The Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincăi studied oboe in primary school in Suceava. After he graduated “Constantin Brâncoveanu” high school in Bucharest in 2001 (Philology section), his passion for music determined him to opt for Musical Pedagogy and Byzantine Music in Bucharest Conservatory, which he graduated in 2006. Here, he had the opportunity to improve his voice as a member of several choirs and then as a soloist.

       While in college, he was hired by the Bucharest National Opera in the choir and receives his first small roles. In 2006 he becomes a principal singer with the Bucharest National Opera and he sings his first big role, Ionică from „Puss in Boots” by Cornel Trăilescu. That same year, he starts perfecting his skills under Corneliu Fănăţeanu’s guidance and obtains a scholarship offered by CEE Musiktheater in Vienna, which was renewed year by year until 2008, due to his musical and vocal progress.

         The special, particular color of his rounded, warm and powerful voice, his beautiful and secure high notes, as well as his musicality, brought him First Prize in a competition for tenors in Szczecin-Poland in 2008 and the Second Place at the “Francisco Viñas” international canto competition in Barcelona in 2010, which brought him a first contract in 2012 at Gran Teatre del Liceu with Rodolfo from La Bohème by G. Puccini. In 2008, he was invited by the “Banatul” Philarmonics in Timişoara for G. Rossini’s Stabat Mater, an occasion that marked the tenor’s debut in a vocal-symphonic work. In the same year he also appears for the first time on the stage of the Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum in A. Dvorak’s Requiem and make his debut with the tenor’s part in C.Orff’s Carmina Burana at Bucharest Opera House and afterwards with National Radio Orchestra at Radio Concert Hall in Bucharest.

          His international debut took place in January 2009 on the scene of the Hamburg Opera, with MacDuff from Macbeth by G. Verdi. In March of the same year he made his debut at Staatsoper Wien, with Ismaele from  Nabucco by the same G. Verdi. This was followed by his debut in Pucinni’s La Bohème on the scenes of opera houses in Timişoara, Bucharest and Hannover. In December of the same year, he makes his debut at Royal Opera House in London with La Bohème, under John Copley’s stage directing.  Here he obtains the appreciation of the public and the critics and also has the opportunity to make his debut in discography (Opus Arte).

          Also in 2009 he was rewarded with two prizes:  Soloist of the year offered by Bucharest VIP Gala Awards and Ludovic Spiess prize,awarded  by Romanian Music Forum. In 2010 he was awarded with  the  distinction  In memoriam Iosif Sava  for his activity in 2009, offered by Radio România Cultural. In 2013 he receives The Award of Excellence from Elite Art Club Unesco Romania, for being a cultural ambassador for Romania in all over the world. He  was invited to participate  in two humanitarian opera gala: European Aid Organization for Children  (München, 2009) and AIDS Gala (Berlin, 2011). Among his collaborations with important opera stars, we can mention the concerts from  Valladolid in 2011, London and Bodrum in 2013 with the internationally acclaimed soprano, Angela Gheorghiu.

             In March 2016 Teodor Ilincai was conferred The Order Romanian Crown - Knight Rank by Custodian of Romanian Crown Her Highness Princess Margareta, by the decision of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania.         

            Since his debut, Teodor Ilincăi added to his repertory role after role and he was invited to performe them in many of the most important opera companies from all over the world: Monte Carlo , Hamburg, Wien, Peralada Opera Festival, Sevilla, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Düsseldorf, Dresden, Duisburg, Macerata Opera Festival, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Budapest, Lausanne, San Diego, München, Genova, Strasbourg, Santiago de Chile, Frankfurt, Avenches Opera Festival,  London, Paris ( La Bohème, Madama Butterfly – G. Puccini, MacBeth, La Traviata , Nabucco, Otello – G. Verdi, L’amico Fritz – P.Mascagni, Faust, Romeo et Juliette  ̶ Ch. Gounod, Evgeni Onegin – P.I.Tchaikovsky).