Petru Munteanu received his professional training in Bucharest from Prof. George Manoliu (pupil of Enescu) and participated in masterclasses with Juri Jankelevitsch (Moscow) and Michael Weimann (St. Petersburg). A life-long artistic friendship with Stefan Gheorghiu, one of the most important Romanian violinists (pupil of Enescu and David Oistrakh) has also influenced him.
After finishing his studies, he became a director of the Special School of Music in Bucharest and supervised the music studies of approx. 1000 pupils. Many young violinists became famous and had a prosperous career after attending this School.
After a period, Prof. Munteanu became a professor at the University of Music in Bucharest. After moving to Germany, he became a violin professor at the Universities of Music in Lübeck and in Hamburg in 1970, where he has been teaching since. In 1994 Prof. Munteanu was offered a professorship at the newly founded University of Music and Theater in Rostock. As a founding professor and as the head of the string department until 2010, he had a lasting impact on the development of the string section.
The German section of ESTA (European String Teachers Association) elected him as their president for the years 2000-2004. His students are members of the best European orchestras (e.g. the Berlin and Hamburg Philharmonics, the Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic). They often win first Prizes at national and international competitions. His student, Baiba Skride, in addition to winning many important prizes (Paganini, Lipizer etc.) won the first Prize at the Queen Elizabeth – Competition in Brussels in 2001 and began an international career as a concert soloist. Other graduates of his class are also very successful. Albena Danailova is the first woman ever to be committed and confirmed as 1st Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, Hartmut Schill is 1st Concertmaster of the Robert Schumann Philharmonie, Lucja Madziar was awarded with a position as 1st Concertmaster of the Lower Saxony State Orchestra of Hannover. Axel Strauss, winner of numerous competitions and until now, the only German who has won the first Prize at the “Walter W. Naumbung-Competition” in New York, has been active as a soloist and professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the United States. Petru Munteanu became nationally and internationally well known through concerts, masterclasses and numerous publications and speeches. By invitation of several universities, he taught in masterclasses in many countries: in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Ukraine (Kiev, Kharkov), China (Shanghai), the United States (Brunswick), Spain, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, etc.
In 1986, he established the International Violin Competition and the International masterclasses for strings in Kloster Schöntal (Baden-Württemberg) and has since been their artistic director. Many well-known and successful young violinists have attended both events during the past 26 years since their founding.
Petru Munteanu has been invited to be jury member of major international competitions, such as “Tchaikovsky”, “Jampolsky” (Russia), ‘Kocian “” Concertino Praga “(Czech Republic),” Wieniawski “(Poland),” Bach “(Leipzig) “Enescu” (Bucharest), “Premio Paganini” (Genoa), “Premio Lipizer” (Gorizia), “Queen Elizabeth” (Brussels), “Szigeti-Hubay” (Budapest), “Vibrarte” (Paris).
His achievements have gained wide recognition; he is “honorary professor” at the University of Brasov (Romania) and was awarded the highest medal of the Republic of Lithuania by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Adamkus.