Due to an Erasmus grant awarded by the European Union, he completed his Master studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria – one of the most important music institutions in the world, with a history older than 200 years (since 1817).

 

Ştefan Cazacu has participated in masterclasses taught by well-known cellists, greatly appreciated on the international music stage – such as: Reinhard Latzko, Wolfgang Boettcher and Frans Helmerson.

 

International Recognition

Ștefan Cazacu’s talent has been rewarded with numerous prizes at various national and international competitions, such as: first prize at the International Cello Competition in Liezen, Austria (2008), second prize at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb, Croatia (2008), Great  Prize at the National Selection for the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest, in Bucharest, Romania (2010) and many others.

 

He has also performed solo recitals in Romania, the Netherlands, Israel, Austria, Hungary, Germany and has played as soloist with all symphonic orchestras in Romania and also with other symphonic orchestras such as: the National Philharmonic in  Chișinău (Republic of Moldova) and the Alicante Youth Orchestra (Spain). He has performed under the baton of well-known conductors: Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Cristian Măcelaru, Camil Marinescu, Theo Wolters.

 

 

Special Projects

In October 2018, together with his parents and sister - cellist Marin Cazacu, flutist Constanţa Cazacu and violinist Iulia Cazacu - he took part in his first Romanian nationwide tour: Classic to the Power Three.

 

Since 2011, Ștefan Cazacu has constantly worked together with Violoncelissimo, an ensemble created by his father, Marin Cazacu, in 1992. Violoncelissimo  is an ensemble gathering between 4 and 100 cellos, a flexible formula depending on the event. Besides Violoncelissimo, Ștefan Cazacu has performed both abroad, in cities like Brussels or Washington DC, and in Romania - in Bucharest, Iași and Timișoara.

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Recent Achievements

Recently awarded in Germany and Romania, the young cellist Ștefan Cazacu has added two international distinctions to his palmares: first prize at the International Danube Festival - Donaufest (Ulm, Germany - 2022) and third prize at the International Competition George Enescu (Bucharest, Romania, 2020-2021 edition).

 

Ștefan Cazacu has a visiting card that represents the basis of a successful career: a complex education achieved in his early life in a family of famous musicians, academic musical studies attended in Bucharest (Romania) and in Vienna (Austria), prizes at various national and international competitions, performances (as soloist) together with all symphonic orchestras in Romania, recitals in The Netherlands, Israel, Austria, Germany, etc.

 

His story in the realm of music is written along together with his travelling companion – a collection cello played by Ștefan Cazacu since he was 15. The instrument was produced over 100 years ago (in 1917), in Turin, Italy, by the string-instrument maker Georg Ullman.

 

 

Teaching

In addition to his solo activity, in recent years Ștefan Cazacu has chosen to devote himself also to teaching, sharing his experience in order to contribute to the training of young musicians. Thus, since 2020,  Ștefan Cazacu has been teaching at the National University of Music Bucharest and at the Dinu Lipatti National College of Arts; he has also held a series of masterclasses.

 

His most recent masterclass is the one presented during the CellEAST International Festival - the first cello festival in Romania (2022), where he was also invited as a soloist and performed with the Romanian Youth Orchestra.

 

 

Under the Guidance
of Great Cellists

Born in 1994, Ştefan Cazacu started his musical education from the age of 6, with his father, the well-known cellist Marin Cazacu. He graduated from the Romanian National University of Music, Bucharest, and he took his Master degree at the same academic institution (class of another important Romanian cellist: Răzvan Suma).

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