Award-winning composer and educator Mihai Popean received degrees from Bowling Green State University of Ohio, USA (DMA and MM), and West University of Timisoara, Romania (BM). His teachers include Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, Doctor Honoris Causa Remus Georgescu and Constantin Rîpă, Professor Emeritus Vasile Beluska (Violin), Professor Emeritus Vernon Wolcott (organ), Ecaterina Bothar (viola) and Russell Schmidt (jazz) as well as Distinguished Research Professor Verner Bingman and Professor Patricia Sharp (neuroscience / music cognition). His works and performances encompass a wide range of musical genres, and have been featured on TV and radio stations in Romania and the USA. In 2010 he was a co-producer for one episode (Star Formation) and composer of the original title song for the Emmy Award-winning Plugged-In science show (WGTE Public Media Television, Toledo, Ohio, USA). Popean’s works have received significant awards and performances (ATEM New Music Ensemble 2017, Detroit Symphony Concert Orchestra 2015, All-State Orchestra 2012-2015, Alarm Will Sound reading of Twittering Machine in 2012, Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra commission 2010, winner of the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition 2008, 1st Prize for The University of Toledo Craig's Piano Competition 2007, Maximilian Kolbe Theater Play original soundtrack commission for the 2001 Colloque Internationale Ionesco après Ionesco in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the Grand Prize of The Metal Fan Gala 1992) and were featured in Contemporary Music Festivals such TIMSONIA (2018), INTRADA (2018), MUSICAL TIMISOARA (2018), Ohio Northern University (2008), Heidelberg University (2007) and the University of Toledo (2007). Other honors include CMA Distinguished Document/Thesis Award 2016, Teacher of the Year 2006-2007, Educator of the Year 2006, and several nominations for Who’s Who Among American Teachers. During 2001-2006 he was the orchestra director and piano teacher at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Research interests include the Tibetan Yang musical notation based on research completed at Rangjung Yeshe Institute CBS from Kathmandu University in Nepal (2015-2016) and transdisciplinary research in cognition, music, education and artificial intelligence. Currently he teaches harmony, 20th-century music analysis and music technology at the Faculty of Music & Theatre from the West University of Timisoara where he is the director of the Music & Transdisciplinary Research Center and the editor in chief of the MUSiQ research journal.

Popean, BGSU