Valeriu Sterian

Valeriu (Vali) Sterian (Romanian pronunciation: [vaˈlerju steriˈan]; 21 September 1952, Știubei, Buzău County – 16 September 2000, Bucharest) was a Romanian folk and rock musician.

Valeriu Sterian
Valeriu Sterian in 1998, at the release of Bestiar, album made by Ilie Stoian
Valeriu Sterian in 1998, at the release of Bestiar, album made by Ilie Stoian
Background information
Birth nameValeriu Octavian Sterian
Born(1952-09-21)21 September 1952
Știubei, Buzău County, Romania
GenresFolk, rock, folk rock, hard rock, progressive rock, pop rock, blues, jazz, country rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, poet, sound engineer, television host
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, percussion, drums, harmonica, violin, piano, keyboards
Years active1971–2000
LabelsElectrecord, Compania de Sunet, Metropol Music, Eurostar, Roton, Fundația Culturală Phoenix
Associated actsCopiii Florilor, Vali și Carmen, Catena, Compania de Sunet, Dan Andrei Aldea, Alexandru Andrieș, Nicu Alifantis, Doru Stănculescu, Mircea Bodolan, Maria Gheorghiu


He studied at the University of Bucharest and obtained a BA in psychology.

Musical activityEdit

Valeriu Sterian started as a drummer during secondary school in the music band Copiii Florilor (Flower Children). His official debut was in 1973 at the Ballads' Spring Festival (Festivalul Primavara Baladelor) (where he received the Best Song Award for the single Nopți (Nights). At that time he was performing with Carmen Marin as Vali și Carmen.

He played for many years within the Cenaclul Flacăra. In 1979 he founded a music band called Compania de Sunet (Sound Company), with which he toured all over the country and also in Bulgaria, Hungary, USSR, Poland, Norway, France, United Kingdom, and in the United States.

In 1993 he founded a record company called B'Inișor ("Pretty well"). He collaborated with other Romanian musicians, such as: Alexandru Andrieș, Nicu Alifantis, Doru Stănculescu, Mircea Bodolan, Maria Gheorghiu.

Personal lifeEdit

He was a beautiful Romanian soul who fought for freedom and justice in Romania as well as an accomplished artist and musician. His commitment to freedom and social justice cannot ever be put in doubt.


  • Muzică folkFolk Music (Electrecord, 1975)
  • AntirăzboinicăThe antiwar one (Electrecord, 1979)
  • Veac XXCentury XX (Electrecord, 1982)
  • Nimic fără oameniNothing Without Beings (Electrecord, 1989)
  • NopțiNights (Norway, 1990)
  • Vino, Doamne!Come down, Saviour! (Compania de Sunet & Metropol Music, 1991)
  • S-a votat Codul penalThe Criminal Law is now enforced (Compania de Sunet & Eurostar, 1992)
  • Evenimentul zilei... și alteleDaily News ... and much more (Compania de Sunet, 1994)
  • RugăThe Prayer (Compania de Sunet & Roton, 1998)
  • The Very Best of Valeriu Sterian (Fundația Culturală Phoenix, 2000)
  • Din darul magilor 5 – In memoriam Valeriu Sterian – Tribute album (Fundația Culturală Phoenix, 2000)
  • Muzică de colecție, Vol. 66 – Vali Sterian (Jurnalul Național, Compania de Sunet & Electrecord, 2008)

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