Hailed as “one of Europe’s most talented young conductors”, in twenty years Mihail Agafiţa has conducted over 600 symphonic concerts, operas, and ballet performances with ensembles from Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Spain, Finland, the United States, Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Belarus; as well as concerts in Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Monaco, Malta and Tunis.
Among other orchestras, he has conducted The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, the National Philharmonics of Belarus and Republic of Moldova; major Romanian orchestras including Cluj Philharmonic, Iaşi Philharmonic, and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Târgu Mureş, Oradea, Braşov, Sibiu, Bacău, Craiova, Botoşani, Ploieşti, Satu Mare, Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain), Pori Sinfonietta (Finland), Owensboro Symphony, Great Falls Symphony and Ohio University Symphony Orchestras (USA), The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet (Russia), The Chişinău National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Moldova), The Academic Opera and Ballet Theatres from Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraina) and many other ensembles and companies.
Born in 1973 in Republic of Moldova, Mihail Agafiţa studied conducting at the State Institute of Arts in Chişinău (Moldova), later receiving his undergraduate and Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the National University of Music in Bucharest (Romania), where he studied with the renowned professor Dumitru Goia, a master of the esteemed St. Petersburg school of conducting. In 2005 and 2007 Mihail Agafiţa participated in master classes directed by the well-known conductor Patrick Strub, organized by the Embassy of Germany in Chişinău.
Since 2004 he had held the position of Permanent Conductor at the National Philharmonic of the Republic of Moldova, where, in 2013, he was appointed to the prestigious position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra.
Between 2009 and 2013 he held the position of Permanent Conductor of the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic in Cluj, Romania.
Mihail Agafiţa has participated in several prestigious international music festivals throughout Europe, where his performances were met with great enthusiasm by the public and media alike. His impressive repertoire encompasses works of different genres and styles ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, including several world premieres.
Over the years, he has collaborated with such famous personalities as Robert Levin, Leontina Văduva, Dana Borşan, Isabel Pantoja, Cristina Anghelescu, Valentin Gheorghiu, Dieter Flury, Philippe Cuper, Alexei Nabioulin, David Grimal, Csiky Boldizsar, Şerban Lupu, Gabriel Croitoru, Alexandru Tomescu, Ashot Khachatourian, Liviu Prunaru, Florin Croitoru, Perényi Miklós, Georgeta Stoleriu, Anatoly Krastev, Marko Ylönen, Anton Niculescu, Ilian Gârneţ, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Valentina Naforniţă, Radu Marian, Alexandra Conunova–Dumortier, Jean-François Antonioli, Balint Janos, Maria Bieşu, Mark Drobinsky, Thomas Pandolfi, Mihai Ungureanu, Boris Andrianov, Florin Ionescu Galaţi, Andrei Jilihovschi, Gintaras Janusevicius, Răzvan Suma, Lorene de Ratuld and many others.
His career highlights include a collaboration with the famous Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja, with whom he performed in all major cities in Spain. This joint effort included three remarkable concerts in Barcelon’s prestigious Palau de la Musica, presently available on CD and DVD (Sony).
Other important moments in his career remains collaboration with The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and his participation in the 2011 International George Ensecu Festival in Bucharest, where he led the “Transylvania” Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca. Also important was collaborations with the “George Enescu” Philharmonic of Bucharest and The National Radio Orchestra of Romania.
In 2010 he became a member of the Musicians’ Union of Republic of Moldova.
Since his debut as a conductor, Mihail Agafiţa has been appreciated for his personality and artistic talent, convincing and sensible interpretations, as well as for his refined technique.
By presidential decree (2010 in Rep. of Moldova), in recognition of outstanding service in developing and promoting the music art and an intensive concert practice, the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, Mihail Agafiţa, has been awarded the title of “Honoured Master in Arts”.
As of February 2012, in recognition of the outstanding merits and contribution to the lyric stage, Maestro has been awarded the “Lya Hubic” trophy (Cluj, Romania) and in January 2016 Mihail Agafita holds the „Gavriil Musicescu” trophy awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova for outstanding contribution in promoting the symphonic art and remarkable performances in exceptional events.