Romanian-born tenor Marius Brenciu obtained a Master’s degree at the Bucharest University of Music. He made his debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1997). Among the many first prizes Marius Brenciu won during his studies were those from the Julian Gayarre International Competition (chaired by José Carreras) and the Georges Enescu International Competition (chaired by Ileana Cotrubas).
At the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition 2000 (Belgium) the young tenor won the second Prize and the Opera Prize, and at the YCA Auditions in New York (2001) the first prize and two special prizes. Marius Brenciu completed his competition activities by winning the 2001 Cardiff competition “Singer of The World”. For the first time in history of this prestigious biannual competition won in the past by singers such as Karita Mattila, Bryn Terfel and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Brenciu walked away with the only two available awards: the Prize for “Lied” as well as “Singer of the World”.