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Bogdan Dulu

Bogdan Dulu is the co-chair of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) School of Music, and plays the piano, celeste, harpsichord, and synthesizer in the VSO. His reputation as a fast and reliable learner has helped consolidate his standing as one of Vancouver’s go-to pianists for last-minute musical emergencies of considerable might. Such came his Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut under late music director, Bramwell Tovey, who asked him to step in on a 20-day notice to learn and subsequently premiere the Shalimar Variations, Tovey’s new 25-minute concerto for piano and orchestra. The premiere performance was recorded by the CBC.

Dulu also competed in some of the more prestigious international piano competitions, among them Sendai, Helsinki, New Orleans, Calgary (Honens), Bucharest (Enescu), Cincinnati, and Seattle. He toured extensively across Canada as a signed artist with Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic. His High-Voltage Piano/Piano Haute-Voltige program highlighting piano music of Marc-André Hamelin reached audiences across Eastern Canada with a marathon tour of 19 solo recitals in 7 weeks. He also toured the Northwest Territories, reaching communities above the Arctic Circle. He has performed in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa, being equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborative and orchestral pianist, coach, or public speaker. Radio appearances include NHK Tokyo, YLE Finland, Romanian Radio, KING FM Seattle, WFMT Chicago, and the CBC.

Dulu holds degrees from Bucharest University, Mannes School of Music (NYC), and University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. His principal teachers include Ana Pitis, Irina Morozova, and Jane Coop. He has also worked with Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, and Stephen Hough, and maintains a close relationship with Marc-André Hamelin. Dulu was the first graduate student to write a doctoral dissertation on Hamelin’s piano Études, researched under the personal guidance of the Canadian composer-pianist.

Bogdan is on college faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music | S.K.Lee College, where he teaches piano, chamber music, and the Career Development course. He has also taught piano at the UBC School of Music. He is a sought-after adjudicator for festivals and concerto competitions, and has given masterclasses and presentations for Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick, University of Montreal, and Memorial University of Newfoundland, among others. He serves on the advisory committee for the Pacific International Youth Music Society, and is member of the VSO’s Digital Learning Advisory Council and the Canadian Federation of Musicians.

Bogdan is a proud naturalized Canadian citizen, and lives on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations, colonially known as Vancouver, British Columbia. He is an amateur competitive cyclist, and has a rather costly affinity for carbon road bikes. He does not like viola jokes.