Principal First Violin
Co-founder of ConTempo Quartet, Bogdan Sofei was born in Bucharest, 1975 and is the leader of ConTempo String Quartet. ConTempo have been the Ensemble-in-Residence in Galway since January 2003 and appointed as the RTE Resident Quartet since May 2014.
He graduated The University of Music in Bucharest where he studied with Ladislau Csendes and Stefan Gheorghiu. He continued his studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Royal Academy of Music in London, Academia Chigiana in Siena, European Academy of Music in Aix-en Province, Britten - Pierce School for Advanced Music Studies in Aldeburgh and Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.
In addition, Bogdan received the Master of Arts in Music at Cork School of Music, in 2005.
As the leader of ConTempo Quartet, he had studied with the most celebrated string quartets such as Amadeus, Alban Berg , Tokyo, Emerson and Hagen Quartets and with musicians as Diemut Poppen, Petra Mullejans, Piero Farulli, David Takeno, Laurence Lesser, Gilbert Kalish.
Bogdan has won several international and national competitions in Italy and Romania in addition to the international prizes he has won as first violinist of ConTempo Quartet: 1st Prize at GrosserForderpreise Competition in Munich-Germany,1st Prize at Valentino Bucchi competition in Rome-Italy, 1st Prize at Tunnel Trust Competition in London-UK, 1st Prize at Mozart competition in Cluj-Romania, 2nd Prize at Johannes Brahms International Competition in Hamburg-Germany, Audience Prize and 3rd Prize at London String Quartet Competition in UK, 3rd Prize at Schubert und die Musik der Moderne Competition in Graz-Austria, 3rd Prize at Max Reger Competition in Weimar-Germany, The Wigmore Award and The Romanian Musical Critics Union Prize in Bucharest.
He has toured the world extensively, performing at many major international festivals in Europe, Canada, and the United States.
Recordings as a member of ConTempo include labels and names such as Deutsche Schallplatten, BBC, RTÉ, ORF, TVR and TG4.
As a member of ConTempo, Bogdan has performed for personalities such as the Late Pope John Paul II, for Prince Charles, for Nelson Mandela, the ex-President of South Africa and EU Ministers, and for Angelica Houston and the late Merv Griffin.
Bogdan has also recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for the television drama "Band Of Brothers", produced by Steven Spilberg and featured in the documentary film "ConTempo goes West" by Bob Quinn.