Born on May 28, 1952, in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) into a musical family, Radu Ciorei began piano studies at age five. He is a graduate of the Music College of Cluj (piano) and the Music Academy of Cluj (conducting and piano). Advanced studies include master classes in Weimar (Germany) with famous conductors Igor Markevitch, Kurt Masur and Otmar Suitner.
While still a student, he founded the “Intermezzo” Chamber Orchestra, which gave nearly 80 concerts throughout the country in six years, including performances in 1979 and 1980 at the Music Festival of Cluj, which he founded.
Between 1974 and 2008, Ciorei conducted over 1.000 opera and symphonic performances in Romania and the around the world. Frequently invited to conduct with numerous opera companies and symphony orchestras in Romania, he has also conducted in: France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Argentina, Bermuda, South Korea and USA.
He has conducted in famous halls including: “Teatro Verdi” Florence (Italy), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), Olympia Hall, Paris (France), “Hilton – Noga,” Cannes (France), Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium), etc.