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Valentin Radu (Conductor)

Born: Romania

The Romanian-born conductor, Valentin Radu, holds Doctoral and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School and a Bachelors degree from the Bucharest Academy of Music.

Valentin Radu has led numerous orchestras and vocal ensembles in Europe and the USA, including the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Tirgu Mures and Oradea Philharmonics (Romania) and Budapest's Erkel Chamber Orchestra.

Valentin Radu is the founder and conductor of two American ensembles: Vox Renaissance Consort and the Ama Deus Ensemble. He has conducted Vox in programs ranging from motets and madrigals to authentically staged Renaissance opera. He regularly conducts the Ama Deus Ensemble chorus, orchestra of authentic period instruments and soloists in concert and in recordings.

Valentin Radu has eleven major-label CD’s in current release, including George Frideric Handel's Messiah and G.F. Handel's opera Acis and Galatea both on ESX/Vox Entertainment's Vox Classics label and in Glad Tidings, on both Warner and the Sony Classical labels. Maestro Radu led Vox in A Renaissance Noel on PolyGram. More recently, he conducted Ama Deus Ensemble in its CD recording of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass (BWV 232) and of J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243), both for ESX/Vox Classics, and “A European Christmas”, on the Helicon label. He led Ama Deus Ensemble in its recent all- instrumental release, “Royal Fireworks”, also for Helicon, and in its Christmas 1997 release, “A Baroque Christmas” for ESX/Vox Classics.

Last May (2000) Valentin Radu conducted G.F. Handel's opera Acis and Galatea with the Romanian Radio National Orchestra and he conducted Vox ensemble in four performances of A Renaissance Noel throughout the Philadelphia area in December and in Songs for the Lenten Season at Daylesford Abbey in March. On Good Friday, he led the Ama Deus Ensemble in its 6th annual performance of J.S. Bach's crowning work, the B Minor Mass (BWV 232). In June and July he toured Holland, Germany and Italy performing organ recitals and in fall 1998 he conducted the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest in a Gershwin Centennial program.

Source: Programme notes to Gala Concert in honor of His Excellency Emil Constantinescu President of Romania (June 1998)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001)

Valentin Radu: Short Biography | Ama Deus Ensemble | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Gala Concert, Carnegie Hall
Founder & Artistic Director Valentin Radu (Vox Ama Deus)

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