Project Description

Marian Tanau

Marian Tanau is currently the Executive Director of the New Mexico Philharmonic. 

He was appointed to the position in 2011, and the NMPhil is currently in its fifth successful season under his leadership.  He is also the founder and president of the American Romanian Festival, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote American and Romanian music and culture to audiences in the US and Europe.  Mr. Tanau is one of the founders of the highly anticipated Olga Kern International Piano Competition. He serves the organization as Executive Director and a member of the Board of Directors. 

In addition to his administrative duties, Marian Tanau is a violinist with the esteemed Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He began his musical studies when he first picked up the violin at age four in his hometown of Timişoara in Romania. He graduated from Liceul de Muzica “Ion Vidu,” where he studied violin with Maria Cleşiu. He then left for the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca and the Conservatorul de Muzica “G. Dima,” where he earned an Artists Diploma. Later in the US, he earned a graduate degree from Bowling Green State University.  Mr. Tanau then joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1995. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Romania and the US and is an active chamber musician. In 2004, he joined the violin faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Marian Tanau is a Founder and Executive Director of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition.