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Mihai Trăistariu is a Romania
Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

n singer and musician. He represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Eurovision Song Contest 2006
The Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the 51st Eurovision Song Contest, held at the Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece on 18 May and 20 May 2006 . The hosting national broadcaster of the contest was Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi . The Finnish band Lordi won the contest with the song "Hard Rock...

 held in Athens
Athens
Athens , is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state...

, Greece, with the song "Tornero
Tornerò
Tornerò was the Romanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, performed in English and Italian by Mihai Trăistariu and composed by Mihai Traistariu and Eduard Cîrcotă. Tornero was ranked first in the Romanian national selection on 26 February 2006, receiving 22 points in total.The song is an...

". Since that competition the song has been broadcast in over 30 countries in Europe.

Biography


He comes from a family of artists. His father, Gheorghe Trăistariu, was one of the greatest painters of Piatra Neamţ and his mother, Natalia Trăistariu (born Natalia Antohi), studied medicine and performed in her youth. Mihai has three siblings: Geanina, Constantin and Vasile. All four play a musical instrument: Mihai - piano, Geanina - violin, Vasile - piano, and Constantin - trumpet and guitar. He studied piano for 10 years with a private teacher.

Mihai graduated from the University "Al. I. Cuza" University in Iași, with double major in mathematics and informatics, but chose to pursue a singing career. He graduated from National College "Petru Rares" (High School) in Piatra Neamţ
Piatra Neamt
Piatra Neamț , , ; is the capital city of Neamţ County, in the historical region of Moldavia, eastern Romania. Because of its privileged location in the Eastern Carpathian mountains, it is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Romania...

, mathematics-physics section. At 16 years of age he began to take courses in acting-directing with actor Corneliu Dan Borcia, the manager of " Youth Theater " in Piatra Neamţ. At 17, Mihai hears - a great voice and a song that had to change his life and career on the radio. It was Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She made her recording debut with the release of her eponymous studio album in 1990, under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, whom she later married in 1993...

 - "Without You" and he begins to "work" his voice to see if he could reach 5 octaves. He went to Iași, joined the jazz courses of Student House in Iași, led by composer and teacher, Romeo Cozma.

He is one of the few male singers in the world that has a five-octave range, earning him the nickname "the male Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She made her recording debut with the release of her eponymous studio album in 1990, under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, whom she later married in 1993...

". His highest recorded note was an astonishing live D♯7 (2492 Hz), which he sang when invited to a TV show. Mihai was tested and certified by a specialists in a famous Guinness Book TV Show. They concluded that Mihai Trăistariu is the only man in the world who has a vocal range of 5 octaves and a third (needs validation see here). So far only approved record belongs to singer Mariah Carey: 5 octaves and a half.

In 1998 he played in a successful boy-band Valahia, then began a successful solo career. He taught singing at the Academy of Stars - STARSCOOL in Bucharest. He also serves as the singing teacher for the finalists of the biggest Romanian music festival competition, called "Mamaia Festival".

Mihai Trăistariu is, perhaps, the most awarded Romanian singer of all time. Since his start in Romanian music, he has received 91 awards. He has won national and international competitions for interpretation or record and album sales.

He has released twenty singles and twelve albums in his native country, as well as four international singles ("Tornero", "Dimmi si o no", "Your love is high", "Puerto Rico", "Je t'aime") and four international albums ("Tornero", "Christmas", "Love" and "Best of"). He has contracts with record labels in 15 countries: Warner Brothers
Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label. It was the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Bros. Pictures, although the two companies...

 (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark), Planet Works (Greece and Cyprus), Jupiter Records (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Template Records (Malta), Vale Music
Vale Music
Vale Music was a Spanish record label founded by Ricardo Campoy and the executives José María Castells, Toni Peret and Andreu Ugas that came from the breakaway Max Music. The label belongs to Universal Music Group since 2006....

 (Spain and Portugal), Garden Records (England), Roton
Roton
A roton is an elementary excitation, or quasiparticle, in superfluid Helium-4. The dispersion relation of elementary excitations in this superfluid shows a linear increase from the origin, but exhibits first a maximum and then a minimum in energy as the momentum increases...

 (Romania and Moldova).

He was a judge on the TV show I want to be a star on Antena One TV.

He is the organiser of the International Festival of Pop Music "Liga Campionilor" ("Champions League") at Rasnov, Jud. Brașov, Romania.
He is, together with Alina Todasca, one of the organisers of My Song Contest, a musical competition on TV.

Romanian

  • Obtained in Eurovision - the highest score in Romanian history: 172 points.
  • Participated 6 times in national selection for Eurovision, placed 2,3,4,3,3,1
  • "Best Voice in Romania": in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2007
  • "Best male voice in Romania": in 2000, in 2001 and 2006 ... and five other nominations
  • "Artist of the Year" in Romania: in 2000 and 2006
  • Received a star in Malta (2007), on Bay-street and one in Romania (2009), on Celebrity Noulevard in Mangalia. Mihai is the only Romanian artist with a star from another country.
  • Two time winner of "Citizen of Honour in Romania", honorary citizen of Piatra Neamţ (2006), his hometown and honorary citizen of the town of Mangalia (2209)
  • 5 time "Hit of the Year" with songs: "Banii si fetele", "La mare, la soare ", "Banana", "Cat de frumoasa esti " and "Tornero"
  • 6 time winner "Mamaia" Festival - two times first prize, two times second prize, and two times third prize.
  • 3 time winner "Album of the Year " Award: "Why", "Altceva" and "Tornero"
  • Double disc Gold - Album sales for "Tornero" and "Christmas"
  • 1 platinum hit — " Why"
  • 8 gold hits — "Valahia", "Pisicuta", "Te iubesc atat de mult", "2002", "Curcubeu", "Altceva", "Tornero" and " Christmas"
  • 43 fan-clubs in Romania, with over 31,000 fans are enrolled

International

  • "Best male voice" (Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Sweden)
  • "Hit of year" - "Tornero" (Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Sweden, Iceland, Belarus, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Rep. Moldova)
  • 7 trophies at international festivals: Macedonia, Belarus, Latvia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Georgia
  • 1st place Eurodance
    Eurodance
    Eurodance is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the late 1980s or early 1990s primarily in Europe. It combines many elements from House, Techno, Hi-NRG and especially Italo-Disco...

     international competition, with 11,000 popular votes
  • nominated to Los Angeles Music Awards
  • 11 international fan-clubs (in Russia, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Greece, Malta, Croatia, Poland, Cyprus, Rep. Moldova), with over 5,000 fans enrolled

International Concerts



Romanian Diaspora Concerts

  • Germany ( 72 concerts )
  • Canada ( 4 concerts - Toronto, Montreal, Otawa, Kitchener )
  • Austria ( 3 concerts - Vienna, Linz )
  • Belgium ( 2 concert - Bruxelles )
  • France ( 2 concerts - Paris )
  • Italy ( 2 concerts - Padova, Venice )
  • Spain ( 1 concert - Madrid )
  • Cyprus ( 1 concert )
  • Greece ( 3 concerts - Atena, Saloniki )

Tours

  • Germany ( between 2000 - 2003 - 6 tours of one month each )
  • Japan (in 2002 – for 12 days)
  • Rep. Moldova (in 2006 for 3 weeks).
  • Sweden (in 2008 - for 14 days)
  • Canada (in 2009 - for 14 days)
  • U.S.A. (in 2010 - for 15 days)

Albums

  • 1999: "Valahia"
  • 2000: "Why"
  • 2001: "Pisicuta"
  • 2002: "Te iubesc atat de mult"
  • 2002: "2002"
  • 2003: "Curcubeu"
  • 2005: "Altceva"
  • 2006: "Tornero"
  • 2006: "Christmas"
  • 2009: "Love"
  • 2010: "Best of"
  • 2010: "Lie, ciocarlie"

Singles

  • 2004: "Cât de frumoasă eşti"
  • 2005: "Iţi dau"
  • 2006: "Tornero
    Tornerò
    Tornerò was the Romanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, performed in English and Italian by Mihai Trăistariu and composed by Mihai Traistariu and Eduard Cîrcotă. Tornero was ranked first in the Romanian national selection on 26 February 2006, receiving 22 points in total.The song is an...

    "
  • 2007: "Dimmi Si o No"
  • 2008: "Your love is high"
  • 2009: "Puerto Rico"
  • 2010: "Je t'aime"
  • 2010: "Lie, ciocarlie"

Charts

Tornero Peak
Grecque Singles Charts 1
Cypriot Singles Charts 1
Maltese Singles Charts 1
Swedish Singles Charts 1
Denmark Singles Charts 3
Norway Singles Charts 4
Finnish Singles Charts 7
Lithuanian Singles Charts 8

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