Virgil Popa is a Spanish conductor of Romanian origin, born in 1975 in a small village of north-east Romania.
He studied double-bass and conducting at “George Enescu” University of Arts in Iasi Romania. After graduating, he continued his studies with great masters as, Jorma Panula and Enrique García Asensio, specializing in Musical Phenomenology and Celibidache´s conducting technique.
Between 2000-2014 he was constantly improving both as conductor and instrumentalist, following masterclasses throughout Europe, being a disciple of names such as Kurt Mazur (Berlin), George Pehlivanian (Madrid), Nicolas Carthy (Sornetan), Vladimir Jurowski (Berlin), Wolfgang Guttler (San Sebastian), Klaus Trumpf (Berlin), Christian Thielemann, Ferenc Gabor and Martin Schaal (Bayreuth), Cristian Orosanu (Brasov), Dumitru Goia (Cluj), Konrad von Abel (Bucharest).
The experience of an instrumentalist from the first years of his career, under the baton of conductors such as Corneliu Calistru and Ovidiu Balan at the Romanian Opera and the “Moldova” Iasi Philharmonic, propels him into a deep knowledge of the symphonic and opera repertoire.
In 1999 he joined the Black Sea Philharmonic and the National Opera in Constanta, Romania. He was part of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in Berlin under maestro Yakov Kreizberg’s wand, performing with musicians from more than fifty countries at Wiener Musikverein and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
As he arrived in Spain in 2001 he became a permanent collaborator of the Symphony Orchestra of Madrid (Teatro Real). With the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana he performed in concerts under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Roberto Abbado, Jesus Lopez Cobos or Omer Meir Wellber and with famous soloists like Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Roberto Alagna, Montserrat Caballé, and Angela Gheorghiu.
In 2009, after his debut as conductor of the Madrid International Orchestra with Mozart’s Requiem, Virgil Popa is invited to conduct the Academic Orchestra of Madrid and the Joaquin Turina Youth Orchestra of Valencia. He performed acclaimed concerts in major concert halls throughout Spain. In Romania, he is often present at the conductor’s desk of the Philharmonics in Sibiu, Timisoara, Bacau, Ploiesti.
In his conducting style, an extraordinary force is observed both in the communication with the musicians but also with the public, his gestures being precise and deeply expressive.
He is a conductor of the Iasi Youth Orchestra, teacher and conductor of “Octav Bancila” National Art College in Iasi, Romania, and a permanent conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Stradivari.