Romanian music has always been diverse because of the country’s multiculturalism. From classical music, funk and jazz, to opera – Romania’s music history has much to offer.

George Enescu

As a composer, violinist, pianist and conductor he conquered the great stages of the world. George Enescu is one of the most important Romanian musicians of all time. Even the Botoşan commune from which he came was named after him in 1955.

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Already as a child, he dreamed of a career as a composer, he went to Vienna, where he graduated in music at only 17 years. His most famous work is probably the Rapsodia Romana (click to listen).

In honor of the legend, which died in 1955, the annual George Enescu Festival is held in Bucharest. More information here.

Maria Tănase

She has become an icon in the hearts of most Romanians. The singer died of cancer in 1963. She was well known for her interpretations of Romanian folk songs, which is why she was also known as Romanian Edith Piaf.

During the 1930s, she was already considered a living legend because of her dramatic vocal performances and unique tonality. Here, their distinctive voice can be heard with the Romanian folk song Ciuleandra.

Johnny Răducanu

The “Romanian Mr Jazz” showed great talent at an early age and became internationally known for its energetic double-bass playing and refreshing mixes of musical traditions.

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The charismatic musician was influenced by jazz heroes like Mingus and Ellington, but also played his own pieces, inspired by Romanian traditions.

The renowned jazz musician was inducted during one of his many tours of America as an honorary member of the Louis Armstrong Academy; In 2005, the Romanian Composers’ Association honored him with the Excellence Award.

Angela Gheorghiu

At just 23 years old, she had her debut with her soprano voice in a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème – meanwhile she can not imagine the contemporary opera scene anymore.

Today she performs in opera halls from New York to Paris to Sao Paulo. Thus, Angela Gheorghiu has already reached the status of a legend.