Associate Concertmaster Aurelian Oprea one of the international musicians in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He was born in Cluj-Napoca, the cultural capital of Romania’s Transylvania region. His parents and grandfather were string players in the Romanian National Opera House Orchestra, and his grandmother was the prima ballerina of the Opera’s ballet corps.
Aurelian began playing the violin in the first grade, and he graduated in 1995 from the city’s music school with a Baccalaureate Degree in Violin Performance. He served as the music school’s concertmaster and frequently performed as a guest soloist with several Romanian orchestras. In Romania, Aurelian studied with Stefan Ruha, a prize winner of the Tchaikovsky and Thibaud competitions.
In the United States, Aurelian was the concertmaster of the Chautauqua Institution Youth Orchestra (NY) in 1993 and 1994 and of the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival Orchestra in 1997, where he also won the Institution’s Concerto Competition.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Bowling Green State University in 1999, where he also won a Concerto Competition.
Aurelian won his first professional audition at the age of 20, becoming the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra in Detroit, a position he held until 2000 when he became the DPO’s Assistant Concertmaster and later Associate Concertmaster.
Aurelian is fluent in Romanian, Hungarian and English. He resides in Grafton Hill with his wife, Rachel, and his daughter, Hanna.