Bogdan Dulu is an extraordinary musician able to open the world of music to even the most non-musical audience, combining mastery of the piano with the ability to educate and entertain with his engaging speaking style, intelligence, compassion, and humour. Dulu received a rigorous foundation in the fundamentals of music through specialized education in his native Romania. This led to his orchestral debut at age 12 in a concert broadcast nationally by the Romanian Radio Corporation. It was this institution that significantly contributed to making his name recognized across the country, through multiple live broadcasts of solo and orchestral performances, interviews, and several studio recordings. His recordings represented the Romanian Radio at the Concertino Prague (1997) and EURORADIO New Talent Bratislava (2006) competitions.
Bogdan Dulu received the Gold Medal at the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition. He won the 2005 Yamaha Prize in Romania, followed by wins at the 2006 Liszt-Bartok Competition (Sofia, Bulgaria) and the 2007 William Garrison International Piano Competition (Baltimore, USA). He also participated in other international competitions, including Helsinki (Finland), New Orleans (USA, semifinalist), Honens (Canada, quarterfinalist), Sendai (Japan), Enescu (Bucharest), and e-Competition (USA), among others.
To date, Dulu has performed on four continents: Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. He is equally at home as a soloist as well as chamber musician, collaborative pianist, coach, or public speaker, with appearances on NHK Tokyo, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, and KING FM Seattle. Dulu’s recent collaborations include performances with flutists Catherine Ransom-Karoly (Associate Principal, LA Phil) and Christie Reside (Principal Flute, Vancouver Symphony), trombonist Ralph Sauer (former Toronto Symphony, LA Phil), soprano Aline Kutan, and saxophonist extraordinaire Joe Lulloff.
Dulu received coachings from pianists Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, and Stephen Hough, and worked with soprano Dawn Upshaw at the Banff Centre. Of note is his association with Canadian composer-pianist Marc-André Hamelin, Dulu being the first pianist to write a doctoral dissertation on Hamelin’s Études. His research involves the performance of these works under the personal guidance of the composer.
After studying privately with Ana Pitis in Bucharest while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree, Dulu continued his training with Irina Morozova at Mannes College in New York City and with Jane Coop at University of British Columbia in Vancouver. While in New York, he was an active member of a select global community of graduate students at International House, where he developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for a multicultural environment, and where he received training in public speaking and leadership skills.
Bogdan Dulu will be touring Eastern Canada in October/November 2015 as a Debut Atlantic artist, after winning their national auditions. He is represented worldwide by MitBravour. He makes his home in Vancouver, where he becomes a little more Canadian by the day.