Educated in Bucarest, musician and teacher Petru Munteanu has lived in Germany since 1970. Petru Munteanu studied with George Manoliu and completed masterclasses with Juri Jankelevitsch and Michael Weiman. A lifelong artistic friendship with the distinguished Rumanian violinist Stefan Gheorghiu has shaped him as well.
Petru Munteanu was director of the Special Music School in Bucarest and taught at the Bucarest Music College. After moving to Germany, he worked as Professor for violin at the music colleges of Lübeck and Hamburg. Founding Professor from 1994, he set up the department for strings at the new College for Music and Theater Rostock, taking charge of the development of the department until 2010. He was also president for the German section of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) from 2000-2004.
Petru Munteanu’s concert activities as well as his publications and lectures have made him a musician of international repute and resulted in frequent invitations by music colleges all over the world to give masterclasses and recitals. In 1986, he established the International Competition for Violin in Kloster Schöntal, which he holds the position as an Artistic Director since.
Many of his students, among them current stars such as Baiba Skride, have become successful musicians. Petru Munteanu’s experience as juror for international competitions is extensive. He has taught at the Leopold-Mozart-Center of the University of Augsburg since 2012. In 2014, he succeeded Julius Berger as Artistic Director of the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart.
Petru Munteanu is Professor h.c. at the University of Brasov (Rumania). He has been honored by the Lithuanian president with the highest order of the Republic of Lithuania.