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Professor Jean Lupu - Founder and Director of the "Symbol" Children and Youth Choir

Professor Jean Lupu, the founder and also the director of the choir, has graduated the Orthodox Theological Seminar in Craiova, the “Radu Greceanu” high school in Slatina and later the National Music Academy in Timisoara and Bucharest.
His activity and works include numerous articles about music, the book "Educating The Problematic Musical Hearing" (Educarea auzului muzical dificil) and collections of songs for children and grown-ups, as well as textbooks for secondary school, high schools and the Pedagogical High School. He was the coordinator for the group that created the book with CD “The Universal Music Dictionary” launched in June 2008.
He wrote 44 songs for children gathered in the personal volume "Bugs and flowers" (Gaze si flori). For 30 years he was a devoted teacher at the Pedagogical High School in Bucharest and at the same time municipal school inspector in the field of music until his retirement.
After 35, consequently 40 years of choral conducting, professor Jean Lupu was twice awarded the "Patriarchal Cross", the highest distinction that the Romanian Orthodox Church can award somebody for exceptional merits and the he was also made a cleric.
The Ministry of Education offered him the title of “outstanding professor” twice (in 1971 and 1982) and, upon his retirement, the “diploma of excellence”. During the last decade, he has been awarded diplomas of excellence from several national organizations and institutions.

Luminiţa Guţanu Stoian - Chief Conductor

Luminiţa Guţanu Stoian, University Lecturer at “Spiru Haret” University in Bucharest, Chief Conductor of the „Symbol” Children’s and Youth Choir, Second Conductor of the “Nicolae Lungu” Choir of the Romanian Patriarchate, Conductor and Founder of the ”Lyris” Choral Group (formerly known as “Ad Libitum”), was born in Chișinău, the Republic of Moldova. In 2003, she was awarded the “Doctor of Music” degree for the work “Opera in Bessarabia in the 20th century”, with the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. She took also a Master’s course in Academic choral conducting within the Arts University in Chișinău, upon graduation from the Institute of Arts in Chișinău (currently the Academy of Music Theatre and Plastic Arts in Chișinău), with the specialization in Academic Choral Conducting. Between 1995 and 1997, Luminiţa Guţanu Stoian benefited from two important scholarships: The Merit Scholarship of the “Maria Bieșu” Foundation and the “George Enescu” Merit Scholarship. She is the first female conductor of the “Nicolae Lungu” Choir of the Romanian Patriarchate. In 2015, she was also awarded the “Best Conductor” Special Prize at the International Choral Competition in Preveza, Greece. As a Conductor of a Symbol choir she awarded Gold Medal at the International Choir Competition “Fr.Schubert” din Wien-Austria(2010), First Prise - International Choir Competition Ohrid-Macedonia(2014), 2 Gold Medals - International Choral Competition in Preveza, Greece(2015), 2 Gold Medals and a Silver Medal for Grand Prix-International Choral Competition “Claudio Monteverdi” , Venice-Italy(2016). She was also included in the Dictionary of Personalities in Romania (2016). In 2016 she was awarded the Order Sf. Martyr Antim of Ivirya highest distinction of the Romanian Patriarchate by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel. She is the author of 4 books and of over 60 studies published in national and international specialized magazines; she also has over 85 participations in international sessions and conferences. In addition, she organizes conferences and is a member of several scientific committees. She has worked with the Romanian Opera in Iași as a guest-conductor (on the premiere of “The Amorous Indies” by Jean Baptiste Rameau, directed by Andrei Șerban (2012) and as a conductor at the “George Enescu” Festival (2013) and the International Week of New Music (guest-conductor of the “Preludiu” Chamber Choir (at the 23rd, 24th and 25th editions – in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively). Artistic tours: in Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria (1995,1998, 2011), Hungary (1996), Greece (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015), Italy (2000, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016), Germany (1998, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008), The Netherlands (2001, 2002), Ireland (2004), Sweden (2002, 2004), Spain (2002, 2008), France (2008), Switzerland (2010), Austria (2008, 2010), Poland (2007, 2009), Macedonia (2006, 2014), Lithuania (2009), Israel (2006), China (2002) and Belgium (2004, 2013, 2016).



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