Winner of the 2009 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, Mihaela Cesa-Goje was born in 1979 in Satu Mare, Romania. At the age of six, she began studying piano. Cesa-Goje earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Gh Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, where she focused on orchestral and choral conducting with Florentin Mihaescu.
Cesa-Goje has been the recipient of several conducting prizes and awards. In 2003 she was awarded the “Sandor Vegh Prize” by the Romanian Mozart Society for an outstanding performance of Mozart’s “Der Schauspiele Direktor” at the Cluj National Opera, Romania. In 2005, she completed her Conducting Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize. In 2009, she was selected as one of the three young Romanian conductors to debut at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Cesa-Goje is currently the conductor of the Targu Mures International Classical Guitar Festival and has appeared as guest conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Transylvania State Philharmonic, Sibiu State Philharmonic, Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic, Oradea Philharmonic, Nae Leonard Music Theatre and the Camerata Euroart Orchestra. Mihaela is a champion of contemporary music and has been involved in the presentation of many world premieres by Romanian composers.