In 2016, violinist Victor Romanul was invited by Strings Magazine to write an article about the story of his career. Born in Boston, he was the grandson of the famed opera diva, Stella Roman, who premiered Die Frau Ohne Schatten under the baton of Richard Strauss at La Scala. His first teacher at the age of seven, was the former Associate Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, Alfred Krips. He subsequently studied with Ivan Galamian, Joseph Silverstein, and Jascha Heifetz. While a fellow at Tanglewood as a teenager, he won the Pierre Meyer Award, as “Best String player at the Tanglewood Music Center”. At the age of 21, he won a position as Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, where he remained for six years. He then left to perform solo concerts. Now as a member of the Boston Symphony, he is a very active soloist, chamber music performer, and teacher. With the Pittsburgh Symphony, he performed the Beethoven, Dvorak, and Bach concerti and with the Boston Pops, he has performed the Korngold, Beethoven, and Bruch concerti. 

Victor was a full time professor of violin, chamber music, and pedagogy at Boston Conservatory for several years. He has given masterclasses at Columbia, Oberlin, Northwestern, and SUNY Stony Brook, and at Tanglewood he gave masterclasses for the fellows on the Ysaye six Sonatas and on the 24 Paganini caprices. He spent three years as concertmaster of the Peninsula Music Festival, north of Chicago, and two years as concertmaster of the Eastern Music Festival where he performed the Sibelius and Paganini concerti. For three years, he was concertmaster of the National Chamber Orchestra, “Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra”, conceived by the Ford Car Company, which united musicians from the top 5 American orchestras in Detroit. 

John Williams, the famed composer wrote “Duo Concertante” for Victor, and violist Michael Zaretsky, which the three of them worked on together during its development, premiered at Tanglewood, and recorded at Symphony Hall in Boston. 

Victor often performs recitals of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, the Ysaye’s Six Sonatas, Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas, and the ten Beethoven Sonatas, which most recently he performed at the Goethe Institute in Boston. Often performing as concerto soloist, over the past few seasons, he has given performances of the Paganini, Glazunov, Brahms Double, Bach Double with oboe, the Vivaldi Four Seasons, and others. A large number of videos of his performing are available to watch on YouTube. Recently, Mel Magazine featured Victor’s performance of Locatelli’s Harmonic Labyrinth, in their article, on how to get to like classical music, and portrayed his performance as a classical Eddie Van Halen. 

Apart from solo concerto performances, Victor has surveyed the many gems of the solo violin repertoire. His recitals are replete with the solo works of Vieuxtemps, Sauret, Paganini, Tarrega, Saint-Lubin, Augusta Read Thomas, Wieniawski, and others. A virtuoso work he discovered by Sauret, “Home Sweet Home”, seems nowhere else to be found, and a live performance of it is available on YouTube. 

As a boy, and through his teenage years, Victor performed on the viola with his three brothers in their piano quartet, the Romanul Chamber Players. With Victor on the viola, they performed hundreds of concerts together across the U.S. and abroad, winning the top prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade in 1980, and also the Audience favorite prize, “the Golden Harp”. Several prominent musicians suggested that he should switch to the viola, as he felt so much at home with it. A recent reunion with the viola, an instrument he loves, has resulted in a several recitals, a performance of the six suites of Bach, and his first concerto performance on the viola, the Bruch Double Concerto. On the viola, he recently performed of the six suites of Bach. Compilations of the entire music of Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps, Alard, and Sauret, into single pieces has been a passion of Victor’s, which he performs often. 

As a Chamber Music performer, he has partnered with Misha Dichter, Yefim Bronfman, Andre Previn(national television broadcast of Brahms Sonata #2), Colorado Quartet (Chausson concerto for string quartet, violin and piano), Bernard Greenhouse, and many others. He was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and the Boston Artists Ensemble. Victor is passionate about teaching and has made a study of the thousands of intricacies of violin playing, and how they are all interrelated. He loves to share this information with string players who are passionate about playing. Victor has been named in Best of Boston by the Boston Globe under the category, “Soloist with Orchestra”.