Ioana Galu, a native of Romania, has enjoyed a national and international career in both Europe and the United States. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, later joining the faculty as an assistant professor of violin and chamber music. After coming to the United States, she earned a second master’s degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University and continued her studies at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma. In 2012, Galu graduated with a doctorate in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University.
Galu has been awarded prizes in several national and international competitions, including Second Prize in the Mozart International Competition for Piano Trios (Romania), and First Prize and Special Prize of the SOROS Foundation at the George Enescu Violin National Competition (Romania). She also won Second Prize in the Starling Violin Competition College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM) and was the winner of the CCM Concerto Competition in February 2004.
Since September 2004, Galu has been on the faculty of the Heidelberg University Department of Music in Tiffin, Ohio and was the director of the Preparatory Department between 2005 and 2009. She joined the faculty at The College of Wooster, Ohio in 2014. In August 2016, Galu will join the University of South Dakota as an Assistant Professor of Violin and member in the renowned Rawlins Piano Trio.
In 2014 Galu performed the world premiere of Marilyn Shrude's violin concerto Libro D'Ore with the Central Ohio Symphony and the European premiere with the Sibiu State Philharmonic in Romania. She gave the US premiere in October 2014, and subsequently recorded the concerto for Albany Records. In January 2015, Galu recorded "Music Under Political Unrest” - Works for Two Violins by Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Górecki, and Michał Spisak with Iuliana Cotirlea, violin, to be released in May 2016.
In December 2015, Galu premiered “Elegy for Peter” for viola solo, commissioned in memory of cellist Peter Kozma. In April 2016, she will premiere “Unrest” for amplified violin, tape and percussion, co-written with percussionist Bridget Slone. The work expresses Galu’s personal reflections on the Romanian Revolution of 1989. During the season of 2016-2017, Galu will give the European premiere of Samuel Adler’s Violin Concerto in Romania.