Sergiu was born in 1981, in Chisinau, Moldova. He had completed his studies at Stefan Neaga music college as well as two years of studies at the Conservatory of Moldova before emigrating to Canada in 2002. Since a young age, he also simultaneously studied traditional folk and Roma (Gypsy) styles with his father, Ion Popa, himself a well-recognized Gypsy accordionist in Moldova. Over many years of playing alongside his father at weddings, he became familiar with Jewish, Turkish, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian styles as well. Despite his young age, he is quickly establishing a reputation as one of most brilliant accordionists in Canada today. He has co-founded the Sergiu Popa Ensemble with his wife (violinist Jessica Gal), a group which was discovered by Musique Multi-Montréal, a reputable world music agency, in 2006. Since then, they have performed at numerous festivals and concert series in Quebec, and were selected to receive the 2007 Radio-Canada Étoiles Galaxie award. In 2008/09, Sergiu Popa was the ‘artist-in-residence’ of the Circuit 514, a partnership between CBC Radio 2, the Place des Arts, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, Montréal Arts Interculturels, Musique Multi-Montréal and Vision Diversité.
Besides his own Ensemble, Sergiu has collaborated on a number of projects with other artists here in Montreal. Please see the Collaborations page for more information about these projects.
Sergiu has been recorded on several film sountracks in Canada – two of which were National Film Board of Canada productions: Zéro Tolérance (Michka Saäl, 2004) and The Knights of Orlando (Jelena Popovic, 2008). Others were award-winning Quebec films La Peau Blanche (Daniel Roby, 2004) and Elle Veut le Chaos (Denis Côté, 2008), in which he appears live.