Cristian Sandu

Cristian Sandu


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2018Bellini: NormaConductor
2018Bellini: La SonnambulaConductor
2017Bizet: Les Pêcheurs De PerlesConductor
2016Tchaikovsky: The Swan LakeConductor
2015Puccini: La BohèmeConductor
2014Verdi: AidaConductor
2013Verdi: Il TrovatoreConductor
2013Adam: GiselleConductor
2012Puccini: ToscaConductor
2012Verdi: NabuccoConductor
2010Leoncavallo: PagliacciConductor
2010Rossini: La CenerentolaConductor
2009Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaConductor
2008Loewe: My Fair LadyConductor
2008Puccini: Madama ButterflyConductor
2008Verdi: Un Ballo In MascheraConductor
2008Donizetti: L'elisir D'amoreConductor
2007Mozart: Cosi Fan TutteConductor
2006Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio SegretoConductor
2006Bizet: CarmenConductor
2006Mozart: Le Nozze Di FigaroConductor
2006Mozart: Don GiovanniConductor
2006Gluck: Ifigenia En AulideConductor
2006Donizetti: Lucia Di LammermoorConductor
2005Verdi: RigolettoConductor
2004Verdi: La TraviataConductor
2004Rossini: Il Barbiere Di SivigliaConductor


Cristian Sandu graduated Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj Napoca and started his artistic activity at the Cluj Romanian National Opera with Il Barbiere di Siviglia in 2004 and even since he is a permanent guest conductor. He is also the First Prize winner of the “Jeunesses Musicales” International Contest of Orchestra Conducting (Bucharest, 2010). Specialized in Musicology, Choir Conducting and Orchestral Conducting, Cristian Sandu has been shaped under the close guidance of romanian masters of the baton such as Victor Dumănescu and Petre Sbârcea but also he graduated the “Ilya Musin” International Academy of Advanced Conducting (Sankt Petersburg), class of Leonid Korchmar.  He benefitted also from the great Nello Santi’s guidance while assisting him at the premieres of Norma (Teatro San Carlo di Napoli), La Traviata (Teatro La Fenice di Venezia), La Traviata and Nabucco (Teatro alla Scala) in 2016-2018 season. 

With a generous repertoire in symphonic, opera, sacred or concert genres, Cristian Sandu held the position of Artistic Director at the institution of Iasi National Opera in 2011-2012 season.

At the same time, he is a permanent guest of the Romanian opera theatres and philharmonics such as Cluj Romanian National Opera, Cluj Hungarian Opera, Bucharest National Opera, Iasi National Opera, Timisoara National Opera, Craiova Opera, Braşov Opera, Constanta “Oleg Danovski” Opera and Ballet Theatre, Galați “Nae Leonard” Musical Theatre. Bucharest ”George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest Radio Chamber Orchestra, Cluj Transilvania Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Satu Mare ”Dinu Lipatti” Philharmonic Orchestra, Iasi Philharmonic Orchestra, Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, Arad Philharmonic Orchestra, Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra, Botosani Philharmonic Orchestra etc

His international recognition took place in 2006 during the Daegu International Opera Festival (South Korea) with the opera Il Matrimonio Segreto by Cimarosa. Amongst other abroad collaborations could be mentioned: Kiev National Ukraine Orchestra, Kiev Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sankt Petersburg “Klassika” State Symphony Orchestra, Forli “Bruno Maderna” Symphony Orchestra, Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Lecco “Sinfolario” Orchestra, Daegu Opera Festival Orchestra, Palermo ”Mediterranea” Chamber Orchestra. There is his presence in april 2013 in the Verdi 200 International Festival (Aida, La Traviata, Verdi Gala) with the Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre from Almaty, Kazakhstan and in the ”River of the Sound” Festival in Astana (La Traviata).

He obtains his PhD in Music with the thesis The Verismo Style in Modern Opera Evolution, thus enriching his presence in festivals and international juries, such as: International Singing Contest “Petre Stefănescu-Goangă” (Bucharest 2010), International Vocal Contest ”Vox Artis” (Sibiu 2011), International Voice Competition “Alfredo Giacomotti” (Pavia 2012), “Black Sea” Conducting Festival (Constanţa 2012), “Virginia Zeani” International Vocal Competition (Targu Mures 2017)

Since 2014, Cristian Sandu is guest conductor of Bucharest National Opera, where he also had the premiere of Rigoletto in the company of the famous director Stephen Barlow with generous appreciations from the critics and public. In 2015 he collaborated with great names from the international ballet world, such as Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg, but also Yana Salenko, Osiel Guneo, Xander Parish or David Trzensimiech and in the same year, he signed the musical leadership of the DSCH/The Dream production, on Shostakovics and Mendelssohn music with the same great positive appreciations.

In 2017 he made his japan debut in front of Tokyo New City Orchestra with an Opera Gala.

In present, Cristian Sandu is a Associate Professor at Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj Napoca, conductor of the ”Antonin Ciolan” Orchestra and vocal coach and conductor within the Opera Studio.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bellini: Norma 1 week Romanian National Opera Timișoara 2018
Bellini: La Sonnambula 1 week Filarmonica Nationala 2018
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs De Perles 1 week Romanian Opera Craiova 2017
Tchaikovsky: The Swan Lake 1 week Romanian National Opera Cluj-Napoca 2016
Puccini: La Bohème 1 week Romanian National Opera Bucharest 2015


International Conducting Competition "Jeunesses Musicales" Bucharest