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Remus Georgescu

Remus Georgescu was born in Timisoara, in 1932. He accomplished his music  studies at the „Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory in Bucharest – Faculty of Composition and Orchestra Conducting and was the disciple of the great masters: Ioan D. Chirescu (Music Theory), Marţian Negrea (Harmony), Nicolae Buicliu (Counterpoint), Teodor Rogalski (Orchestration), Constantin Silvestri (Conducting) and George Georgescu (Orchestra). He also studied in USA (1968 – 1969), where he met and visited the famous Romanian conductor and composer Ionel Perlea.

Remus Georgescu began his activity as a scientific researcher at the Ethnomusicology and Folklore Institute in Bucharest, and then as a conductor at the Music Theatre in Constanta and at the Sibiu, Oradea and Târgu Mureş Philharmonics. He became conductor of the “Banatul” Philharmonic in Timisoara in 1968, while also being, for several years, the artistic manager of the institution.

As a conductor, he had concerts almost all around the world and realized numerous recordings of outstanding virtuosity; as a composer, he distinguished himself through various  vocal-symphonic, symphonic or cameral works. He gave concerts in Austria, England, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, Norway, Poland, Holland, Spain, USA, Singapore, Sweden, Russia, Hungary, Venezuela etc., and has always been  both critically acclaimed in the media, and admired by the audience.

His repertoire is extremely rich, including works of most various ages and styles, from the pre-classic period to the latest creations of our century. Worldwide famous soloists performed under his baton: Emil Ghilels, Dimitri Başkirov, Daniil Şafran, Annie Fischer, Igor Oistrah, Viktor Tretiakov, Jean Pierre Rampal, Ivry Gitlis, Lola Bobescu, Dan Grigore, Valentin Gheorghiu, Ion Voicu, Silvia Marcovici. Numerous Romanian composers have dedicated to Remus Georgescu some compositions that later entered the music circuit, in Romania and abroad.

His creations conquered their stable place in the repertoires of many Romanian orchestras, sometimes being included in programs of prestigious European orchestras and America, as well as in the repertoires of renowned interpreters. Along his career, Remus Georgescu received many awards. The Concert for Orchestra, the Symphonic Oratory „Cântare străbunilor” (“Hymn to the Ancestors”) – the Award of the Union of Composers (1976 – 1977), „Exorcisme” (“Exorcisms”) for Flute and Orchestra, the Oratory „Ecouri” (“Echoes”) awarded by the Romanian Academy with the “George Enescu” Prize for Composition (1983), the Oratory „De profundis” (1994) and also various other works, which deserve their fame in the Romanian cultural patrimony. The music critique repeatedly underlined the exceptional value of his compositions. As a conductor, Remus Georgescu realized many recordings for radio, TV and record labels in Romania and worldwide.

Other awards: The Music Critics’ Award, The Award for Opera Omnia. In 2008 he became „Citizen of Honour“ of Timişoara, and in 2012, The Great Award of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania (UCMR) for 2011.

MUSIC on internet: Exorcisms, Autumn Twilight

 

 

 

Laura Buruiană

Born in Bucharest in 1980, Laura Buruiana started playing the cello at the age of ten and studied from 1999 to 2004 with Prof. Vasile Tugui and Marin Cazacu. Further studies from 2004 with Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Cologne University of Music lead to her Master Degree in 2007. While taking part in master classes in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Romania, she also benefited from the advice of famous cellists.  A 1st Prize Winner of the Young Concert Artists Award in New York in 2003, which was additionally garnished with five special prizes, the Romanian cellist Laura Buruiana is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as “a bonafide virtuoso, drawing a wealth of color, drama, and flowing line from her instrument” (The New York Times) in performances where “one might guess she would also be a very fine singer. She embraces her instrument as an extension of her own body, personifying a lyricism that was fitting for an instrument whose timbre is o close to that of the human voice.” (Washington Post).The same year, Laura also won the 1st Prize of the Premio Arturo Bonucci Competition in Rome.
As a soloist, Laura performed the 1st Shostakovich concerto in the Berlin Philharmonie together with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Dvořák concerto with the Bari Symphony while touring Italy, as well as Bach’s A Minor Concerto at the Rheingau Music Festival (Germany) with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, in 2006. She also played with the Shanghai Orchestra in the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Under the aegis of Young Euro Classics in Berlin, she has been the soloist in the 1st cello concerto of the Romanian composer Anatol Vieru.
In 2005, she made her debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, taking over the cello solo part in Paul Constantinescu’s Triple Concerto and was invited for a recital at the same festival in 2007.  Furthermore, she performed with all major orchestras in Romania, besides other orchestras in Europe, USA and Asia under the baton of conductors such as Oliver von Dohnányi, Gerhard Zimmermann, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Lorenzo Muti, Dorel Pascu, among others.Due to her great success at the New York competition, she has already toured extensively the USA, including concerts at Kennedy Center Washington, Kaufmann Hall New York, Boston, Merkin Hall New York, Pittsburgh, in Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio as well as at the Mostly Tchaikowsky Festival in Pella. Other venues and festivals in Europe included the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Diligentia Theatre The Hague and the Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands, the Spoleto Festival and venues in Rome, Milan and Venice (UNESCO gala) in Italy, Fontainebleau Castle and the “Rencontres Franco-Roumaines” in France, the festivals at Santander and Toroella de Montgri in Spain, the Glyptotek Copenhagen, Salle de concert des Invalides in Paris, Salle Flagey in Brussels and the Bruno Walter Society in Luxemburg. In Germany, Laura appeared repeatedly at the Usedom Festival, the Konzerthaus Berlin, at the EXPO 2000 in Hanover and the Saarbrucken festival. In 2004, she performed twice the complete Beethoven sonatas.
Some critics for the Naxos CD: “This Naxos album features cellist Laura Buruiana and pianist Martin Tchiba in what could be a reference recording of these sonatas. Buruiana’s playing is technically brilliant, with spot-on intonation, sweeping musical gestures, and a clear understanding of the score and how her part dialogues with the piano. Likewise, Tchiba is a elegant pianist who produces a wealth of colors which are so necessary in the frequently changing tonal environment of the Second Sonata” (Mikel D. Brownell, All Music Magazine)“Cellist Laura Buruiana and pianist Martin Tchiba made one of the most remarkable CDs of the year” (Holger Hettinger (Deutschlandradio Kultur).
In 2012 she released her second CD for the label Zig-Zag Territoires: “Enescu – trios with piano” together with violinist Satenik Khourdoian and pianist Mara Dobresco with whom she formed the Trio Brancusi, CD which is a choice of France Musique for 2012 and received 5 diapasons. Together with pianist Matei Varga she has released her third album for Coviello Classics which includes the two famous cello sonatas by J Brahms. In 2013, Laura Buruiana is prepearing to release two more Cds with pianist Ferenc Vizi (F. Mendelssohn – Bartoldy – “Sonatas and variations concertantes for cello and piano”) and with Ana Bondue (J. S. Bach – “Sonatas for cello and piano/viola da gamba and hapsichord”), both released at the label Coviello Classics. As well, she will have concerts together with Trio Brancusi, Trio ALA, pianists Ferenc Vizi and Ana Bondue, soprano Adriana Epstein…
Official website here.

Romanian Youth Orchestra

The youngest Romanian symphonic orchestra was formed in the summer of 2008, in the city of Sinaia, following an initiative from cellist Marin Cazacu with the help of “The Friends of Music – Serafim Antropov”. Its members, aged 19 to 26, are selected from the top performers across the nation. The technical and artistic training is overlooked by maestro Cristian Mandeal.
In order to help meet the need to rise up to the artistic demands and ambitions of the European community for the young generation of Romanian musicians “The Romanian Youth Orchestra- Enescian spirit and European tradition” Project was founded. Some of the grand achievements include the 2008, 2009 and 2010 concerts held for the “Enescu and his music” International Festival in Bucharest, Brasov and Busteni.
The performances at the Romanian Athenaeum under the lead of conductor Cristian Mandeal lit up the stage on December 5th & 9th 2009, March 4th, May 29th and August 18th 2010. Similarly the “Eurovision-Young musicians” concert on March 14th and October 25th achieved together with “Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation “, conducted by Horia Andreescu, confirmed the high expectations for this project.

Official website here.

Marin Cazacu

Born on September 30th, 1956, at Vidra-Ilfov county, Marin Cazacu studied the cello at the Dinu Lipatti Music Lyceum in Bucharest with professor Ion Urcan, and afterwards at the Ciprian Porumbescu State Conservatoire with the well known professors Serafim Antropov and Aurel Niculescu. Furthermore, he improved his musical skills in Weimar with professor Mezö Lászlo and was the assistant of maestro Radu Aldulescu in the latter’s master classes in Costineşti and Sinaia. Marin Cazacu is a laureate of the international competitions held in Geneva, Markneukirchen, Leipzig, Bologna, Belgrade.

Since 1983, he has been a soloist of the George Enescu Philharmonic and has carried out an intense activity both in Romania and all over Europe, Asia and the two Americas, under the baton of a number of outstanding conductors: Ghennadi Rojdestvenski, Sergiu Comissiona, Lu Jia, Nanse Gum, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Antoni Ros Marba, Mendi Rodan, Misha Katz, Jean Périsson. He also performed as a member of different chamber music ensembles in the company of prestigious artists such as Vladimir Orlov, Valentin Gheorghiu, Radu Aldulescu, Mihaela Martin, Mirel Iancovici, Ilia Grubert, Jeremy Menuhin. Moreover, he is a member of the Pro Arte Trio (Trio in Residence at the Romanian Atheneum Concert Hall in Bucharest) and has contributed to the Voces Quartet. His name could be seen quite often in the ads of some important festivals such as those held in Berlin, Bratislava, Bucharest, Hong-Kong, Macao, Munich, Milan, Mateus, Osaka, Singapore, Seoul, Sofia, Tokio, Valencia, Venice.

Starting 1992, he has also worked as a professor at the Bucharest National University of Music, his students successfully asserting themselves in the Romanian and foreign concert halls. In 1998, he founded the Cellissimo Quartet together with Alexandra Guţu, Răzvan Suma and Olga Mănescu. Moreover, together with his students, he performed in recitals including 8 up to 12 cellos as part of the Violoncellissimo ensemble.

In 1999, Marin Cazacu set up the International Festival Enescu and the music of the world held every summer in Sinaia on the eve of great musician’s birthday (August 19th, 1881). For the organisation of this festival and the setting up of the first national youth orchestra (the Romanian Youth Orchestra under Cristian Mandeal’s baton), he was rewarded (in 2008) with the Award for the Project of the year by VIP and Actualitatea Muzicală magazines.

In 2004, he was granted the Meritul Cultural (Cultural Merit) Order with the Chevalier degree, while in 2006, he obtained the title of Doctor of Music with Summa cum laude, for the thesis entitled Cello concertos in the Romanian musical creation from Constantin Dimitrescu to Pascal Bentoiu.

His recordings for Electrecord, Olympia, BMG and AIX Records are a definite evidence of the qualities of this „excellent musician” as Ghennadi Rojdestvenski has called him.

His performances have been enthusiastically commented upon by the audience and the media, all over the world.

Marin Cazacu plays a Lorenzo Ventapane cello (1820). (source)

Antigona Rădulescu

Antigona Radulescu holds a PhD in musicology (2002). She is an associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest teaching courses on polyphony, semiotics and musical narratology. Since 1991, she has been a memeber of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists and since 2010, secretary of the Musicology section.

Her musicological activity includes: published books – Perspective semiotice în muzică (Semiotic Perspectives in Music, 2003), Johann Sebastian Bach (2010); main collaborator of the volume by Valentina Sandu-Dediu Muzica românească între 1944-2000 (2002), translated into German (2006 ; Rumänische Musik nach 1944); coordinator and co-author of the collective volume Estetica. Un alt fel de manual (Aesthetics. Another type of text book, 2007); author of several university courses on counterpoint and musical semiotics (1999, 2005, 2006); studies on various themes, from semiotics to modern and contemporary creation, published in academic journals; coordinator of the National University of Music Bucharest journal Acord.

Cristina Sârbu

Cristina Maria Bohaciu Sârbu was born in 1953 in Orastie, Hunedoara (Romania). She studied musicology and violin at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj. She also has a diploma in Romanian and German at the department of Language Studies of the University in Cluj (1981) and has been, since 1998, a Doctor in Musicology. She has been active as musicologist, journalist, violin teacher and cultural manager. She is member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists and she has contributed to studies of musicology and musical critical articles in Romanian, German and Hungarian at several magazines. She contributes to the programmes of Radio Romania in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest and to the programmes of the Romanian Television, as well as being a contributor to the GOETHE Institute in Bucharest (the German cultural programmes for Romania). Between 1996-2004  she was Editor in chief of the Literature, Arts & Science Department and since 2004, she has been a Producer at the “News and current affairs” department at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation. Since 2005 she works as a PR at the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest.

Books: Carl Orff: Anima, Bucharest, 1995; Hans Werner Henze: Anima, Bucharest, 1997; Opera Lexicon: Du Style, Bucharest, 1999; Nietzsche and the Music: Contemporanul.Ideea europeana, Bucharest, 2004.

Scholarships, Festivals: Internationes, Berlin, 1990; Deutscher Musikrat Bonn: 1991, 1993, 1995; Haendel Gesellschaft Karlsruhe : 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997; Brahms Gesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 1993; Orff-Zentrum, Carl Orff Stiftung München 1993, 1994, 1995; Bundesministerium fur Untericht und Kunst, Wien, 1993; Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Weimar, 1996, 1997; Wagner-Festspiele, Bayreuth, 1990, 1993; Salzburger Festspiele, 1991; Berliner Festwochen, 1991,1992; Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgard, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997; Schubertiade Feldkirch, 1992; Internationales FRANZ SCHUBERT Institut, Wien, 1991; Bregenz-Festspiele, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998; Ambrasser Schlosskonzerte, Innsbruck, 1992, 1996, 1998; Oper der Stadt Köln, 1994; Kammermusik Festival ALLEGRO VIVO, Österreich, 1994; Haendel Festspiele, Halle-Saale, 1994; Kasseler Musiktage, 1995; Dresdner Opern Festpiele 1998; Course “Media in the UK”: July – August 1997, BBC World Service

Symposiums: Rumanian und die deutsche Klassik, Weimar, March 1995; Symphosium CARL ORFF, Salzburg, 1995; Musikleben der Deutschen im Kontext sudosteuropaischer Musikkultur, Lowenstein, April, 1997

Member of jury: XII Concorso Internazionale “Camillo Togni”, Brescia, Italy, December 14-17, 2000; XIII Concorso Internazionale “Camillo Togni”, Brescia, Italy, December 2001; Radio Competition IAWRT , November 2005

 

Ştefan Angi (Angi István)

Ştefan Angi (Angi István) was born in 1933, in Ojdula, Covasna. He is member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (UCMR). He has a PhD in Musicology, with the dissertation Music and Affection, held in Moscow, in 1965. He is currently professor at the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music  and the “Babeş-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, as well as the “Partium” Christian University  in Oradea, where he teaches disciplines like Aesthetics, Music Aesthetics and Modern Theories of Music. He also teaches special courses for the Master and Doctoral level – Interartistic Dialogue, History of Ideas - History of Images.

His significant volumes are: Zene és esztétika (Music and Aesthetics), 1975; Az esztétikum zeneisége (The Musicality of Aesthetics), 2001; A zenei szépség modelljei (Models of Beauty in Music), 2003; Prelegeri de estetică muzicală I,II. (Lectures of Music Aesthetics I, II.), 2004; Értéktől jelentésig (From Value to Sense), 2004; Fotografii la minut din atelierele compozitorilor clujeni (Minute-photos in Workshops of Composers from Cluj), 2008. Stefan Angi is co-author of numerous study volumes. He publishes in music and general culture journals  from Romania and Hungary.

 

Bianca Temeş

Bianca Ţiplea Temeş  is  a  musicologist  and  Reader  Ph.D.  of  Music  Theory  at Gh. Dima Music Academy in Cluj. Born on November 21, 1969 in Vişeu de Sus, Maramureş, she holds a degree in Piano and Musicology recognised by the Education Ministry in Madrid, an M. Phil. in Musicology granted by the Gh. Dima Music Academy, leading to a Ph.D. earned from the Music University in Bucharest, in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dan Voiculescu. She attended Aurel Stroe’s Master Class in Cluj (1995) and György Kurtág’s Master Class in Budapest (2005). Since she holds separate degrees in Musicology and in Business Management (M.B.A. granted by Babeş-Bolyai University), she combines her academic career with the post of Music Programme Manager of the Transylvania Philharmonic, where she is currently head of the Artistic Department. She also held the position of temporary supervisor at the Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo (during the season 2008-2009).

Her writings cover the historical, stylistic and analytical spectrum of a wide range of composers, from Haendel to Glass, Dallapiccola, Crumb, Xenakis and Dutilleux, as well as the music of Transylvania, addressing the works of such composers as Max Eisikovits, Tudor Jarda, Augustin Bena, and Dan Voiculescu. A special emphasis is accorded to 20th century and contemporary music, and her principal area of research is the music of György Ligeti and György  Kurtág, both of whom were born in Romania (Transylvania and the Banat region, respectively). Her books have been published in Romania, and her articles in leading journals in such countries as Switzerland, Spain, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Romania, and the U.S.A. She participated in conferences in her native country (Bucharest, Cluj, Iaşi, Oradea), but also in Oldenburg (Germany), Vienna, Vilnius, Dublin, Rome, and at the University of Cambridge, in the UK.

Since 2010 she has been visiting professor at the University of Oviedo/Spain, in 2012 at Istituto Superior di Studi Musicali P. Mascagni, Livorno. She was also awarded an Erasmus Grant at the University of Cambridge, U.K. (2010, 2011), studying with the renowned musicologists Nicholas Cook and Nicholas Marston. In 2011/2012 she received a three-month research grant from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel/Switzerland. As a consequence of her findings in the Ligeti collection in Basel, she recently obtained a two-month DAAD Scholarship at Humboldt University in Berlin, her application being supported by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hermann Danuser.

She is a member of the Mozart Romanian Society Board in Cluj, as well as of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and a probationary member of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Society (U.C.M.R.). She is also a member of the editorial committee for the Journal “Studia Musica“, Cluj, Peer Review for the Journal “Musicology Papers”, Cluj, and Peer Review SAGE Open, London/UK.

She has also embarked on a second doctorate in Art History and Musicology at the University of Oviedo, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ramón Sobrino Sánchez, on the subject of the nocturnal landscape in 20th century music. Among her many ongoing research projects is the post-doctoral programme M.I.D.A.S. at the National University of Music in Bucharest, offering close readings of the connection between Ligeti’s oeuvre and Romanian spirituality.

Books:  Augustin Bena. Monograph (Augustin Bena. Monografie): Risoprint, Cluj, 2004, ISBN: 973-656-794-x; Antifonia in extenso: Risoprint, Cluj, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-53-0824-7; revised and  enlarged edition from 1999; Music Theory. Aspects of musical semiography: graphic notation (Teoria Muzicii. Aspecte de semiografie muzicală: Notaţie grafică): Risoprint, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-53-0837-7

List of selected Journal articles and Conference Proceedings:

“10th International Music Theory Conference: Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music”, Ed. Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius, 2013 (forthcoming) - The Image behind the Music. Visual Elements in Ligeti’s Oeuvre

Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, Ed. Schwabe AG, Basel/Muttenz - Tracking down Ligeti’s Unfinished Third and Fourth String Quartets, nr.25/2012 

Theorie und Geschichte der Monodie. Bericht der Internationalen Tagung 2010. Band 6, Tribun EU, s.r.o., Brno - Byzantinische Monodie als Inspirationsquelle der rumänischen  Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts, 2012

Journal “Musicology Papers”, Ed. MediaMusica, Cluj - Cluj Musical Legacy and the Baroque Idiom. Case study: “Fantasia e fuga sulle pedale per organo” by Dan Voiculescu, Vol. XXVI, Nr. 2/2011

IFCC 2011. Proceedings of the 2011 3rd International Conference on Future Computer and Communication (session Mathematics and Arts), ASME Press, New York - The Algebra of intervals as a rhetoric device in “Fantasia e fuga sulle pedale per organo” by Dan Voiculescu

“Cuadernos de Música Iberoamericana”, Ed. Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales  (ICCMU), Madrid – Manuel de Falla – John Cage: bipolaridad estilística en el repertorio pianístico nocturno de la  primera mitad del siglo XX, No.25/2010, ISSN: 1136-5536

“10th International Music Theory Conference: Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music”, Ed. Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius - Byzantine music revisited: from vocal monody to electronic music in the works of Romanian  composers of the 20th century, 2011, ISBN: 978-9986-503-97-2

“Studia Musica” Journal, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj - Ligeti’s String Quartet no.1; stylistic incongruence?, No. 2/2008;  In memoriam Dan Voiculescu. Coda to “A Book without end”, No. 2/2009;  Ralph Vaughan Williams: “A Cambridge Mass”. About a newly discovered manuscript and a world premiere, in conversation with Maestro Alan Tongue, No.1/2011; New Trends in Modern Musicology. A discussion with Professor Nicholas Cook, No.1/2012;  Where Two Worlds Meet: Ligeti and Romanian Folk Music, No. 2/2012

Actualitatea Muzicală, Ed. UCMR, Bucureşti - From  „Cluj Modern”  to  Palais  Garnier. The Itinerary of the piece Colinda–Baladă op.46 by  György Kurtág, No. 1/January 2011; Interactive music, No. 9/2011; Anniversaries of the „Cluj Musical Autumn” Festival. Adrian Pop at 60, No.11/2011; Remote Ctrl. Multimedia  interactive music, No. 3/2012

“Intermezzo” Journal, Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj - Musicalia: Ortega y Gasset and the issue of art reception, December, 2008; Quo Vadis Symphony Orchestra? The trajectory of an artistic entity from “La Grande Bande”   to the “YouTube” Symphony Orchestra, March, 2009; Philip Glass in Asturias. Objective-subjective report over the concert and press conference in  Gijón, July, 2009; Remember Dan Voiculescu, December 2009

“Confluenţe cultural-artistice. Mari compozitori aniversaţi 2009: Haendel şi Haydn” (vol.I), Ed. Mega, Cluj - Aria da capo in Haendel’s work. The aesthetics of a paradox, 2010

“Confluenţe cultural-artistice. Mari compozitori aniversaţi 2009: Paul Constantinescu şi Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” (vol.II), Ed. Mega, 2011, Cluj - An exceptional editorial release: The Systematic Catalogue of Mendelssohn’s oeuvre printed  by Breitkopf&Härtel, 2009 

“Studia Judaica”, Ed. Efes, Cluj - Max Eisikovits´ Lieder, intersection aria of Jewish, Romanian and Hungarian musical culture,  2006

“Adevărul de Cluj” newspaper; “Făclia de Cluj” newspaper — Over 70 articles (1992 – 2012)

 

 

Ludovic Bács

The Hungarian-born Romanian conductor, composer, violist and pedagogue, Ludovic Bács, began his musical training in his hometown of Petrila. Initially he studied violin with Joseph Faubich; followed by studies at the high state school of Petrosani. During the school days he played as instrumental in the city’s symphonic band, led by Professor Julius Horáček. Between 1948 and 1951 he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Cluj-Napoca; then, between 1951-1956, he obtained a scholarship to study at the Conservatory of Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Moscow. He also studied in 1948-1949 at the Cluj-Napoca Collge of Philosophy.
In 1957 Ludovic Bács started to work in the Symphonic Orchestra of Romanian Radio, first as a viola player, then as a conductor, and in 1964 was appointed as Artistic Director. From 1958 until his retirement in 1991, he had a continuous work in radio, as conductor and artistic director of Orchestra of Studio Radio Bucharest; from 1990, he is conductor of the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra. In 1966 he founded the music ensemble Musica Rediviva in Bucharest, the first group of performers to render ancient Romanian music. He made many tours in the country and abroad (USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, the GDR, West Berlin, the FRG, Netherlands, Argentina, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Austria) with those orchestras and has made numerous recordings. His repertoire includes musical works from the periods of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Modern and contemporary Romanian and universal. Over his whole career, Ludovic Bács has discovered and exposed a huge amount of ancient Romanian music, which he transcribed, harmonised and orchestrated to bring them before the public. He has given special attention to contemporary Romanian composers and works (Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Ştefan Niculescu, Cornel Ţăranu, Aurel Stroe, Dan Dediu, Cristian Creţu and Christian Muck), performing numerous premieres of Romanian works.

From 1962 to 1968 (or from 1960 to 1966 according to The International Who’s Who 2004) Ludovic Bács was assistant lecturer at the Music Academy in Bucharest, later becoming associate professor in the classes of orchestral conducting, score reading, and chamber music.

Ludovic Bács is a member of the Romanian Composers’ Union. His awards include: Cultural Merit Award, the Medal of Labour, Prize of Theatre Music Association. His works include: orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue (BWV 1080) on record), numerous adaptationd from 15th-18th century music: J.S. Bach, Monteverdi, Backfareg, from Codex Caioini a.o.; Suitá de Musicá Veche 17th-18th century, Variations Sinfoniques e Double Fugue sur un Thème Populaire HongroiseTrois Madrigales pour ChoeurVariations et Fugue sur une Colinde RoumainePotpourrie sur des Colindes. (source)

Irina Hasnaş

Irina Hasnas studied composition in Bucharest at the Academy of Music “Ciprian Porumbescu” (now, the National University of Music in Bucharest) between 1973 -1978 with Aurel Stroe, Stefan Niculescu, Alexandru Pascanu and Nicolae Beloiu – all composers belonging to the generation who elevated the Romanian national musical school to international cultural standards. After graduating, she had the opportunity to continue her studies under the coach of the composer Theodor Grigoriu, under the auspices of the Romanian Union of Composer (1978 – 1980 ).  Her graduating work, the ballet “Metamorphose”, was performed in 1977  in Bucharest, in the Little Palace Hall, by conductor Rasvan Cernat and choreographer Sergiu Anghel. In 2000 she received her doctoral title at the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, with the dissertation “Fundamental options in the works of Theodor Grigoriu and Pascal Bentoiu. Fifty years of achievements in the Romanian Musical School” . The dissertation was written under the guiding of composer Cornel Taranu, member of the Romanian Academy.

Irina Hasnas has been a music editor at the Romanian National Radio Broadcasting Company since 1987, but she has been collaborating with the Radio since 1984. Some of the Musical Departments in which she worked and that she coordinated (Creation-Recordings, Musical News, International Musical Exchanges and Opera) gave her the opportunity to know the trends of the national and international contemporary musical phenomenon.

In her first works, Irina Hasnas tried to define the concept of infinite melody revealing a harmonic universe as a result of the interfering of the defined tunes. Next,  she focalized her attention on the Romanian melodic ethos. Her main field of research is  chamber music, closer to her artistic sensibility. (source)