"True brilliance in technique, expressiveness, and musicianship" - Bill Kanengiser
"An authentic genius of the guitar and its interpretation" - The New Indian Express
"Among the most inspiring, successful and active artists I have ever encountered" - Joaquín Clerch
Dr. Mircea Gogoncea is a 31-year-old Romanian-German guitarist based in Los Angeles. He has performed in over 350 concerts on 5 continents. Having been awarded a total of 169 prizes, he is considered one of the world's most acclaimed guitarists.
In 2022, he made his debut as a composer with an hour-long show consisting of music he wrote for guitar, live electronics and audience interaction. Through this innovative format, he breaks down barriers between performers and listeners, encouraging audiences to engage with music more deeply.
In 2018, he organized the first-ever guitar masterclass and workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. Fundraising for the project consisted of a 7-concert tour of India. The documentary he made about his journey inspired luthiers and performers to donate a series of professional instruments to the young musicians in Lagos.
He is currently Head of Guitar at tonebase, the world's leading institution for online music education. He oversees content strategy, artist bookings, video production and postproduction, while also managing a team of videographers, editors, and engravers. Previously, he created and hosted tonebase Live.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance from USC Thornton in Los Angeles, in addition to 5 other university degrees. He graduated with honors from the Advanced Diploma doctoral-level program of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the post-master’s excellence program Konzertexamen of the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Gogoncea is a Savarez artist and performs on Savarez strings.