Hailed as "one of Europe's most talented young conductors", in twenty years Mihail
Agafita has conducted over 600 symphonic concerts, operas, and ballet performances with ensembles from Romania,
the Republic of Moldova, Spain, Finland, the United States, Italy, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Belarus; as well as concerts in Greece,
Portugal, France, Monaco, Malta and Tunis.
Among other orchestras, he has conducted The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, The “George Enescu” Philharmonic
of Bucharest and The National Radio Orchestra of Romania, The National Philharmonics of Belarus and Republic of Moldova;
major Romanian orchestras including Cluj Philharmonic, Iaşi Philharmonic, and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Târgu Mureş,
Oradea, Braşov, Sibiu, Bacău, Craiova, Botoşani, Ploieşti, Satu Mare, Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain), Pori Sinfonietta (Finland),
Owensboro Symphony, Great Falls Symphony and Ohio University Symphony Orchestras (USA), The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet (Russia),
The Chişinău National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Moldova), The Academic Opera and Ballet Theatres from Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraina)
and many other ensembles and companies.
Born in 1973 in Republic of Moldova, Mihail Agafita studied conducting at the State
Institute of Arts in Chisinau (Moldova), later receiving his undergraduate and Master's degree
in orchestral conducting from the National University of Music in Bucharest (Romania), where
he studied with the renowned professor Dumitru Goia, a master of the esteemed St. Petersburg
school of conducting. In 2005 and 2007 Mihail Agafita participated in master classes directed by
the well-known conductor Patrick Strub, organized by the Embassy of Germany in Chisinau.
Since 2004 he had held the position of Permanent Conductor at the National
Philharmonic of the Republic of Moldova, where, in 2013, he was appointed to the prestigious
position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra.
Between 2009-2013 he held the position of Permanent Conductor of the "Transylvania"
State Philharmonic in Cluj, Romania.
Mihail Agafita has participated in several prestigious international music festivals
throughout Europe, where his performances were met with great enthusiasm by the public and
media alike. His impressive repertoire encompasses works of different genres and styles ranging
from Baroque to contemporary music, including several world premieres.
Over the years, he has collaborated with such famous personalities as Robert Levin, Leontina Văduva, Dana Borşan, Cristina Anghelescu,
Valentin Gheorghiu, Alexander Paley, Dieter Flury, Philippe Cuper, Alexei Nabioulin, David Grimal, Csiky Boldizsar, Şerban Lupu, Gabriel Croitoru,
Alexandru Tomescu, Ashot Khachatourian, Liviu Prunaru, Florin Croitoru, Perényi Miklós, Georgeta Stoleriu, Anatoly Krastev, Marko Ylönen,
Anton Niculescu, Ilian Gârneţ, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Valentina Naforniţă, Radu Marian, Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier,
Jean-François Antonioli, Balint Janos, Maria Bieşu, Mark Drobinsky, Thomas Pandolfi, Mihai Ungureanu, Boris Andrianov,
Florin Ionescu Galaţi, Andrei Jilihovschi, Gintaras Janusevicius, Răzvan Suma, Paolo Taballione, Lorene de Ratuld and many others.
His career highlights include a collaboration with the famous Spanish singer Isabel
Pantoja, with whom he performed in all major cities in Spain. This joint effort included three
remarkable concerts in Barcelon's prestigious Palau de la Musica, presently available on CD and
Other important moments in his career remains collaboration with The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and his participation in the 2011
International George Ensecu Festival in Bucharest, where he led the "Transylvania" Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca. Also important was
collaborations with the “George Enescu” Philharmonic of Bucharest and The National Radio Orchestra of Romania.
In 2010 he became a member of the Musicians' Union of Republic of Moldova.
Since his debut as a conductor, Mihail Agafita has been appreciated for his personality
and artistic talent, convincing and sensible interpretations, as well as for his refined technique.
As of 2016, by presidential decree Mihail Agafiţa holds the highest title of honor of the Republic of Moldova in the field of culture – "People's Artist",
awarded for remarkable achievements and extraordinary stage performance.
By presidential decree (in Rep. of Moldova), in recognition of outstanding service in
developing and promoting the music art and an intensive concert practice, the conductor of the
Symphony Orchestra, Mihail Agafita, has been awarded the title of "Honoured Master in Arts".
As of February 2012, in recognition of the outstanding merits and contribution to the lyric stage,
Maestro has been awarded the "Lya Hubic" trophy (Cluj, Romania) and in
January 2016 Mihail Agafita holds the „Gavriil Musicescu” trophy awarded by
the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova for outstanding contribution in promoting the symphonic art
and remarkable performances in exceptional events.