Romanian guitarist Dragos Ilie has already established himself as one of the most creative and expressive young guitarists of his generation. At an early age, Dragos fell in love with the guitar after listening to his father play. Soon he enrolled at the Popular School of Arts and later at the National College of Arts in his native city (Iasi), in the class of Professor Marius Timpau. During that time, Dragos also studied with Dr. Daniel Dragomirescu at the National Music Conservatoire of Iasi.
His passion and young artistry led him to receive numerous grants in his home country for competing in festivals across Europe. Among these include the MOL Foundation for Young Artists and the “Young Talents” Grant offered by the Margareta Principess Foundation, with the support of the Royal House of Romania.
Dragos has earned top prizes in over 30 national and international competitions, with most being first place. Some of these include the Iasi Guitar Festival, Indiana Guitar Festival, the Columbus Guitar Symposium, ECU Guitar Festival, Texas A&M Guitar Competition, and the 2018 Florida Guitar Festival. He has performed and taught masterclasses at a plethora of guitar festivals throughout the United States and Europe.
Dragos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, as a recipient of the Woodruff Award: a prestigious 4 year scholarship towards completion of his studies under the guidance of renowned teacher, composer, and performer Dr. Andrew Zohn. He will pursue his graduate degree, starting in the Fall of 2019, at the University of Austin Texas with acclaimed professor Adam Holzman.
Dragos is an Augustine Strings Artist, and uses the Guitarlift support.