Catalin Bucataru

Catalin Bucataru

Violin Professor

22 - 29 of July


Born in Romania, he began his violin studies at the age of six with his parents, and shortly afterwards at the Liceu de Arte in Craiova (Romania) with Nicolae Vanaucec and later with Gheorghe Yaurum. He debuted for the first time as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Oltenia with only ten years, obtaining the First Prize in the Festival Cintarea Romaniei.

Later he moved to San Sebastián where he continued his studies at the Municipal Conservatory. Two years later he is awarded with the First Prize in the Competition of the International Festival of Young Orchestras held in Murcia. Also, obtains Honorary Mention in the International Competition Great Virtuosos Nicanor Zabaleta celebrated in San Sebastián.

In 1992 he joined the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra and in 1996 received the First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition City of Manresa. Since 2001, he is a violin teacher at the Basque Music Center of the Basque Country, Musikene.

In 2005 he is invited to give master classes by the Chancellor of the University of Kean, New Jersey, where he performs two piano recitals with great critical and public success, after which he returns to the university to teach master music lessons during the next academic year.

His great musicality and well - endowed virtuosity have led him to perform at important international music festivals such as the San Sebastian International Festival of Musical Fortnight Music, along with the Cadem String Quartet in 2005 and the pianist Patxi Aizpiri in 2006.

It develops an ample concert activity with diverse groups such as: Cuarteto Indigo, Cuarteto Cum Laude, Quartet Gala, Quintet Neofusión, participating with the cellist Asier Polo or the pianist Gustavo Diaz. With Neofusión has offered numerous concerts throughout the Spanish geography as well as within international tours by France, Italy, United Kingdom or Morocco.

He is currently a member of various chamber music groups (Trio Cum Laude, Conductus Ensemble and Camerata Cambrensis), in which he acts as the first violin, concertmaster or soloist. In turn, he combines teaching and chamber music with occasional collaborations with the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra.