Olguta Berbec Romana

They have said about me (en)

Value lasts in time, and if we have ever wondered what would happen to Romanian traditional music, now we have a joyful answer, as there are a few good voices that have stood up and that lead a new golden generation of singers of traditional music, which is gradually embraced by the public. Olguta Berbec is certainly among the valuable youngsters, as she is one of the most important voices from Mehedinti County. Although it seemed that quality was no longer valued nowadays, this is disproved, and the public places the best on their due places.

It is not easy being an artist, but music has always been her life. Olguta Berbec knows it takes a lot of work, but it is worth it. What is it that a young singer requires in order to be a star? A lot of enthusiasm, imagination, in order to become an excellent performer, a professional that could go all the way in order to achieve the required nuance, that would be very sensitive and put art foremost. I believe that Olguta Berbec meets these criteria fully.

Olguta’s voice is not amazing through its extraordinary range or a special technique, but it has a special harmony, that “something” that makes it welcomed by the public wholeheartedly. Her presence lights up the stage and the TV screen. Although she carries out her personal and artistic projects very discretely, her name is well-known and appreciated. Olguta Berbec is very young, an age that she wears triumphantly, with the same shining and energy as in her debut years, with the same bright smile. She is a believer and knows that the soul is indissolubly connected to divinity. Thus, she thanks God for her gift. Talent is a form of responsibility in itself, a form of liability towards the audience. She knows she must share her gift from God with the people around her, thus fulfilling her duty towards herself and the audience, returning to the artistic life permanently with new discography that meets the expectations of folklore lovers, being successful every time.

Olguta Berbec has many qualities: she is serious, correct, she has self-imposed work discipline, very good diction and musical memory. She knows that limits are required in everything. She has good taste, without showing off. She is a beautiful girl, has a balanced life, full of joys and satisfactions that she fully deserves. Her talent is accompanied by a certain form of expressivity and nuancing of the musical phrase. These are the pluses that help her overcome any barrier and enter the people’s souls. And, furthermore, when she is on the stage, she lives the musical performance with emotion and dedication. The stage is where she leaves everything behind. Even though her performances are not quite so frequent, the audience knows her and gives her warm applauses any time they have the opportunity of seeing her.

From the musical perspective, she has a place to grow, as she is part of “Doina Gorjului” Professional Artistic Group, from Targu Jiu. Her cooperation with this group was a great help in her career, because, together with them, she enriched her manner of expression and she had the necessary motivation to approach a varied range of songs. The big advantage of this collaboration is the intellectual and inward opening, offered by this institution.

Now, she is channelling all her energy towards the cooperation with the radio and TV stations, but also towards the new album that has just come out. The atmosphere of her songs on this CD is full of fantasy and effervescence. The undeniable value of her repertoire and the extraordinary artistic level of her performance have made this young singer of Mehedinti folklore a much requested performer.

Talent, youth, dedication and perseverance are the defining elements of the success that has brought Olguta Berbec in the top preferences of the Romanian audiences.

By this CD, Olguta Berbec contributes to the preservation and capitalisation of the cultural wealth and traditional values of a very creative and talented people.

Elise Stan

Doctor in ethnomusicology,
director of shows for the Romanian Television.

"Several years ago, when I first heard Olguţa Berbec sing, I immediately realized that she had an amazing voice, with great potential.

Like the golden grain, washed by mud in so many waters, Olguţa’s voice, unique by its almost tragic drama, became more confident, expressive and forceful.

The seriousness, tenacity and even the spirit of sacrifice - three of the sine–qua-non qualities for success in an artistic career - are found in this young performer’s fiber, and this makes me say and state that her successes are far from over (not any successes, though!). I wish Olguta a long and pure flight on the eternal sky of Romanian Song!”

Viorel Garbaciu

Manager of the Folk Art School of Tg. Jiu

I have always admired the artists who, after becoming famous and appreciated by the people, still look around them with love for songs, are still searching… when they find a talent, in their journeys around the world, they bring it to light, support it, help it reach success. This was the beautiful beginning of singing for Olguta Berbec, years ago; I remember her in our holiday concerts, together with the children from Mehedinti, Baia de Arama, in the groups lead by Elena Mimis Tranca.

But her most beautiful encounter was with the famous Maria Rachiteanu Voicescu; I cannot forget this episode, because, in the show “Tezaur Folcloric”, I saw Olguta, so young and beautiful, in Maria’s costume, an old and very valuable costume, just like the songs she strived to leave behind.

Thus, it seems only natural that all Olguta’s achievements, as a member “Doina Gorjului” professional artistic group, would be considered a flower in the loving memory of those who guided her towards music.

Olguta’s voice, clean style, love for music are her arguments for becoming a very successful singer.

Marioara Murarescu

Director of Tezaur Folcloric

Olguta Berbec is the artist who, besides her warm voice and native talent, has the great advantage of being beautiful and bright. Furthermore, despite her youth, she seems to know what to choose and from whom, in the case of an example worth following.

I have said, so many times, that “she came from Mehedinti to blow our minds”. I’m glad that this album is the living proof of my words.

Good luck, Olguta! Your path is free, it’s open!

Gheorghe Porumbel

Director of “Doina Gorjului” professional artistic group

"Masterful among the masters of folk music”, this is how I imagined Olguta three years ago, when she joined the Folk Art School of Tg. Jiu. And this is what she has become!

Is there greater joy for a person besides the fulfillment of dreams?

Is there a greater reward for an artist than the applause in a show hall? Applauses which, in their own way, have contributed to the fulfillment of Olguţa’s dreams. A well-deserved reward, but one which demands more and better from her.

In time, her hopes have become my hopes and her joys, part of my feelings... Nothing is random because everything was supposed to be like this… Success!"

2009 - "SUCCESS: a word many people use, but few live, few know its true value. Olguţa Berbec has always known what success is and quite early she lived it.

How did she get there? ... with great ambition, with much work and dedication that few have. It is only the beginning and I hope what comes next will be equally successful"

Emilia Dragotoiu Nanu

music editor, canto music instructor of the
Folk Art School of Tg. Jiu