Like the set designer and writer, the composer tries to create worlds, and Catalin takes pride in his hybrid style of mixing musical genres to create those worlds. In the words of Hans Zimmer, "It's all about one thing: story".
Having grown up under the bleakest years of pre-revolutionary Romania, Catalin never dreamed in his youth that he would build a career in music. Nevertheless, he started piano and classical music lessons at age 12 and was winning music composition awards before the age of 15. Shortly after completing his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Middlesex University in London, he released two albums, Pray For Time (1995) and First Breath (1999).
Blending his technical and artistic skills he returned to the oppression-freed environment of post-Ceausescu Romania and entered radio production. Later, in 1999 he emigrated to Canada where his career in radio took hold, writing and producing jingles and commercials; it was at that time that he discovered the art of composing for film. He did self-study courses from Boston based Berklee College of Music 12 years ago and has since completely dedicated his career entirely to film scoring.
Catalin’s early champion and mentor was none other than the president of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, the late Christopher Dedrick. As one of Canada’s pre-eminent composers for the screen, Christopher taught Catalin everything he knew through real-world practice. They continued to write together until Mr. Dedrick’s untimely passing in 2010.
Between 2009 and 2016, he has received a CSA nomination, 2 Golden Reel nominations (USA) and 2 Gemini nominations. Catalin was also honoured to win the SOCAN award consecutively in 2016 & 2017 for his score to William Shatner’s Chaos on the Bridge.
His music can be heard on National Geographic, Discovery, History, Movie Central, HBO, Hallmark, in IMAX/Planetariums and in Special Venues Theatres. He has created a signature sound with tasteful modular electronics and eclectic world music sensibilities, enriching stories with unexpected layers for award-winning productions worldwide.