" Dragos is a narrator who uses the guitar to tell a story from his captivating, thoughtful perspective.”
“Beautiful tone, sensitivity and great musicianship. Dragos has a wonderful command of our instrument!
A bright present and even brighter future."
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 at festivals and competitions across Europe. Among these include the MOL Foundation Scholarship 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 placed in over 30 national and international competitions, with the majority of the awards being the first prize. Some of these include the Iasi Guitar Festival, Indiana Guitar Festival, the Columbus Guitar Symposium, ECU Guitar Festival, Texas A&M Guitar Competition, and Florida Guitar Festival. He has performed and taught masterclasses at various guitar festivals around the United States and Europe.
Dragos holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, where he was the recipient of the Woodruff Award: a prestigious four year scholarship for completing his studies at the class of the renowned teacher, composer, and performer Andrew Zohn. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at the University of Austin Texas, with professor Adam Holzman.
Dragos is an Augustine Strings Artist, and uses the Guitarlift support.