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Born in Seaca de CIMP (Oltenia in Romania). He played the pan flute when he was 14 years old. His teacher was the legendary panflutist Fanica Luca.

In 1956 Pirvu was ready to attend high school. His uncle, Jon Ignat, a teacher of the village Seaca de Camp wanted to go with him to Craiova to get him enrolled at the local school. At the railway station Calafat they met Ignat's school friend Anna Barbu. Jon Ignat told her about the plan that he wants to bring his nephew to the Craiova school. Anna asked Jon Ignat if Nicolae has the same musical talent as him, and if so, he should bring the boy but to the Music Lyceum of Bucharest instead. This shall be much better for the boy, since there, he would have a chance to become a decent musician. Spontaneously, they changed their itinerary and went to Bucharest for the acceptance examination of the Music Lyceum of Bucharest.

One member of the examination panel was Fanica Luca. After Nicolae Pirvu completed his examination in language and history, Fanica Luca stood up. He ordered Nicolae to open his mouth, after he knew that Nicolae descended from Oltenia. (A funny rumor amongst Romanians says that people from Oltenia have more molar teeth than other Romanians.) All panel members started to laugh and applauded Fanica's joke. Then he told Nicole, to appear next day in the classroom.

Still, some panel members protested due to the fact that school won't officially start for another 3 days. Fanica countered and insisted to start next day. He wants to instruct Nicolae in person.

Nicolae Pirvu is one of those rare panflutists that performs with outstanding technology and an extraordinary sense of rhythm when he plays "Doinas," and Romanian Ballads. Therewith he gained a worldwide reputation. In his panflute performances he is able to express the most incredible emotions such as conjure, cry, laugh, tell stories and cherish, to name a few. His impinging appearance, combined with his remarkable presentation, makes it easy to charm the audience.

As a soloist he has performed in many Romanian orchestras and toured through Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain, Africa, Asia, North and South America. Everywhere he had great success. Especially in Holland and Switzerland the interest for the panflute was overwhelming. In Holland Nicolae got great recognition through his many appearances in theaters, restaurants, parties, radio and television-shows. Since 1982 he lives and works in Holland where he has acquired the Dutch citizenship. In 1987 he founded the "Romanian Nicolae Pîrvu Ensemble", which consists of five Romanian musicians (pan flute, violin, cimbalom, accordion and double bass). As a soloist he has performed with many orchestras in Romania and toured through Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain, Africa, Asia, North and South America.

The Pirvu Ensemble is very versatile and popular. The repertoire also includes great performances such as the Rapsodia din Carpati with the folkloric dance ensemble Baluta and A musical tour of Balkan countries with the Romanian tenor and taragotist Ioan Micu.

Performances with marching bands (including De Koninklijke Militaire Kapel) are also among his successes.
 Finally, Nicolae Pirvu is a pan flute professor at the Academy of Art Amsterdam and the Municipal Music School of The Hague. Meanwhile, in Holland several LPs and five CDs have been published in his name. In 1975 Nicolae Pirvu visited Switzerland for the first time with other Romanian virtuosos. They came for a major concert tour in many Swiss towns, organized by Marcel Cellier. This successful tour made him well known in Switzerland and led to many more performances. Later, he was also a guest lecturer and instructor at the DAJOERI Panflute Festival in Arosa.

Luca Students
The Class od the legendary Fanica Luca

Rear row f.l.t.r: Nicolae Pirvu, Gheorghe Zamfir, Mamaia Lica, Dobre Constantin, Fanica Luca. Front Reihe f.l.t.r: Constantin Popescu (below, with dark flute) Radu Constantin (middle, with dark flute).

 Damian Crlanaru is missing. Those were the only pupils that were instructed by Fanica Luca at the Liceum de Musica in Bucharest.)

In the past, Damian Luca (first named: Gheorghe Draghici) instructed together with his uncle Fanica Luca. From him he got his stage name Damian Luca.

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