Archives for November2012

Şerban Nichifor

Şerban Nichifor (born in Bucharest, Romania, 25 August 1954) is a Romanian composer and music educator. He is Professor at the National University of Music, Bucharest (Chamber Music Department); Member of UCMR (Romania), SABAM (Belgium), ECPMN (Holland); Vice-president of the ROMANIA-BELGIUM Association; Cellist of the Duo INTERMEDIA and co-director of the NUOVA MUSICA CONSONANTE-LIVING MUSIC FOUNDATION(USA) Festival – with Liana Alexandra. He is also a member of Vox Novus.

Studies: National University of Music Bucharest, Doctor in Musicology; University of Bucharest (Theology Faculty). International courses at Darmstadt, Weimar, Breukelen and Munchen; USIA Stipendium (USA).

Composition prizes at: Amsterdam, Tours, Athens, Urbana-Illinois, Evian, Toledo, Trento, Roma, Bydgoszcz, Köln, Karlsruhe, Newtown-Wales, Birmingham-Alabama. Comandor of the “Merit National Order” (2000). Works published at: Editura Muzicala (Bucharest), Edition Modern (Munchen), “Pro musica Studium”(Roma), “Quadrivium Music Press” (New York), “Mnemes” (Palermo).

Nichifor is the widower of Romanian musician and composer Liana Alexandra.

Vox Novus link.

Cornelia Tăutu

Cornelia Tăutu (born 1938) is a Romanian composer best known for film soundtracks.  Passionate about music from a very early age, she studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where she has a double specialization: music pedagogy and composition. She studied composition with Mihail Jora, Aurel Stroe and Anatol Vieru. She worked at the Institute for  Ethnology and Folklore “Constantin Brailoiu” of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest. Tăutu has written works including: Divertisment folcloric; Coralia for children’s chorus and orchestra; Rota for chamber ensemble; De Doi (The Two) for viola and cello (1994). Her music has been recorded and issued on CD including: Romanian Women Composers 2, Musica Nova and The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation, 2006;MARIN CONSTANTIN, Electrecord; Romania Today (June 30, 1998) by Dinescu, Dediu, Stroe, Brumariu, et al., Pro Viva (Ger), ASIN: B000007TAJ.

Tăutu has composed music for films including: 1992 Ramînerea; 1988 Drumet în calea lupilor; 1988 The Moromete Family; 1987 Cetatea ascunsa; 1987 Zloty pociag1983 Caruta cu mere; 1983 Impossible Love; 1980 Dumbrava minunata; 1978 Actiunea Autobuzul; 1978 Buzduganul cu trei peceti; 1978 Together Again; 1975 Patima

WIKI page.

Carmen Petra Basacopol

“Carmen Petra Basacopol, a very sensible composer of symphony, concerto, and especially of chamber music, brought about an important stylistic diversification of the post Enescu Romanian music. She valued the harp, which she competently brought back into focus. This interest resulted in high appreciation abroad, for she has actually contributed to expansion of expression rendered by the instrument through very original timbre combinations. Her creative personality is also evidenced by her original ideas in musicology and in Romanian spirituality.

Basacopol studied at the Academy of Music of Bucharest and took specializing courses in Darmstadt in 1968. She was a graduate of the faculty of philosophy of Bucharest and became a doctor of musicology at Sorbonne in 1976. Her diploma paper is entitled “Originality of the Romanian music as seen in the musical works of Enescu, Jora, and Paul Constantinescu.” In 1962, she was appointed to the teaching staff of the Academy of Music of Bucharest where she taught harmony, counterpoint, and musical forms.

Also a prominent figure at contests, Basacopol was a member of the jury at the international harp contest of Jerusalem in 1979, and at the “Valentino Bucchi” composition contest of Rome in 1986. She has also been awarded many prizes. She won awards at the World Youth and Student Festival of Berlin in 1951, in Bucharest in 1953, and in Warsaw in 1955. She received the prize of the Union of the Composers and Musicologists of Romania in 1974, 1979, 1981, 1985, and 1987. In 1980, she won the George Enescu prize of the Romanian Academy.

Basacopol has composed music for ballet performances, opera, symphonic vocal music, symphonic music, chamber music, lieds, and choral music. She has also written works on musicology.” (Irina Odagescu)

Felicia Donceanu

“Felicia Donceanu studied composition at the Conservatory of Bucharest from 1949 to 1956 with the great Romanian composers Paul Constantinescu and Mihail Jora. She has delivered conferences, taught lessons, played in concerts, made broadcasts, wrote articles, and authored verses for songs and choirs. She has also composed vocal symphonic music, much chamber music, choral music, music for children, and a great number of lieds.

Felicia Donceanu has also received several prizes. She received honorable mention at the international composition contest of Mannheim in 1961. In 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1988, Donceanu won the prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicians Union. She was also awarded the George Enescu prize of the Romanian Academy in 1984.

Not only is Donceanu a recognized composer, but she is also an accomplished artist whose scope comprises plastic art and poetry. Her music is highly poetic, for the composer feels that the spell of poetic verse should be extended into music. Other characteristics of Donceanu’s music include pride of place and integrated voices in rich polyphony. One of her most important works is a set of lieds, written in 1984, for soprano and chamber orchestra. These lieds were inspired by the poems of the eighteenth century poet, Enachitza Vacarescu. Using instruments favored during Vacarescu’s time, the composer created a sonorous environment of the eighteenth century with the flute, lute, viola da gamba, spinet, and percussion instruments. The piece which concludes the cycle of four songs is entitled “Testament” and is meant to ensure the destiny of the Romanian people and language. It was for this cycle that Donceanu received the 1984 Enescu Prize.” (Irina Odagescu)

Irina Odăgescu-Ţuţuianu


Born in 1937, Irina Odagescu graduated from The National University os Music (composition section) in 1963. She also attended the international courses of Weimar in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972, and Darmstadt in 1972 and 1976.

Odagescu has been awarded for her work on several occasions. She received the prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicologists five times in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1986, and 1988. She won the silver medal at the international polimusic contest of Ibague in Columbia in 1981. She received the medal and diploma of the Viotti international composition contest of Valsesia de la Vercelli, Italy in 1982, for one and two instruments. She also was awarded the I. G. N. M. prize at the World Days of Music in Graz in 1982.

Extremely active in her field, Odagescu has delivered conferences and made scientific reports, radio, and television broadcasts. In March 1992, she delivered a conference at the University of Pau, France, on her musical creation and the aesthetic principles she applies. She has also published the following two didactic works in collaboration: Practical Studies for Reading in Keys for Two Voices (1972), and Practical Studies for Reading in Old Choral Keys (1982). Her musical creations include symphonic vocal music, symphonic and chamber music, instrumental and choral music, and film music. Her works have been performed in many countries of Europe, America, and Asia. The most recent performance was at the Eighth Congress of Women Composers in Bilbao, Spain, in 1992.

In most of her music pieces, Irina Odagescu shows interest in achieving a blend of world music traditions and the contemporary trends. This blend falls into modalism enriched with serial structures. Odagescu uses a composition technique which allows her to express the most diverse affections, especially in symphonic vocal and choral music, in which melopea of a modal type often alternates with ample polyphonic and harmony developments.

In her choral poem “The Pyre of Bread,” dedicated to the tragic events of 1907, when the Romanian peasants rebelled in order to get their own bread, Irina Odagescu employs a very modern style in conception and in graphics. Each of the score pages shows very new signs which can best suggest her intentions.

Her choreographic poem “Tall Song” has been performed in several ballet performances of the Bucharest Opera. It is made up of two parts: “Calling” and “Summits.” This piece obviously appeals to spiritual heights to be attained by artists. The ascent is not always crowned with success, but the work appeals to those who, by perseverance and belief, finally achieve “the heights” on behalf of mankind.

Cristian Lolea

Born in 1977 in Bucharest, Cristian Lolea graduated in 2000 from the National University of Music Bucharest where he studied composition with Tiberiu Olah. He completed his PhD in 2010 under the guidance of Prof. Octavian Nemescu, at the same University, where he is also a lecturer. His doctoral dissertation – “Accessibility of Music – Considerations on Music Perception” – received the highest academic honors: summa cum laude.

He participated in various international workshops, with grants at the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam (1997), International Summer Courses for Young Composers in Radziejowice (1998), 7th Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio-Art in Schwaz (1999), where he studied with Bogusław Schaeffer, Marek Chołoniewski and Martijn Padding.

Cristian Lolea was awarded the 1st prize in numerous national and international competitions for contemporary music, including The Roads of Romanticism in Warsaw (2007), Excellency Award for Young Composers from UNPR, the Romanian National Employers’ Union (2006) and a Special Prize at the George Enescu International Composition Competition (2009). In 2008 he won the Gopo Award (Romania’s most important film award) for Best Original Film Score (for the movie An Angel Hooked on Me).

He composes chamber music, symphonic and vocal-symphonic music, as well as soundtracks for movies, television and commercials. His works have been performed in Europe, the United States and Brazil, in important festivals such as Warsaw Autumn or George Enescu Festival and broadcast in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Cristian Lolea is also a prolific orchestrator and arranger, orchestrating many classical, pop and rock pieces, being comissionned by orchestras such as New England String Ensemble. Since 2011 he lives and works for most of the time in Warsaw.

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Vlad Agachi

Romanian conductor Vlad Agachi (b. May 20, 1982) is rapidly emerging as one of the most interesting and talented young conductors of today’s Romanian music scene, with both national and international experience. One of his most remarkable accomplishments was the award of the Seiji Ozawa fellowship at the world-renowned Tanglewood Music Festival in the summer of 2012, where he was working with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Charles Dutoit, Andre Previn, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Stefan Asbury, as well as having concerts with both classical and contemporary repertoire with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and ensembles.

At the beginning of 2013, Vlad Agachi started an internship at Staatsoper Berlin where he had been accepted by Daniel Barenboim, for which he had been awarded a scolarship by the National University of Music in Bucharest. During a three-month period, he had the opportunity of enriching his conducting experience by learning from the great pianist and conductor.

On the national plan, Vlad Agachi was appointed conductor of the Pitesti Philharmonic in 2011. He is also one of the founding members of the promising Notes & Ties orchestra and concert series from his native city, Cluj Napoca.

He obtained his degree in conducting from the National University of Music in Bucharest (first in his class), studying with Dumitru Goia and Petru Andriesei. During his university studies, he received musical training as a conductor from Marek Pijarowsky at the Karol Lipinski Music University in Wroclaw. He continued his studies under the guidance of conductors such as Christian Badea, Yoel Levi and Jorma Panula. Currently, he is enrolled in a Doctorate program at the National University of Music, specializing in Mozart’s Opera with Dan Dediu as advisor.

He received numerous prizes and scholarships, among them being the third prize at the “Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition” (Bucharest, Romania, 2011).

His conducting collaborations include orchestras from Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Satu Mare, Bacau, Oradea and Targoviste, extending his activity in the USA, Israel, Portugal, Poland, Russia and Moldova.

Laurenţiu Darie

Bassoonist Laurentiu Darie was born in 1977 inGalati,Romania, where he started his musical education at the age of ten. After he graduated in bassoon at theUniversityofMusic-Bucharest, he went toMunichin order to improve his musical interpretation with Prof. Marco Postinghel. Here he had the opportunity to attend master classes held by Reinhard Goebel (baroque music), Maurice Bourgue (oboe), Zakar Bron (violin). He has also participated in summer master classes for bassoon with well-known teachers: Klaus Thunemann, David Rachor, Frank Lebloi and Andreas Schultze-Florey. He has won the first prize in several national competitions. Laurentiu Darie has collaborated with The Munich Symphonic Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, The Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, The State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and The Vienna Walzer Orchestra. Since 1998, he is principal bassoon player inBucharest”George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2011, as part of the “YouTube Symphony Orchestra”, he perfomed in Sidney Opera House and the concert was the largest live stream YouTube ever made. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and Los Angeles Time noted Romanian bassoonist Laurentiu Darie’s excellent playing.

Maria Chifu

Maria Chifu was born in Bucharest in 1981. She studied bassoon at the George Enescu High School and then she was the student of professor Miltiade Nenoiu at the National University of Music in Bucharest. She attended professor’s Heintz Righebauch (Germany) and David Rachor (USA) Masterclasses in 2001 and 2002. She studied at the Janacek Music Academy,Brno, Czech Republic during Ceepus scholarship, and at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst , Graz, Austria, completing her masters degree.

Since 2012 she has a PhD in Music Interpretation at the National University of Music in Bucharest, with a dissertation on the bassoon in contemporary Romanian music.

Maria Chifu played in the Celibidache Orchestra and now she is a very active participant of the contemporary musical life, both as member of ensembles and as solo player. Maria played in international festivals such as Hilltown New Music Festival, the International Week of New Music, Tom Johnson Festival, “Meridian” International New Music Festival, The 18th Festival of Contemporary Music – Happoman 2012 (South Korea). She had concerts in Romania, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria.  She is a member of the synchretic group SeduCant, based in Bucharest, where she performs as a musician (bassoon, recorder, percussions) as well as a dancer.

Ana Chifu


Ana Chifu, one of the most active and recognized performers and supporters to promote the classical and new-modern music in Romania, Greece and throughout Europe, Ana Chifu studied flute in Bucharest, in Dortmund, Germany and Paris, having won seven international and national awards and prizes. Her concert activity brought her in countries like France, Holland, Germany, Poland, India, Korea, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Bulgaria and Greece.

Ana has collaborated with the Athens Symphony Orchestra as principal flute. She has worked in the educational program of the Greek National Opera House“Opera Interactive in Primary Schools” throughout elementary schools in all the Greek territory. She has collaborated with the Greek Radio Symphony OrchestraΚαμεράτα Ορχήστρα των Φίλων της Μουσικής/ Armonia Atenea and the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra “George Enescu”. She was a member of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest and is a member of the contemporary music ensembles Profil-Sinfonietta, Propuls, devotion Moderna,, InterArt and SonoMania. Ana is a founding member of the Syncretic group of contemporary arts seduCant, creating and taking part in interactive multimedia shows both as a musician (flute, percussion) and as a dancer.

Ana played solo concerts with the Orchestre de Flytes Français, the Concerto Orchestra, Lyceum Strings Orchestra and Profil-Sinfonietta. She has been invited in famous contemporary music festivals such as International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn” - Poland, International Week of New Music- Romania, Meridian Festival- Romania, Hilltown New Music Festival- Ireland, “Tom Johnson” Festival- Germany, the Festival of Contemporary Music Happoman (Masan, South Korea).

In 2012 obtained her doctorate degree from the National University of Music in Bucharest, receiving “summa cum laude” (highest) praise, writing about the music of the 20th and 21st century. The book is in the process of publication.

Recently, Ana invited to ARFA (Romanian Association of women in Art) and is now an active member.

Future performances include recitals and chamber music concerts in Switzerland and Austria, as well as solo performances with orchestra in India.

Ana is an active member (in activities such as in India, Fukushima-Japan, Greece, Amazon, Sierra Leone and other parts of the world) of the non-profit organization Keys of Change. Keys of Change is a charitable organization made up of people with different backgrounds who believe deeply that playing and sharing music can make this world a better place. Founded in 2011 to promote the improvement and upgrading of the lives of children and youth around the world through music education and access to live performances of classical music.

Official website HERE.