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. Currently, he is pursuing his D.M.A. in viola performance from the University of Toronto, Ontario where he is 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. In 2000, he served as Principal Violist in the San Gimignano Orchestra, Italy. Simioanca played with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-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. Simioanca has appeared in solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and Canada. 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. Since 2010, Simioanca has been on the faculty of the Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, where he teaches violin and viola, string ensemble, string methods and he serves as the head of the strings department.