Florin Simioanca, has enjoyed a national and international career performing in Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. A Romanian native, he is a graduate of the "George Dima" Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania where he completed a double major in viola performance and pedagogy. Simioanca obtained his Masters degree in Viola Performance (2003) and Masters degree in Music Education Strings (2011) at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where he studied viola with Nancy Buck, Eva Stern and Megan Fergusson. He participated in workshops with prestigious artists and teachers such as Csaba Erdely, Paul Neubauer, Caroline Coade and Misha Galaganov. Currently, he is pursuing his D.M.A. in viola performance from the University of Toronto, Ontario where he is an associate instructor and a student of Eric Nowlin. In 1994 Simioanca was employed by the National Romanian Opera Cluj where he spent eight years playing as an assistant principal in viola section and principal violist in the Romanian National Chamber Opera Orchestra. For several years he served as a member of Europa Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria where he collaborated and played with Dr. Franz Thomastik, Anna Moffo, Giuseppe Di Stefano, and the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2000 he served as Principal Violist in the San Gimignano Orchestra, Italy. Simioanca played with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Kitcener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra and in 2002 he was a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. In 2012 he was a guest principal violist with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, in Adrian, Michigan. During his orchestral career Simioanca had the opportunity to perform on the stage with great artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma. Simioanca has appeared in solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and Canada with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Annette-Barbara Vogel and Joseph Eller. Simioanca was the guest lecturer for Adrian Symphony and in June 2012 he performed the European Premiere of David Gillingham’s double viola and cello concerto with the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra in Arad, Romania. He is also a founding member of Hava Duo. Since 2010, Simioanca has been on the faculty of the Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, where he teaches violin and viola and he serves as the head of the strings department.