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Praised by the Süddeutsche Zeitung for his „glowing, distinctive and exciting masculine tone" as „one of the great cello-talents of our time“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15.10.2013), cellist Valentin Radutiu was born in Munich and received his first cello lessons from his father at the age of six. He later studied in Salzburg, Vienna and Berlin with Clemens Hagen, Heinrich Schiff und David Geringas.
Valentin Radutiu has performed as a soloist with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, the Symphony Orchestras of the MDR Leipzig and the SWR Stuttgart, Münchener Kammerorchester, Camerata Salzburg, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bucharest’s Filarmonica Enescu and the Radio-Symphony-Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Opéra de Marseille, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Prague Philharmonia, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and has appeared at the Berliner Philharmonie, Munich's Prinzregententheater, Philharmonie and Herkulessaal, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonic Hall Riga, Konserthuset Stockholm, Bucharest Atheneum, Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Hong Kong City Hall, and has partnered with conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Ruben Gazarian, Gustavo Gimeno, Pablo Gonzales, Stanislaw Kochanowski, Cristian Macelaru, Jérémie Rhorer, Leoš Svárovsky und Robin Ticciati. He has been heard at numerous festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Cellobiennale Amsterdam, Honk Kong Arts Festival, SoNoRo, Fürstensaal Classix, Klangspuren Tirol.
His chamber music partners include the Hagen-Quartett, Evgeni Bozhanov, Ib Hausmann, Diana Ketler, Alissa Margulis, Igor Ozim, Alina Pogostkina, Razvan Popovici, Per Rundberg, Alexander Stikovetsky, Rolando Villazón, the Schumann-Quartet and the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Radutiu has released several CD recordings: In addition to the 2011 debut CD an album with French works by Lalo, Ravel and Magnard is available; the 2014 release of the complete works for cello and piano by George Enescu with Per Rundberg was praised by critics as a benchmark recording (Haenssler Classic). Radutiu’s intensive collaboration with the composer and conductor Peter Ruzicka is documented by his premier recording of Ruzicka's cello concerto and cello chamber music. In 2015, Radutiu’s album „Remembering the rain“ with jazz pianist Benjamin Schaefer was released, most recently a CD with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and cello concertos by Haydn, Janson, and Christian Bach.
Since 2019, Valentin Radutiu holds the position of principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. 2021 he has been appointed professor of cello at the Hochschule für Musik „Carl Maria von Weber“ Dresden. Radutiu plays a cello made by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1686).