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Ana Szilágyi

Ana Szilágyi was born on 29 of March 1971 in Bucharest in a music family. She frequented the Music High School in Brașov (Piano: Mira Popescu) and the „George Enescu“ Music High School in Bucharest (Piano: Cătălina Popovici). Between 1991-1997 she studied composition at National University of Music Bucharest with Dan Dediu and Aurel Stroe (1997 M.A.). Between 1994-1995 she received a scholarship at „Hochschule für Musik“ in Trossingen (Germany) where she studied composition with Jürgen Weimer. At National University of Music Bucharest she studied also organ with Lidia Sumnevici and wrote a PhD thesis (2009) with the theme The rapport time-form in the music of 20th century. Between 1996-1997 she was a pianist accompanist at „George Enescu“ Musik High School in Bucharest and between 1997-2002 an assistant at the „Transilvania“ University in Brașov, at the Music Faculty, teaching Musical Forms and Analyses. She received in 2002 the German Herder Grant (Hamburg) and went to Vienna. Between 2003-2006 she studied electroacustic composition with Dieter Kaufmann and got a Magister Degree at the „Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna. Between 2003-2007she studied also theory of music with Dieter Torkewitz at the same University and got the second Magister Degree. In 2011 she got the second PhD at the „Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna with the theme Incommensurability in Aurel Stroe’s Music Referring to his Opera-Trilogy „Orestia”, for which she received the Award of Excellence 2011 from the Ministry of Science and Research in Vienna. Actually she is lecturing at the University of Vienna, at the Institut of Musicology.

Ana Szilágyi received for his compositions many prizes, honours and grants., i.e.: German Herder-Grant, Austrian Prize Theodor Körner for promotion of science and art under the high care of the Austrian president, 3th Prize for radio play piece The School Time at the Technical University of St. Pölten (Austria). In 2012 she got a fellowship from the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture, Vienna. She received also other prizes in Bucharest, Cluj and Brașov. Her works were performed in many towns: Bucharest, Brașov, Bacău, Ploiești, Sinaia; Vienna: Wiener Konzerthaus, „Wien Modern“ Festival, „Electronic Spring“ Festival at Alte Schmiede, Arnold Schönberg Center, Romanian Cultural Institut of Vienna, Society of Music Theater; Cork (Ireland); Merkin Concert Hall of New York (USA); Tokio (Japan). In 2012 Electrecord produced a CD („Flights“, EDC 1074) with seven works of her. She had several Radio and TV broadcastings with her works, also articles and interviews in newspapers and revues: Der Standard (Austria), Actualitatea muzicală, Muzica, Gazeta de Transilvania (Romania), Ditutto (Italy). Her work covers several musical genres, like symphonic, chamber music, vocal, choral, electronic, multimedial.

She also published musicological articles and studies in the periodical Muzica and in the volume Divergenzen – Konvergenzen. Hermeneutische Paraphrasen und Phantasien (Laaber, 2010) and edited 2011 together with Sabina Ulubeanu the book Aurel Stroe and the European Musical Tradition.

Costin Soare

Born in Romania in 1978, Costin Soare is one of the most active and committed guitarists of his generation.  He gives solo recitals and chamber music recitals throughout Romania as well as abroad in France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Japan. He also teaches at two of the main music institutions in Bucharest. He works as a full-time teacher at the ‘Dinu Lipatti’ National College of Music, Bucharest and he is associate teacher at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Performance section – 2002-2006, 2008-2009 and present; Chamber Music – 2002-2006).

Costin Soare started playing guitar at the age of 15, graduating from the Brasov Faculty of Music (Transilvania University) with a diploma in Music Performance and Teaching (in the class of Corneliu Voicescu). Soon after, he was awarded a full scholarship for a Master in Music Performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he studied with Phillip Thorne and Allan Neave. During those years, he took part in masterclasses with renowned guitarists like Joaquin Cleerch, David Tanenbaum, Harvey Hope, Carlos Bonnell, Pablo Marquez, Zoran Dukic and Paolo Pegoraro; he won prizes in the National College and University Contests and in Craiova International Competition held in Romania.  His Ph. D. work with the dissertation entitled ‘The Sonata for Guitar in 1920-1950 period – The Neoromantic Generation’ was awarded ‘Magna cum Laudae’ in June 2011, showing his interest in theoretical research.

He is the co-organizer of the Guitar Evenings in Bucharest, a project started in 2008-2009 season of the ACCUMM Foundation series of concerts held in Sutu Palace. So far  the project ran around 10 concerts, either solos or chamber music, involving special guests.

Costin himself performs regularly in two chamber music ensembles: with the flute player Ion Bogdan Stefanescu (since 2008) and with the mezzosoprano Claudia Codreanu (since 2010), covering a repertoire ranging from John Dowland (played on the lute) to contemporary music. He also appears occasionally in other ensembles: guitar duo, violin-guitar duo or guitar with string quartet.  He was a co-director and performer in the play inspired by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s work  for narrator and guitar ‘Platero y yo’, staged in Bucharest, Baia-Mare and Sighisoara by Petru Maier Bianu. His programs can be defined by a thematic concept – such as recitals dedicated to Leo Brouwer, Toru Takemitsu (solo guitar and flute-guitar), ‘A Spanish Evening’ (solo guitar and voice-guitar), ‘Musica Nocturna’ (nocturnals for solo guitar from the 20th century), ‘Italian 100%’ (flute and guitar) – or by the historical approach to the instrument conceived as a live performance of the music from the various eras (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical etc.)

 

 

 

Georgeta Stoleriu

Soprano Georgeta Stoleriu studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Iolanda Marculescu and followed the Weimar International Music Seminars (Hochschule fur Musik Franz Liszt), studying Canto and Stylistics with prof. Lore Fischer – Nell.

She was awarded numerous prizes (the J.S. Bach Prize, Leipzig, the Romanian Music Critics College Prize, the Flacăra magazine prize) and medals (George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti, Haricleea Darclee, Tristan Tzara, the Anniversary Medal of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting company, the Romania Music Channel, the Anniversary Medal of the Cotroceni Museum). She has performed over 1200 times as a soloist with the George Enescu Philharmonic and the two Radio Orchestras in Bucharest, as well as with all the symphonic orchestras in Romania. She has been a permanent collaborator of the Musica Rediviva old music ensemble and she led the chamber music ensemble The Old Music Studio. She recorded over 3500 minutes of music at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company and publishing houses such as Electrecord (Romania), Newport Classic (USA) or Guanako (Germany). She acted in TV films (Susanna’s Secret – Marianti Banu, The Music Lesson – Dan Manoliu). She gave tours with vocal-symphonic concerts and recitals in Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Poland, Bulgaria, Maroc, Greece, SUA, Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Czechia, France, Portugal, Italy, Sweden. She participated in international festivals in Bidgoszcs (Poland), Zadar (Yugoslavia), Sanssouci – Potsdam (GErmany), Bucharest, (Romania), Bremen  (Germany), Milwaukee  (SUA), Santander  (Span), Csezke Budejovice (Czechia), Lisbon (Portugal), Dortmund  (Germany), Brasov  (Romania).

Her repertoire includes medieval and Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary music, as well as many Romanian composers (from Enescu and Jora to Doru Popovici, Carmen Petra-Basacopol, Nicolae Coman, Mihaela Vosganian, Cornel Ţăranu.

She is currently associated professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest, her canto students obtaining over 50 international prizes. She is member in international juries for singing competitions (Prague, Bucharest, Malmö) and she gave numerous masterclasses Milwaukee – USA,  Braşov – Romania, Karlovy Vary – Czsechia, Piatra Neamţ – Romania, Chişinău – the Moldova Republic, Constanţa – Romania. She initiated the annual scholarship “Iolanda Marculescu”.

 

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

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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EDITION 2012

InnerSound

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.

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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)