International Competition (Grand Prix) and the National Festival of Romanian Lied (where he received the Award of Excellence for promoting the Romanian Lied). 

During his career Florin Estefan has performed on numerous stages, both in Romania and abroad (Greece, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland, Japan, United States, Australia and the UK).

Vocal symphonic repertoire includes: L. van Beethoven (9th Symphony), J. Haydn (Cecilien Messe), W.A. Mozart (Requiem), G. Rossini (Petite Messe Solenelle), C. Orff (Carmina Burana). 

A few roles from the opera repertoire of Florin Estefan’s work are: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) – Mozart, Cosi fan Tutte (Gugliermo) – Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva and Figaro) – Mozart, Il Matrimonio Segretto (Il Conte Robinson) – Cimarosa, Iphigenia in Aulis (Agamemnon) – Gluck, Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico) – Donizetti, Don Pasquale (Malatesta) – Donizetti, L’Elisir d’Amore (Belcore) – Donizetti, Il Barbiere di Sevilla (Figaro) – Rossini, La Boheme (Marcello) – Puccini, Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) – Puccini, La Traviata (Germont) – Verdi, Il Trovatore (Il Conte di Luna), etc. 

In 2006 he starred in the filmed version of the opera The boss, by A. Sienberger, and had a secondary role in Transylvania, directed by French director Tony Gatlif (a film nominated for the Cannes International Film Festival). 

Florin Estefan graduated in December 2007 at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, having as professor of singing the famous tenor Dennis O`Neill, and participated in numerous courses of artistic mastery of renowned personalities in opera music: Dennis O’Neill, Sherrill Miles, Ileana Cotrubas, Dame Ann Murray, Jane Eaglen, Bernd Weikl, Elizabeth Connell, Carol Vaness and last, but not least, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

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Maria Balabaş

Maria Balabaş is a Romanian artist and journalist. She studied musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest and obtained her Master degree writing about the role music played in the social evolution of the Radio. She is the moderator of 2 broadcasting programs at the National Cultural Radio – Crossover Morning and The Sonorous Generation - and she is member of the EBU Ars Acustica Group and of Propuls Association, that promotes contemporary music. She collaborates with different printed and online magazines such as Dilema Veche, Tataia, liternet.ro, jazz.ro.

Maria is a founding member of the artistic collective Avant’n'Gard, dedicated to improvised music. The group released three albums: Landscape Painted in Tea (bootleg album, 2010), Tinfoil Sun and Untempered Carols (2012) and was invited to participate in festivals such as the International Week of New Music (Bucharest, 2010-2012), Jazz And More (Sibiu, 2011), Bookfest (2012), Astra Film Festival (2012), FanFest (2012), Street Delivery (2010-2011) etc.

As a solo artist, she had a residence in the Sound Delta project (2007), collaborated with ResonanceFM RAdio (London) and participated with a piece on the compilation Framework250. In 2012 she created the graphic score in the project Soundforrest (Viviana Iacob & Dslx, MNAC Anexa, 2012), was invited to participate in Explore Dance Festival with the graphic and sound installation Pasarea care-si musca auzul (“The Bird that Bites its Hearing”) and worked for another sound installation and performance (La Madeleine Sonore) with the French Institute in Bucharest. She also organizes the Sounds That Walk project.

 

Georgeta Stoleriu

Soprano Georgeta Stoleriu studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Iolanda Marculescu and followed the Weimar International Music Seminars (Hochschule fur Musik Franz Liszt), studying Canto and Stylistics with prof. Lore Fischer – Nell.

She was awarded numerous prizes (the J.S. Bach Prize, Leipzig, the Romanian Music Critics College Prize, the Flacăra magazine prize) and medals (George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti, Haricleea Darclee, Tristan Tzara, the Anniversary Medal of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting company, the Romania Music Channel, the Anniversary Medal of the Cotroceni Museum). She has performed over 1200 times as a soloist with the George Enescu Philharmonic and the two Radio Orchestras in Bucharest, as well as with all the symphonic orchestras in Romania. She has been a permanent collaborator of the Musica Rediviva old music ensemble and she led the chamber music ensemble The Old Music Studio. She recorded over 3500 minutes of music at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company and publishing houses such as Electrecord (Romania), Newport Classic (USA) or Guanako (Germany). She acted in TV films (Susanna’s Secret – Marianti Banu, The Music Lesson – Dan Manoliu). She gave tours with vocal-symphonic concerts and recitals in Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Poland, Bulgaria, Maroc, Greece, SUA, Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Czechia, France, Portugal, Italy, Sweden. She participated in international festivals in Bidgoszcs (Poland), Zadar (Yugoslavia), Sanssouci – Potsdam (GErmany), Bucharest, (Romania), Bremen  (Germany), Milwaukee  (SUA), Santander  (Span), Csezke Budejovice (Czechia), Lisbon (Portugal), Dortmund  (Germany), Brasov  (Romania).

Her repertoire includes medieval and Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary music, as well as many Romanian composers (from Enescu and Jora to Doru Popovici, Carmen Petra-Basacopol, Nicolae Coman, Mihaela Vosganian, Cornel Ţăranu.

She is currently associated professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest, her canto students obtaining over 50 international prizes. She is member in international juries for singing competitions (Prague, Bucharest, Malmö) and she gave numerous masterclasses Milwaukee – USA,  Braşov – Romania, Karlovy Vary – Czsechia, Piatra Neamţ – Romania, Chişinău – the Moldova Republic, Constanţa – Romania. She initiated the annual scholarship “Iolanda Marculescu”.