Born in Ploiesti in 1984, Romanian pianist Bogdan Dulu is already established as one of the leading artists of his native country and his talent is steadily becoming recognized in Europe and North America.
Having begun to study music at the age of seven in a special music school for gifted students, Dulu’s career started flourishing soon after his orchestral solo debut at the age of 12 with the Ploiesti State Philharmonic in a concert broadcast by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation.
While Bogdan Dulu has participated in more than 30 national and international piano competitions, he was not a prizewinner in all of them. He considers that any apparent defeat turns out into benefit. He received the Gold Medal at the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition (Professional Category), the 2nd Prize and a Special Prize at the 2007 William Garrison International Piano Competition (Baltimore, MD), as well as 2nd Prize at the 2006 Liszt-Bartok Competition (Sofia, Bulgaria). He won the 2005 Yamaha Prize and the 2002 Lory Wallfisch International Piano Competitions in Romania, among others, and participated as a selected contestant at the 2006 Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition (U.S.), the 2010 Sendai International Piano Competition in Japan, and at the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition as a selected semi-finalist.
Since early teenage years, Mr. Dulu has been a close collaborator to the Romanian Radio in Bucharest. Being selected to perform in live national coverage radio shows, he was invited to make several recordings for the Corporation. Thus, his recordings represented the institution at prestigious events such as Concertino Prague (The Czech Republic) and The New Talent competitions (Bratislava, Slovakia). He has also performed as a soloist with the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, among other orchestras in his native country.
Winning the 2011 UBC Concerto Competition, Bogdan Dulu had his Canadian debut performing Ravel’s G major concerto with the UBC Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Roman Brogli-Sacher, music director of the Lübeck Philharmonic (Germany). For this special event, Bogdan performed on a handcrafted Fazioli F278 piano on generous loan from Showcase Pianos | Fazioli.
Bogdan Dulu could be heard on three continents as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. He performed in the U.S. (Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall), Canada, Japan, as well as in some of the major European capitals (Rome, Paris, Brussels, Warsaw, Bucharest, Sofia).
Bogdan Dulu received many awards and distinctions, including scholarships from Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, the Rotary Club Atheneum, and an Award of Excellence from the Romanian Ministry of Education (2001). He was invited to participate and perform in various music festivals, including Enescu in Bucharest (solo recital at the Romanian Atheneum Recital Hall), Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands, IKIF in New York City, Académie Européenne de Musique in France, and Vancouver International Song Institute (Canada).
While living in New York City, Mr. Dulu received the International Leaders Program Certificate (International House NYC, 2009) as a result of his work in the field of leadership practices. As a multi-fellowship recipient, he was trained in cross-cultural and communication workshops held by specialists from Columbia University, American University in Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Bogdan Dulu holds a B.A. from National University of Music Bucharest (2007), where he studied with Ana Pitis and Sandu Sandrin, and a Master's degree (2009) from Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied with acclaimed Russian pianist, Irina Morozova. He has also participated in master-classes with Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Stephen Hough, Ann Schein, Lory Wallfisch, Klaus Hellwig, and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.
He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts degree candidate at the University of British Columbia | School of Music (Vancouver, Canada), where he studies with internationally renowned pianist, Jane Coop, under a doctoral Four-Year-Fellowship, and where he holds a teaching assistantship position in piano.