"Kostproben seines [Pauls] herausragenden Könnens und einen Eindruck von seiner nicht alltäglichen Ausstrahlung als Musiker und Mensch erhielten über etwa eineinhalb Stunden hinweg die Konzertbesucher auf den Rängen, die von Anfang bis Ende gebannt lauschten und schauten." -Marita Pletter, Passauer Neue Presse
Paul Coriolan Cartianu finished his Masters Studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where he studied first with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and then with Andreas Weber. Born in 1988 in Romania, Paul started his piano studies at the age of 7 at the Music and Performing Arts District School. At eleven, he started his studies at the "George Enescu" Music School, where he continued his music and academic education at a deeper level.
He successfully graduated from "George Enescu" Music High School in June 2007, his mentors having been Olga Szel and Stela Dragulin, while also having completed in the meantime a few years of academic and musical education in California, USA, with Maria Demina. In 2007 he was accepted at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in the studio of John Perry. One year later he successfully passed the entrance examination at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
Among the competitions he won the most important are: Pro Piano International Piano Competition Bucharest, Romania 2000, The Music Teachers Association of California Scholarship Audition 2001, Cypress College Piano Competition California 2001- Grand Prize, Artists of the Future - California 2002, Bramhall Concerto Competition for Young Artists California 2002, "George Georgescu International Competition" Romania 2003, Piano Olympics Romania 2003 and 2006, "Se cauta Enescu" Romania 2007, MTNA California State Division“ USA 2007, Yamaha Scholarship Austria 2011. In 2015 he received 3rd prize at the Malta International Music Festival and Piano Competition. As laureate of the World Piano Competition in Cincinatti in 2004, he played at the Carnegie Hall. In 2016 he won the Mozarteum University concerto audition and performed Beethoven's 4th piano concerto with the University Orchestra.
Paul deepened his experience with recitals in Romania (Bucharest, Brasov, Arcus, Miercurea Ciuc), USA (New York, Delaware, Los Angeles), France (Paris), Italy (Rome), Germany (Berlin, Nuernberg). He has had several appearances as soloist with orchestras in USA, Romania, Austria and Germany and a growing experience in performing with chamber ensembles as well. In 2013 he performed Cesar Bresgen's Totentanz nach Hohlbein with members of the Mozarteum Orchestra, and later that year performed Edward Grieg's Piano Concerto in the opening concert of Young Classic Europe Festival in Passau, Germany. Paul has recently performed Beethoven's fourth Piano Concerto with the Mozarteum University Symphony Orchestra. Specializing in the Mozart solo and chamber repertoire, Paul performs extensively under the Orpheus Agentur on piano as well as on harpsichord. As part of the Imperion Duo with cellist Teodor Rusu, they have performed in Austria, Germany and Romania.
Paul has taken part in masterclasses with Dina Yoffee, Sergey Maltseev, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Fabio Bidini and Arkadi Zenziper. He has received recognition from the Yamaha Foundation and the International Salzburg Association and would like to express his heartfelt thanks to Sally Orlando for her valuable support.