BIOGRAPHY

Born in 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 after successful debut with Don Pasquale, during next five years other debuts followed: 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). Among various concerts he also conducted, to mention 2004 Opera Ball and the one in honour of the President of Romania, Mr. Ion Iliescu.

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, from which 20 premieres (some of them as a guest conductor of various Opera Houses from Turkey), symphonic concerts and various opera galas, including Mersin State Opera’s 20th year Anniversary Gala Concert. 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, 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. To mention two concerts he co-organized and conducted in 2018, with Constanța and Izmir Opera Houses, dedicated to Romania & Turkey friendship, celebrating 140 year of diplomatic relations, Turkey’s 95th anniversary and Romania’s Great Union Centennial.

Continuing periodically to collaborate with Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca (Carmen, Eugene Onegin, debut with Turandot)  and Mersin State Opera  (Carmen premiere in 2019), Vladimir Lungu conducted also Bucharest, Iasi, Constanța, Cluj-Napoca (Hungarian), Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya and Samsun Opera Houses, The “Serghei Lunchevici” National Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldova, The National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, The “Transylvania” Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj, The “Moldova” Philharmonic Orchestra of Iasi, Philharmonic Orchestras of Sibiu, Oradea, Izmir, Adana and Eskișehir, The DESO Dokuz Eylül University Symphony Orchestra. He participated frequently at highly prestigious Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival, 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.