INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL OF CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
George Balint (b. 1961) graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest (1986), at the Composition department of Prof. Stefan Niculescu, specializing in Orchestra Conducting with Iosif Conta,Constantin Bugeanu and Cristian Brâncuşi, when after a period of study with professor Cristian Brâncuşi, he obtains a M.A. degree (2001). Later on, he is granted the distinction “Doctor of Music” for the paper “Theoretical perspectives on the interpretative musical performance”. G. Balint is currently conductor at the National Operetta Theatre in Bucharest.
The music of George Balint has either traces of folkloric ethos – highlighted by means of rhythm, or by means of colors of a more abstract nature – sounding harmoniously. “I often suggest a world in which the main component is the nostalgia, in a way that, by avoiding contemplation, highlights the drama of the actual state of mind. There is always a minimum interval between the given time and the future of finalizing a journey of sounds, that, in my opinion, is nothing but a metaphor of Being. The poetic feature is the general aspect of my entire musical composition so far.”
Stefano Bonilauri was born in Reggio Emilia (Italy) in March 1964. He was selected by the ISCM 1998 International jury and in 2002 by the Aleph Ensemble. He was the winner at many International Composition Contests (ICONS, Nuove Sincronie, Kazimierz Serocki, Francisco Escudero, etc).
In 2007 the French Ministry of Culture commissioned him a piece for the Nomos Ensemble. In 2005 he was composer in residence at the CIRM (Nice). He was published by Suvini e Zerboni, Berben, Le PLac, Art, Hauspoz. His works were performed during the following festivals: GAMO, Nuove Sincronie, Settenbre Musica Torino, Di Nuovo Musica, ISCM Manchester, Musique Action, Manca, Musicanova Sofia, etc.
His pieces were performed by the Ensembles: Ex Novo, Icarus, Voces, Aleph, Nomos, Résonance Contemporaine, etc.
He has been teaching Harmony at the Conservatory of Reggio Emilia and Castelnovo Monti since 1987.
Composer and pianist, Nicolae Brânduș was born in 1935 in Bucharest. He studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest – piano (1952-1957) and composition (1960-1964). He attended the Summer Courses of New Music, Darmstadt (1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980) and Aix-en-Provence (1979). Doctor in Musicology (1981) at the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca with the dissertation “Bases of a formalized analysis of the musical language”. He worked with the Group of Musical Research at IRCAM-Paris (1985). He was piano soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Ploiesti (1969-1969). He was a lecturer (Chamber Music) at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1969-1981). Editor at the Muzica Review, Bucharest (since 1981). Professor of Chamber Music at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1992-2005). Scientific doctoral coordinator in National Music University in Bucharest (since 1998). Consultant Professor (since 2005).
Nach dem Beginn des Studiums der Komposition bei Michael Jarrell an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien, erweiterte Christoph Breidler (geboren 1986) sein Spektrum kontinuierlich, zunächst um Studien der elektroakustischen Komposition und des Orchesterdirigierens, später um Konzertfach Cembalo, Chordirigieren und Korrepetition. Seine Studien an der UMDW schloss er 2012 als Magister artium ab. Am Shanghai Conservatory of Music vertiefte Breidler bei Zhu Shi-Rui sein Studium der Komposition mit dem Schwerpunkt auf chinesischer Musik. Für seine Kompositionen wurde Breidler mit dem Theodor-Körner-Preis und dem Preis für junge Komponisten des Internationalen Musikfestivals Heidelberger Frühling ausgezeichnet. Seit der Spielzeit 2011 / 2012 ist Christoph Breidler am Theater Aachen als Solorepetitor und Dirigent engagiert.
Jean-Pascal Chaigne (born 1977) is a French composer. Following initial studies at the Conservatoire National de Région de Tours and the University of Tours, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Paris Conservatory) where he obtained first prizes in analysis, harmony, orchestration, counterpoint and 20th century music writing. He then entered the composition class of the conservatoire, studying with Emmanuel Nunes and Stefano Gervasoni, obtaining in 2009 a unanimous first prize in composition. He is currently professor of composition and orchestration at the Conservatoire d'Annecy.
Cătălin Creţu (b. September 8, 1971, Petroşani) is a Romanian composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, piano, electroacoustic, and multimedia works that have been performed in Europe. He is one of the few Romanian composers specialised in electroacoustic music.
Creţu went to a music school in Petroşani from 1977–85 and studied electromechanics at the Technical University of Petroşani from 1990–95. He studied musical pedagogy at the Western University of Timişoara from 1993–95 and then at the National University of Music in Bucharest from 1995–98; at the latter, he also took composition classes with Dan Dediu and Adrian Iorgulescu from 1996–2001 and he earned his PhD under Octavian Nemescu in 2008. He studied with Peter Michael Hamel at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in 2001–02, as part of the ERASMUS programme, and multimedia composition with Georg Hajdu there from 2005–07. He was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2009), on a George Enescu grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute. His music has been performed in France, Germany and Romania. He worked at the National University of Music in Bucharest as music secretary (2002-08) and, since 2008, as researcher at the Center for Electroacoustic Music and Multimedia. He currently teaches at the same University.
Cătălin Creţu is the Chairman of OPUS Association.
Dan Dediu (b. March 16, 1967, Braila) is a Romanian composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Dediu graduated in composition at the Academy of Music in Bucharest in 1989, where he studied with Ștefan Niculescu, Dan Constantinescu, Dan Buciu and Octavian Nemescu. He later attended post-graduate courses with Francis Burt, Günter Kahowez and Wilhelm Zobl at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in 1990-91, as well as the annual Cursus de Composition et Informatique Musicale at IRCAM in 1994. He earned his PhD at the National University of Music in Bucharest in 1995.
Among his many honors are First prizes in the National Composers Competition in Cluj-Napoca (1986, 1988), the Brass Chamber Music Competition in Budapest-Barcs (1990) and the Premier Concours pour Orchestre Françaises de Flűtes (2000, for Spaima).
He earned Second Prize in the Ludwigshafen am Rhein Competition (1991, for 3/2) and Third prizes in the Mozart 1991 (1991, for Motto-Studien) and Carl Maria von Weber (1991, for String Quartet No. 3) competitions.
Adina Dumitrescu was born in Bucharest in 1964. She completed her composition studies in 1998 at the National University of Music. In 2005, pursuing her interests for the connections between music and mathematics, along with music and speech, as well as for the folkloric musical typologies of the world, she finished her PhD in musicology with the thesis "On melodies and melody". Since 2003 she has been living in Tampere, Finland, as a freelance composer.
Adina Dumitrescu was awarded the following prizes and grants: 2016-2020 – 5 year state grant for artists from the Arts Promotion Center of Finland, 2014 – finalist of the Ciudad de Orihuela composition contest, 2008-2014 – Grants for composition from the City of Tampere, from the Art Council of Finland, from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and from the Madetoja Foundation; 2012 – one year state grant for artists from the Finnish Performing Music Promotion Center; 2009 – Prize of the London Schubert Players and Constantin Silvestri Foundation at the Invitation to Composers composition contest; 2004 – Prize of the Aleph ensemble at the 3ème Forum Aleph des jeunes compositeurs; 1998 – 3rd Prize of the Romanian Radio Orchestra composition contest.
Sebastian Dumitrescu (born 1989,Bucharest, Romania) lives in Finland since 2003. He has studied composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Tapio Nevanlinna and Juhani Nuorvala, graduating with the Master of Music degree in 2015. His studies also included an Erasmus exchange inViennawith Karlheinz Essl. He has also had private lessons with Hans-Peter Kyburz, Peter Bruun, Michael Finnissy, Hans Abrahamsen, Brian Ferneyhough and Sampo Haapamäki. He has participated in composition workshops at Musiikin Aika festival in Viitasaari, Finland (2008, 2009, 2015), George Enescu international festival in Bucharest, Romania (2011), Esbjerg Ensemble composition workshop, Esbjerg,Denmark (2012), Ereprijs ensemble, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands and Pasimusic festival in Kuopio,Finland (2015).
Kaufmann was born in Vienna and grew up in Carinthia. He studied music, German philology, art history, violoncello, composition (with Karl Schiske, Gottfried von Einem, Olivier Messiaen and Rene Leibowitz) and electro-acoustic music (with Pierre Schaeffer and François Bayle at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales of the French Radio) in Vienna and Paris.
From 1970, Dieter Kaufmann taught electro-acoustic music at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna. He is currently head of two master-classes, one for composition (since 1990) and the other for electro-acoustic composition (since 1997). He was head of the department for composition, conducting and sound engineering studies from 2000 to 2002. Kaufmann was president of the Austrian ISCM section from 1983 to 1988, president of the Society for Electro-acoustic Music in Austria (GEM) from 1988 to 1990. From 2001 to 2003 he was president of the Austrian Composers Union and in 2001 he became president of “Austro Mechana”, the Austrian Copyright Society administering the mechanical rights of authors.
In 1975, together with his wife, actress Gunda König, Dieter Kaufmann founded the K&K Experimentalstudio. This Musical-Theatre-Ensemble has made numerous tours throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, Egypt and Taiwan.
Sorin Lerescu was born in Craiova, Romania, on 14 November 1953. He studied composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Tiberiu Olah and Anatol Vieru. Postgraduate studies with Ton de Leeuw, Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman. He earned his PhD at the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca in 1999 with Ede Terényi. In 1982 he founded the TRAIECT New Music Group (ATM Prize in 1983) which presented to the public, both at home and abroad, a large number of contemporary works, covering a broad spectrum of styles and aesthetic trends characteristic to the new music. President of the Romanian Section of ISCM (2003-2013). Artistic Director and Co-Artistic Director of the INTERNATIONAL NEW MUSIC WEEK in Bucharest (2004, 2009) and of the MERIDIAN, ISCM-Romanian Section International Festival in Bucharest (2005-2012). He founded (in 1997) and directs the MEETINGS OF NEW MUSIC Festival in Braila (Romania).
Born in Ploiești, Romania (1985), he is a former pupil of the Carmen Sylva Art School where he studied violin with Adrian Ceapă and Ioana Croitoru, and piano with his mother, Sanda Hîrlav-Maistorovici. At age 16, with the support of Lory Wallfisch, he gained a full scholarship at The Yehudi Menuhin School, where he continued his violin studies with Natalia Boyarskaya. He studied violin with Felix Andrievsky and composition with Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music London, and later violin with Pierre Amoyal on a Soloist Master degree at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. As a founding member of The Mercury Quartet, he has inspired over 15 new works from the most talented composers of his generation. In Season 2012-13 Maistorovici took up the position of solo violin of Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, where he performed the complete works for string quartet by Anton Webern and extensive 20th Century repertoire. Maistorovici is also a sought after composer. 'Catchy and sonorous' (Musical America), featuring 'vivid contrasts' (Financial Times) and 'clarity of expression' (Actualitatea Muzicala Bucharest), his music is championed by world-class ensembles, most notably the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra. He is the winner of the George Enescu Composition Prize, Clive Christian Composition Award and alumnus of the Britten-Pears Programme.
Născut în 1976, pianistul și compozitorul Mihai Măniceanu studiază pianul în cadrul UNMB la clasa prof. Viniciu Moroianu. Beneficiind şi de aportul pedagogic al prof. Maria Fotino, Sandu Sandrin şi Inna Oncescu, primeşte o bursă Erasmus la Hochschule fur Musik und Theater ”Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” din Leipzig (2003-2004). În 2005 absolvă secţia de compoziţie a UNMB, urmând apoi masteratul sub îndrumarea prof. Steluţa Radu (secţia de pian). Activitatea sa pianistică este jalonată de numeroase premii. Mihai Măniceanu susține recitaluri în ţară şi în străinătate. Lucrările sale sunt interpretate atât de către ansamblul ”Profil”, cât şi de ansamblurile UNMB şi ale Conservatorului din Leipzig.
Christian Alexandru Petrescu
Compozitorul Christian Alexandru Petrescu este cadru didactic la UNMB. A studiat compoziția la Conservatorul bucureștean. Experiențe colaterale - dirijatul și experimentul vocal - i-au adus un plus de cunoaștere a domeniului sonor. A obținut mai multe premii de compoziție în țară și în străinătate. Creația sa este dominată de lucrări vocale - solo, sau pentru ansamblu, dintre care amintim: "Noapte de mai", "Madrigale" pe versuri de Giuseppe Ungaretti și George Bacovia și "Requiem" pentru soliști, cor și orchestră.
Adrian Pop was born in 1951 in Cluj. After aquiering a solid basic knowledge in music from his father, Dorin Pop, outstading personality of the Romanian musical life as an eminent professor and choir conductor, he studied composition at the “Gh. Dima” Music Academy in Cluj between 1970 and 1976, with professors Sigismund Toduţă and Cornel Ţăranu.
A very promising talent, Adrian Pop won his first composition awards while still studying: the “Dinu Lipatti” Prize and the National Award of the Art Institutes (1974). A series of further distinctions followed, marking the progress of his career as a composer: the Romanian Composers’ Union Prize (1978, 1981, 1989, 2011), the “George Enescu” Prize of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest, 1996), prizes at the 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). Between 2008 and 2012 he has been Rector of the « Gheorghe Dima » Music Academy, where he is currently teaching composition.
An outstading personality of the Romanian musical life, Adrian Pop is the recipient of the Cultural Merit Ordre extended by the President of Romania (2008) and of the « Ordre des Arts et des Lettres » conceded by the French Ministry of Culture (2012).
Dana Cristina Probst
Dana Cristina Probst s-a născut în anul 1961 la București. Din anul 1994 locuiește la Viena. A studiat compoziția cu Anatol Vieru la UNMB (1980-1984), iar mai târziu cu Michael Jarrell la UMDWien (1994-1995). Pentru activitatea și creația sa a fost distinsă cu premiul al II-lea la Concursul Internațional de Compoziție Aperto - București, 1999, Bursa ÖAD - Viena, 1993-1994, și cu bursele de lucru ale Ministerului pentru Învățământ, Artă și Cultură din Austria - 2012, 2013. Dana Cristina Probst este solicitată prin comenzi de compoziție de ansambluri și interpreți de valoare ca NÖ Tonküslterorchester, ansamblurile Reconsil, Phace, Wiener Collage, Trio Contraste, flautista Sylvie Lacroix, pianista Kaori Nishii.
Adina Sibianu a studiat compoziția la UNMB cu prof. Dan Dediu (2000-2005). Au urmat cursurile postuniversitare cu acad. prof. Ștefan Niculescu, o bursă de studii la Universitatea Carl von Ossietzky - Oldenburg, Germania, și studiile doctorale, încheiate tot sub îndrumarea prof. Dan Dediu. Dintre lucrările sale mai importante amintim: "Miroirs" pentru două piane (2007), "Str(e)ich" pentru șapte instrumentiști (2008) și "Air" pentru orchestră de cameră (2009).
Născut la București în anul 1962, compozitorul Nicoale Teodoreanu lucrează ca etnomuzicolog la Institutul de etnografie și folclor "Constantin Brăiloiu" și este profesor asociat la UNMB. A beneficiat de burse de creație și cercetare în Germania, Austria și Rommânia. Este autorul a mai multor lucrări în genurile vocal, cameral, simfonic, electronic și de operă, lucrări ale căror înregistrări au aparut sub forma de CD în Austria, Germania, România și Franța. Nicolae Teodoreanu a fost distins în anul 2006 cu premiul "George Enescu" al Academiei Române, iar în anul 2011 cu premiul UCMR.
Cercetător în folclorul muzical la Conservatorul din Bucureşti (1971-1977) şi la Institutul de Cercetări Etnologice şi Dialectologice din Bucureşti (1977-1980), redactor (1980-1984) şi director (1984-1992) la Editura Muzicală a UCMR, director la Direcţia Muzicii din Ministerul Culturii (1992-1993), conferenţiar (1993-1996) şi profesor (din 1996) la UNMB, compozitorul Ulpiu Vlad îndeplinește funcția de vicepreşedinte al UCMR din anul 2006. Pentru vasta sa creație care acoperă toate genurile, el a fost distins cu Premiul "George Enescu" al Academiei Române (1985), Premiul UCMR (1991, 1995, 2000, 2003) şi cu Ordinul "Meritul cultural" în grad de ofiţer (2004).
Născut la Devon în anul 1960, compozitorul și scriitorul Drew Wilson a studiat literatura engleză la Cambridge și a obținut doctoratul în compoziție la Royal College of Music. Lucrările sale sunt interpretate de renumite ansambluri precum "New Perspectives Ensemble", "London Sinfonietta", "Composers' Ensemble", și figurează în programele festivalurilor de la Hoxton, Cheltenham și La Linea (South Bank) Festivals, bucurându-se de concursul unor dăruiți soliști, dintre care îi amintim pe violoniștii Matthew Jones, Ken Aiso și Thomas Gould și pe pianistul Danny Driver.Două dintre lucrările sale de referință - "Nocturne with Cloudscape" și "Concerto for 12 - Plus fort que le Destin" - au fost înregistrate și au apărut la Casa de discuri Nimbus Records.