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Octavian Lazăr Cosma

Octavian Lazăr Cosma (b. 15 februarie 1933, Treznea, Sălaj) is a Romanian musicologist. His parents, teachers Lazăr and Aurelia Cosma were killed during the ‘Treznea Masacre’ in September 1940, an attack over their village by the Horthyst troups after the defeat of the North part of Ardeal. He was married to Elena Cosma, pianist. They are both parents of Mihai Cosma, musicologist. He studied at Blaj School then at the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca and the N.A. Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in Leningrad with prof. Mihail Druskin. He has been a Doctor in Musicology since 1972 at the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca.

He is currently teaching at the National University of Music in Bucharest (academic tutor for the PhD students and musicology), the university where he actually started his teaching career in 1959 (for Aesthetics, Romanian Music History, Musicology). He was granted the title of Academician for the Romanian Academy and numerous Doctor Honoris Causa. He was the first academic tutor for the PhD students that the National University of Music in Bucharest had. He was member in the Universitary Diplomas and Titles National Council. He was chair of the Musicology Department at the National University of Music Bucharest between 1977 and 1985.

He was secretary of the Musicology and Music Critic Department of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union (1963-1993) then Vice-President of the same Union (1993-2005). He was interim president for this Union between 2005 and 2006 and full elected president between 2006 and 2010. He was President of the Romanian Authors’ Unions’ National Alliance. He was Editor-in-Chief for “Muzica” Magazine (1990-2010). He is a member or president in numerous juries for different performing, composing competitions or even for head position occupancies inside the Romanian Ministry of Culture. He is an active member in the Romanian Cultural Institute Administration Council and the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union Executive Committee.

He published hundreds of studies and articles for newspapers and magazines in Romania and abroad (U.S.A, formal U.R.S.S., Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany etc.). He was invited as a speaker for hundreds of radio and television shows in Romanian and abroad. He participated to numerous symposiums, conferences, conventions etc., in Romania, U.S.A., formal U.R.S.S., France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Irak, Belgium, Holland, formal Yugoslavia, Austria, United Kingdm, Sweden, Norway, Japan etc. He is the author of more than 80 articles about Romanian music and musicians, published in the most important musical dictionary, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

He is Doctor Honoris Causa for “Gheorghe Dima” Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca and “George Enescu” Arts University in Iasi. He is a member of the American Musicological Society. He was granted numerous prizes, from which we mention: The Romanian Academy Prize, several Prizes of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union and Romanian Gouvernment Decorations. He is a Honorary Citizen for the city of Blaj and for his birth place, Treznea. Since 2011 he is a correspondent member for the Romanian Academy (the only musicologist in the Academy’s history that was granted this type of recognition). Octavian Lazăr Cosma and composer Cornel Țăranu are now the only two musician members of the Romanian Academy. Other members of the Romanian Academy that were musicians: folklorists Teodor T. Burada and Constantin Brăiloiu, composers George Enescu, Sigismund Toduță, Sabin Drăgoi, Matei Socor, Ștefan Niculescu.

He wrote the following books (selective list): Romanian Opera (2 volumes); Enescu’s Oedip (1967), Bucharest; Chronicles of the Romanian Music (9 volumes); Chronicles of the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest (1st volume is released); The Romanian Musical Universe – Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union; Symphonics of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation – 1928-1998; The Bucharest Philharmonic in the light of the music critic – 1921-1945; National University of Music in Bucharest at it’s 140th anniversary (History of the Bucharest Conservatoire) (first 3 volumes); Cluj Romanian Opera – 1919-1999 (2 vol.)




Meridian – SNR-SIMC Days is an international new music festival organized by the Romanian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). The festival’s first edition took place in 2005. Since then, a week is dedicated every December to a large palette of new music manifestations from Romania, as well as from all around the world.

The festival is organized in collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Culture, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company, the George Enescu National Museum and the National University of Music in Bucharest.

The ISCM Romanian Section is a branch of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, which is the main sponsor of the organization.

The current president of the ISCM Romanian Section and the artistic director of the Meridian Festival is composer Sorin Lerescu.

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InnerSound’s unique format was created by young, energetic and enthusiastic artists from Romania. The organizers wish to offer the people in Bucharest a fresh sonic and visual oasis at the end of torrid August.

InnerSound creates a new perspective on art music by enclosing it in different visual projects – from photography exhibition, silent short movies with live music, to multimedia shows. The participants in InnerSound, musicians, photographers, actors, visual and film artists, are internationally renowned artists and young, enthusiastic creators whose talents have already been acknowledged in Romania and abroad.

Team: Organizer: OPUS Association – president Catalin Cretu; Artistic director: Sabina Ulubeanu; PR: Mariana Mihai (2013), Adina Hotinceanu (2012); Administrative coordinator: Monica Isacescu (2012); Visual identity: Serban Jipa, Suzana Dan (2013), Mihai Cucu (2012).

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Florilegium Quartet

Florilegium Quartet began its activity in 1995.  Its concerts in Romania, Hungary and Austria, its performances in national and international festivals (the 18th Week of Contemporary Music – Bucharest, 2008; Cluj Modern – 2007; The Days of the International Society for Promoting Contemporary Music – Bucharest, 2006; Musical Craiova – 2006; International Music Festival – Piatra Neamt, 2005), as well as the recordings accomplished throughout these years were well received by the public and the critics.

Press:  about the CD Quattuor at Magistrum – Florilegium String Quartet edited by EMEC Madrid (with music by Spanish contemporary composers), an article in Ritmo magazine stated: “ … exemplary interpretations …”.  In the magazine Cultural Romania (2006) an article praised “the flexibility, the generosity, the attention to the gestures implied by the complex scores … of a rigorous complexity … which also characterizes the personalities of the musicians … of Florilegium …”.  In the publication Monitorul de Neamţ (2005) an article states that “the members of the Florilegium Quartet demonstrated the qualities of high-class instrumentalists.”

Florilegium Quartet is focusing on performing and recording the program “Panoramic XX – XXI”, which is featuring an overview of the valuable chamber music compositions of the most recent decades (especialy  Romanian composers such as Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Myriam Marbe, Dan Constantinescu, Octavian Nemescu, Corneliu Dan Georgescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, Cornel Taranu, Fred Popovici, Calin Ioachimescu, Adrian Iorgulescu,Liviu Danceanu etc.). Four of the Romanian pieces presented to the audience under this generic title in the most recent years (by O. Nemescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, F. Popovici, C. Ioachimescu) constitute the material of the CD “Panoramic XX-XXI  102” produced by the Musical Publishing House in Bucharest (Editura Muzicală) with the support of the Department of Culture and Cults.  This discographic publication illustrates current aesthetical directions in Romanian music: archetypal, spectral, deconstructive. (source)

Florin Croitoru

After his solo debut concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi, Florin Croitoru was acclaimed by the Austrian press as a “Phenomenal soloist” (O.O.Nachrichten - Linz) mastering a “perfect technique” (Neue Kronen Zeitung - Vienna). He has performed in countless recitals and concerts, in numerous countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. He has also won 11 prizes in different international music competitions, including, in 1992, the first prize at the “Fritz Kreisler” International Violin Competition in Vienna, becoming the first and to this day, the only Romanian violinist distinguished with this prestigious award. The teacher credit for the Kreisler award, goes entirely to Prof. Stefan Gheorghiu. To his credit are also many CD recordings, as well as live or recorded broadcasts on various American, Hungarian, Italian, French, Austrian, Japanese, Irish, Icelandic, Swedish, Polish, Norwegian, British and Romanian Radio and TV stations.

Florin received his degree from the Music Academy of Bucharest. His violin professors in Romania, were (in chronological order) : Ionel Nistor, Cristina Ardelean,Mihai Constantinescu, Valeriu Rogacev, Modest Iftinchi and Stefan Gheorghiu. From 1994 until 1995, after establishing himself in the United States, Florin Croitoru worked with Prof. Victor Danchenko.

His repertoire and recordings include most of the Violin Concertos ranging from baroque to contemporary, as well as a few Rare Recital Programs, such as ”Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin“, “Fritz Kreisler – The Complete Works“, “The Virtuoso Violin“, “Florin Croitoru plays own transcriptions and original compositions“…

When not touring internationally, Croitoru also spends time in his native country, due to implementing his Ph.D. research, (concluded in 2003) on a new method of violin teaching. Today, many of his students are laureates of various national and international violin competitions.

Aside from soloing and teaching violin master courses, Florin Croitoru is regularly invited around the world as a jury member of International Music Competitions. Since 1999, he has been teaching at the National Music University in Bucharest.

Official website, here.


Horia Maxim

Considered one of the best pianists of his generation, Horia Maxim (b. 19.09.1971) has been an active musician since 1990, addressing a wide repertoire, both as a concert soloist – collaborator of most symphony orchestras of Romania, under the direction of prestigious conductors and as a partner of some important Romanian and international artists in various chamber ensembles. His virtuosity was appreciated also in piano recitals and concerts in major concert halls in Europe and Japan. His solo repertoire includes concerts by Mozart (K. 466 and 488), Beethoven (No. 2,3,5), Brahms (No. 1), Tchaikovsky (No. 1), Grieg, Rachmaninoff (No. 2 and 3) R. Strauss (Burlesque), Ravel (No. 1 and 2), while his chamber programs include a wide variety of works, from Bach and Händel to the most acclaimed contemporary composers.

Award winner of many national and international competitions, Horia Maxim has made many recordings for radio and television, playing, among others, a significant number of works in first audition.

He started his studies and the Bucharest „George Enescu” High-School, under the guidance of Professor Mircea Costache and completed with a Masters degree at the Bucharest National University of Music, having as piano teachers Dan Pavlovich and Delia Grigore. He also attended piano master classes in Romania and abroad.

At the same time with the solo performances, Horia Maxim is a professor at Bucharest National University of Music. As such, he was often invited in the juries of important national and international competitions.

Horia Maxim collaborated with many new music composers and played contemporary music along performers such as Ion Bogdan Stefanescu or Mario Caroli.

Adriana Maier

Pianist Adriana Maier studied at the George Enescu Music Highschool in Bucharest with Mircea Costache and with two great Romanian pianists, Aurora Ienei and Dan Grigore, at the National University of Music in Bucharest. She continued her master studies at the same University, where she also obtained a PhD in 2007. Adriana Maier was awarded prizes at numerous national an international competitions, such as Concertino (Prague, 1998), Ionel Perlea (four edtions), Constantin Silvestri, the EPTA International Congress (Belgrad, 1994), Eduard Flipse (Rotterdam, 1994), the International George Enescu Festival (five editions). The pianist played with philharmonic orchestras from Romania (Brașov, Craiova, Ploiești, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Giurgiu, Bacău, Rm.-Vâlcea, Constanța) and abroad, under conductors such as  Ilarion Ionescu-Galați, Ovidiu Bălan, Gheorghe Costin,Theodor Costin, Paul Popescu, Daisuke Soga, Cem Mansur, Benno Foster, Itay Talgam, etc. She plays solo as well as in chamber ensembles in Romania and abroad (Holland, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Germany, Switzerland, Poland), as well as in numerous Radio and TV broadcasts.

Adriana Maier is currently a lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest (chamber music) and a member of the Profil Ensemble. (source)


Maria Cristina Ciurduc

Maria Ciurduc is a graduate of the Ion Geanta Highschool of Arts in Ramnicu Valcea and of the National University of Music in Bucharest. She was awarded different prizes, such as the 3rd price with “Trio Classic” (viola, clarinet and piano) at K. Pendercky contest of contemporany music, 2002 and the  2000 Jury Special Award for the best interpretation of  a contemporary musical piece with “Trio Classic” in first edition of the Aperto contest Bucharest, 2000. She was also awarded other prizes in national music contests between 1996-1999. She collaborates with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, giving concerts and tours in Romania and abroad. Since November 203 she is a permanent collaborator of the  National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, giving concerts and tours outside Romania. She played in numerous concerts with Trio Classic in Bucharest at the Romanian Atheneum, the George Enescu Museum, National University, the Sutu Palace, the Parliament Palace, and outside Bucharest. She is member of the prestigious Florilegium Quartet. (source)

Ioan Marius Lacraru

Born on the 24 april 1953, in Bucharest, Ioan Marius Lacraru studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest under Mircea Opreanu and Victoria Basta (violin). He improved his skills studying under Stefan Gheorghiu (violin). He performs in concerts and recitals, he is first violin of Florilegium String Quartet, member of Archaeus Ensemble, soloist of  Hyperion  Ensemble. He gave numerous tours in Switzerland, UK, Spain, France, Germany, United States of America, Austria, Portugal,Finland, Greece,etc. He participated in contemporary music festivals in Bucharest, Genève, Paris, London, Moscow,  Lyon, Nancy, Bourges, Huddersfield, Dublin, Istambul, Allicante, Turin, Cagliari, Bratislava, Sophia, Belgrade, Vitasaari, Kromeriz, Tirana, etc.

His performances were either recorded in concert or specially recorded by Radio Bucarest, BBC, Radio France, Bayerische Rundfunk, Radio Allicante, Bratislava, Belgrade, Sophia, Tirana.

Discography (CDs)- Ioan Marius Lacraru:Collection Panoramique XXI – PXXI101 OR 12481;  Edition Modern EDMN 1004,1005,1006, 1008,1009, 1012, 1014, 1015 ; Musique Action 98 – ReR DACH  01 U.K. ; Archaeus Ensemble:EMEC Madrid E-008, E 029 ; Florilegium String Quartet:EMEC Madrid  E-012 ; Archaeus Ensemble:E.G. Tabalet – Alboraia(Valencia) V-3447; Florilegium Quartet:Editura Muzicala, Bucharest P XX-XXI 102 ; Romanian Music Today:Editura Muzicala, Bucharest 037 ; „ Romanian Music Today  2″:SNR-SIMC Star Media Music, Bucharest 044, etc.

“Ioan-Marius Lacraru is a brilliant virtuoso who proves a complex stunning technique” (Theodor Dragulescu in Actualitatea muzicala, no. 30, June 1991, Bucharest)

“The gravity and depth by which he approaches the modern and contemporary music added to the intelligence by which he builds up his repertory classify Ioan- Marius Lacraru as one of the most appreciated musicians” ( Fred Popovici in Muzica, 1985, Bucharest)

“I am admiring once more his artistic depth and perfection.”  (Doina Rotaru in Actualitatea muzicala, no. 68, 1993, Bucharest)

“… Surprising revelation of the festival (International Festival Forfest Czech Republic 2005)… the first concert, simultaneously the opening concert of the festival, with uniquely disposing virtuoso violinist Ion Marius Lacraru … brought spiritual qualities and music of high expression… unforgettable impression.” (Elena Letňanová  in Hudobný život,2005, Bratislava) (source)

Official website, here (in Romanian).

Anca Vartolomei

Born on the 1st of February 1955, in Bucharest, Anca Vartolomei studied at the Conservatory (presently the National University of Music) in Bucharest, under Aurel Niculescu (cello) and Nicolae Brandus (chamber music). She improved her skills at the International Seminaries in Weimar (studying under Galina Kossolupova) and in Budapest (under Vilmos Tatray). Afterwards, she was also invited to teach at the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt (she was already a cello teacher at the George Enescu High School in Bucharest).

Winner of the Brasov Interpretation Contest (1976) and of four editions of the National Festival (1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989), she was awarded several Music Critics Prizes (awarded by the Association of Theater and Music): in 1982, as a member of the Musica Nova ensemble, in 1986, as a soloist and in 1987 as a member of the Archaeus ensemble. As part of this last ensemble, she also received the Prize of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists (1990), the Prize of the Romanian Music Critics (1991), the Actualitatea Muzicala magazine Prize (1996) and the SOROS Foundation Prize (1997).

Cellist Anca Vartolomei performed in concerts and recitals in Bucharest and the main cities in Romania, but also in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States of America etc. Her repertory is mainly based on contemporary music, many of the most important Romanian composers having dedicated their works to her. The majority of her interpretative creations are now part of the library of the Romanian Radio Broadcastung Company  (either recorded in concert or specially recorded) and some of them can also be found on discs recorded by the Electrecord House (Bucharest), Attaca Records (Amsterdam) or EMEC (Madrid).

Along her career, several Romanian or foreign music critics have issued opinions in regard to the interpretative art of this cellist:  “Outstanding technical virtuosity was shown by cellist Anca Vartolomei in the UK premiere of Celliphonia (Calin Ioachimescu)…” (Reviews, Huddersfield, November 29, 1990);   “…the soloist participation of a cellist not only gifted and expressive, but a cellist that we may call a true cultural element: Anca Vartolomei.” (Alfred Hoffman, Actualitatea Muzicala, no. 24, March 1991). (source)