Romanian violinist Gabriel Croitoru is the first prizewinner of both Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland-1979 and the Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain-1991 as well as the best interpretation of works by Sarasate .
He is also the top prizewinner in other International Violin Competitions including Tibor Varga (second prize,- first prize not awarded), N.Paganini, Fritz Kreisler and has been hailed as “an exceptional violinist with impeccable technique “ in the French papers after winning second prize (first prize-not awarded) in Zino Francescatti International Violin Competition in 1987.
He has performed in over 1.000 performances as a soloist in front of an orchestra throughout Europe and Asia.
Gabriel has recitaled in numerous countries including France, Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Bulgaria, ex-U.S.S.R., Hungary, Romania, etc. and took part in the masterclasses of prestigious Salvattore Accardo in 1982 and Zino Francescatti in 1988 .
Mr. Croitoru has been trained as a violinist in Romania, where he graduated from the Music High School of Bucharest in 1983 in the class of Prof. Mihai Constantinescu and from the Music University of Bucharest in 1987, where he studied with Prof. Modest Iftinchi.
Mr. Croitoru presently holds the position of soloist of Radio formation and choirs, permanent soloist of Ploieşti Philharmonic (Romania), he is the first violin of the “Transylvan” State String Quartett and the position of Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Music University in Bucharest. Since 2006, he has obtained doctor’s degree in the same University.
Along the years, he has been member of many national and international violin competitions.