Archives for November2012

Profil Ensemble

Founded in 2003 by composer Dan Dediu, the new music ensemble Profil-Sinfonietta soon became one of the most valued and professional promotors of avant-garde music in Romania. Presence in international festivals, compact disc recordings and tours abroad (Germany, Switzerland) enhanced the cohesion of the ensamble in both national and international musical life under the inspired and confident baton of Tiberiu Soare. Designed as a modular and flexible instrumental formula (from 3 to 17 musicians), Profil-Sinfonietta is a new music workshop, assiduously promoting enshrined values of both Romanian and world music as well as new creations of young composers.

Diana Rotaru

One of the most visible young Romanian composers, Diana Rotaru studied with  Ştefan Niculescu and Dan Dediu at the  National University of Music in Bucharest – where she has a PhD in Composition (with the dissertation The Recent Trance and the Principle of Repetition in new Music) – and with Frederic Durieux at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (2005-2006). She participated at different summer composition courses such as Acanthes (Metz, 2008), Voix Nouvelles-Royaumont (2002 and 2006), or the International Bartok Seminary (Szombathely, 2003).

She was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (Autumn 2007), on a George Enescu grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute. In April 2011 she was an artist-in-residence at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur (Switzerland), at the invitation of Ensemble TaG, who performed her music in two concerts during that period (Verborgen in einer Muschel/ Hidden Inside a Shell - Theater am Gleis and Meet the Artist: Diana Rotaru -Villa Sträuli).

She has won numerous prizes, among which the Romanian Academy’s George Enescu Award (2010), the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award (World Music Days, Vilnius, 2008), the Irino Prize (Japan, 2004) or the George Enescu Prize ex-aequo (Romania, 2003 and 2005). Her works are performed in Europe, U.S. and Japan. Her works have been comissioned by Ensemble XXI (Dijon), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Pärlor för svin, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Takefu International Music Festival, etc.

Diana Rotaru is a member of the syncretic group SeduCant, artistic director of SonoMania new music ensemble and artistic director of InnerSound International New Arts Festival in Bucharest (together with Sabina Ulubeanu).

Diana Rotaru is currently teaching at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Composition and Compositional Practice).

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Sabina Ulubeanu

Sabina was born in Bucharest, on the 3rd of August, 1979. She began her musical studies at the age of 5, studied piano at the George Enescu Music Highschool and then Composition at the National Music University of Bucharest, with Tiberiu Olah and Doina Rotaru (Master in 2004). In 2001/2002 she studied composition with Violeta Dinescu at the Oldenburg University in Germany and in 2011 she completed her PhD studies with the thesis „The Function of Memory in the Construction of Musical Time”.

Sabina Ulubeanu is an active presence on Romanian and international stage. Her works, chamber music, multimedia or symphonic, are being performed in Romania and abroad (France, Germany, US, Lithuania, Italy, Belgium , Austria etc). and received national and international prizes. About her music, the composer writes: To write music is for me a necessity, a must. I need to express myself, my feelings, and my emotions. So, my music is first of all  intimate and subjective, my vision of the world.

Sabina Ulubeanu is also a photographer, exhibiting her images in Bucharest, Lisbon, Vienna. In her photography, she approaches strange, intimate spaces, building warm connections with human subjects and reflecting her own feelings on reality. She is interested in bringing together space, time and memory elements that unify the music and the visual arts. Her recent works combine the two, adding to the music strong visual support. The last project, Farben der Zeit, Wien, Steinway Haus, March 2011, was a chamber music concert interlaced with a photo exhibition. In April 2011, Sabina Ulubeanu, together with fellow composer Diana Rotaru, began orchestrating an older dream, the InnerSound New Arts Festival Bucharest, which had its first edition this year, between 28-30 August 2012.

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Diana Gheorghiu

Diana Gheorghiu (1979 –) began her study in composition with Irinel Anghel (prior to her University admission) and continued with Octavian Nemescu, at the National University of Music – Bucharest, where she has a PhD in music, with the dissertation “Genuine versus original in Romanian music, starting with the second half of the 20th century”. During the academic period, she won various prizes on national composition competitions and she also received several international scholarships for new music workshops (Dimitri Terzakis and Aurel Stroe). Beside her master’s degree in music composition, she also got specialized in project management and public relations (she has a master’s degree in PR and Communication at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration – SNSPA, Bucharest). Part of her works are commissioned by prestigious institutes such as British Council, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, UCIMR – the Romanian Musicians Association of Performers’ Creation and are being performed on various concerts and festivals in Europe and Asia. 

Diana Gheorghiu’s recent interest in composition is linked to her PhD research and it focuses on exploring a psychoanalytical approach in music, grafted on a personal esthetic – the never ending memory, in correspondence with the captive shadow technique – which she also discovered. She is a member of UCMR – the Romanian Composers and Musicologists Union and ARFA – the Romanian Association of Women in Art. 

Since 2002, her name is linked to Exces Music (where she is employed as PR Manager), a Romanian arts agency founded by her husband, Sebastian Gheorghiu – an active and enthousiastic supporter of the Romanian culture. Since 2003, she is constantly involved in organizing a wide range of cultural projects, amog which the annual ICon Arts Academy and Festival in Sibiu (Transylvania) – one of the most important international contemporary arts independent events in Eastern Europe. 


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Gabriel Mălăncioiu

Born in 1979 in Braşov (Romania), Gabriel Mălăncioiu graduated from “Andrei Saguna” National College from its native town in 1997. Between 1997 and 2002 he followed the courses of the Faculty of Automatics and Computers within the “Politehnica” University of Timişoara, and, in parallel, between 2000 and 2005 he also followed the courses of the Faculty of Music of Timişoara. In 2001 he began the study of composition under the direction of Remus Georgescu, and in 2005 he began to attend the MA in composition within “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy of Cluj, under the direction of Cornel Tãranu, PhD, member of the Romanian Academy. In 2011 he completed his PhD in composition with the thesis “Aspects of the sacred / profane relation in my own music” with summa cum laude distinction under the direction of Prof. Adrian Pop, PhD within “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy.

In 2005 he participated in the Icon Arts International Summer Courses, studying composition with Erik Peters (Sweden), Marian Borkowski (Poland) and Doina Rotaru (Romania). In 2008 he attended Summer courses in composition with Aurel Stroe at Buşteni. In 2008 and 2009 he attended Master classes in composition at the International Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest, studying with Nigel Osborne (Great Britain), Klangforum Wien (Austria) and electronic music with Hans Tutschku (USA).  In 2010 he attended composition courses with Gyula Csapó at the International Bartók Festival. In 2011 he was admitted at the Experimental Studio des SWR Academy, Freiburg, Germany, studying with  Mark Andre (France), Chaya Czernowin (Israel), Dániel Péter Biró (Hungary / Canada), André Richard (Switzerland) and Brian Ferneyhough (Great Britain). During George Enescu International Festival, he took part in the composition workshop, under the guidance of  Miklós Maros (Sweden / Hungary), Bernard Cavanna (France), Hubert Stuppner (Italy) and Zygmunt Krauze (Poland). 

His works have been performed in concerts in Romania and also in USA, Austria, Germany, Norway, Italy, Ireland and Hungary. “In statu nascendi” was selected to be played in a Vox Novus Composer’s Voice concert by the clarinet virtuoso Bruce Curlette, and “Tat Tvam Asi” was selected by Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart to be played in Nuova Musica a Treviso Festival, together with ensemble L’arsenale. In 2012 he was member of the Artistic Committee of the “1st International Symposium of New Music and Computer Music”, Curitiba (Brazil). He is member of SACEM - Société des Auteurs Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique, of UCMR - Romanian Union of Composers and of ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music, the Romanian Section. Gabriel Mălăncioiu is currently teaching Musical Analysis at the West University of  Timişoara, Faculty of Music.

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