Born in Craiova, Romania, Mr. Prunaru began his violin studies at the age of 6 with Professor Oprisan. His teachers: Mr.Berbec, Ms. Mihaela Mailat, Ms. Adriana Carpen and Ms. Cornelia Bonzetti, guided him through his early years. During this period he won seven national competitions and 1st prize at the International Kocian competition of Czechoslovakia. Then in 1990, he was invited by violinist and Maestro Alberto Lysy to study with him at the renowned Menuhin Academy of Gstaad, Switzerland, where he worked among great artists like Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Nikita Magaloff, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Peter-Lukas Graf and Pierre Amoyal. He completed his professional studies with Miss Dorothy DeLay in New York, where he also actively participated in Master Classes with Itzakh Perlman.
Violinist Liviu Prunaru has won the top prizes and gained international recognition at the most prestigious International Violin Competitions in the world. Mr. Prunaru was the 1997 Gold Medallist of the Dong-A International Violin Competition in Korea, Silver Medallist of the 1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition in the USA, Silver (2nd Grand Prize) Medallist at the 1993 Queen Elizabeth in Brussels, Gold Medallist at the 1991 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, and Gold Medallist at the R. Molinari Violin Competition in Switzerland, among many others.
In September 2006, after 14 years of teaching at the Menuhin Academy, Liviu Prunaru became concert master of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam which received, in 2008, for the first time, the title of the best orchestra in the world.
Dorin Marc studied with Professors Nicolae Popa and Ion Cheptea at the University of Music Bucharest, was from 1981 to 1992 double bassist in the Philharmonic Cluj (Romania), 1987 to 1992 principal double bass in Orchestra Internationale d'Italia and 1992 to 2003 principal double bass of the Munich Philharmonic. In 1998 he took a teaching position at the College of Music Nuremberg / Augsburg, where he was appointed in 2003 as professor. Dorin Marc won numerous prizes at international competitions (including Special Jury Award 1979 and 1985, 2nd Prize at the ARD Competition, 1981 1st prize in Markneukirchen, 1983 Silver Medal in Geneva, 1991 1st prize in Mittenwald). For many years, International Jury (Markneukirchen and "Joseph Prunner, Bucharest) and master class activities (Koblenz, Seeon, Lanciano, Fermo, Pescara, Bologna, Mantua, Malmö, Bucharest, San Sebastian, Madrid and Groningen). Numerous radio, television and sound recordings.
Born on September 30th, 1956, at Vidra-Ilfov county, Marin Cazacu studied the cello at the Dinu Lipatti Music Lyceum in Bucharest with professor Ion Urcan, and afterwards at the Ciprian Porumbescu State Conservatoire with the well known professors Serafim Antropov and Aurel Niculescu. Furthermore, he improved his musical skills in Weimar with professor Mezö Lászlo and was the assistant of maestro Radu Aldulescu in the latter’s master classes in Costineşti and Sinaia. Marin Cazacu is a laureate of the international competitions held in Geneva, Markneukirchen, Leipzig, Bologna, Belgrade.
Since 1983, he has been a soloist of the George Enescu Philharmonic and has carried out an intense activity both in Romania and all over Europe, Asia and the two Americas, under the baton of a number of outstanding conductors: Ghennadi Rojdestvenski, Sergiu Comissiona, Lu Jia, Nanse Gum, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Antoni Ros Marba, Mendi Rodan, Misha Katz, Jean Périsson. He also performed as a member of different chamber music ensembles in the company of prestigious artists such as Vladimir Orlov, Valentin Gheorghiu, Radu Aldulescu, Mihaela Martin, Mirel Iancovici, Ilia Grubert, Jeremy Menuhin. Moreover, he is a member of the Pro Arte Trio (Trio in Residence at the Romanian Atheneum Concert Hall in Bucharest) and has contributed to the Voces Quartet. His name could be seen quite often in the ads of some important festivals such as those held in Berlin, Bratislava, Bucharest, Hong-Kong, Macao, Munich, Milan, Mateus, Osaka, Singapore, Seoul, Sofia, Tokio, Valencia, Venice.
Starting 1992, he has also worked as a professor at the Bucharest National University of Music, his students successfully asserting themselves in the Romanian and foreign concert halls. In 1998, he founded the Cellissimo Quartet together with Alexandra Guţu, Răzvan Suma and Olga Mănescu. Moreover, together with his students, he performed in recitals including 8 up to 12 cellos as part of the Violoncellissimo ensemble. His performances have been enthusiastically commented upon by the audience and the media, all over the world.
Marin Cazacu plays a Lorenzo Ventapane cello (1820).
Stefan Geiger received his musical training in Cologne, Trossingen, Bremen, Paris and Philadelphia. Among his teachers were Branimir Slokar (trombone) and Peter Eötvös (conducting). He was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation and winner of several international competitions for trombone (1989 Concours International de Musique du Festival de Toulon, in 1992 in competition at the festival "Prague Spring").
Stefan Geiger began his career at a young age, first as a solo trombonist with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, shortly after he became principal trombonist for the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg.
Shortly afterwards he was appointed professor of trombone and chamber music at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. By Datura trombone quartet he played in conjunction with the 'Freiburg Music Forum' a multiple CDs, including first recordings of works by Holliger, Leibowitz and Rihm.
Stefan Geiger is active both as a trombonist and as conductor.
In 1996 he became - after completing his studies, conductor - the artistic director of the State Youth Orchestra of Bremen. From 2002 to 2007 he was appointed as visiting professor with the leadership of the university orchestra of the University of the Arts Bremen.
In numerous guest conductor he has worked with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, the ensemble response, the Wurzburg Philharmonic, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra da Cidade de Curitiba (Brazil) and the German Chamber Philharmonic. After he was in the previous season experience together with the NDR Symphony Orchestra with the silent film accompanied by the silhouette of the film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed," he directed in season 12/13 the film score for "Steamboat Bill, Jr." with Buster Keaton Kampnagel .