Cluj- Napoca, Romania



Octavian Lup started studying the cello at the age of 7 at the “Sigismund Toduță” Music High School in Cluj-Napoca, under Professor’s Râpă Gabriel and Todor Gabriela guidance.

In 2010 he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Professor’s Marin Cazacu class, and continues his studies with Roland Pidoux and Xavier Phillips at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. Later, Octavian had the chance to broaden his skills due to the guidance of two renowned cellists, Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, at the Kronberg Academy in Germany.

In 2012, Octavian started experiencing music improvisation, becoming the representative of the National University of Music Bucharest in Hague, gaining an internship to learn from some of the finest music improvisation artists. In 2019, he obtains his Ph.D. from the National University of Music Bucharest.

Octavian Lup is a member of the Cellisimo quartet, performing together with Marin Cazacu, Alexandra Guțu, and Răzvan Suma. He is the principal cello of the Royal Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Romanian Youth Orchestra and Bucharest Symphony Orchestra. 

His first performance as a soloist was given at the age of 14 accompanied by the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra in Cluj-Napoca. Later, he performed also with the “George Enescu” State Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Moldova State Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibiu State Philharmonic Orchestra, Arad State Philharmonic Orchestra, Botoșani Philharmonic Orchestra, Pitești Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Chamber Orchestra. 

Besides his soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player career, Octavia is a devoted cello teacher, teaching at the “Dinu Lipatti” National College of Arts in Bucharestand twice a year, he organizes a series of cello masterclasses in his home town Cluj-Napoca.

Along time, he had the chance to play under the baton of famous conductors like Kristian Järvi, Cristian Mandeal, Lawrence Foster, Horia Andreescu, Cristian Badea, Tiberiu Soare. Among prestigious musicians who influenced Octavian’s music development, we mention Marin Cazacu, Frans Helmerson, Roland Pidoux, Gary Hoffman, Luis Claret, Xavier Phillips, Antoine Lederlin, Erkki Lahesmaa, Lazlo Fenyo, David Pia.

Octavian won the 1st place and the Grand Prize at all the National Competitions between 2001-2007, was the winner of Romania’s National Selection for the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, obtained the 2nd place at the “David Popper” International Music Competition in Hungary, was twice a semifinalist at the “George Enescu” International Competition

He performed in Romania, Hungary, Spain, Morocco, Israel, Switzerland, Austria, France, Holland, Germany and in Portugal.