BIOGRAPHY

Born in Chişinău, Moldova, Vladimir Lungu took first conducting lessons with ukrainian Maestro Mihail Secikin. He continued  his studies in Romania, at „Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca, which he graduated in Orchestral and Choral Conducting and earned his Master’s degree at the same Academy under guidance of well known romanian Maestros: Petru Sbârcea (a disciple of Sergiu Celibidache), Florentin Mihăescu, Gheorghe Victor Dumănescu, Cornel Groza and others. He also attended a few Master Classes, such as International Bach Academy sustained by Christfried Brödel, the ones led by Octav Calleya and Emily Freeman Brown.

In 2002 Vladimir Lungu joined the Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca and during next five years made his debut in Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci, Eugene Onegin, The Bat, My Fair Lady, O noapte furtunoasă (A Stormy Night), Lecția (The Lesson), Arahneea, Capra cu trei iezi (The Goat with Her Three Kids).

Between 2007-2015 Vladimir Lungu was conductor of the Mersin State Opera, Turkey, and since 2009 held the position of Music Director. In that period he conducted about 30 titles of opera, ballet and vocal-symphonic works, both classical and turkish, symphonic concerts and various opera galas. His repertory was enriched by titles like Gianni Schicchi, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor, Luisa Miller, Carmen, Aleko (first audition in Turkey), Abu Hassan, The Gypsy Baron (with Izmir State Opera), Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zorba, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Arabian Nights, Istanbulname, Özsoy (first turkish opera), Karyağdı Hatun,  Çelebi (a world premiere in concert version with Istanbul State Opera), Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Saygun’s Yunus Emre Oratorio.

In 2015 Vladimir Lungu started his didactic activity at Izmir State Conservatoire, being frequently invited to conduct Izmir State Opera (Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Bat and premiere of L’elisir d’amore in 2019) and continuing to collaborate with National Opera of Cluj-Napoca (Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Turandot) and Mersin State Opera  (pemiere of Carmen in 2019). Vladimir Lungu conducted also Bucharest, Iasi, Constanța, Cluj-Napoca Hungarian, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya and Samsun Opera Houses, The National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, The “Transylvania” Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj, The “Serghei Lunchevici” National Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldova, The “Moldova” Philharmonic Orchestra of Iasi, Philharmonic Orchestras of Sibiu, Oradea, Izmir, Adana and Eskișehir, Virginia Zeani Royal Opera Festival Orchestra, DESO Dokuz Eylül University Symphony Orchestra.

Among special concerts he has conducted are 25th Anniversary Edition of Opera Ball with National Romanian Opera of Cluj-Napoca and special guests soprano Anita Hartig and tenor Teodor Ilincăi, Gala Concert with legendary soprano Nelly Mircioiu & new voices of Opera, Final Round of “L’Assoluta Virginia Zeani Royal Voice Competition” 3rd Edition, Mersin State Opera’s 20th year Anniversary Gala Concert and two concerts dedicated to Romania & Turkey friendship, celebrating 140 year of diplomatic relations, Turkey’s 95th Anniversary and Romania’s Great Union Centennial, with Constanța and Izmir Opera Houses.

He participated frequently at highly prestigious Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival, Virginia Zeani Royal Opera Festival from Târgu-Mureş, Mersin International Music Festival, Eskișehir National Opera and Ballet Days, Istanbul Opera Days, Musical Autumn of Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu Opera Festival, Constanța International Opera and Dance Festival and recorded works of american composer Steven Lebetkin with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013 Vladimir Lungu was awarded with the “Conductor of the Year” distinction by Turkey Lions Club.