Sergiu was born in 1981 in Chisinau, Moldova. He completed his studies at Stefan Neaga Music College as well as the Conservatory of Moldova before emigrating to Canada in 2002.
Since a young age, he studied traditional folk and Roma (Gypsy) styles with his father, Ion Popa, himself a well-recognized accordionist in Moldova. Over many years of playing alongside his father at weddings, he became familiar with Jewish, Turkish, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian styles. Despite his young age, he quickly established a reputation as one of most brilliant accordionists in Canada today. Sergiu performed at numerous festivals and concert series in Canada, and was selected to receive the Radio-Canada Étoiles Galaxie award. Sergiu Popa was the ‘artist-in-residence’ of the Circuit 514, a partnership between CBC Radio 2, the Place des Arts, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, Montréal Arts Interculturels, Musique Multi-Montréal and Vision Diversité.
Commissioned by Ashkenaz in the summer of 2021, ROMada is an amazing new ensemble exploring the rich pan-national musical traditions of the Romani people through a Canadian lens. Led by Moldavian-born, Montreal-based accordion master Sergiu Popa, the core group also features Lache Cercel (violin), Noemy Braun (cello), Andi Pema (percussion), Roman Manolache (bass), and Dan Armeanca (vocals, guitar). For their performance at Ashkenaz 2022 they were joined by special guests Debi Botos (guitar/ vocals) and Zoltan Szomora (guitar).