Composer Diana Iulia Simon graduated from the Art Highscool in Braşov(piano, 1999) and the National University of Music in Bucharest(composition, 2005), where she studied with Ştefan Niculescu and Dan Dediu. She has a master degree (2007) and a PhD in composition (summa cum laude, 2012) with the dissertation Christic Sacrifice and Catharsis in Passions of the XXth and XXIst centuries. Analytical approach on works by Paul Constantinescu, Krzysztof Penderecki, Arvo Part, Osvaldo Golijov and Diana Iulia Simon (adviser Dan Dediu). She has been granted scholarships at Hochschule für Musik und Theater-Hamburg (prof. Michael Hammel, 2001), Carl von Ossietzky Universität-Oldenburg (prof. Violeta Dinescu, 2003-2004), Karol Lipinsky Music Academy-Wrocław (Agata Zubel-Moc, 2005-2006). Diana Simon has written chamber as well as symphonic music works that have been performed in U.S., Germany, France and Romania. She has collaborated with prestigious Romanian ensembles such as Archaeus, Profil, Icon Arts or Clarino.
Diana Simon is currently teaching at the Dinu Lipatti National Arts College in Bucharest (piano and score reading) and at the Crina Mardare Music Experience school (piano, harmony and music theory).