Biography

Catalin Stefanescu-Patrascu was born in October 12, 1971, in Bucharest. He took his musical training at George Enescu Music Academy in Iasi, Romania (classical guitar, 1991-1996) and at National University of Music Bucharest (composition, 2002-2006). In 2008 he receives the title of Doctor in Music, his research being focused on the performance of Baroque and Renaissance music on classical guitar.

In 1990 he wins the Grand Prize of Sinaia International Guitar Festival, and beginning with 1996 he is a Honorary Member of Romanian Guitar Foundation.

Catalin Stefanescu-Patrascu is now an associate professor of Classical Guitar at the National University of Music Bucharest. He is also a member of Imago Mundi Ensemble, ensemble who propose an original view on Romanian traditional music.

As a composer, Catalin Stefanescu-Patrascu has many works for solo guitar (5 Suites, Tarantella, Ostinato, The Mosquito etc.), chamber music for guitar (Sonata for guitar duo, Tertine si catrene for guitar trio, Sonatine for flute and guitar, music for Imago Mundi Ensemble), 2 guitar concertos and symphonic music (Lamento for orchestra, Serenata for chamber orchestra). He is a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (UCMR).