He was considered one of the great double bass virtuosos of the 20th Century.
Bădilă studied in Bucharest with Ion Cheptea. In 1987 he emigrated to Western Europe, where he further studied with Sergiu Celibidache, Enzo Ferrari, Wolfgang Güttler, Franco and Jean Marc Petracchi Rollez.
Bădila won several international competitions, such as in Mark Neukirchen (1985), Rheims (1988) and Donostia-San Sebastián (1989).
In 1992 he became professor at the School of Music Trossingen, from 1997 also at the Music Academy of Basel.
On May 23, 2003, two years after his death, he was awarded "Professor Honoris Causa - post-mortem" distinction of the National Music University of Bucharest.
|DG-ECE 04095||Jacques Offenbach / Giovanni Bottesini - Soloists: Cătălin Ilea - cello, Ovidiu Bădilă - double-bass, National Radio Orchestra* Conductor: Emil Simon||Jacques Offenbach / Giovanni Bottesini - Soloists: Cătălin Ilea - cello, Ovidiu Bădilă - double-bass, National Radio Orchestra* Conductor: Emil Simon - Concerto Militaire For Cello And Orchestra / Passione Amorose For Cello And Orchestra (LP)||Electrecord||DG-ECE 04095||Romania||1991||Sell This Version|