Mircea Gogoncea, concert in Satu Mare, 2008
|Birth name||Mircea Ştefan Gogoncea|
October 27, 1991 |
Mircea Gogoncea started studying classical guitar at the age of four with Eugen Mang, having his first stage and competition performances at the age of five. He graduated from the Pro College in 2003, with the Diploma of Excellence in the field of classical music - classical guitar.
He is currently a student of Joaquin Clerch at the Robert Schumann Music College in Düsseldorf, Germany, after having graduated from the George Enescu Music High School in Bucharest. He was the second Romanian student ever to complete two school years in the time of one, by skipping directly from the 7th to the 9th school grade.
Career and evaluation
At the age of eight he participated in the Klassik im Sommer Tour (6-18 of July, 2000, Hamburg).
Mircea Gogoncea's classical guitar record includes 87 awards in national and international guitar competitions in locations like Benicàssim, Almería, Cáceres (Spain), Los Angeles, Dallas, (United States of America), Düsseldorf, Velbert, Weimar (Germany), Belgrade (Yugoslavia), Alessandria (Italy), Sinaia, Tulcea, Ploieşti, Târgovişte, Bucharest, Alba-Iulia, Cluj-Napoca, Bacău (Romania). Out of those, 48 are first prizes (among the total of 59 first prizes obtained in the 8 above-mentioned fields), and 3 are "great prizes".
Mircea Gogoncea is the winner of the Youth Competition Division I of the GFA Convention 2007 (Los Angeles, California).
He is also the audience prize winner of the Francisco Tárrega guitar competition in Benicàssim, Spain, 2010, and has been awarded, among other distinctions, the second prize at the Julián Arcas guitar competition in Almería, Spain, in November 2011.
He was also one of the few guitarists to have ever earned recognition at various music contests open to all instruments and voice, for example by being awarded the first prize at the Schmolz und Bickenbach competition in Düsseldorf, Germany, 2011, and the "great prize" at the "George Georgescu" music competition in Tulcea, Romania, 2003. In 2012 he was awarded the first price in the competition of the Jan-Wellem-Loge of Düsseldorf (www.jan-wellem-loge.de).
He attended the master classes of Leo Brouwer, Nikita Koshkin, Sergio Assad, Odair Assad, Carlo Marchione, Pavel Steidl, John Dearman, Marcin Dylla, Alexis Muzurakis, Susana Prieto, Lorenzo Micheli, Alfred Eickholt, Bosko Radojkovic, Ioana Gandrabur, Joseph Urshalmi, Silfredo Perez, Gerhard Reichenbach, Costas Cotsiolis, Giampaolo Bandini, Alexander Ramirez, Stephen Goss, Hubert Käppel, Thomas Kirchhoff, Dale Kavanagh, and Alexander Ramirez, among others.
Not including his competition performances, he has taken part in more than 200 public concerts, television and radio shows in and outside of his native Romania.
Concerts in which Gogoncea has taken part include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Mauro Giuliani Concert for Guitar and Orchestra, No. 1, Op. 30 - Director Ilarion Ionescu-Galaţi, Mihail Jora Concert Studio, International Classical Guitar Festival, Bucharest (February 9, 2005)
- Classical Guitar Recital, George Enescu Concert Studio, Hommage to George Georgescu Concert, Bucharest (July 17, 2003)
- Classical Guitar Recital, Mihail Jora Concert Studio, International Classical Guitar Festival, Bucharest (March 5 – 12, 2003)
- Christmas Concert (Performers Group Concert No.100), Sweden Embassy, Bucharest (December 11, 2002)
- The International Day of Books – Cervantes Institute, Bucharest (April 23, 2002).
- The International Day of Poetry, UNESCO, Bucharest, (March 15, 2002)
- Spring Song (Cântec de primăvară), with the Symbol choir of Romanian Patriarchate, Director Jean Lupu, Şuţu Palace, Bucharest (March 2, 2002)
- Recitals for Romanian Parliament, Ion Ratiu Romanian Parliament Club (December 12, 2001)
- Performers Group Concert, Hilton Hotel, Bucharest (November 19, 2001)
- Classical Guitar Recital at Cotroceni Palace (Cerchez Hall) during the concert of Mariana Nicolesco (December 8, 2000)
- Recitals at American Embassy, Italian Embassy, Mariott Hotel (winter 2000)
- Classical Guitar Evenings concert series (July, August 2000)
- Klassik im Sommer Tour - Hamburg, Barlt, Celle, Wedel, Ottersberg, Fehmarn, invited by Ars Pontem Foundation (July 16–18, 2000)
- Classical Guitar Recital, George Enescu High School, Bucharest (October 30, 1999)
- Peneş, Gabriel (2007-05-31). "În România, unul din patru copii este supradotat" (in Romanian). Revista Felicia. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Şerban-Pârâu, Oltea; Virgil Oprina (2005-02-24). "Chitara - mon amour" (in Romanian). LiterNet. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Chelemen, Eugen (2004-02-02). "Mircea Stefan Gogoncea - elevul cu cele mai multe premii" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Petre, Gheorghe (2003-05-19). "Marele Premiu a plecat la Bucuresti – Laureatul acestei editii este chitaristul Mircea Gogoncea, de la Liceul Dinu Lipatti" (in Romanian). Ziarul de duminică.
- Pascal, Bogdan (2003-05-19). "Pret de patru zile, Tulcea, sub vraja muzicii" (in Romanian). Acum.
- Erbiceanu, Constantin (2003-05-03). "Triumf romanesc la Weimar" (in Romanian). Curierul Naţional. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Pop, Camelia Antoaneta (2003-02-21). "Colegiul Pro si licentele on-line" (in Romanian). Ziarul de duminică.
- Cosma, Viorel (2002-08-31). "O speranta a chitarei romanesti: Mircea Gogoncea; Premiul I la Concursul International de la Velbert – Germania" (in Romanian). Cotidianul.
- Preda, Anca (2000-07-31). "Un copil minune: Mircea Stefan Gogoncea" (in Romanian). România Libera.