After his solo debut concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi, Florin Croitoru was acclaimed by the Austrian press as a “Phenomenal soloist” (O.O.Nachrichten – Linz) mastering a “perfect technique” (Neue Kronen Zeitung – Vienna). He has performed in countless recitals and concerts, in numerous countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. He has also won 11 prizes in different international music competitions, including, in 1992, the first prize at the “Fritz Kreisler” International Violin Competition in Vienna, becoming the first and to this day, the only Romanian violinist distinguished with this prestigious award. The teacher credit for the Kreisler award, goes entirely to Prof. Stefan Gheorghiu. To his credit are also many CD recordings, as well as live or recorded broadcasts on various American, Hungarian, Italian, French, Austrian, Japanese, Irish, Icelandic, Swedish, Polish, Norwegian, British and Romanian Radio and TV stations.
Florin received his degree from the Music Academy of Bucharest. His violin professors in Romania, were (in chronological order) : Ionel Nistor, Cristina Ardelean,Mihai Constantinescu, Valeriu Rogacev, Modest Iftinchi and Stefan Gheorghiu. From 1994 until 1995, after establishing himself in the United States, Florin Croitoru worked with Prof. Victor Danchenko.
His repertoire and recordings include most of the Violin Concertos ranging from baroque to contemporary, as well as a few Rare Recital Programs, such as “Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin“, “Fritz Kreisler – The Complete Works“, “The Virtuoso Violin“, “Florin Croitoru plays own transcriptions and original compositions“…
When not touring internationally, Croitoru also spends time in his native country, due to implementing his Ph.D. research, (concluded in 2003) on a new method of violin teaching. Today, many of his students are laureates of various national and international violin competitions.
Aside from soloing and teaching violin master courses, Florin Croitoru is regularly invited around the world as a jury member of International Music Competitions. Since 1999, he has been teaching at the National Music University in Bucharest.
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