Cristian Spătaru



by Cristina Fieraru
February 14, 2022
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Our 1st Conductors of the future protagonist of the year is definitely one of the most promising talents in the conducting & composition field, Cristian Spătaru. In this exciting conversation with Cristian Fieraru, Cristian tells us more about his beginnings in conducting, his experience as the first Moldavian musician ever accepted as a student at the composition department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the blessing of being selected as a participant to work on Verdis Nabucco in the 7th Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy & many other interesting things about his life and desires.


Cristian Spătaru was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. He started studying music at the age of 8, when he took his first piano and music theory lessons and sang in a choir. In 2008 he started his studies at the College of Music. Cristian won the first prize three times in a row in the National Composition Competition in Moldova. He worked with the National Youth Orchestra for which he composed several works and did over 100 orchestrations. In 2013 he began his studies at the Academy of Music in Chisinau, where he studied composition under the guidance of Pavel Rivilis. At the age of 21, he began his studies in Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he is in his final year of study under the guidance of Michael Jarrell. In 2016 he began his orchestral conducting studies with Mark Stringer and choral conducting with Alois Glassner at the same university. In June 2021 he graduated orchestral conducting with distinction, conducting a piece by George Enescu in the Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. He composed almost 100 works of various types which were performed in Joseph-Haydn-Saal MDW Vienna, Vivaldi-Saal, Alte Schmiede Vienna, Kursalon Vienna, Laxemburger Schloss Upper Austria, Altes Rathaus Vienna, Arnold Schönberg Center Vienna, Karlskirche, Konzerthaus Vienna and Musikverein. Among his achievements is the Award for "Best Romanian Conductor" obtained twice at the 10th and 11th edition of the International Conducting Competition "Jeunesses Musicales" in 2019/2021. He also participated in master courses with conductors such as Andres Orozco-Estrada and Wiener Symphoniker – 2021, Marin Alsop – 2021, Cristian Măcelaru – 2020 and 2021, Sian Edwards – 2017, Christian Ehwald und Sigmund Thorp – 2021, Nicolás Pasquet – 2021. As the highlight of the 2021 year he was selected for the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Milano, where he had the opportunity to jump in for the Maestro for two Nabucco performances in Rimini and Ravenna.


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Cristian, it is a great pleasure to have you here as one of our Conductors of the future protagonists! Thank you for accepting our invitation! As we already know, your musical beginnings date back to the age of 8 when you started taking piano and music theory lessons & later the composition ones. But what […]

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