Dragoș Bălan was born in 1980 in Iasi, Romania, into a musician’s family. He received his first cello lessons from his father, Romeo Liviu, cellist in the Moldova State Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of six, he began his studies with Dan Prelipcean, one of the founding members of the Voces Quartet.
At the age of 14, Dragoș obtained a full scholarship to study at the prestigious “Reina Sofia” School of Music in Madrid, in the cello class of Professor Frans Helmerson, and later with Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya.
In April 2002 he successfully auditioned for the Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was under Professor Georg Faust guidance. He performed for two years with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the world’s most prestigious concert venues like Philharmonie Berlin, Covent Garden (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Tonhalle (Zürich), KKL Luzern, BBC Proms (London), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), under the baton of famous conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Maris Jansons, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Lorin Maazel, Christian Thielemann and Claudio Abbado.
Since 2004 Dragoș is the principal cellist of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid-Teatro Real and guest principal cellist in the leading orchestras of Spain (Gran Teatro del Liceu, Bilbao, Valladolid, La Coruña), combining his orchestral activity with the chamber music, teacher and soloist. He teaches at the “Reina Sofía” School of Music and at the “Katarina Gurska” Advanced Music Center in Madrid.
Dragoș Bălan performs on a 17th-century cello, build by the renowned Italian maker Giovanni Grancino.