Octavian Lup is one of the most brilliant cellists of his generation, an ambassador of excellence in music and a renowned personality in national and international competitions. A winner of numerous prizes both in Romania and abroad, Octavian Lup has played concerts on four of the world’s continents, alongside resounding names in classical music. Just like George Enescu himself, he perfected his training at the Higher National Conservatory of Music in Paris. As well as his intense work as a soloist, he dedicates his time to the young generation of musicians, as a senior lecturer at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca. His passion for people and music led to the birth of the New Hope concept in 2018.
Octavian has played as a soloist alongside all of Romania’s prominent philharmonics, including the George Enescu Philharmonic from Bucharest. He has also played on international stages such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam or the Luxembourg Philharmonic. He has collaborated with prestigious figures in the musical world, among which are Pinchas Zukerman, Cristian Macelaru, the Belcea quartet, David Garett, etc.
In 2013, he graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest, having studied under the reputed cellist Marin Cazacu, then went on to complete his doctoral studies at the same university. Octavian studied at the most prestigious academy in the world – the Kronberg Academy in Germany, where he worked with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman.
Since 2019, he has been a cellist in the Bucharest National Opera, while also building his career as a soloist. He is particularly dedicated to his pedagogical work, sharing his experience and knowledge with the new generation of musicians through masterclasses. His students already enjoy international recognition and represent Romania with honour. He is also fond of the art of conducting and is the conductor to the New Hope orchestra, which he founded three years ago.
Octavian’s professional career is adorned with dozens of national and international prizes, such as:
- First Prize and Grand Prize of all the National Music Olympiads from 2001 to 2007;
- winner of the national selection for the Eurovision Young Musicians in Lucerne, Switzerland;
- Grand Prize of the ‘George Georgescu’ international competition in Tulcea;
- Grand Prize of the ‘W.A.Mozart’ national competition in Târgoviște;
- Second place in the ‘David Popper’ international competition in Hungary;
- Grand Prize of the ‘Paul Constantinescu’ national competition in Bucharest;
- Grand Prize of the ‘Mihail Jora’ national competition in Bucharest;
- semi-finalist in the ‘George Enescu’ competition in 2014 and 2016.
The New Hope project is Octavian Lup’s baby. It aims to use music to bring joy into the hearts of people who are suffering and of those who support them. What makes this project unique is a series of concerts that will be held in Romanian hospitals, as a token of gratitude and appreciation for the medical professionals who have fought in the first line against COVID-19 this last year.
However, Octavian’s idea was born in 2018, before the pandemic, out of a desire to maximise the capacities of art and its impact on the mind, body and soul. Particularly in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons, where people are vulnerable and possibly dispirited, we believe that music is an endless source of inspiration, light and hope. The current pandemic has highlighted this point even further, proving its importance.