The Romanian-born conductor, Valentin Radu, holds Doctoral and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School and a Bachelors degree from the Bucharest Academy of Music.
Valentin Radu has led numerous orchestras and vocal ensembles in Europe and the USA, including the Bucharest Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Tirgu Mures and Oradea Philharmonics (Romania) and Budapest's Erkel Chamber Orchestra.
Valentin Radu is the founder and conductor of two American ensembles: Vox Renaissance Consort and the Ama Deus Ensemble. He has conducted Vox in programs ranging from motets and madrigals to authentically staged Renaissance opera. He regularly conducts the Ama Deus Ensemble chorus, orchestra of authentic period instruments and soloists in concert and in recordings.
Valentin Radu has eleven major-label CDís in current release, including George Frideric Handel's Messiah and G.F. Handel's opera Acis and Galatea both on ESX/Vox Entertainment's Vox Classics label and in Glad Tidings, on both Warner and the Sony Classical labels. Maestro Radu led Vox in A Renaissance Noel on PolyGram. More recently, he conducted Ama Deus Ensemble in its CD recording of the J.S. Bach B Minor Mass (BWV 232) and of J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243), both for ESX/Vox Classics, and A European Christmas, on the Helicon label. He led Ama Deus Ensemble in its recent all- instrumental release, Royal Fireworks, also for Helicon, and in its Christmas 1997 release, A Baroque Christmas for ESX/Vox Classics.
Last May (2000) Valentin Radu conducted G.F. Handel's opera Acis and Galatea with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra and he conducted Vox ensemble in four performances of A Renaissance Noel throughout the Philadelphia area in December and in Songs for the Lenten Season at Daylesford Abbey in March. This Good Friday, he led the Ama Deus Ensemble in its sixth annual performance of
J.S. Bach's crowning work, the B Minor Mass (BWV 232). In June and July he will tour Holland, Germany and Italy performing organ recitals and in fall 1998 will conduct the George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest in a Gershwin Centennial program.