Neagu George Cristian
– Orchestra conductor
Born on the 1st of March 1964 in Timişoara, Romania, Cristian Neagu graduated from the High School of Music in Timişoara, in 1982. Between 1983 and 1987 he studied violin, piano, composition and conducting at the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music in Cluj, and earned a B.A. degree in musicology. He studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Cristian Mandeal and professor Constantin Bugeanu.
The successful participation at the Young Conductors’ Festival in Buşteni in 1987, represented for Cristian Neagu the beginning of his activity as a conductor, and in the next years he appeared as a guest conductor of various Romanian orchestras.
Since 1990 he has been permanent conductor of the Philharmonic of Arad.
With this orchestra he has peformed many concerts in Italy and Germany, and has made many recordings for radio broadcast.
In June 1992 Cristian Neagu took part in the Courses organised by “Internationale Bachakademie” of Stuttgart, in Cluj Napoca, where he studied conducting with prof. Christfried Brödel from the Kirchenmusikschule of Dresden. In August1992 a scholarship awarded by the same Bachakademie gave him the opportunity to take part in the summer courses in orchestral conducting given by professor Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart.
In 1995 he made his debut at the George Enescu Philharmonic and at the National Opera House in Bucharest. Cristian Neagu has been teaching counterpoint at the Timişoara University Faculty of Music between 1992 and 1999, as well as the orchestra courses between 1993 and 1995. In 1996 he won the SOROS Foundation prize for the best Romanian conductor at the “Constantin Silvestri” International Conductors’ Competition in Bucharest.