Biography

Vlad Alecsandru Colar is Soloflute and piccolo with the Banatul Philharmonie Orchestra in Timișoara, one of the most significant historical orchestras in Romania, founded on the basis of the old Temeswarer Philharmonische Verein (1871), during the Austro-Hungarian dualism. Since 2014 he is  invited associated flute teacher at the Faculty of Music in Timișoara.

Born in 1981 in Arad, he was incuraged by his parents to study the piano at the age of eight and then the flute at the age of ten, with Professor Gheorghe Mureșan and continued with Constantin Tălmaciu. After the Musical Highschool in the nativ town, he entered the flute class of Professor Enrico Cannata. Under his guidance he both graduated the „G. Verdi“ Conservatory in Torino (IT) in 2002, and the Faculty of Music in Timișoara (2000-2005). As a young flute player he was often being selected as first flutist in italian youth international orchestras such as Pergine Spettacolo Aperto and J-Futura International – Trento, studying chamber music with oboist Alberto Negroni among others. He attended flute workshops with Peter Lukas Graf in Timișoara and Michael Martin Kofler in Bucharest, and collaborated with the Orchestre de Flûtes Français in Bucharest New Music Festival, under Pierre-Alain Biget. He is the winner of 3td prize at the International Flute Competition in Timișoara in 2003 (VIII edition) and the winner of the special prize for the best interpretation of Exorcisme by romanian composer and conductor Remus Georgescu in the same edition of the competition. In 2012, he recorded the piece in solo flute version, in close collaboration with the author.

As an orchestral player he traveled abroad with various romanian orchestras, and had concerts in countries like Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Serbia, Austria and China. He was invited as a guest musician with Arad State Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest and he plays regulary with Europa Symphony Orchestra in St. Margarethen Opern Festspiele-Austria. He is also a member of New Roumanian Chamber Orchestra and Choir conducted by Raymond Janssen, that each year gives more than 18 Christmas concerts at Dutch historic locations. Toghether with Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra, he played in major concert halls such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Doelen in Rotterdam, Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest and participated in international music festivals such as “George Enescu Festival” in Bucharest

Besides his orchestral activity, Vlad Colar appeared as soloist as well with the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra, interpreting Mozart flute concertos and contemporary music. Chamber music is also an important part in his musical activities. Vlad Colar plays in various instrumental groups and has a close collaboration for flute and piano recital, with young pianist Roxana Yvonne Coșereanu and Sorin Petrescu – piano soloist of Banatul Philharmonie.

„Playing traverso is an other side of flute playing that completes my musical experience and gives me a better perspective of the flute sound expresion”

The interest in the early music has grown in time since childhood. After finnishing the conservatory, he dedicated himself in learning baroque traverso and understanding the early music language on historical flutes. He received lessons from Linde Brunmayr-Tutz in Innsbruck, and specialising in different baroque music masterclass in Accademie de Sable in Cluj Napoca (RO), Austria Baroque Akademie in Gmunden (AT) and Early Music Festival in Timisoara, having teachers such as Dorothea Seel and Wibke Oppermann-traverso, Marcel Ponseele-baroque oboe, James Munro-violone, Mira Glodeanu-baroque violin and Friedrich Haas (harpsichord). Vlad Colar has performed as a traverso player in concerts with various baroque ansamble, playing German and French baroque repertoire.

A good friendship with flute maker Anton Braun gave him the opportunity to have private flute lessons and specialising in modern piccolo-technique with flutists Rolf Bissinger (Opera Frankfurt) and Michael Hasel (Berlin Philharmoniker), the main collaborators with whom the famous flute maker developed his instruments, the wooden modern flute and the first Böhm-piccolo wich reaches down to low C.

Vlad Colar is a passionate researcher about the musical history of Banat, a multicultural land with rich musical tradition that grew continuosly specialy after the eliberation of Timișoara from Turks’ domination, by the Prince de Savoya, in 1716. His studies materialised in articles about the musical instruments making in Temesvar and a foto-documentary exposition about the five generation’s tradition in instrument making of the Braun Family in Temesvar.

Vlad Colar plays a C foot piccolo (small flute) made by Anton Braun in 2013.
When performs with traverso he plays on a copy after J.H. Rottenburgh - high baroque flute model, made by Rudolf Tutz – Innsbruck in 2010.