Meet Our Musicians
Calin Ovidiu Lupanu
Born in Timisoara, Romania, Concertmaster Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, the Catherine & Wilton Connor Chair, completed his undergraduate studies at the Music Conservatory in Bucharest, where he served as the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra. In that capacity, Lupanu toured extensively in Germany, Denmark, Hungary, and Spain. During his summers as a student, Lupanu performed in festival orchestras in Lanciano, Italy as assistant concertmaster and the Young Soloists Orchestra “Fiori Rari” in Lugano, Switzerland as concertmaster. Upon graduation, Lupanu was appointed Assistant Professor at the Music Conservatory.
While in Bucharest, Lupanu joined the newly formed Lipatti String Quartet as first violin, continuing in that capacity for 10 years. Lupanu’s wife, Monica Boboc, was also a member of the Lipatti Quartet and is a member of the Charlotte Symphony, as well. In 1995, following an international audition, the quartet was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where Lupanu earned the Performance Certificate in Chamber Music, studying with Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, and the members of the Fine Arts String Quartet. While at UW-M, the quartet was featured as ensemble-in-residence with the Pabst Theater. The Quartet has accumulated numerous honors, including Fourth Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition, and Second Prizes in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Dmitri Shostakovich Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Dmitri Shostakovich Foundation invited Lupanu and his colleagues to participate in the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the composer’s birth with a performance in Paris at the Opera Comique. In 1997, the Quartet became quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, working with the renowned Vermeer Quartet. While there, Lupanu completed his master’s degree and earned the soloist’s performance certificate, studying with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke.
Additionally, the Lipatti Quartet has performed in master classes with many of the world’s most respected chamber ensembles, including the Amadeus, American, Borodin, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, Takacs, and Tokyo string quartets. The Lipatti Quartet toured extensively in the U.S., Germany, Great Britain, France, and Romania.
Lupanu’s awards as a soloist include the First Prizes of the International Violin Competition in Stresa, Italy, and the National Violin Competition in Suceava, Romania. Prior to winning the national audition for the Charlotte Symphony position, Lupanu served as associate concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic, principal second violin in the Alabama Symphony, and concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony.
In addition to his season-long responsibilities in Charlotte, Lupanu maintains a busy summer schedule, participating in such festivals as Bach and Beyond, Aspen, Lower Saxony, Strings in the Mountains, and the Colorado Music Festival, the latter of which he has served as concertmaster since 2004 and chamber music coordinator since 2014.
Lupanu has collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet, Angela Cheng, Jon Nakamatsu, Andres Cardenes, Lynn Harrell, Desmond Hoebig, and was featured as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He has served on the faculty of the Bucharest Music Conservatory (1994-1995) and University of North Carolina-Greensboro (2014-2015) and, since 2004, has served on the faculty of Gardner-Webb University.
Lupanu plays a violin made by Pierre Silvestre in Lyon, France, 1857.
Off StageHometown: Timisoara, Romania
Joined the Charlotte Symphony in: 2003
I come from a family of musicians.
I play a 1857 Pierre Silvestre, made in Lyon, France
Love football (soccer)!
Beethoven. I would love to say, "Thank you for your music!"
Sharing our music with other people, makes us better understand each other. I strongly believe in live music. Once you hear a really powerful performance, you are hooked.