1922-2007
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February 3, 1922, Tecuci, Romania.

July 12, 2007, Sibiu, Romania.

Oldest of 15 children of John and Ruxandra Moldoveanu, Nicolae was born into a poor family. He lost his father at age 3½, and at age 12, he entered a program called the military program called the Army’s Children. He lived on a military base in Transylvania, where he joined a brass ensemble, playing the trumpet, and learning dulcimer, piano and accordion. While on military leave in 1935, he went with his mother to a group called the Lord’s Army, a branch of the Greek Orthodox Church. He came to Christ in 1938, and began writing songs, which were first published in Village’s Light.

In 1947, Moldoveanu married Elena Bogdan in Săsciori, Romania, and had a daughter, Daniela.

Between 1948 and 1959 he worked closely with poet Traian Dorz poet, publishing with him Psalms and Hymns, Songs of the Bible and many other songs and Christian hymns. In 1948, the new Communist government of Roman outlawed the Lord’s Army, though the group continued to meet. In 1959, Moldoveanu was sentenced to 12 years in prison on false charges of trying to overthrow the government. While in prison, he met other persecuted Christians such as Traian Dorz and Richard Wurmbrand. He was released as part of a general amnesty five years later, but the secret police kept close watch on him. Despite constant government surveillance, his lyrics and music spread throughout Romania.

In 1986, Moldoveanu moved to Switzerland, where he studied conducting with Wilfried Boettcher, Horst Stein, Ralf Weikert and Antal Doráti at the Musikhochschule in Zürich, Basel and Bern. He also attended master classes with Lothar Zagrosek and Sergiu Celibidache. At the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London, he studied under Colin Metters, George Hurst and Sir Colin Davis. He also took part in master classes with, amongst others, Ilya Musin, Leonard Slatkin and Sir Roger Norrington. Upon graduating from the RAM, he was awarded the Edwin Samuel Dove Prize for special merit as well as the Ricordi Conducting Prize. In 1994, he was appointed Arts Council Young Conductor to the Bournemouth Orchestra. In 1997, he became an associate of the RAM, in 1998 became principal conductor of the English Sinfonia. In 2002, Moldoveanu became associate guest conductor with the London Mozart Players.

Moldoveanu is said to have written 8,000 songs in his lifetime, over 300 of them while in prison.

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