Romanian/Swedish violinist Vlad Stanculeasa leads a rich musical life as soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
He’s performed chamber music with some of the most celebrated musicians of today including Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Alberto Lysy, Maximilian Hornung, Jose Gallardo, Viktoria Mullova, Jeremy Menuhin, and Ana Chumachenco.
He received top prizes in the George Enescu International Violin Competition, Renata Molinari Competition, Valsesia Musica International Competition, as well as the 2007 Enescu Prize for the best performance of Enescu’s Impressions d’enfance. As a soloist, he’s performed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig, George Enescu Philharmonic. He’s collaborated as soloist with many conductors including Kent Nagano, Lahav Shani, Han Na Chang, Konrad von Abel, Joana Carneiro, Min Kim, and Mischa Katz.
Stanculeasa has been Concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2010 until 2019. He previously served as Concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid and as Concertmaster of the Basel Chamber Orchestra where he often led the ensemble without a conductor. He is currently Concertmaster of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and is occupying the same position in the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, orchestra in residence of the Menuhin Festival.
As a guest concertmaster he has worked with orchestras such as: Bamberger Symphoniker, l’Accademia di Santa Cecilia Roma, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Suisse Romande Orchestra alongside conductors like Jaap van Zweden, Gustavo Dudamel, Neeme Järvi, Kent Nagano, Manfred Honneck, Marek Janowski, Christoph Eschenbach.

He studied with Alberto Lysy and Liviu Prunaru at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland and in the Lausanne Conservatory under the tutelage of Pierre Amoyal.
He released his debut album in 2013 on the RCA Red Seal/Sony label with a program dedicated to Romanian concert music performed with pianist Thomas Hoppe. The Strad Magazine review stated that “Stanculeasa is never in doubt in this very demanding program – his picture-painting in the Impressions d’enfance, in particular, is both subtle and brilliant. A warm tonal quality, born out of a wide vibrato, perfectly captures... gypsy element[s]...”.
2017 brought the release of “Pyramids” recording where together with pianist James Maddox he performs music by Nielsen, Messiaen and Enescu.
As an educator, Stanculeasa is currently a teacher at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Barcelona (ESMUC), has served as guest professor at Gothenburg University of Music and Drama and led multiple master classes throughout Serbia, Spain, Venezuela, and Sweden.

He is the founder and artistic director of NUME Academy & Festival in Italy, a prestigious tuition free international masterclass for advanced students. A chance encounter with Sergiu Celibidache’s assistant, Konrad von Abel, led to the establishment of an intense investigation of the phenomenology of music.
This led to a further necessity to develop his means of expression and in 2021, he has obtained his masters in orchestra conducting at the Royal Conservatory in Mons, Belgium, under Daniel Gazon.

Stanculeasa plays a Sanctus Seraphino from 1739, which once belonged to George Enescu and his great pupil Yehudi Menuhin lent to him by the Tharice Foundation in Switzerland.


Sanctus Seraphino
Venice, 1739
Ex Enescu - Menuhin




Footprint Records release of Pyramids: James Maddox and Vlad Stanculeasa perform Nielsen, Messiaen and Enescu.

Romanian Journey


Sony/RCA Red Seal presents Romanian Journey: a voyage into the world of Enescu, Olah, Jora and Constantinescu.
Thomas Hoppe, piano / Vlad Stanculeasa, violin



Kammerorchester Basel - Mozart, Klein, Bartok
Vlad Stanculeasa concertmaster / leader
Sony Classics

Soloists of the Camerata Lysy


Dorati & Mendelssohn String Octets
Dinemec Classics

Swan Lake


Kristjan Järvi Conductor
Gstaad Festival Orchestra
Vlad Stanculeasa Leader/Solo Violin
Sony Classics

Svendsen & Bruch: String Octets


Tharice Virtuosi
Claves Records



Basel, January 2021

Brahms sextet in B Flat op. 18

Vlad Stanculeasa, Axel Schacher, Harold Hirtz, Hannes Bärtschi, Antoine Lederlin, Christopher Jepson

Carl Nielsen

Violin concerto op. 33

George Enescu Philharmonic
Aleksander Mickelthwate

George Enescu

String octet op. 7

Camerata Lysy

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Violin concerto op. 64 in e minor

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor

Romania Matters

Vlad Stanculeasa about Enescu Competition

Tchaikovski: Dance


Concert in Bern at the Paul Klee Center
May 2013 soloist Vlad Stanculeasa - violin

Peak to Peak

A movie inspired by the latest recording Pyramids.

Constantin Georgescu and his crew of dancers have made some magic inspired by our work.


INSIEME | I Solisti dell’Orchestra Leonore e di NUME Academy & Festival

  • April 2nd, 2022 / Pistoia / 9 pm

César Franck Piano Quintett
Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij “Souvenir de Florence”, op.70

Vlad Stanculeasa, violin
Mathilde Milwidsky, violin
Emma Wernig, viola
Beate Springorum, viola
Maximilian von Pfeil, cello
Enrico Bronzi, cello
Davide Cabassi, piano

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Orchestra Filarmonica Benevento

  • April 23rd, 2022 / Benevento

J. Sibelius Impromptu for string orchestra, op.5
W.A. Mozart violin concerto K.218, D Major
J. Suk Serenade for strings, op.6

Vlad Stanculeasa solo violin and leading concertmaster

J. Brahms Violin Concerto op. 77

  • May 19th, 2022 / Romania

J. Brahms Violin Concerto op. 77
State Philharmonic Targu Mures, Romania

Vlad Stanculeasa, violin
N/A, conductor

NUME Academy & Festival

  • June 6th - 12th, 2022 / Cortona

NUME Academy is an important cultural event that takes place in Cortona in the heart of Italy. At its first edition in Tuscany, it proposes a rich classical music festival and a string instrument academy for highly gifted young musicians. Bringing together world-renowned artists and

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