Matei Pop is one of the valuable young musicians that Romania is proud to showcase presently. Following conducting (with Petre Sbârcea) and composition studies (with Cornel Țăranu) at the “G. Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca (graduating top of his class in 2005), he took part in masterclasses by Gianluigi Gelmetti (Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy), Zoltán Pesko and Zsolt Hamar (International Bartok Festival and Seminar, Szombathely, Hungary), Peter Eötvös, Jean-Philippe Wurtz and Zsolt Nagy (Abbaye du Royaumont, Asnières-Sur-Oise, France and Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation, Budapest), Johannes Schlaefli and James Lowe (Allegra Festival and Academy, Ruse, Bulgaria) and Dejan Savić (State Opera Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) among others.
As a composer, Matei Pop is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, among which the First Prize at the “Roads to Romanticism” International Composition Competition (Warsaw, 2007). His works have been performed in Romania, France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Brazil, and the USA.
Matei Pop has performed as guest conductor with the majority of the state philharmonics from Romania, as well as the Radio Chamber Orchestra from Bucharest, the Hungarian Opera of Cluj-Napoca and the “Nae Leonard” Musical Theatre of Galati.
Abroad he worked with the “Danubia” Orchestra Óbuda (Hungary), the “Savaria” Orchestra Szombathely (Hungary), the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), the Stara Zagora State Opera Orchestra (Bulgaria), the National Symphony Orchestra of “Teleradio-Moldova” (Republic of Moldova) as well as the “Serghei Lunchevici” National Philharmonic Orchestra of Chișinău (Republic of Moldova).
He has collaborated with such acclaimed soloists as the violinists Fedor Rudin, Gabriel Croitoru, Cristina Anghelescu, Ioana Cristina Goicea, Robert Kusnyer, Vlad Raceu, Franceso Ionascu, the pianists Horia Mihail, Viniciu Moroianu, Mihai Ungureanu, Daniel Goiti, Vlad Dimulescu, Horia Maxim, Razvan Dragnea, Andrei Licaret, Ioan-Dragos Dimitriu, the cellists Alexandru Morosanu, Radu Sinaci, Mircea Marian, Octavian Alin Lup, and Stefan Cazacu, the flutist Matei Ioachimescu, the guitarist Andras Csaki and the singers Adela Zaharia, Stefania Spaggiari, Brigitta Kele, Aura Twarowska, Gabriella Varvari, Claudia Codreanu, Ana Rusu, Alfio Grasso, Constantin Nica, Stefan von Korch, Sergiu Coltan, Ruben Muresan, Stefan Ignat, Mircea Sampetrean, Dan Popescu, Ioan Vrasmas, Iustinian Zetea among many others.
His repertory comprises hundreds of works with a wide variety of musical styles.
As principal conductor of the contemporary music ensemble “adHOC” of the “G. Dima”
Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca (2011-2019), Matei Pop gave acclaimed concerts within international festivals (International New Music Week – Bucharest, Musical Autumn of Cluj, Cluj Modern, Intrada – Timişoara). Within Les Choralies Festival (Vaison-la-Romaine, France, 2013) he conducted members of the Percussions Claviers de Lyon ensemble.