Adrian Pop was born in 1951 in Klausenburg. He acquired a solid basic knowledge from his father, Dorin Pop, outstanding personality of the Romanian musical life as an eminent professor and choir conductor. Between 1970 and 1976, he studied composition at the "Gh. Dima" Music Academy in Klausenburg, with the eminent professors Sigismund Toduță and Cornel Taranu.
A very promising talent, Adrian Pop won his first composition awards while still a student: the "Dinu Lipatti" Prize and the National Award of the Art Institutes (1974). Many other distinctions followed, marking the progress of his career as a composer: the Romanian Composers' Union Prize (1978, 1981, 1989, 2012), the "Tribuna" Award (Cluj, 1988), the "George Enescu" Prize of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest, 1996), prizes at international composition contests in Tours and Arezzo (1979), Roodepoort/South Africa (1983), Trento (1983, 1985, 1987), Spittal/Austria (1986), Gran Canaria/Spain (2003).
A long-term association bound him with the prestigious "Transilvania" State Philharmonic of Cluj, as an artistic advisor (1983 - 2004) and general director (1991 - 1995). Adrian Pop is currently teaching composition, stylistics and harmony at the "Gh. Dima" Music Academy in Cluj, one of the most prestigious Romanian music universities, where he served as Rector between 2008 and 2012.