Romanian-born violinist Marian Tănău first picked up the violin at the age of four and began his musical education in his hometown of Timisoara, Romania. He graduated from Liceul de Muzica "Ion Vidu" where he studied violin with Maria Cleşiu. He then left for the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca and the Conservatorul de Muzica "G. Dima," where he earned an Artists Diploma. In the United States, he earned a graduate degree from Bowling Green State University. Tănău joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1995.
He has appeared as a soloist with Romanian orchestras as well as with the Chautauqua Symphony and Bowling Green Philarmonia in the United States. Tănău is an active chamber musician. Some of his recent projects are the recording of Paul Paray violin sonata, and string quartet for Grotto Productions Co. Critics in the prestigious Strad, Gramophone and Fanfare magazines praised his recording of the violin sonata. Tănău is the organizer of the American Romanian Music Festival that took place with great success in Romania and the United States in March and April 2005. Tanau resides in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.