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Serban Lupu
Famous Romanian-born Violonist
Associate Professor of Violin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music


  • 1976 - settled in the USA, where he gets the American Citizenship


  • Bucharest Conservatory (student of George Manoliu)

  • Guildhall School of Music (student of Yfrah Neaman, lessons and master classes with Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szeryng, Nathan Milstein, Norbert Brainin, and Sandor Végh)

  • Indiana University (student of Josef Gingold, chamber music coaching with Menahem Pressler); additional studies with Dorothy De Lay


  • Began playing the violin at age seven

  • While a student at the Bucharest Conservatory, concertized in Eastern Europe and performed on Romanian radio and television


  • One of the world's leading performers of George Enescu's music

  • Performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas with Menahem Pressler

  • Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concertos in live broadcasts with the BBC Orchestra


  • A versatile chamber musician

  • English Chamber Orchestra

  • London Mozart Players

  • Mainz Chamber Orchestra

  • Associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera

  • Founder and artistic advisor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

  • Artistic director of the Gubbio Festival in Italy

  • George Enescu Chamber Players

  • Chicago Ensemble

  • Founder of " Enescu Ensemble" at the University of Illinois


  • Appearing frequently as soloist in Europe and the United States

  • Solo appearances

    • Kennedy Center

    • Gstaad Festival

    • Aldeburgh Festival

    • Royal Festival Hall

    • Queen Elisabeth Hall

    • Wigmore Hall

    • St. John's Smith Square

    • Carnegie Hall, where in June 1998, performed Enescu's Third Violin Sonata in a concert he organized in honor of the President of Romania

    • recently, performed with the Northern Israeli Symphony Orchestra in Haifa

    • toured Hungary and Sweden

Main Musical Cooperation

  • In collaboration with the composer Cornel Taranu, finished and reconstructed the " Caprice Roumain for violin and orchestra" by George Enescu, performed by Mr. Lupu in a special concert at the World Exhibition 2000 in Hannover, Germany 

  • Worked with leading Romanian composers such as Theodor Grigoriu, Gheorghe Costinescu, Dinu Ghezzo, and Violeta Dinescu, who have dedicated works to him

  • Collaborated with conductors such as Mendi Rodan, Sir Charles Grove, Harry Blech, Cristian Mandeal, Barry Wadsworth, Owain Arwell Hughes among others


  • Recorded works by Ysa˙e, Bartók, Enescu, Wieniawski, Stravinsky, and Ginastera for the ASV, Arabesque, and Continuum labels and for the BBC

  • Recent CD recording of the complete music for violin by George Enescu, in collaboration with Valentin Gheorghe and the Bucharest Filarmónica Orchestra under the direction of Cristian Mandeal for the Electrecord label. Includes the " Caprice Roumain for violin and orchestra" by George Enescu, finished and reconstructed by Mr. Lupu in collaboration with the composer Cornel Taranu

Other activities

  • Frequent member of international juries

  • numerous master classes and violin courses in England, Holland, Germany, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic etc

Prizes and Awards

  • Numerous prizes in competitions such as Vienna International, Romanian National String Quartet, Jacques Thibaud in Paris, Carl Flesch in London, Royal Society of Arts, and the Park Lane Group Contest

  • January 2001 - Award for the lifetime activity granted by the Romanian Cultural Foundation for his efforts to promote Romanian culture and music internationally

  • "Flacara" Prize for Music


  • Ofiicial address: University of Illinois School of Music, 2134 Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801,  Main Phone Number: +1-217-333-2620

  • UIUC School of Music Website

  • E-mail: i-lupu@uiuc.edu


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