Marcel Chirilov is a versatile clarinettist who perfectly masters a variety of musical styles, including classical, folk, jazz, klezmer and contemporary.
Born in Chisinau, he first studied at the Eugeniu Coca School of Music, where he was introduced to the clarinet by his teacher, Pavel Stolearciuc.
Upon leaving school, he continued his studies at the Grigore Musicescu Conservatory of Music in Chisinau, being taught by Eugen Verbetsky (clarinet), Vladimir Rotaru (chamber music) and Serguei Tchebykin (piano).
In the course of his career, he has won a number of prizes:
- First Prize in the National Clarinet Competition (1987)
- Second Prize in the Chisinau Wind Instruments Competition (1989)
- Ciprian Porumbescu Prize for best set-piece performance (1991)
- Virtuoso prize at the Barbu Lantaru National Competition (1994).
From 1994 to 1996, he was a member of prestigious national formations such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Moldova Philharmonic, the Moldova Chamber Orchestra, the dance and music company JOC, and the clarinet sextet Clari-nova, which he founded.
In 1996, he was invited to join the Italian group Concert Strauss as a soloist, performing concerts across Italy, France and Germany.
Between 1997 and 2000, after many years as a soloist, Marcel began to teach clarinet and chamber music at Chisinau Conservatory.
In 2001, he moved to Spain, further advancing his career by perfecting his technique alongside fellow musicians.
Between 2003 and 2006, he taught at the Municipal School of Music in A Coruña.
This school’s partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London enabled a wide variety of collaborations with renowned musicians, giving rise to the Jazz-Mass project, sponsored by the Guildhall School of Music.
Marcel has taken part in numerous recitals in collaboration with pianists such as Mariana Gurkova (Bulgaria), Julia Kjonarzewska (Poland), Rupert Twine (Scotland) and Vera Pavlova (Russia).
As a guest teacher, he has also contributed to various masterclasses held in Spain and Moldova.
Marcel Chirilov currently teaches clarinet, chamber music and jazz for beginners at the Professional Music Conservatory in As Pontes de Garcia Rodríguez.
In parallel, he collaborates with the Municipal Symphonic Music Band and the OSG in A Coruña.
Marcel Chirilov plays with Steuer “Exclusive” reeds.