Acclaimed as one of the greatest conductors coming out of the Eastern European tradition, Ovidiu Balan has a well-known and reputable career in Europe, where he holds the following positions: Executive Director, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Bacau Symphony Orchestra, Romania, since 1968, Principal Conductor of the Ploiesti Symphony Orchestra, Romania, since 1995, and Music Director of the Domenico Cimarosa Symphony Orchestra in Aversa, Italy, since 1996.
Born in 1942, he studied first at the High School of Music, and then at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1968. In 1970, he studied with Jean Fournet and Marius Constant at the International Courses in Hilversum, Holland, and in 1971, he attended the summer courses of the Nice Music Academy, France, with Fernand Quattrochi.
In 1973, Ovidiu Balan was invited to the USA to study the art of conducting with great conductors and orchestras, including Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony, Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato and the Detroit Symphony, Lorin Mazel and the Cleveland Symphony, Pierre Boulez and the New York Symphony, and Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony.
In 1975, Ovidiu Balan won “The Theater and Music Association Award” in Bucharest, and in 1979, he won “The Art Critics Association Award” for the masterful interpretation he gave to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In 1982, Maestro Balan won “The Cultural Merit Award” in Bucharest for his impressive artistic activity, followed by “The Master of Arts Award” in Kisinev, Republic of Moldavia, in 1994, and “The Journalists Award” for the richest artistic activity in Italy for the year 2000.
Maestro Balan returned to the USA in 1988, when he was invited to conduct 42 concerts with the Romanian Symphony Orchestra from Constanta. This tour was organized by Columbia Artists Management, and it consisted of concerts from New York to San Diego. In 2001, he was invited to bring the Bacau Symphony Orchestra to the USA. He conducted different benefit concerts for orphans, organized by the “Altamura Center for the Arts” in New York.
Mr. Balan has a very rich artistic activity in Europe. He is annually invited to guest conduct orchestras in Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia. He has also toured Netherlands, Greece, Cuba, Bulgaria, Poland and Austria.
Since 1990, Maestro Balan has been a member of the jury for the following International Competitions: “The International Conducting Competition” in Brasov, Romania, “The International Composition Competition” in Alcoi, Spain, “The Piano International Competition” in Varalo, Italy. Since 1992 he has been the Conductor and member of the jury for “The Piano and Orchestra International Competition” in Cantu, Italy. In 1996 he became the President of the Jury for “The International Instrumental Competition” in San Bartolomeo Al Mare, Italy.
Mr.Balan has been involved in teaching conducting classes since 1985. He has conducted the Bacau High School of Music Orchestra and the Iasi Conservatory Orchestra on numerous occasions. He proved to posses strong ability to work with young musicians, guiding them and being an example to follow.
Maestro Balan is recognized as possessing exceptional qualities. He has strong skills in interpersonal relationships and leadership. He has been involved in orchestral development, programming and educational events for 32 years. His exceptional musicianship and conducting skills are recognized world wide, and they are proven by his very rich artistic career.