Mihaela Cesa-Goje

2009 Fellow

  • Conductor, Harmonia Cordis International
  • LA Phlharmonic Dudamel Conducting Fellowship (2011-2012)


As a Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow, Mihaela Cesa – Goje gained accolades conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the  Florida Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony. Mihaela was subsequently awarded the the 2011-2012 season Dudamel Conducting Fellowship by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The first woman to receive this fellowship, she worked alongside Gustavo Dudamel and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as with LA Phil education program students over a six week period.

Mihaela Cesa-Goje has been the recipient of several other conducting prizes and awards. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Women Conductor Grant from the League of American Orchestras. Also, in 2009, she was selected as one of the three young Romanian conductors to debut at the Romanian Athenaeum, the most important concert hall in Romania.

In 2005 Mihaela Cesa-Goje was awarded Irene Burcher Prize by the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 2003 she was awarded the “Sandor Vegh Prize” by the Romanian Mozart Society for an outstanding performance of Mozart’s “Der Schauspiel Direktor” at the Cluj National Opera, Romania.

Mihaela Cesa-Goje is currently the Conductor of the Harmonia Cordis International Classical Guitar Festival.

In her home country Romania, she is invited regularly as a guest conductor to Transylvania State Philharmonic, Sibiu Philharmonic, Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic, Oradea Philharmonic, Targu Mures Philharmonic.

She is a promoter of contemporary music and has been involved in the presentation of many world premieres by Romanian composers. In 2008, Mihaela Cesa-Goje was selected as one of seven young conductors from around the world to participate in the prestigious Cabrillo Festival Conductors Workshop in California.

In April 2011 Mihaela Cesa-Goje was selected out of 160 candidates for a masterclass with Bernard Haitink and Lucerne Festival String Orchestra.

Her conducting mentor is Marin Alsop and she also studied with Harold Farberman, Gustav Meier.

In 2005 she completed her Conducting Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2003 she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, where she focused on orchestral and choral conducting with Florentin Mihaescu, graduating “cum laude.”

Mihaela Cesa-Goje began violin studies at the age of five and piano at six. Piano became her main instrument until she auditioned at the Gh. Dima Music Academy and started studying conducting.