Hailed as "one of Europe's most talented young conductors", in twenty years Mihail
Agafita has conducted over 500 symphonic concerts, operas, and ballet performances with
ensembles from Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Spain, Finland, the United States, Russia,
Ukraine, and Belarus; as well as concerts in Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Monaco, Malta and
Among other orchestras, he has conducted The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, The
National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, the National Philharmonics of Belarus and Republic
of Moldova; major Romanian orchestras including Cluj Philharmonic, Iasi Philharmonic, and
the Philharmonic Orchestras of Targu Mures, Oradea, Brasov, Sibiu, Bacau, Craiova, Botosani,
Ploiesti, Satu Mare, Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain), Pori Sinfonietta (Finland), Owensboro
Symphony, Great Falls Symphony and Ohio University Symphony Orchestras (USA), The St.
Petersburg State Ice Ballet (Russia), The Chisinau National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Moldova),
The Academic Opera and Ballet Theatres from Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraina) and
many other ensembles and companies.
Born in 1973 in Republic of Moldova, Mihail Agafita studied conducting at the State
Institute of Arts in Chisinau (Moldova), later receiving his undergraduate and Master's degree
in orchestral conducting from the National University of Music in Bucharest (Romania), where
he studied with the renowned professor Dumitru Goia, a master of the esteemed St. Petersburg
school of conducting. In 2005 and 2007 Mihail Agafita participated in master classes directed by
the well-known conductor Patrick Strub, organized by the Embassy of Germany in Chisinau.
Since 2004 he had held the position of Permanent Conductor at the National
Philharmonic of the Republic of Moldova, where, in 2013, he was appointed to the prestigious
position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra.
Between 2009-2013 he held the position of Permanent Conductor of the "Transylvania"
State Philharmonic in Cluj, Romania.
Mihail Agafita has participated in several prestigious international music festivals
throughout Europe, where his performances were met with great enthusiasm by the public and
media alike. His impressive repertoire encompasses works of different genres and styles ranging
from Baroque to contemporary music, including several world premieres.
Over the years, he has collaborated with such famous personalities as Robert Levin,
Leontina Vaduva, Dana Borsan, Isabel Pantoja, Cristina Anghelescu, Valentin Gheorghiu, Alexander Paley, Dieter
Flury, Philippe Cuper, Alexei Nabioulin, David Grimal, Csiky Boldizsar, Serban Lupu, Gabriel
Croitoru, Alexandru Tomescu, Ashot Khachatourian, Liviu Prunaru, Florin Croitoru, Perenyi Miklos, Georgeta Stoleriu, Anatoly Krastev,
Marko Ylonen, Anton Niculescu, Ilian Garnet, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Valentina Nafornita, Radu Marian, Alexandra
Conunova-Dumortier, Jean-Francois Antonioli, Balint Janos, Maria Biesu,
Mark Drobinsky, Thomas Pandolfi, Mihai Ungureanu, Boris Andrianov, Florin Ionescu Galati, Andrei Jilihovschi,
Gintaras Janusevicius, Razvan Suma, Lorene de Ratuld and
His career highlights include a collaboration with the famous Spanish singer Isabel
Pantoja, with whom he performed in all major cities in Spain. This joint effort included three
remarkable concerts in Barcelon's prestigious Palau de la Musica, presently available on CD and
Other important moments in his career remains collaboration with The Moscow
Philharmonic Orchestra and his participation in the 2011 International George Ensecu Festival
in Bucharest, where he led the "Transylvania" Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca.
In 2010 he became a member of the Musicians' Union of Republic of Moldova.
Since his debut as a conductor, Mihail Agafita has been appreciated for his personality
and artistic talent, convincing and sensible interpretations, as well as for his refined technique.
By presidential decree (in Rep. of Moldova), in recognition of outstanding service in
developing and promoting the music art and an intensive concert practice, the conductor of the
Symphony Orchestra, Mihail Agafita, has been awarded the title of "Honoured Master in Arts".