MIHAELA CESA-GOJE

MIHAELA CESA-GOJE – Biography

Conductor Mihaela Cesa-Goje holds since 2002 the position of PhD Professor in conducting at Gheorghe Dima National Music Academy in Cluj Napoca.

In May 2017 Mihaela Cesa -Goje was named Associate of The Royal Academy of Music, London for significant contribution in the conducting field. 

In December 2016 Mihaela debuted with Dallas Opera selected out of 156 candidates for the Women Conducting Institute and in April 2017 she worked in residence at San Francisco Opera in partnership with the Adler Fellows.

 In 2011, Mihaela was the winner of the Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Also in 2011, Mihaela was selected out of 160 candidates for a masterclass with Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

In 2009 she was awarded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship founded by Marin Alsop occasion on which she debuted with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Hartford Symphony and in 2010 she was awarded Women Conductor Grant from the League of American Orchestras. 

Also in 2003 Mihaela received the “Sandor Vegh Prize” from the Romanian Mozart Society for an outstanding performance of Mozart’s “Der Schauspiele Direktor” at the Cluj National Opera, Romania. In 2009, she was selected as one of the three young Romanian conductors to debut at the Romanian Athenaeum, the most important concert hall in Romania. 

In 2005 Mihaela completed her PGDip in Choral Conducting at Royal Academy of Music, London.  At graduation was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize. 

She also graduated BMus, MMus and PhD in Conducting at Gh. Dima Music Academy in Cluj Napoca, Romania studying with Florentin Mihaescu. In Romania she guest conducted most Philharmonic Orchestras. Starting 2014 Mihaela is regularly invited to Cluj National Opera. 

Since 2007 Mihaela is the Music Director and founder of Jubilate Choir, recording several CD and being invited to perform a cappella, with organ and with orchestra accompaniment in several important festivals in Romania.

Since 2017 Mihaela is the manager and jury member of the Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition – Conducting section. (https://www.dimacompetition.ro/en/)

From 2017-2019 Mihaela is the Principal Conductor of the Erasmus+ project, conducting a Romanian-Estonian youth orchestra in rehearsals and public concerts in Estonia: Tallinn and Tartu and in Romania, Cluj Napoca and Oradea. (https://www.facebook.com/EngopProject/)