I was born on April 16, 1984 in Marasesti village, within Baia de Arama city, Mehedinti County. I spent my childhood with my family, enjoying the unparalleled beauty of the lands of Mehedinti Mountains, the purity and simplicity of the people of these lands, raised with respect and love of work and beauty, preservers of traditions and traditional costumes, elements which have permanently influenced my manner and attitude towards life.
I took my first steps at the school of Mărăşeşti (1998), then I graduated the Theoretical High School of Baia de Arama (2002), the Faculty of Economics within “Constantin Brancusi ” University of Targu Jiu (2006) and “Spiru Haret” University of Bucharest – Master’s Degree in Ethnography and Folklore (2008).
As any child, I was fascinated by the beauty of folk songs in this extraordinary area of the country, and I tried to feel it, to understand it, to find myself in it, without the courage to dream of taking this difficult, but wonderful path. I took my first steps in music in 2000, in folk group “Liliacul” of Baia de Arama, under the guidance of Mrs. Elena Mimiş –Trancă , along with many other children in the area, with whom I discovered, one by one, the emotions and feelings of being in shows, the joy of success due to the applause of the audience, always at the same intensity, even if the show was on the stage of the village school or on major stages, while taking part in many national and international tours.
In 2003 I enlisted in the folk music canto department of the Folk Art School of Targu Jiu, taught by Mrs. Emilia Drăgotoiu-Nanu under whose guidance I started forming and perfecting my interpretive style. Mr. Viorel Garbaciu, the manager of this institution, greatly helped and supported me, and he was always by my side and supported me in my artistic development.
An important stage in my career was the meeting of 2005 with the great lady of Mehedinti folk song, Maria Răchiteanu – Voicescu, whose advice, encouragement and song texts have been of great use to me, for my debut and development as a folk music singer.
Starting with 2004 I participated in many folklore festivals, where I obtained more than encouraging results, my dearest being:
- First place – “Dan Moisescu” Festival, Constanţa
- Grand Prize – “Mariana Drăghicescu”, National Contest and Festival for professional soloists, Timişoara
- Second place – National Festival of Romanian Folk Song and Dance, Mamaia
- First place – “Maria Tanase” National Contest and Festival for Romanian folk song interpreters, Craiova
- First place, “Cântecele Motrului” National Festival, Gorj
- First place, “Vară, vară, primavară” National Folk Music Festival, Sibiu
- Grand Prize, “Cântecele românilor de pretutindeni” International Folklore Festival, Drobeta Tr. Severin
- Place III, “Strugurele de aur” Romanian folk song National Contest and Festival, Jidvei
- First place, “Flori în Ţara Bărsei” National Folk Music Contest for young singers, Brasov
- Grand Prize, National Contest of Doina’s and ballads, Drăgăneşti-Olt
- First place, “Pe marginea Dunarii” International Contest and Festival of folk music, Giurgiu
- First place, “Munte ,munte, brad frumos” Folk Music Contest and Festival, Baia de Aramă
Afterwards I took part in national and international tours and shows, with renowned performers such as Sava Negrean Brudaşcu, Florentina and Petre Giurgi , Ionuţ Fulea ,Robert Târnăveanu and many others, with the accompaniment of renowned orchestras such as “Lăutarii din Chişinău”, “Codru de România”, „Maria Tanase„ , „Doina Gorjului”, Romanian Radio orchestra, „ Jidvei Romania” conducted by exceptional conductors, Nicolae Botgros , Adrian Grigoras , Stelian Stoica , Nicu Cretu , Aurel Blondea , Marcel Parnica and held by great snowmakers and producers of folklore broadcasts in Romania, Mrs. Marioara Murărescu , Mrs. Elize Stan , Mrs. Maria Tănase Marin , Mrs. Florentina Satmari.
In 2007 I made my first music album, “Floare pe munte crescui”, with the accompaniment of the orchestra of the professional artistic group “Doina Gorjului ” and the orchestral arrangement of conductor Marcel Parnica.
In 2008 I recorded on the radio, “Floare pe munte crescui”, album with the orchestral accompaniment of the Romanian Radio orchestra and the orchestral arrangement of conductor Adrian Grigoras
In early 2009 I made album “Florile de mac poarta noroc ” with the accompaniment of the orchestra of the professional artistic group “Doina Gorjului ” and the orchestral arrangement of conductor Aurel Blondea
In the spring of 2012 I made the album “From Gorj to Mehedinti” with orchestra accompaniment of ensemble “fiddlers” of Chisinau, under the wand of Maestro Nicholas Botgros and orchestral arrangements of conductor Mr. Nicu Cretu and Mr. Daniel Parvu
A new and major stage in my artistic career was in 2007, when I joined the professional artistic group “Doina Gorjului” of Targu Jiu, definitely one of the most renowned in the country, which, under the guidance of manager Gheorghe Porumbel, with exceptional dancers and instrumentalists, and especially great vocal singers such as Maria Loga, Ion Ghiţulescu , Ileana Lăceanu , Victoriţa Lăcătuşu, where I felt fulfilled as an interpreter of folk music.
In 2008 I tried a new approach to my vocal qualities and I attended the romance song festival “Crizantema de aur”- Targoviste, where I felt the appreciation of the audience and of the jury, and received one of the four grand prizes offered by the organizers.
From 2010 I am the producer of the show are “Folclor, Folclor” at Antena 1 Tg-Jiu.
I love folklore very much, I continually seek to collect authentic songs from the area I represent and to include them in my repertoire, and I have a beautiful collection of almost 100 traditional costumes.
In my musical programs, in addition to the specific repertoire of the area of Mehedinţi Mountains, I approach authentic Gorj folklore and the pastoral folklore of the Northern Oltenia region.