Valentin Șerban,
Winner of George Enescu International Competition

2020/2021 edition

"Valentin Şerban, an outstanding talent."
(Cristian Mandeal, conductor)


Valentin Șerban is the winner of the grand prize in the Violin final of the 2020/2021 George Enescu International Competition, with a performance of Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 that brought the public to a standing ovation at the Romanian Athenaeum.

Valentin Șerban previously graduated with bachelor’s studies at the Transilvania University in Brașov and attended his master’s studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, under the guidance of Silvia Marcovici. He has performed in Romania, France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. He has been a member of the Les Dissonances Orchestra in Paris since 2018 and a guest concertmaster of the Romanian Youth Orchestra.

He is a winner of several national and international violin competitions such as ”Andrea Postacchini” International Competition (Italy), ”Mihai Jora” National Competition (Romania), ”Ștefan Ruha” International Competition (Romania), ”Remember Enescu” International Competition (Romania).



Chamber Works

Bach, Locatelli, Tartini, Haendel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Smetana, Faure, Bruch, Debussy, Tchaikovski, Franck, Turina, Enescu, Prokofiev, Ravel

Virtuoso Works

Paganini, Wieniawski, Sarasate, Schumann, Tchaikovski, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Kreisler, Ysaye, Prokofiev, Waxman

Violin Concerts

Mozart No. 2, 3, 4 & 5; Beethoven; Mendelssohn E Minor; Tchaikovski; Saint-Saens No. 3; Lalo - Spanish Symphony; Paganini No. 1; Glazunov; Khachaturian; Vieuxtemps No. 4 & 5; Brahms; Sibelius; Prokofiev No. 2; Bartok No. 2

The only Romanian musician who has ever played the violin in complete darkness for a public

Eyes Wide Shut Concert is a performance which defies the conventional listening and showcasing classical music.​ The concept put forth by Cristina Bobe consists of a 60 minute solo recital performed by the violinist Valentin Șerban in pitch black darkness and includes one of the most complex works from the violinistic repertoire (Bach, Kreisler, Enescu, Paganini, Ysaÿe).

Photo Gallery

artera rehearsals

A couple of photographs taken during the Eyes Wide Shut Concert rehearsals at Artera | art + medicine.

January 2019 | Copyright: Cristina Bobe

ion barbu's guest

A guest at Ion Barbu’s Art House in Petrila, Romania, with Mia Therapia, the singing dog. 

May 2019, Petrila | Copyright: Cristina Bobe

On the way to mother's museum

On the way to an intimate and extremely personal Eyes Wide Shut Concert for artist Ion Barbu’s guests at Mother’s Museum in Petrila, Romania. 

May 2019, Artera | Copyright: Cristina Bobe

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