Born in 1988 in Romania, Paul Coriolan Cartianu started his piano studies at the age of seven at the Music and Performing Arts District School. He later attended the “George Enescu” Music School in Bucharest, Romania, which he successfully graduated in 2007, while also studying with pianist Maria Demina in the US. Paul started pursuing university level studies in California at the University of Southern California – Thornton School of Music with Professor John Perry, and one year later successfully transferred to the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, in the class of Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. Paul continued studying with Professor Andreas Weber at the Mozartem University, where he obtained his Master’s degree in Piano Performance.
Among the competitions where he received recognition the most significant are: Pro Piano International Piano Competition, 1st Prize (Romania-2000), Cypress College Piano Competition, 1st Prize (USA-2001), Bramhall Concerto Competition for Young Artists, 1st Prize (USA-2002), “George Georgescu” International Competition, 1st Prize (Romania-2003), Romanian Piano Olympics, 1st Prize (Romania 2003, 2006) “Se cauta Enescu/Searching for Enescu”, 1st Prize (Romaia-2007), MTNA California State Division, 1st Prize (USA-2007), “Yamaha Scholarship”, 2nd Prize (Austria-2011), Malta International Piano Competition, 3rd Prize (Malta-2015). In 2014, he was awarded a scholarship from the International Salzburg Association and in 2016, he won the Mozarteum University audition and performed Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto with the Mozarteum University Orchestra. As laureate of World Piano Competition in 2004, he played at Carnegie Hall. Paul deepened his experience with recitals in Romania, USA, France, Italy, and Germany. He has already had several appearances as soloist with orchestras in USA, Austria and Romania and a growing experience in performing with chamber ensembles as well.
In 2013, he performed Cesar Bresgen’s Totentanz nach Holbein with members of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; later that year he was the soloist of Edward Grieg’s piano concerto in the opening concert of the Young Classic Europe Music Festival in Passau, Germany. Along with cellist Teodor Rusu, Imperion Cello-Piano Duo, has performed extensively throughout Europe. Paul has taken part in master classes with Dina Yoffee, Sergey Maltseev, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Fabio Bidini, Arkadi Zenziper, Clemens Zeilinger and Christopher Hinterhuber. Since 2015 Paul works as piano teacher and accompanist in state music school system of Upper Austria. His creative approach can be observed in his pupils’ results at theme concerts such as Barock’n’Roll and competitions such as Prima la musica.