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Welcome

Welcome to the official website of Florin Totan, Principal Conductor and Music Director of “SINFONIA BUCUREŞTI”, Principal Conductor Valcea Philharmonic “Ion Dumitrescu”, Guest Conductor of “Bucharest Symphony Orchestra”.

Press

Under the baton of the Romanian guest conductor Florin Totan, the entire programme had a vitality and elegance rarely matched. Maestro Totan demanded and secured playing which ranged from the quietest possible pianissimo and delicate tenderness to full blooded forte of great majesty and intensity, and all was achieved by real personal commitment to the music. The performance of Gershwins Cuban ouverture was stunning Totans reading of the 2nd symphony of Sibelius was wholly convincing In the finale maestro Totan really achieved a true consummation to the entire symphony a truly memorable performance! Bravo!
SOUTHAMPTON EVENING ECHO, Southampton 3.02.1995

A triumph of the most hottest ones apotheosis of the tournament was during the concert in Avignon, the Romanian conductor was extraordinary (all this magic world) with the baton, hands, mouth, eyes, head or the body, in short, all his being was screaming music (tout son être criait la musique). Orchestra has achieved such success that he was obliged to give several encores, and its conductor, young and tall, beautiful and charming,. .. was a magnificent concert tour in Provence
LE PROVENCAL, Avignon 23.07.1992

He conducted an exuberant the 2nd concert of the festival. Totan transforms and transfigures with his contagious verve
LECO DI BERGAMO, Bergamo – 20.02.2001

The final Concert (after the In Memoriam Celibidache classes at the Conservatory of Braga / Portugal) was conducted with mastery by Maestro Florin Totan, a great figure of Romanian music, that gives conducting lectures and concerts in Bucharest and all over the world to work with the Romanian Maestro is a privilege for young Portuguese musicians, and his exigency and working methods have transformed the young Portuguese musicians in true professionals.
A VOZ DE MINHO, Braga-Portugal 13.07.2005

Two world premieres and two Romanian premieres within the symphonic concerts of the Romanian Music Festival in London. The concert was conceived and directed by Florin Totan with strength and conviction, while highlighting special contribution of strings and blowers. The Song of Voivod Lupu was played with great wealth of sounds, and “The Wallachian Dance was a real qualitative leap, culmination of the whole program.
Mr. Evan Dickerson – chronic on the site of the British critics 12/12/2005

Under the heading Maestro Totan – a special guest” Doina Meiseles further notes: The audience was charmed by the charismatic and talented Romanian conductor Florin Totan, and applauded for minutes on end at the conclusion of the concert. Mastering the orchestra with certainty and prestige, Florin Totan impressed by his art mastery. The vitality and the authenticity of leading the orchestra, the nobless and elegance of his gestures, the absolute professionalism of this excellent conductor enter his name without doubt among the masters of modern times”.
ORIENT EXPRESS , Tel Aviv 21.02.2000

 

Bio

Background

Born in 1955 / Bucharest in a musicians family, his father was an important Romanian composer, conductor and professor. At the begining Florin studied the double bass, winning several national competitions and further, he graduated the National Music University in Bucharest. During 1980-1984, he studied conducting with the most eminent conducting professor in Romania: Constating Bugeanu. The most important moment in his musical career was the meeting with the legendary Celibidache, studying with him between 1982-1990 in Munich and Mainz. He also studied in the summer of 1983 at Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena/Italy with the renowned Franco Ferarra, attending also in Berlin and Paris (1990-1991) conducting classess with Richard Schumacher.

Competitions

Florin Totan won two international conducting copmetitions: in Murzzuschlag/Austria(in 1990) and in Berlin/Germany(1991).

Tours

Maestro Totan successfully conducted orchestra tours worldwide: Austria, Croatia, England, France, Finland, Italy, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Serbia, Turkey, Egypt, USA, Mexico, El Salvador, Brasil and Switzerland Crans Montana Forum in 1999 and 2000 in front of the most important politicians and business men of the world, like Bill Clinton ,the Prince Albert de Monaco and the Prince of Lichtenstein, the Russian Prim Minister V. Tchernomirdyn and others presidents.

Guest Conducting

During his career as conductor, was invited as guest conductor to important orchestras like: Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Prusian Chamber Orchestra and Ruhr Chamber Philharmonic (Germany), London Schubert Players, Derby Symphony Orchestra, Charnwood Orchestra, Southampton Youth Orchestra and Hampshire Sinfonietta (England), Porto National Orchestra, Porto Festival Orchestra, Porto Sinfonietta and Braga Chamber Orchestra (Portugal), City of Cadiz Orchestra, Alcoy Symphony Orchestra and Barcelona Chamber Orchestra (Spain), Modern Ensemble (Austria), Sofia Music University Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Orchestral Ensemble from Bruxelles (Belgium), Pori Sinfonietta(Finland), Amadeus Choir and Orchestra from Paris, Royal Strings of St George, Genova Philharmonic, Bergamo Chamber Orchestra, Milano Clasica Chamber Orchestra and Catanzaro Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Herzliya Chamber Orchestra (Israel), Cairo Symphony Orchestra(Egypt), Adana and Antalya Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), AIMS Symphony Orchestra of Dallas, University of Tenessee Symphony Orchestra, Kansas Chamber Orchestra, Denver University Symphony Orchestras and Vancouver Civic Symphony Orchestra (USA), Acapulco Philharmonic (Mexico), National Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador, Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra of Belo Horizonte(Brasil).

Most beloved project

IN MEMORIAM CELIBIDACHE consisting in private lessons in Bucharest,about Celibidaches technique and philosophy of music for conductors from all over the world. He also teached this technique at Master Courses and Seminars in Portugal ,Italy, France, Spain, Brasil and USA (Denver and Kansas City). This year is the celebration of 100 years of Celibidaches birthday.

Festivals

Maestro Totan was invited as special guest: Paris-Jouvissy(1985) and Avignon(1990,1992,1994)-France,Mozart Festivalin Brescia and Bergamo Festival(1997,2008,2012)-Italy,Rovinj,Osor and Sisak-Croatia,Nis and Vrnjci Spa-Serbia,1st Romanian Music Festival in London(2005),Portuguese Orchestras Festival of Lisbon(1999)-Portugal and Enescu Festival of Bucharest(1998,2009,2011)-Romania.

He conducted in RINOWN HALLS:Schauspielhaus-Berlin,Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova,Sala Piatti e Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo-Italy,Guildhall of Southampton-England,Salle de Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.(if you need the translation in english,tell me),I am just crazy to finish quickly cause thgis laptop kill me.I work from 2 days,and eat what I wrait,the words/letters jump all over,and again and again.

Important soloists played under his baton

World star pan flute Gheorghe Zamfir (Bucharest-Paris), the pianists Babette Hierholzer (Berlin-New York), Jean Francois Dichamp (Paris) and Hanna Jaszik (Varsaw-Bruges), the cellists Xavier Philipps (Paris) and Amit Peled (Tel Aviv-Baltimore) and the Romanian soprano Cellia Costea (Bucharerst, Athens).