Congratulated by the famous pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, who expressed his “admiration and affection” for the conductor and the ensemble he led during the George Enescu Festival, when awarded the Cultural Order Merit in the rank of Knight (2003), conductor Iosif Ion Prunner was born in Bucharest, part of a music-loving family with deep cultural roots.
He made his debut at the age of 6 and performed in the Romanian Athenaeum at 14. He studied at DinuLipatti Music College and at the Bucharest Music University studying piano and conducting with Zoe Popescu, Ana Pitiş, Maria Fotino, Constantin Bugeanu and Sergiu Comissiona.
After graduation he joined the orchestra at the George Enescu Philharmonic. In 1991 he founded the Constantin SilverstriChamber Music Orchestra Foundation, and in 1996 became director of the eponymous International Conducting Competition. In 1997 Maestro Cristian Mandeal assigned to him the direction of the Philharmonic Choir, while also being asked to conduct concerts of the symphonic and chamber orchestras of the Philharmonic. The same year he conducted the semi-professional doctors’ orchestra in Bucharest, continuing a long tradition of the Philharmonic. In 2007 he was invited, together with the Capitole Toulouse Orchestra and the Orfeu, the famous choir of San Sebastian, to present a production of the Verdi Requiem in San Sebastian, Toulouse and the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
In Romania he has collaborated with the country’s most important orchestras, the National Radio Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra, and has given concerts at the National Romanian Opera and led the Enescu Philharmonic Choir in major European and Asian music centres (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Korea)and participated in festivals in Romania, Czechoslovakia and Italy. His collaborations includedistinguished music personalities such as Cristian Mandeal, Sergiu Comissiona, Lawrence Craig, Valentin Gheorghiu, LudovicSpiess, Eugenia Moldoveanu, Michel Plasson, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ion Marin, Adrian Eröd, Neil Stuart, Tatiana Serjan, DoloraZajick and Carlo Colombaraand with orchestras such as the Orchestre national de France, Munich Philharmonic, Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Catalonian National Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic and the Capitole Toulouse Orchestra.