Claudiu M. Florian was born in 1969 in Rupea, Braşov County, Romania. He is an author and a translator. In 2016 he won the European Union Prize for Literature for his novel Vârstele jocului: Strada Cetăţii (The Ages of the Game: Citadel Street).
Florian received a degree in German Studies from the Bucharest University in 1994, an MA in Humanistic Interdisciplinary Studies in the German Language from the same university in 1996, and went on to obtain another MA in Contemporary History at Bielefeld University, in Germany. From 2002, he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, moving on to become Cultural and Press Attaché at the Romanian Embassy in Berlin from 2004 to 2009. Between 2010 and 2013 he held a key role at the Romanian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Since 2014 he is working at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin.