Mihai Trăistariu

Mihai Trăistariu
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Background information
Birth name Mihai Trăistariu
Also known as Mihai
Born (1979-12-16) December 16, 1979 (age 39)[1]
Piatra Neamț, Romania
Genres Dance-pop
Years active 1998–present
Website Official website

Mihai Trăistariu (Romanian pronunciation: [miˈhaj trəjstaˈri.u]; born 16 December 1979 in Piatra Neamț, Romania), also known as simply Mihai (stylized as M I H A I or MIHAI), is a Romanian singer and songwriter. He is best known for representing Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 held in Athens, Greece, where he placed 4th with his song, "Tornerò". The track gained commercial success, selling over one million units worldwide and influencing the trajectory of Trăistariu's career.


Trăistariu comes from an artistic family. His father, Gheorghe Trăistariu, was a well-known painter of Piatra Neamţ, while his mother, Natalia Trăistariu, studied medicine and sang in her youth. Trăistariu has three siblings: Geanina, Constantin and Vasile Trăistariu. All four play a musical instrument, with Mihai playing the piano. Trăistariu studied piano for 10 years with a private teacher and graduated from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași with a double major in mathematics and informatics, as well as from the Theatre University in Constanța and the National College Petru Rareș in Piatra Neamț, but chose to pursue a music career. When he was 16 years old, Trăistariu began to take lessons in acting and directing with Romanian actor Corneliu Dan Borcia, the manager of Teatrul Tineretului, the Youth Theater in Piatra Neamţ. He joined the jazz courses of the Student House in Iaşi, led by Romanian composer and teacher Romeo Cozma.

In 2006, Trăistariu was chosen to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with his song "Tornerò", placing fourth in the Grand Final. Trăistariu is one of the few male singers in the world that has a five-octave range, earning him the nickname "the male Mariah Carey".[citation needed]

Selecția Națională participations

Trăistariu has competed nine times in the Selecția Națională, a pre-selection show to select Romania's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. He won the competition in 2006, while placing second in 2017 and in 2000 with his then-band Valahia.

Year Title Place
2000 "Why" (as part of Valahia) 2nd
2002 "Mother" (as part of Valahia) 4th
2003 "Friends are Friends" (as part of Valahia) 3rd
2005 "All the Time" (with Nico) 3rd
2006 "Tornerò" 1st
2016 "Paradisio" 5th
2017 "I Won't Surrender" 2nd
2018 "Heaven" 7th
2019 "Baya"


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with sales
Title Album details Sales
  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD
  • Released: 2006
  • Format: CD
  • EUR: 250,000[2]
  • Released: 2009
  • Format: CD
Lie, ciocârlie
  • Released: 2010
  • Format: CD
  • Released: 2012
  • Format: CD


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
(featuring L.A.)
"Cât de frumoasă eşti" 2004 96 Altceva
"Iţi dau" 2005
"All the Time"
(with Nico)
(featuring Tiger One and Alin)
"Tornerò" 2006 38 8 4 21
  • WW: 1,000,000[7]
"Dimmi Si o No" 2007 Love
"Your Love Is High" 2008
"Puerto Rico" 2009
"Je t'aime" 2010
"Lie, ciocârlie"
"Nu mai vreau iubire" 2012
"It's Another Day" 2013
"Only You"
(featuring Costi Ioniță)
"Paradisio" 2016
"Zombie Love"
"Iau vara la mișto"
"I Won't Surrender" 2017
"Heaven" 2018
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.
List of singles as featured artist
Title Year
"Chop Chop"
(En3rgy MC featuring Mihai Trăistariu)
(En3rgy MC featuring Mihai Trăistariu)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ ""Tornero" i-a adus lui Traistariu 2,5 milioane de euro" ["Tornero" earned Mihai Traistariu 2,5 million euros] (in Romanian). Evenimentul Zilei. 9 January 2007. Archived from the original on 25 October 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  3. ^ For peak positions in Romania:
  4. ^ "Mihai: Tornero" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Top 50 Singles — 27/8 – 2/9/2006". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 1 September 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mihai Tràistariu – Tornero". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Mihai Trăistariu a făcut 1 milion şi jumătate de euro, în trei ani, din Tornero" [Mihai Traistariu earned 1,5M euros from "Tornero" in three years] (in Romanian). Gândul. 13 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem
with "Let Me Try"
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Liubi, Liubi, I Love You"