Bratislava Music Agency
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The choir was founded in 1945, at the inauguration of the Orthodox Church "St. arch. Michael and Gabriel" in Orastie, Hunedoara county, Romania. ARHANGHELII (The ARCHANGELS) is a parish choir, led, from 2012, by the young conductor Ioan Marius Popa (25 years old), PhD student at "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu. All the members of the choir, except the conductor, are amateurs, without any musical studies. The choir's activity is not limited to the service of the parish, but also extends to religious or secular music concerts in Orastie, and in other towns and cities. Since 2005, the choir participates at festivals, particularly of sacred music. At these festivals, the choir has been well appreciated, winning numerous prizes in competitions. First participation at an international competition was in November 2014, in Prague, at International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music – “Petr Eben” Prize, where “Arhanghelii” earned the Bronze Diploma. This year, the choir was invited at two festivals (without competition) in Romania (Caransebes and Lugoj), where he was the highest-rated ensemble.
Ioan Marius Popa was born on 14 November 1989 in the town of Orastie, Hunedoara county, Romania, taking piano lessons from his grandfather, the composer Ioan Popa. Between 2008-2012 was student at the "1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Faculty of Orthodox Theology. Between 2012-2014, master in Comparative Theology and from 2014 he is student at Religious Music at the same university. From 2014, Ioan Marius Popa is a PhD student in Religious Music at "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu. Since 2010, he conducts the male vocal group EPIFANIA. Ioan Marius Popa directs the Choir ARHANGHELII since June 2012. Since then, the quality of the choir has grown continuously, and the repertoire was enriched with more difficult sacred and secular songs.Back to the list of ensembles