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Dr. Catalin Dima

Assistant Professor - Applied Piano and Class Piano


Fine Arts 123



Romanian pianist Catalin Dima performed in many venues throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Among his previous engagements, Catalin has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Preston Bradley Hall (Chicago), the Cosmos Club (Washington D.C.), the International House (D.C. and NYC), the Romanian Cultural Institute (NYC), the Klavierhaus (NYC), the Karura Hall (Tokyo) and the Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest).

An active chamber musician and recitalist, Catalin participated in international music festivals such as International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC), Interharmony International Music Festival (Germany), and International Summer Academy (Austria). His solo appearances include concerts with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), the Washington Sinfonietta (Washington D.C.), the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (Winchester, VA), the Symphonic Winds (Durant, OK), and the Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra (Pitesti).

Catalin is a strong proponent of Romanian music, especially classical with folk influences. Together with the Romanian violinist Alex Malaimare, Catalin started a project that includes lectures and promotes Romanian classical and folk music throughout the U.S. Their previous engagements included tours in Indiana, Illinois, D.C., Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

An enthusiast of contemporary music, especially by American composers, Catalin collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers such as David Lang, Jennifer Higdon, and John Corigliano, and performed with distinguished music groups such as Edge Ensemble (Shenandoah Conservatory) and Great Noise Ensemble (Washington D.C.).

Catalin is a laureate and winner of top prizes in several international piano competitions including the Yamaha Piano Competition (Romania), the Karl Filtsch International Piano Competition (Romania), the Pro Piano International Competition (Romania), the Fr. Chopin International Piano Competition (CT), and the Shenandoah Concerto Competition (VA).

Catalin Dima currently serves on the music faculty at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from Mannes School of Music in New York City, and a second Master of Musical Arts degree from University of Music in Bucharest, Romania.

Courses Taught

Applied Piano: PNO 1510, PNO 2510
Class Piano: MUS 2341, MUS 2441, MUS 2541, MUS 2641, MUS 3441, MUS 3541