VLAD AGACHI – Conductor
Vlad Agachi is one of the most active Romanian young conductors, his musical education being decisively influenced during his internship at the Staatsoper Berlin by of one of the greatest and well-renowned conductors: Daniel Barenboim.
His career has been already diverse, both in Romania and worldwide, and his performances are characterized by a special open relation with the audience: the formal and often sober style of the classical concerts has been replaced by a genuine dialogue with the public, by an original and very frequently amusing presentation of the scores he has conducted.
This humorous interaction, all in good taste, between the orchestra, the young conductor and the audience is closely related to his much cherished project: the Notes & Ties Orchestra in his home town, Cluj-Napoca, one of the few private orchestras in Romania. Vlad Agachi has been the conductor of the ensemble formed of approx. 70 best musicians nationwide and, together with the orchestra, he has participated in various events: open air concerts in different important festivals – Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), Alba Iulia Music & Film Festival, Electric Castle Festival – flashmob presentations in unconventional areas, educational concerts for children and New Year concerts or other special performances.
In Romania, Vlad Agachi has been acclaimed on several major stages. His activity is closely connected mainly with the Piteşti Philharmonic that he has been conducting; he has also been invited as guest conductor at the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca, the Jassy Philharmonic, the „Mihail Jora” Philharmonic (Bacău), the Botoşani Philharmonic, the „Dinu Lipatti” Philharmonic (Satu Mare), the Oradea Philharmonic, the „Ion Dumitrescu” Philharmonic (Râmnicu Vâlcea), the Muntenia Philharmonic (Târgovişte). In 2008 he conducted the „George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest in a concert organized under the patronage of the Romanian Prime Minister.
In 2012, Vlad Agachi was awarded the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship and was invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival (USA), one of the premier music festivals in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. There he worked with important artists and conducted the Tanglewood Orchestra presenting concerts with both classical and contemporary repertoire. In 2009, he was acclaimed after having led the Orquestra Nacional do Porto in Portugal. In Poland, the public appreciated the Romanian conductor in the concert performed with the R20 orchestra at Wroclaw, under the patronage of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Warshaw. In 2012 Vlad Agachi had concerts with the Serghei Lunchevici National Philharmonic in Chişinău (Republic of Moldova) and in 2013 – with the Chamber National Orchestra in Arkhangelsk (Russian Federation). In 2014 he was invited to conduct for two months the Symphonic Orchestra in Piura (Peru).
Vlad Agachi studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, and he is a graduate of two sections: orchestral conducting (top graduate) under the guidance of two famous Romanian conductors: Dumitru Goia and Petru Andriesei, and interpretation – trombone. Currently, he is completing his PhD in orchestral conducting at the same institution under the supervision of the Romanian composer Dan Dediu. He also won a scholarship at the Karol Lipinski University in Wroclaw, Poland, were he studied with Professor Marek Pijarowski and took part in various master classes at Tanglewood (USA), Haifa (Israel), Porto (Portugal), Bucharest (Romania) etc., working with famous musicians as: Charles Dutoit, André Previn, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yorma Panula, Christian Badea, Yoel Levi.