Chattanooga Now GuitarChattanooga hosts Romanian virtuoso Dragos Ilie

Chattanooga Now GuitarChattanooga hosts Romanian virtuoso Dragos Ilie

September 3rd, 2019 by Barry Courter in Chattnow Music

GuitarChattanooga Contributed Photo / Dragos Ilie

GuitarChattanooga Contributed Photo / Dragos Ilie

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Romanian guitarist Dragos Ilie will perform Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. His appearance is presented by GuitarChattanooga.

Ilie has made a name for himself around the world as one of the most creative and expressive young guitarists of his generation. Falling in love with the guitar after listening to his father play, he enrolled at the Popular School of Arts and later at the National College of Arts in his native city (Iasi, Romania), where he studied under professor Marius Timpau. During that time, Dragos also studied with Dr. Daniel Dragomirescu at the National Music Conservatoire of Iasi.

He has received numerous grants in his home country for competing at festivals and competitions across Europe, including the MOL Foundation for Young Artists and the Young Talents Grant offered by the Margareta Principess Foundation, with the support of the Royal House of Romania.

He has placed in more than 30 national and international competitions, taking first prize in many of them. Some of these prizes include the Iasi Guitar Festival, Indiana Guitar Festival, the Columbus Guitar Symposium, ECU Guitar Festival, Texas A&M Guitar Competition, and Florida Guitar Foundation Festival. He has performed and taught masterclasses at various guitar festivals around the United States and Europe.

Ilie holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from Columbus State University, where he was a 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 will continue his studies this year at the University of Texas in Austin with professor Adam Holzman.

Ilie is an Augustine Strings Artist, and uses the Guitarlift support.

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.