Rafael Butaru, violin
Sabin Penea, violin
Valentin Șerban, violin
Ella Bokor, cello
Rafael Butaru is a graduate of the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy in Cluj-Napoca and is currently a concertmaster of the Bucharest National Opera.
During his concert career he performed with prestigious musicians such as Marin Cazacu, Dorin Marc, Liviu Prunaru and Tiberiu Soare.
He attended master classes such as: the orchestra and violin course with Sascha Goetzel, Adam Fischer and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; old music lessons and instrumental refinement with Ioana Galu, Dieter Weitz, Theo Wolters; international chamber music courses with the Chilingirian and Amadeus Quartets in London, the Stefan Metz-Orlando Quartet and the Devich Sandor-Bartok Quartet.
His solo activity includes concerts performed during the Romanian Broadcasting season 2015-2016 as a soloist with the Romanian Youth Orchestra, George Enescu International Festival, Sergiu Celibidache International Festival, Enescu Festival and others.
Together with the ArGenTango ensemble, they already played in two national tours with great success.
He is the winner of many awards at national and international competitions.
Sabin Penea was born in Tulcea on April 5, 1988. He began studying the violin at the age of 6. Having had the bachelor and master degree in Bucharest, under the guidance of Master Gabriel Croitoru, he participated in several competitions and held various recitals and concerts both in the country and abroad as a soloist, concertmaster, in the ensembles “pAs cLasique” “CaMMerata”, “BaRockeri Orchestra”, but also in various chamber ensembles. Currently, Sabin plays as first violin in the “Solartis Quartet”. At the same time, he plays in the ensemble of old Romanian, Byzantine and Ottoman music “Anton Pann”. In addition to classical music, Sabin has been attracted to music in all its forms, experimenting his violin in rock, funk, reggae, blues, jazz, dub, trip-hop or irish groups with bands like Sarmalele Reci, Iris, Trupa Veche, Antract, Classic Beat Orchestra, Berti Barbera, Kiko Navarro, or Luiza Zan.
He also played as electric bassist, electric violinist and back-vocalist in the band “Timpuri Noi”, with whom he released the “Deschide-ți Mintea" disc.
Valentin Serban was born in Brasov. He graduated from the “Tudor Ciortea” Music High School in Brasov and is a graduate of the Faculty of Music at the “Transilvania” University of Brasov.
He studied between 2003-2008 with professors Valeriu Rogacev, Daniel Podlovschi and Master Stefan Gheorghiu.
He studied with violinist Adam Han-Gorski (USA), a former student of the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz, Master Ilarion Ionescu-Galati and the great violinist Silvia Marcovici.
The concert record of violinist Valentin Şerban contains important distinctions, obtained at the national olympiads of instrumental interpretation and international competitions.
He has performed at concerts and recitals in: Brasov, Satu-Mare, Oradea, Botosani, Suceava, Ramnicu-Valcea, Bacau, Ploiesti, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum, George Enescu National Museum, Sinaia, Vaison la Romaine, Strasbourg – France, Vienna, Graz – Austria, Gyor – Hungary, Copenhagen – Denmark, Traunstein – Germany.
Ella Bokor, graduated in cello at the class of professor Marin Cazacu, is currently working on the doctorate at U.N.M.B.
She is a member of the Romanian Youth Orchestra, Duo Cello Jaya, 4 Cellos, the Violoncellissimo ensemble and Icon Arts. She has participated in master classes and festivals such as SoNoRo Festival, SoNoRo Interferences, SoNoRo Conac, Cello Akademie Rutesheim, George Enescu International Festival, Sergiu Celibidache International Festival, ICon Arts, Baroque Week, Sound of Music, Nocturn Baroque, Bucharest Music Film Festival, Young Euro Classic, Enescu Festival and World Music, TIFF, Summer Magic Festival, SIMN and Meridian Festival. She collaborates with numerous orchestras such as George Enescu Philharmonic, Romanian Broadcasting Society, Romanian Television, Les Dissonances ensemble, Royal Camerata, European Contemporary Orchestra and Richard Wagner International Orchestra.
Among her stage partners are Alexander Buzlov, Marin Cazacu, David Grimal, Jan-Erik Gustaffson, Alexandra Gutu, Diana Ketler, Fenyo Laszlo, Sergey Malov, Razvan Popovici, and Răzvan Suma.