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Three “C” in Music: Construction, Comunication, Communion

International Musicolgy Symposium organized by the National University of Music in Bucharest

Saturday, March 23rd, 12:oo, “Lipatti” Room – the National University of Music in Bucharest

Three “C” in Music: Construction, Comunication, Communion / Trei “C” in Muzica: Constructie, Comunicare, Comuniune



Irinel Anghel
It’s all about You: Communication or Communion? BE-in the audience of the crossing borders performances!

Ladislau Csendes
Semiotic existence of the contemporary Finnish Violin Concerto

Stefan Firca
Magic Theater, Musicircus & Soup

Cezara Petrescu
Lieder Recital between Theory and Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Corina Raducanu
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the chamber universe of piano duo



Constantin Soare
Editing and performing Bach’s Lute Suites on guitar

Raluca Stratulat
Contemporary Music: The joy of playing the violin

Bogdan Voda
Admission to higher education music institutions, between strategies, constraints and required skills

Adriana Toacsen-Ponta
Engagement in the musical life of the concerto

Emil Visenescu
The Clarino experiment: The professional transformation of the performers on approaching contemporary music

Virgil Oprina
The way classical music will look on the small screen in the new millennium

Cluj Modern Musicology Symposium

Gh. Dima Music Academy Cluj

The Association of the Composers and Musicologists, Cluj

Sigismund Toduţă Doctoral School


International Musicology Symposium

Pitfalls and Risks of Intra-Musical Communication: Terminology, Notation, Performance


Cluj, April 10, 2013

Gh. Dima Music Academy, room 11



Moderator: Prof. univ. dr. Adrian Pop

Coordinator: Bianca Ţiplea Temeş


10.00 Pavel Puşcaş (Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj, Romania)

Interrogations Regarding Intra-Musical Communication. A Semiotic Perspective

10:30 Dorothea Redepenning (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

„Pitfalls and Risks“ in Schoenberg‘s Serialism

11.00 Liviu Dănceanu (National University of Music, Bucharest, Romania)

Sign, Symbol, Confinement

11.30 Bianca Ţiplea Temeş (Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj, Romania)

Sounds, Lines, and Colours: Sinesthetic Codes in Ligeti’s Music

12.00 Dan Dediu (National University of Music, Bucharest, Romania)

Veils of Transcendence in the Musical Discourse

12.30 Violeta Dinescu (Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany),

         Nelida Nedelcuţ (Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj, Romania)

The Cluster Effect – Connotations of Performance and Musical Notation


Technical assistance: Dionisie Stoian-Irimie



Moderator: Conf. univ. dr. Bianca Ţiplea Temeş


15.00 Gabriel Banciu (Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj, Romania)

Rhetoric vs. Musical Forms and Analyses: Terminological Clarifications

15.30 Fabio de Sanctis de Benedictis (Musical Institute P. Mascagni, Leghorn, Italy)

“lied” by Berio and “Lumen” by Donatoni: from Analysis to Interpretation and Performance

16.00 Tatiana Oltean (Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj, Romania)

Considerations on the Concept of Musical Genre. Subjective Perception and Analytical Objectivity

16.30 Corneliu Dan Georgescu (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

The Musical Syntactic Categories and the Idea of „Primordial Substances“. The Archetype as a Linking Factor Between Different Levels of Artistic Communication

17.00 Alain Pâris (Paris, France) – keynote speaker

Henri Dutilleux, as I know him


Technical assistance: Ovidiu Barbu

Cluj Modern 2013

The Contemporary Music Festival “Cluj Modern” – the 10th edition – will take place between April 7-12 2013. This anniversary edition is organized, as usual, by the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy and its partners: the “Transilvania” Philharmonic, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, the Romanian Opera House in Cluj, the “Filarmonia” Cultural Society, the French Cultural Center, the “Sigismund Toduta” Foundation. The festival is supported by the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and City Council.

The festival was founded by composer Cornel Ţăranu almost 20 years ago, gradually becoming one of the most important new music events in Romania. In this edition, its guests are from Switzerland, France, Moldova Republic, Italy – as well as Romania.

PROGRAM (Romanian version, HERE):

SUNDAY, April 7, 7 p.m.

The Cluj-Napoca Romanian Opera House

EVADADA – Coupé show of contemporary ballet and Dada opera

I. Ionica Pop: La Deuxième Aventure (céleste) de Monsieur Antipyrine (2010) – W.P.

Dada opera on a libretto by  Ion Pachia Tatomirescu, after the play with the same title by  Tristan Tzara

Director:  Octavian Jighirgiu


Le Cerveau Désintéressé                 Cristian Ignuta / Corneliu Hutanu

Madame Antipyrine                                 Paula Rad / Florica Cosma

Monsieur Antipyrine                                 Simona Buhac / Anca Cîmpean

Madame Interruption                               Madalina Danciu / Alida Barbu

Mademoiselle Pause                           Paula Rad  / Florica Cosma

Monsieur A                                                  István Kozocsa / Marian Vâsc

Monsineur Aa Antiphilosophe            István Kozocsa / Marian Vâsc

Monsieur Absorbtion                               Ioan Stancu / József  Füstös

Monsieur Saturne                         Daniela Burcus / Ioana Sârzea

Oreille                                                          Maria Popa / Ramona Bolojan

Scenography & costume design: Liliana Moraru

Backstage director & lights: Dan Lupea

Music training: Francisc Fuchs

Ad Hoc Ensemble,  conductor: Matei Pop


II. Liviu Danceanu: Eva (2010) – ballet in 7 monologues – W.P.

Director, choreographer, costume design: Melinda Jakab


Eva 1                    Raluca Lupan

Eva 2                   Diana Buluga

Eva 3                    Viorica Bogoi

Eva 4                    Simina Oprean

Eva 5                    Gabriela Pop Rusu

Eva 6                    Delia Göllner

Eva 7                    Iuliana Barábas

Percussion 1    Samuel Lupean

Percussion 2    Alexandru Popovici

Backstage director & lights: Dan Lupea

Music training: Grigore Pop

The Percussion Ensemble of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, conductor: Matei Pop


The show is realised in collaboration with the National Romanian Opera in Cluj, the “Filarmonia” Cultural Society, the Hungarian State Opera in Cluj-Napoca, the “Viva Vox” Student Opera Festival


MONDAY, April 8, 7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy

TRIO CONTRASTE – 30 years of activity

Ion Bogdan Stefanescu – flute

Sorin Petrescu – piano, synthesizer

Doru Roman – percussions



Darie Nemes-Bota  -  Io (2012) – W.P.

George Balint   – … on a  poem by Eminescu (2001) – C.P. (Cluj Premiere)

Aurel Stroe   – Three Pastoral Pieces (1978) – C.P.

Horatiu Radulescu –  Dizzy Divinity for flute (1985)– C.P.

Corneliu Dan Georgescu   – Transsilvanische Motive (2001) – C.P.


Gabriel Malancioiu –  Triguna (2010) – C.P.

Lucian Metianu   – Attracteur étrange for solo percussion (1998) –C.P.

Dan Buciu   – Inquietudes  for flute and synthesizer (1996) – C.P.

Laura Manolache  - The Leaving on a text by Urmuz, for solo piano  (2009) – C.P.

Violeta Dinescu   – Tabu Suite  (1988)


Presenter: Adriana Bera

The concert is realised in collaboration with the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists


TUESDAY, April 9, 7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy




Ede Terényi  - Two Gallant Dances  (1977)

Iulia Cibisescu-Duran  -  Altri preludi minimi per guitara sola (2006)

Dan Variu –  Interior with a gentleman playing a lute and a lady singing (2012) – C.P.

Liviu Glodeanu  -  Epitaph for Miron Costin, op. 31 (1976)

Valentin Timaru   – Ballad and Prayer on lyrics by Ana Blandiana (1975)

Sigismund Toduta  -  Celestial Touch on lyrics by  Lucian Blaga (1980)

Tiberiu Herdlicska   –  String Quartet (2008) – W.P.


Vasile Herman – Grafica musicale per uno o per due pianoforti (1969)

Razvan Metea  - Marriage for two pianos  (2010)

Gabriel Irányi  -  Vier Denkbilder mit Benjamin (2004) – C.P.

Cristian Bence Muk – A few musical horror scenes for two pianos (2011)

György Ligeti –  Bewegung (from Three Pieces for two pianos, 1976)

Adrian Pop –  Fünf Liebeslieder on lyrics by Rainer Maria Rilke, for voice and string quartet  (2006/2013) – W.P.



Mihaela Maxim – soprano

„ConSens XX” Piano Duo: Mihaela Gavris, Vera Negreanu

Horia Haplea – piano, gong

Constantin Andrei – guitar, lute

„Zefiro” Quartet: Ágnes Zsigmond, Renata János-Jakab, Lilla Fodor, Diana Cantesanu

„Flauto dolce” Ensemble: Zoltán Majó, Mária Szabó, Aranka Kovári

„Arcadia”Quartet: Ana Török, Rasvan Dumitru, Traian Boala, Zsolt Török


Presenter: Bianca Temes


WEDNESDAY, April 10, 10 a.m.

The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, Hall No.11

SYMPOSIUM: Traps and Risks of Intra-musical Communication: Terminology, Notation, Interpretation 

Speakers:  Gabriel Banciu (Cluj), Liviu Danceanu (Bucharest), Dan Dediu (Bucharest), Fabio de Sanctis (Livorno, Italy), Violeta Dinescu (Oldenburg, Germany), Corneliu Dan Georgescu (Heidelberg, Germany), Nelida Nedelcut (Cluj),Tatiana Oltean (Cluj), Pavel Puscas (Cluj), Dorothea Redepenning (Heidelberg, Germany), Bianca Tiplea Temes (Cluj)

Complete program, HERE.


7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy


Alexandru Gavrilovici (Switzerland) – violin

Costin Soare – acoustic guitar



André Jolivet – Suite rhapsodique for violin (1965) – C.P.

Hans Werner Henze –  Drei Tentos (1958) – C.P.

Bernd Alois Zimmermann  - Sonata for violin (1951) – C.P.

Leo Brouwer –  Balada de la Doncella Enamorada (from the cycle El Decameron negro for guitar, 1981) – C.P..

Serban Marcu –  Variations on a Stray Song for violin and guitar  (2013) – W.P.


Benjamin Britten –  Nocturnal for guitar (1963) – C.P.

Cristian Misievici  - Frescos for violin  (1976)

Toru Takemitsu  -  All in Twilight – Four Pieces for guitar  (1988) – C.P.

Cristóbal Halffter – Sonata for violin (1959) – C.P.

David Smooke  -  Dance Music for violin and guitar (2000) – C.P.


Presenter: Adrian Pop


TUESDAY, April 11, 7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy


Calin Ioachimescu – Digital Birds for tape (2010) – C.P.

Ciprian Pop – Landscapes for tape (2013) – W.P.

Miguel Azguime  - le Dicible Enfin Fini for tape (2003) – C.P.

Tudor Feraru  - Crepuscule for tape  (2013) – W.P.

Adrian Borza –  Drones II fo violin, nanoKontrol and iPH  (2012)– C.P.


Ladislau Csendes – violin

Technical assistence: Ovidiu Barbu


II. ARS NOVA Ensemble

Conductor: Cornel Taranu



Ulpiu Vlad  - For You for soprano and ensemble (2010) – C.P.

Viorel Munteanu – Hypostasis for clarinet and piano (1971) – C.P.

Octavian Nemescu – Cristiascensiocello for ensemble (2007) – C.P.

Costin Miereanu – Distance zéro for Bass Clarinet and percussion (2006) – C.P.

Cornel Taranu  - Triade for ensemble (2011) – W.P.


Presenters: Adrian Borza and Cornel Taranu


FRIDAY, April 12, 7 p.m.

Auditorium Maximum, The UBB Academic College


The “Transilvania” Philharmonic  Orchestra, conductor: Alain Pâris (France)

Soloist: Ilian Gârnet (Moldova Republic)



Cornel Taranu – Hetero(sym)phonia (2012) – C.P.

Serghei Prokofiev  - Concerto no. 1 for violin and orchestra in D major, op. 19 (1917)

Dan Dediu  - Frenesia 2 (2012) – C.P.

Doina Rotaru  - Clocks III (2010) – C.P.

Henri Dutilleux  - Métaboles (1964) – C.P.


Presenter: Marius Tabacu

Concert realised in collaboration with the “Transilvania” State Philharmonic and the French Institute in Cluj

Irina Niţu

Irina Niţu was born in 1982, Iaşi, Romania. She teaches piano classes and music theory at Mozartinno School in Bucharest. Before arriving here, she was collaborating editor at SRR, the National Broadcasting Radio in Bucharest (2005-2010) and a piano teacher at Dinu Lipatti National College of Music, Bucharest (2006-2010).

Her activity and interest in contemporary music is shown in several studies and analyzes published in Muzica Magazine, Actualitatea Muzicală,, No14PlusMinus, Contemporania. Her Batchelor degree in Musicology (2005), Master (2006) and Ph.D (2011) received from National University of Music, Bucharest are all based on contemporary musical aspects. In 2003 she obtained a Socrate-Erasmus scholarship at Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Comunicação e Arte, Aveiro, Portugal; she was awarded with First Prize at Musicological contest George Breazul, Bucharest, 2005 and collaborated with Parisian publishing house Nova Musica. She was a jury member in regional piano contests (Reşiţa, 2008), and she has an intense activity as a concert presenter (Bucharest, Timisoara, Resita, Busteni). 

Musicology Today

Created in 2010, Musicology Today is the first music journal that publishes all its material in English or  German. An impressive editorial staff, led by Valentina Sandu-Dediu, propose a different theme for each issue and collect the most interesting studies from all around the world. Musicology Today is a project initiated by the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Publishing scientific works nowadays without offering them an international recognition means to continue leaving the Romanian musicology aside. Romanian historiography, lexicography, musical analysis, estethics, ethnomusicology, byzantinology have produced through time several important writings, some of these being very useful information sources today. The effervescence of the present obliges though not only to research and publish for a handful of Romanian specialists, but to a much widerspread  visibility and  circulation of the musicology researches.

This is the reason for which the musicologist Valentina Sandu-Dediu proposed in 2010 an online quarterly, placed under the academic cover of the National  University of  Music Bucharest. The main purpose of this journal is to reflect what is new in the  musicology  research: either new topics or new perspectives on musics from the past. Musicology Today seeks therefore relevant studies and articles for the actual state of musicology, with its specific tools, also involving an important amount of artistic intuition.

Official website, HERE.

Facebook page, HERE.

No 12/2012

Vasile Iliuţ

Vasile Iliuţ (1933-2004) was born on the 12th of October, in the village of Rasinari, close to the town of Sibiu. He graduated music pedagogy (1964) and composition (1967) at the National University of Music in Bucharest (at that time, the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory). During his years of study, he won many important prizes. He participated in the 4th European Seminar if Early Music in Bruges, where he studied with Saford Cape. He also studied with Erich Schenck, professor at the Musikwissenschaftliches Institut der Universitat Wien. He taught Music Literature and Music History at the University of Music in Bucharest from 1964-2004. He was Secretary of the Musicology Department and, since1996, Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Music Pedagogy. During the years 1977-2004 he led and guided more than 300 papers (diploma level in university education) and over 40 doctoral works in higher education. Vasile Iliut defended his PhD dissertation in 1992, under the title of Composition and folk music in the XX century (advisor, Octavian Lazar-Cosma). He published many papers, courses, musicological studies and held many conferences.

Books: Universal Music History (XIX-XX) (collaboration with Prof. Ovidiu Varga and lecturer Ioanna Stefanescu),”Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1960-1972;  From Wagner to Contemporary, 5 volumes: Tome I: German and Austrian music in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1984; Tome II: National Music Cultures in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century:”Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1986; Tome III: Current Trends and Non-Romantics of the End of the Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth Century: Editura Muzicala, Bucharest, 1997 (awarded with the Prize of the Romanian Composers’ Union, 1997); Tome IV: National Musical Cultures in Twentieth Century Music: Editura Muzicala,  Bucharest, 1998; Tome V: Heterogeneous Cultures in Twentieth Century Music: Editura Muzicala, Bucharest , 2001; A Book of Musical Styles, 2 volumes: Tome I: From Antiquity to Classical Music Style: Academy Publishing, 1997 (awarded the prize of the Romanian Union of Composers on Musicologists, 1997); Tome II: From Romantic Music Styles to Modern and Contemporary Styles. [Manuscript, editing in progress].

Studies: “Reflections on Contemporary Romanian Music, Viewed through the Prism of Tradition and Innovation”, Cercetari de muzicologie, no. 3/1971. 3/1971; “Contemporary Axiology in Romanian Music”, Forum, no. 8/1976; “The Dynamics of Professional Music in Romania”, Forum, no. 5/1978; “Arnold Schoenberg – Painter”, Studii de muzicologie, no.XVI/1981; “Romanian Views on the Age of Music”, SPMD Artistc Bulletin, no. 1-2/1985; “Victor Giuleanu at 80”, Muzica, no 4/1994.

Website, HERE.


Speranţa Rădulescu

Speranta Radulescu is senior researcher in ethnomusicology, at the Peasant Museum and at the National University of Music in Bucharest. She was born in Buzau, 1949 and she graduated in musical composition (1967-1973) with a doctor’s degree in musicology (1984). She worked first with the Ethnography and Folklore Institute and later with the Peasant Museum in Bucharest. Her very wide research field involves the classification and typology of Romanian peasant music, folk harmonization, the music of the Roma from Romania, new musics (pan-Balkan fusion, world music), the musical reflection of the Romanian social-political structure and ideology, media musics and minorities’ musics (Hungarian, Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma, Aromanian). She edited traditional music records and series of records (in Romania, Switzerland, France, USA, Germany), published five books (one of which, À tue tête. Chant et violon dans le pays de l’Oach, RoumanieOut Loud. Songs and Violins in the Land of Oas, Romania, with French researchers Bernard Lortat-Jacob and Jacques Bouët, was released in Paris, and afterwords published in Romania), and a  small book dedicated to the musicians of the Gypsy band Le taraf des Haidouks (Eng. Outlaws) – Hopa tropa Europa. She organized traditional music concerts in Romania and abroad. Since 2005, she is Associate Professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Speranta Radulescu is member of the Romanian Composers’ Union (member of the Musicology Dept. since 1979), the French Ethnomusicology Society and ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music). Among her many awards, she received the Romanian Academy Award (1987), the Romanian Interpreters’ Union Award (1994), the Excellence Price of the review „Formula As” (2002) and the “Cultural Merit” medal, Ist class (2004). She was nominated for the “Preis der Deutschen Shallplattenkritik”, for the CD    “Gypsy Music from  Central Transylvania” (Ethnophonie 007) and for the CD “festive Musics of the Jews from the Botosani Region” (Ethnophonie 012). In 2005 she was awarded the Price “Coup de coeur” of the Charles Cros Academy (France) for the first ten records of the collection “Ethnophonie” and, in 2006, the “Preis des Deutschen Shallplatten Kritik” for the CD “The Aromanians of Andon Poçi: Songs and Stories / Albania” (Ethnophonie 012)

Extensive works: Taraful şi acompaniamentul în muzica de joc / The Folk Band and the harmonic accompaniment in the dance music, Bucureşti , Ed.Muzicală, 1984; Cîntecul liric. Tipologie muzicală / The Lyrical Song. Musical Typology, Bucureşti, Ed. Muzicală, 1990;  Peisaje muzicale in Romania secolului XX /Musical Landscapes in 20th Century Romania, Bucureşti, Ed. Muzicală, 2002; À tue tete. Chant et violon au Pays d’Oach, Roumanie, Nanterre, Société d’ethnologie, 2002 (in cooperation with Bernard Lortat-Jacob and Jacques Bouët) (translated and published also in Romania, Din răsputeri. Glasuri şi cetere din Ţara Oaşului, Institutul cultural român, 2006); Taifasuri despre muzica tiganeasca/Chats about Gypsy Music, Bucuresti, Ed. Paideia, 2004; Ethnophonie series of records (22 CDs with booklets, 23 cassettes), 1992-2012, Bucureşti, Muzeul Ţăranului.

She produced 16 CDs with Romanian traditional music, published in different countries (France, USA, Switzerland, Germany). She has written more than one hundred articles published in Romania and abroad (France, Bulgaria, Check Republik, Croatia, Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA) and she was involved in more than one  hundred radio broadcasts for the Romanian Broadcast Society.


Founded in December 2005 by composer and conductor Carmen Maria Cârneci together with her close collaborater, cellist Dan Cavassi, the devotioModerna ensemble aims to embody the devotion to modern music. Its programs take on various ways of expression: from pure instrumental music to vocal-instrumental, from rigorous works to creations sprinkled with improvisations, from live performances to associating pre-recorded music with different forms of syncretism: elements of instrumental theater, projections of photography, reciting of poetry and also lighting techniques or elements of ambient / scenography, in order to make the listener’s experience more intense. Artistic director Carmen Cârneci has chosen a basic structure of six instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, to which singers – soprano (Yolanda Constantinescu and Mirela Zafiri) or mezzo-soprano (Elvira Sebat), and sometimes a reciter (Adina Popescu) were added.

During its seven years of existence, devotioModerna gathered performers with a solid experience in contemporary music such as Cătălin Opriţoiu – flute, Emil Vişenescu and Cristian Mancaş – clarinets, Natalia Colotelo, Oana Vişenescu and Ioan Marius Lăcraru (guest performer) – violin, Cornelia Petroiu (guest performer) – viola, Dan Cavassi – cello, Andrei Tănăsescu, Manuela Giosa and Mihail Vîrtosu – piano, Alexandru Matei (guest performer) – percussion. Young instrumentalists such as Ana Chifu and Teodora Ducariu – flute, Valentin Ghita – oboe, Constantin Urziceanu – clarinet, Andrei Cavassi – cello, Diana Rotaru and Olga Podobinschi-Tănase – piano, Sorin Rotaru, Rareş Pahonţu and Alexandru Sturzu – percussion, often join the ensemble and thus gain the know-how of the elders.

The devotioModerna ensemble played its debut performance on December 18th, 2005 at the first edition of the International Festival “Days of SNR-SIMC” (since 2006: “MERIDIAN, Days of SNR-SIMC: Romanian National Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music) and has since had the opportunity to perform in all following “Meridian” Festivals, as well as in the annual occurring International Week of New Music – Bucharest. Throughout its history of performance, including the participation at the “George Enescu” International Festival in 2009, the public appreciated the complexity of the repertoire and received the ensemble conducted by Carmen Cârneci with great interest. Some of the devotioModerna concerts took the allure of events, for example six o’clock tea & art – music: a bit of poetry, photos and tea flavours (December 10th, 2008); Echoes – an afternoon concert; A tandem concert: TRAIECT & devotioModerna; Ah, Celan… (May 2012) and recently …SOMA, Sonate….

The main stylistic direction taken on by devotioModerna is performing Romanian modern and contemporary works, some of them as world premiere. In this respect, the ensemble performed works of composers from different generations, starting with Ștefan Niculescu, Myriam Marbé, Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Dan Constantinescu, Theodor Grigoriu – the so called “gold generation” – and continuing with Felicia Donceanu, Dan Voiculescu, Cornel Ţăranu, Cornelia Tăutu, Viorel Munteanu, Octavian Nemescu, Nicolae Brânduş, Fred Popovici, Ulpiu Vlad, Marina Vlad, Adrian Enescu, Doina Rotaru, Maia Ciobanu, Andrei Tănăsescu, Sorin Lerescu, Carmen Cârneci, George Balint, Laura Manolache, Iulia Cibişescu-Duran, Diana Vodă-Nuţeanu, Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea, Nicolae Teodoreanu, and the younger Mihai Măniceanu, Cristian Lolea, Diana Rotaru, Elena Apostol and others. Works by well-known composers from the Romanian diaspora, such as Corneliu Dan Georgescu, Lucian Meţianu, Violeta Dinescu, Liviu Marinescu, Gabriel Iranyi, as well as internationally recognized composers, like Peter Eötvös (Hungary/Germany), Alain Bancquard (France), Jürg Wyttenbach and Jean-Luc Darbellay (Switzerland), Misato Mochizuki (Japon), Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm and Roland Breitenfeld (Germany), Indra Rise (Latvia), Dubravcko Detoni (Croatia), Ivana Stefanovic (Serbia), Ivo Nielsson (Sweden), Younghi Pagh-Paan (Corea/Germany), are to be found in almost every program.

A Composer’s Portrait: Liviu Glodeanu, a memorable concert featured within the project “Arte Novi”, underlined another stylistic direction of devotioModerna, that of rediscovering valuable pieces which have been rarely performed or almost forgotten. For future concerts, devotioModerna is preparing programs linked to themes of meditation, such as “about sleep – dreams – awakening”, “about elements”, “about nature”, “about measures of time”, steadily moving towards becoming an original and appreciated promoter of new classical music in Romania. (Camelia-Anca Sârbu, musicologist)


Olguţa Lupu

Olguţa Lupu studied piano, then graduated in composition in 1993, at the class of Tiberiu Olah. Doctor in Musicology, she is a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists. Presently, she teaches music theory and orchestral score reading at the National Music University of Bucharest, where she is also director of the Department “Musicology and Sciences of Music Education”. She presented papers in different national and international conferences and symposia, realized radio broadcasts and published several studies, mostly focused on Romanian contemporary composers or Music Education. Coordinator of the cultural program Tiberiu Olah şi multiplele faţete ale postmodernismului (“Tiberiu Olah and the multiple faces of Postmodernism”, 2008), including a symposium with international participation. Author of three books: Music in the First Part of the 20th Century – Rhythmic-temporal Hypostases (Ed. UNMB, 2005), Music in the Middle of 20th Century – A Rhythmic-temporal Perspective (Ed. UNMB, 2005); Reading in Clefs – a Problem? (Ed. UNMB, 2007). Co-author and editor of the volumes Tiberiu Olah – Restitutions and Tiberiu Olah and the multiple facets of postmodernism (2008); she realized a website dedicated to T. Olah. Some of her musical works are recorded and performed in different concerts in Romania and abroad.

Maria Balabaş

Maria Balabaş is a Romanian artist and journalist. She studied musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest and obtained her Master degree writing about the role music played in the social evolution of the Radio. She is the moderator of 2 broadcasting programs at the National Cultural Radio – Crossover Morning and The Sonorous Generation - and she is member of the EBU Ars Acustica Group and of Propuls Association, that promotes contemporary music. She collaborates with different printed and online magazines such as Dilema Veche, Tataia,,

Maria is a founding member of the artistic collective Avant’n'Gard, dedicated to improvised music. The group released three albums: Landscape Painted in Tea (bootleg album, 2010), Tinfoil Sun and Untempered Carols (2012) and was invited to participate in festivals such as the International Week of New Music (Bucharest, 2010-2012), Jazz And More (Sibiu, 2011), Bookfest (2012), Astra Film Festival (2012), FanFest (2012), Street Delivery (2010-2011) etc.

As a solo artist, she had a residence in the Sound Delta project (2007), collaborated with ResonanceFM RAdio (London) and participated with a piece on the compilation Framework250. In 2012 she created the graphic score in the project Soundforrest (Viviana Iacob & Dslx, MNAC Anexa, 2012), was invited to participate in Explore Dance Festival with the graphic and sound installation Pasarea care-si musca auzul (“The Bird that Bites its Hearing”) and worked for another sound installation and performance (La Madeleine Sonore) with the French Institute in Bucharest. She also organizes the Sounds That Walk project.