Ioana Galu, a native of Romania, 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. She earned a second master’s degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University and then continued her studies at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where she received her Artist Diploma in December 2011. Her passion for new music brought her back to Bowling Green State University to pursue her doctoral degree in contemporary music. She obtained her doctorate in August, 2012. Professor Galu’s most important teachers were Victoria Nicolae, Vasile Beluska, Yim Won Bin and Penny Thompson Kruse.
Dr. Galu has performed in master classes for the Voces String Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Alexandru Gavrilovici, David Erlich, Stefan Milenkovich, Annette-Barbara Vogel, Kiss Ladislau, Trio Kadek, Jacques Saint-Yves, Sherban Lupu, Devics Sandor and Wolfram Just. In 2000, she earned a scholarship to study at the Academie National de Villecroze of France.
She has been awarded prizes in numerous 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). Dr. Galu also won second prize in the Starling Violin Competition College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and was the winner of the CCM Concerto Competition in 2004.
In addition to her teaching duties at Heidelberg, Professor Galu provides summer instruction at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C., and is a member of the Eastern Festival Orchestra.