"Mr. Cantea exhibited a luminous touch and delicate phrasing [...], with emotions reaching paroxysmal heights in search for Divinity in serene concentration.” - Cătălin Sava, concert review
Born and raised in Iaşi (Romania), Dragoș Cantea spent the first eighteen years of his artistic education under the guidance of Ioana Stănescu – a partnership that led to international awards and concerts with top philharmonic orchestras in the country.
During his Bachelor study programme at the George Enescu National University of Arts in Iași, Dragoș co-founded Caudella Piano Quartet, supervised by professor Constantin Stanciu. The ensemble won two national prizes and toured in Romania and Italy. Also, as a Bachelor student, he reinitiated the Revista Arta magazine as a platform for artistic review and research.
After his move to Norway in 2016, he started to perform in important venues such as the Romanian Athenaeum, Oslo Opera House, St. James’s Piccadilly & St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Thalia Hall or Oslo Konserthus. He was invited for chamber music appearances and solo recitals in Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Romania, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. He collaborated with a big variety of conductors, such as Bogdan Chiroșcă, Radu Popa, David Marcian, Fergus MacAlpine, Ovidiu Bălan, Ștefan Novak to world renowned musicians such as Kathryn Stott or Cristian Mandeal.
The year 2018 marked his first experiences as an Artistic Director, managing the cultural celebration of Romania’s Centenary Year in Norway and gala performances under the care of the European Creative Futures programme.
In 2019 he has made his first release for Grappa / Simax and he has been broadcasted on Romania’s National Television (TVR) and Radio România Muzical in concerts as a soloist alongside several symphony orchestras or in recitals.
Dragoș has performed with ensembles such as Iași State Philharmonic, Botoșani Philharmonic, Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Masque Chamber Orchestra, Mihail Jora Philharmonic, and others. As of 2020, he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts title with highest distinctions, after a 3-year research on the piano oeuvre of Leoš Janáček, advised by VOCES String Quartet cellist, Dan Prelipcean. Dragoș is an alumnus of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, at the classes of Kathryn Stott and Håvard Gimse, while constantly performing all over Europe, both as a soloist and chamber musician.
As of 2020, Dragoș Cantea is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Classix Festival and is currently based in Oslo.