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Mihai Traistariu

Mihai Traistariu Mihai Trăistariu - His voice can reach five octaves and one third

Mihai Trăistariu born December 16, 1979 in Piatra Neamţ, is a Romanian singer and musician. He represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 held in Athens, Greece, with the song " Tornero ".Mihai has a university degree in mathematics but decided to pursue a singing career. He is reportedly one of the few male singers in the world that has a five-octave range, earning him the title "the male Mariah Carey". His highest recorded note was an astonishing live D♯7 (2492 Hz), which he sang when invited to a TV show. He has released twenty singles and eleven albums in his native country, as well as four 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 is thought to have sold more than 1.5 million records.

Comes from a family of artists. His father named Gheorghe Traistariu, was one of the greatest painters of Piatra Neamt, while his mother, Natalia Traistariu (born Natalia Antohi), studied medicine and performed in youth. Mihai has 3 brothers: Geanina, Constantin and Vasile. Each of all 4 brothers studied a musical instrument : Mihai - piano, Geanina - violin, Vasile - also, piano and Constantin - trumpet and guitar.



MIHAI TRAISTARIU - BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

- Obtained in Eurovision - the highest score in Romanian history : 172 points.

- Won for 5 years the title of Best Voice in Romania : in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2007.

- 3 times won the title of "Best male voice in Romania: in 2000, in 2001 and 2006 ... and was nominated for other 5 times .

- After the Eurovision 2006 , his song "Tornero" has been broadcast in over 30 countries in Europe .

- Has now signed contracts with record labels in 15 countries: for Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark with Warner Brothers, for Greece and Cyprus with Planet Works, for Germany, Austria, Switzerland with Jupiter Records, for Malta with Template Records , for Spain and Portugal with Vale Music, for England - Garden Records, and for Romania and Rep.. Moldova - with Roton. His albums are sold in these 15 countries and its music videos run on TV and his singles on radio in all these 15 countries .

- Mihai is the only Romanian artist who has 2 stars on the celebrities boulevard .The artist received a star on Malta, on Bay-street, in 2007 and one in Romania, in 2009, on Celebrity Noulevard in Mangalia, star that he has received in the festival Callatis. So, Mihai is the only romanian artist that has a star on the celebrities boulevard from another country .

- Also, Mihai is the only romanian artist, who won two times the title : Citizen of Honour in Romania . In 2006 he received the title of honorary citizen of Piatra Neamt, his hometown ... and in 2009 he received the title of honorary citizen of the town of Mangalia .

- Mihai Traistariu has been declared 2 times so far - "Artist of the Year" in Romania: in 2000 and 2006 .

- After Eurovision 2006, in many countries he has been awarded with : the 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) .

- Has sold over 1,500,000 albums so far all over the World .

- Mihai Traistariu is the first and only romanian artist in history nominated to Los Angeles Music Awards! The famous American Awards launched names like Anastacia or Black Eye Peas !

- He has until now 10 albums : 6 with boy-band Valahia and 4 as a solo artist, the 11th album will come out on January 14, 2010 and will be a "Best of ...", the 12th it will come out on March, 2010 and it will be a folklore album and the 13th will be a new album of Christmas songs and it will be launched in the winter of 2010. The 10 albums out so far are : "Valahia", "Why", "Pisicuta"( The cat ), "Te iubesc atat de mult" ( I love you so much), "2002", "Curcubeu"( The rainbow ), "Altceva"( Something else ), "Tornero", "De Craciun"( Christmas ) and "Love".

- Mihai Traistariu is, perhaps, the most awarded Romanian singer of all time. Since it started in Romanian music ... until now, he received no less than 84 awards. Whether he won national and international competitions for the interpretation or had record sales of albums, he has achieved awards for: best voice, best male vocals, hit the year, artist of the year, album of the year, most beloved artist, video of the year .

- For stretching his exceptional vocal (5 octaves and a third), Mihai was invited, tested and certified specialists in a famous Guinness Book Tv Show. Their conclusion was the only one: Mihai Traistariu is the only man in the world who has a vocal range of 5 octaves and a third ! So far only approved record belongs to singer Mariah Carey : 5 octaves and a half .

- Mihai has 15 videos so far, which aired on all TV stations in Romania and, from 2006, on all european TV channels. His video titles are : " Banii si fetele " ( Money and girls ), " La mare, la soare " ( At sea, the sun ), " Vrem fetite dotate " ( We want ... gifted girls ), " Why " , " Banana " , " Singur " ( Alone ), " Mama ", " Scufita " , " Nu plange, Iubito " ( Do not cry, baby ), " Sha-la-la ", " Cat de frumoasa esti " ( How beautiful you are ) - with 2 different videos, " Iti dau " ( I give to you ), " Tornero ", " Dimmi si o no " ( from italian - Tell me yes or no ), " Puerto Rico " .

- Mihai performed so far for foreigners in 23 countries, and for the Romanian diaspora in 9 countries. Thus, in 2006 and so far, he had concerts for foreigners in: Greece (33 concerts), Cyprus (9 concerts), Malta (8 concerts), Belarus (3 concerts), Sweden, Iceland, Norway, USA (New York, Atlanta, Chicago), Finland, Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Spain, Georgia, Turkey and Rep.. Moldova (more than 25 concerts). For Romanian comunities he performed in Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Greece. - According to him, he has 5 big tours abroad : in Japan (in 2002 - 12 days), Germany ( 6 tours of one month each ), Sweden ( in 2008 - for 14 days ), in Canada ( in 2009 - for 14 days ) and Rep. Moldova ( in 2006 for 3 weeks ) .

- He won 6 consecutive times at the " Mamaia " Festival - two times first prize, two times second prize and two times third prize .

- Participated 6 times in national selection for Eurovision, being every time on top : place no. 2,3,4,3,3,1 .

- Won 5 times " Hit of the Year " with songs : " Banii si fetele " , La mare, la soare " , " Banana " , " Cat de frumoasa esti " and " Tornero ".

- He won 3 times " Album of the Year " Award : " Why ", " Altceva " and " Tornero ".

- Recently got the double disc Gold - Album sales for " Tornero " and " Christmas ".

- He obtained 1 platinum ( " Why ") and 8 gold discs ( " Valahia ", " Pisicuta" , " Te iubesc atat de mult " , " 2002 ", " Curcubeu " , " Altceva " , " Tornero " and " Christmas " ) .

- Mihai Traistariu has now 43 fanclubs in Romania and 11 international fanclubs ( in Russia, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Greece, Malta, Croatia, Poland, Cyprus, Rep. Moldova ). Over 31,000 fans are enrolled in romanian fanclubs and over 5,000 in the international .

- Won 7 trophies in international festivals : Macedonia, Belarus, Latvia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Georgia.

- Has signed with labels like : Sony Music, Warner Brothers, Roton, Planet Works, Vale Music, Jupiter Records, Epic, EMI, Cat Music, Era Business, Garden Records.

- He won 1-st place from people in Eurodance international competition, with 11.000 votes.

- He was the opening act for some international stars performing in Romania : C.C. Catch, Tom Jones, Michael Bolton, Ruslana. In the spring of 2010, Mihai Traistariu will open the concert of Helena Paparizou !

- Has played abroad in opening act for : DJ Bobo (in Greece), Anna Vissi (Greece), Dana International (in Belarus), Helena Paparizou (Greece), Michael Bolton and Stevie Wonder (in Latvia).

- 400.000 Eurovision fans voted, on ESC Today, for " Tornero " as the best song from Eurovision 2006 and Mihai as " the best voice from Eurovision history" .

- In his native country , Mihai performed until now in more than 4000 concerts (from 1998 to present), in the Romanian diaspora - over 80 concerts and over 250 international concerts ( for foreigners, not for his diaspora ).

- About Mihai there are more than 8,000 articles in newspapers in Romania ( from 1998 to now ) and over 300 in international magasines ;

- Press and television have nicknamed him " The male version of Mariah Carey " for his incredible voice and its famous ... octaves!



Personal :

- He graduated in mathematics at the University " Al. I. Cuza " University in Iasi, with double degree - mathematics-informatics;

- He graduated from National College " Petru Rares " in Piatra Neamt, mathematics-physics section ( High School );

- Studied piano for 10 years with a private teacher.

- In middle school excelled particularly in mathematics and foreign languages. Starting at 12 years old, Mihai attended for 6 years in a row in mathematics Olympiad, where he was awarded each time for best performances. Was subsequently joined the group Olympic mathematics.

- During high school Mihai swings in to choose his future profession. At 14 years wants to be a astronaut or astronomer, physicist or UFO scientist, 15 - psychologist, the 16-17 math teacher, and actor ... and finally, reach a student in Iasi, Faculty of mathematics, mathematics-informatics specialization.

- At 16 years begin to take courses in acting-directing with the big actor Corneliu Dan Borcia, the manager of " Youth Theater " in Piatra Neamt .

- In 17 years, during the summer, Mihai hears on the radio - a great voice and a song that had to change his life and career. It was Mariah Carey - " Without You "! Since then Mihai begins to " work " his voice to see if he can get the ... 5 octaves of the famous Mariah Carey.

- Self-confident, Mihai comes to practice sometimes more than 10-12-15 hours a day. His fanaticism reached the maximum. He wanted to become a famous singer at all costs.

- Come to school in Iasi and, along with that, join the jazz courses of Student House in Iasi, led by composer and teacher of jazz - Romeo Cozma.

- Between 1996-1998 take part in 18 national competitions for interpretation, award winning each time. Of 18 awards, 7 times to win the big prize ( the trophy ).

- In 1998 he played in a successful boy-band Valahia, then began a successful solo career ... exceeding the country's borders.

- Has 2 personal business : a taxy company in Constanta, that bears his name - MIHAI TAXI ... and a recording studio, also, in Constanta, called MIHAI STUDIO. - Mihai Traistariu was invited to over 50 national and international festivalcompetitions (Belarus, Bulgaria, Rep.. Moldova) to be a member of the jury.

- He, also , is a member of the jury in the famous tv show " I want to be a star " on Antena One TV.

- Also, he was a singing teacher at the Academy of Stars - STARSCOOL in Bucharest.

- And, every year, he is the singing teacher for the finalists of the biggest Romanian music festival competition, called " Mamaia Festival " .


Very personal :

Marital status : Single ;

Height : 1.71 m ;

Weight : 65 kg ;

Hair : blond-brown ;

Eyes : Green ;

Hobbies : chess, Internet, Science ;

Languages spoken : English, French, Italian ;

Music style : Pop, Dance, Club Music, R & B, pop-rock, reggae .
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