Radu Blidar (France)

Internationally renowned as a soloist as well as a pedagogue, Romanian-born French violinist Radu Blidar is founder and president of the Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris.

Radu Blidar made his concert debut at the age of twelve. Career highlights include recitals and concerto appearances in New York (Lincoln Center), London (Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall), Paris (Cité de la Musique, Maison de Radio France, Musée d’Orsay, Salle Gaveau, Théâtre du Châtelet), Salzburg (Mozarteum), as well as Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Japan and South Korea.

Radu Blidar studied in Romania, in France at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and in Austria. He was a prize winner at numerous international violin competitions. Elected in 1993 young violinist of the year by the European Council and the Juventus Foundation, he was awarded in 1994 the Foundation de France prize, then in 1997 and in 1999 the Musique Française and Musique de Chambre honorary prizes.

His highly acclaimed digital debut launched a series of contemporary works recordings and commissioned works premieres.

Radu Blidar teaches at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. Many of his students have been laureates at international competitions and are also members of major orchestras.

He plays on several violins, including a 1714 Stradivarius.