Justin Stefan Ciuche…

…was born in Romania in a family with no musical background but with a huge love for it. He started violin at the age of 5 and by the age of 7, he joined the ”George Apostu” Arts School in his hometown Bacau.

After finishing the ”G. Apostu” Music College, he was approved at the National Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania where he continued his studies of classical violin and also finishing his License Diploma in Musical Pedagogy-Methodology.

Already from his Academy years, he went further from his classical training, starting music composition, folklore and world ethnic music studies.

Taking advantage of the versatility that violin provides, his interest grew into other music genres like Jazz and Blues, analysing and following masters like Stephane Grapelli, Didier Lockwood, Jean Luc Ponty, Zoltan Lantosz or Florin Niculescu.

After he finished his studies, Justin started collaborations with various Philarmonic Orchestras in Romania (Satu Mare, Cluj, Bacau) as well as a busy concert activity with various groups,ensembles and bands ( City Strings, Merenos, Poesis, Busuiocu, Jazzthetics, Fatue Rhey, etc.) A big part of his early musical career played the composing activity for Theaters or Radio and TV.

After touring around Europe, Justin moved to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where he spent 3 years as a violin player in the UAE Philharmonic (Abu Dhabi-Dubai) as well as taking a position as a violin teacher at the SABIS International School.

The experience in the Middle East brought him even closer to the love for Ethnic Music and his travels took him further to South Asia and especially Thailand where he collaborated with the Patravadi Theater of Bangkok.

Justin is now based in Göttingen, together with his family, continuing his activity as a musician. He is active as a violin player with different bands like Itchy Kolo, Rahalla or Saeldes Sanc as well as playing as a guest musician with other bands and artists.

He is the founder of the Violin Studio Göttingen with which he aims to spread his love for the violin to people of all ages and prove that even if the journey you take with this instrument might not be the easiest, it is undoubtly very rewarding even after a few short steps.