Voicu Popescu – Romania – Member of the Jury
Voicu Popescu, a graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, began his professional career as a member of the “Madrigal” National Chamber Choir and, later on, collaborated with it as choir master. In 1994 he founded the SOUND Choir, as well as the SOUND Cultural Foundation which enabled him to organise concert tours, festivals, and choral symposia and master classes. Between 1988 and 2004 he worked as assistant conductor of the Romanian Radio Children’s Choir, and from 2004 until 2018 he was the choir’s principal conductor. He made special recordings for the Romanian Radio’s Sound Archives and took part in vocal-symphonic concerts and many a cappella projects. His over 60 participations in artistic tours, festivals and international competitions (in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan) have earned him numerous medals and prizes, along with professional recognition from specialised critics. He has written articles, held choral art classes and been invited to be part of juries in national and international choral competitions. He has conducted choral workshops organised in various cultural centres by the following associations: Cantascuola (Turin), Cantica Nova (Milazzo), ARS Cori (Sicily), I Piccoli Cantori (Barcellona P.G.), AERCO (Emilia-Romagna), The Union of Moldavian Musician (Kishinev) COREARTE (Barcelona, Medellin, Rio de la Plata), and SODRE (Montevideo). He is mentioned in the following volumes: “The Madrigal Constellation” by Iosif Sava, “Madrigal or the Magic of Sounds” by Grigore Constantinescu, “The Spring of Music” by Grigore Constantinescu, “The Contemporary Who’s Who”, “Encyclopaedia of Romanian Personalities”, “20 Years of SOUND” by Dana-Irina Stanculea, and “Overview of Choral Conducting Art and Technique in Romanian Music” by Mariana Popescu.