Bio (English)

Born and raised in Iaşi (Romania), Dragoș Cantea spent no less than eighteen years under the guidance of Ioana Stănescu. This professional partnership led to numerousachievements – from national awards to solo recitals and concerts with top philharmonic orchestras in the country.

During his Bachelor years, Dragoş started to have numerous recitals in Romania’s most important concert venues – Iaşi, Bucharest, Timişoara, Cluj, having his symphonic debut with Grieg’s Piano Concerto. After that, collaborations with some of Romania’s top orchestras followed.

Since 2017, Dragoş has been undergoing an advanced Master’s Degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, at the classes of Kathryn Stott and Håvard Gimse, while constantly performing in Romania, Scandinavia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Simultaneously, he is pursuing a PhD research at the George Enescu National University of Arts in Iaşi, coordinated by VOCES Quartet cellist, Dan Prelipcean.

The year 2018 marked his first experiences as an artistic director, being in charge of several european programmes, and later on he managed the cultural celebration of Romania’s Centenary Year in Norway, inviting artists from both countries. He has made recordings in 2019 for Simax Classics and since 2016 he has performed live recitals at the Romanian Athenaeum broadcasted by Radio Romania Muzical. The Romanian National Television (TVR) broadcasted Dragoș on plenty occasions, both alongside the symphony orchestra of the George Enescu National University of Arts and as a chamber musician and soloist during the Classix Festival in Iași.

In 2019 he had his symphonic debut in London at St. James’s Piccadilly with an intercollegiate orchestra. He is an advocate of innovation in art, setting up syncretic concerts with actors and/or visual artists, and is often supporting charity causes in Romania, especially in the educational field.

In 2020, Dragoș is scheduled for his debut at the prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and will have other new European appearances, while also being the artistic director of Classix Festival.