Percussionist Mircea Ardeleanu was born in Romania. A staunch advocate of contemporary music, he has given world premiere performances in collaboration with composers including Stockhausen, Xenakis, Kurtag, Eotvos and many others. He has taught percussion at the Darmstadt Summer Courses and given master classes worldwide.
Born in Cluj/Romania, the percussionist Mircea Ardeleanu studied music and percussion in Cluj and in Basel.
After both solo-exams he became a freelance musician in the world of contemporary music.
1978 he won first prize at the "Romanian Soloist's Competition" in Bucharest and one year later, first prize at the International "Gaudeamus" Competition in Rotterdam.
He has performed at many important venues and festivals of contemporary music all around the world and has given world premiere performances in collaboration with contemporary composers. One outstanding aspect of his concertistic activities is the promotion of young composers.
Mircea Ardeleanu gives master classes, international courses and plays worldwide concerts.
Since 1996 he is invited to teach percussion at the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt.
Mircea Ardeleanu has made recordings featuring works by composers such as K. Stockhausen, I. Xenakis, J. Cage, H. W. Henze and is preparing new releases featuring contemporary Swiss composers.
The CD with G. Kurtag's compositions earned 2003 in Germany the prize for the best interpretation.
He lives as freelance musician in Switzerland.