Razvan Popovici

One of the most accomplished and versatile violists of his generation, Razvan Popovici was born in Bucharest into a family of musicians, and studied in Salzburg, Paris and Freiburg. He has appeared as a soloist in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Théatre-dés-Champs-Elysées in Paris, Cologne Philharmony, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Atheneum in Bucharest and Prinzregententheater in Munich with orchestras such as the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kamerata Kronstadt, Kobe Chamber Orchestra, Transylvania Symphony Orchestra Cluj, the Sibiu State Philharmonic, the Romanian National Radio Orchestra and the George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest.

Recently, Popovici gave his Finnish debut performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Elina Vähälä and the Lohja City Orchestra under Tomas Djupsjöbacka, as well as his South American debut with the same piece alongside Pavel Berman and under the baton of Shlomo Mintz at the Mintz Festival in Tucuman, Argentina. Other recent highlights also include performances at the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Singel in Antwerpen and BOZAR in Brussels.

As a chamber musician, Razvan Popovici has performed in the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre in London, the Musashino Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Gasteig in Munich, Kennedy Center in Washington and both in the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. He is a member of the Ensemble Raro, with which he regularly tours Europe, Japan and North America. The Ensemble has so far released eight worldwide acclaimed CDs. In the season 2017/2018, Raro was guest teaching ensemble at the Royal Music Academy in Antwerp, Belgium.

Razvan Popovici is a regular guest at some of the most renowned festivals in the world such as the Lucerne Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Rheingau Musikfestival, Spoleto Festival, Ferrarra Musica and Storioni Festival in Eindhoven. His chamber partners have included names such as Natalia Gutman, Shlomo Mintz, Enrico Pace, Giovanni Sollima, Konstantin Lifschitz, Lawrence Power as well as alongside the Szymanowski, Vertavo, Casal, Danel, Kelémen, Glinka or Schumann Quartets and members of the Amadeus Quartet or the Ensemble Wien-Berlin.

Popovici is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chiemgauer Musikfrühling Festival in Germany, of the SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest and the SoNoRo Arezzo Festival in Tuscany, as well as Artistic Director of the DA CAPO Chamber Music Series in Bucharest. He is also a visiting professor at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, he teaches regularly at the Villa Musica and gives master-classes all over Europe.