(b Rupea, 1946).
Romanian conductor. Studied piano, comp., and cond. at Brasov Mus. High Sch. and Mus. Acad., Bucharest (1965–75), then with Karajan (1980) and Celibidache (1990). Became répétiteur at Bucharest Romanian Opera. Gen. dir. and prin. cond. George Enescu PO, Bucharest, from 1987; art. dir. Haifa SO 1999–2002. First prin. guest cond. of Hallé Orch., from 2005. Cond. Brit. première of Enescu's Oedipe (Edinburgh Fest. 2002).