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Romanian double bass player Ovidiu Badila was born in Constanta on 18 October 1962, studied in Bucharest and then emigrated to the west, studying further with Sergiu Celibidache, Enzo Ferrari, Wolfgang Güttler, Franco Petracchi and Jean Marc Rollez. He became an expert in the music of Giovanni Bottesini, and won various competitions, including Reims in 1988 and San Sebastian in 1989.
Badila died, aged just thirty-nine, on 27 March 2001 (or 21 March 2001, according to some sources), either in Trieste, Italy or, according to some sources, in Blankenburg, Harz, Germany.