Mihaela Mitrofan is a 3rd year student at the Faculty of Instrumental Performance at the National University of Music in Bucharest. She studies violin in the class of prof. Univ. Dr. Ioana Croitoru. She graduated from the “George Enescu” National College of Music in Bucharest in the violin class of Prof. Olivia Papa. She has won numerous national and international awards, including – Grand Prize at the international performance competition – Rovere d’Oro, violin section, 2019, San Bartolomeo al Mare – Italy; Grand Prize at the Dan Cumpătă national performance competition – chamber music section – 2020. Mihaela participated in master classes in Romania and Switzerland with internationally recognized teachers and soloists such as Sherban Lupu, Mihaela Martin, Silvia Marcovici, Florin Negreanu and Philip Draganov.




Cornelius Zirbo was born in Cluj-Napoca, where at the age of 9 he began studying the cello at the “Augustin Bena” High School of Music. He continued his studies at the “Sigismund Toduță” Music College, in his hometown, later he transferred to the “Dinu Lipatti” National College of Arts, Bucharest, where he studied in the class of professor Octavian Lup, and is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree. of the National University of Music Bucharest in the class of master Marin Cazacu. He studied in Paris, where he studied in Gautier Capuçon’s Cello Excellence Class, held at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. So far he has benefited from the guidance of many international cellists such as: Gautier Capuçon, Frans Helmerson, Miklós Perényi, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Götz Teutsch, Maximillian Hornung, Romain Garioud, Alexander Buzlov, László Fenyő, Jan-Eriky , etc. He is ambassador of the Summer Academy of the prestigious Verbier festival (Switzerland), where he studied cello and chamber music with Frans Helmerson, Miklós Perényi, Pamela Frank, Klaus Hellwig, Gábor Takács-Nagy and James Ehnes, in the summer of 2017. He also participated in the cello masterclasses at the Kronberg Academy, Germany, and in July 2016 and 2018 he was accepted as an active student at Frans Helmerson’s masterclass, held at Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, Italy. numerous competitions in the country and abroad, such as: the International String Competition “StreichWerk” in Berlin, where he won first place; “Young Virtuosos” International Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria (1st place); “Antonio Janigro” International Cello Competition, Croatia (3rd place); “ProArt” International Cello Competition, Ukraine (2nd place), “Concertino Prague” International Competition, Czech Republic (2nd place) and 1st place at the National Instrumental Performance Olympiad (from 2010 to 2018) His concert activity includes concerts and recitals in Romania, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, China, etc. in prestigious concert halls, such as: Konzerthaus (Berlin), Louis Vuitton Auditorium Foundation (Paris), Rudolfinum (Prague), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Eglise de Verbier (Switzerland), Concert Hall of National Library (Beijing) and the Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest). Cornelius appeared on the stage of the famous music festivals: Verbier (Switzerland), Enescu (Romania), SoNoRo (Romania), Chiemgauer Musikfrühling (Germany), South Bohemian (Czech Republic) and Toamna Muzicală Clujeană (Romania). He has performed as a soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Khmelnitsky Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic, the “Moldova” State Philharmonic, the Royal Chamber, the National Youth Orchestra of the Princess Margaret of Romania Foundation and the National Orchestra. Junior”. He has appeared in various chamber ensembles with well-known artists such as: Mihaela Martin, Frans Helmerson, Gautier Capuçon, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Diana Ketler, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, etc. In his professional rise he was financially supported by the Princess Margaret Foundation (through the “Young Talents” project), the Union of Performers in Romania, Provident in partnership with the School of Values ​​and the Community Foundation.




“Victor Brauner” High School of Arts, Piatra Neamț, class of 2017, piano section, teacher Reader guide. Univ. Dr. Mihaela Spiridon and Professor Magdolna Cosma

Currently a fourth year student at the National University of Music Bucharest, piano section, class of Prof. Univ. Dr. Viniciu Moroianu

Professor of chamber music, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adriana Maier

Professor of the accompaniment section, Prof. Univ. Dr. Steluța Radu


Concert within the show “Ilinca Dumitrescu and his guests”, Bucharest 2008

Concerts of the National Olympics-Radio Iași 2010

Concert within the show “Young performers and world music”, Radio Hall 2012

Concert within the “Balchik Piano Days” Festival – Bulgaria 2021

Recital at the “Lipatti Evenings” festival, Pitesti 2018

Concert with the “Universitaria” orchestra under the baton of conductor Alexandru Ganea-

National University of Music Bucharest, 2019

Recital within the “Neamt Music Festival” Masterclass. Masterclass held by

professors at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, Petras Geniusas and Graeme McNaught,

artistic director Daniel Ciobanu, 2019

Concert with the Pitesti Philharmonic, under the baton of conductor Tiberiu Oprea, 2019

Concert with the orchestra within the “Neamt Music Festival”, under the baton

conductor Daniel Ciobanu, concert postponed due to the state of emergency

Recital at the Russian Center for Science and Culture, February 2020


“Carl Czerny” National Piano Performance Competition Piatra Neamț

2007 – Third Prize

2008 – First Prize

2009 – First Prize

2010 – First Prize

2011 – Second Prize

2012 – Second Prize

2013 – First Prize

2014 – First Prize and Special Jury Prize

2015 – First Prize

2017 – First Prize

“Emanuel Elenescu” International Competition, chamber music section

First prize

National Instrumental Performance Olympiad

2011 – Second Prize, Timișoara

2012 – First prize and special prize of the jury, Ploiești

2013 – Third Prize, Cluj-Napoca

2014 – Second Prize, Iași

2015 – Third Prize, Baia Mare

2016 – Third Prize, Bucharest

Grand Prize at the National Instrumental Performance Competition “Spring

Arts”, Bacău, 2014

First Prize at the National Piano Interpretation Competition “Piano Artis”, Iași, 2011

First Prize at the National Piano Competition “Remember Dinu Lipatti”, Iași 2008

The International Instrumental Interpretation Competition “Golden Pound”, Suceava

2008-Second Prize

2009- Second Prize

2011- Third Prize

2020- Grand Prize at the National Interpretation Contest “Dan Cumpătă”, section

chamber music

2021- Winning a SoNoRo scholarship within the Contest “Heirs

Musical Romania”

2021- Winning the UNIMIR scholarship


Recordings at the Radio Hall for the soundtrack of a film with the trio Op.100 in Mi

flat major composed of Fr. Schubert

Accompaniment to the Opera Class of the National University of Music, the Opera “La

Boheme”- G. Puccini