Bianca Ţiplea Temeş is a musicologist and Reader Ph.D. of Music Theory at Gh. Dima Music Academy in Cluj. Born on November 21, 1969 in Vişeu de Sus, Maramureş, she holds a degree in Piano and Musicology recognised by the Education Ministry in Madrid, an M. Phil. in Musicology granted by the Gh. Dima Music Academy, leading to a Ph.D. earned from the Music University in Bucharest, in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dan Voiculescu. She attended Aurel Stroe’s Master Class in Cluj (1995) and György Kurtág’s Master Class in Budapest (2005). Since she holds separate degrees in Musicology and in Business Management (M.B.A. granted by Babeş-Bolyai University), she combines her academic career with the post of Music Programme Manager of the Transylvania Philharmonic, where she is currently head of the Artistic Department. She also held the position of temporary supervisor at the Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo (during the season 2008-2009).
Her writings cover the historical, stylistic and analytical spectrum of a wide range of composers, from Haendel to Glass, Dallapiccola, Crumb, Xenakis and Dutilleux, as well as the music of Transylvania, addressing the works of such composers as Max Eisikovits, Tudor Jarda, Augustin Bena, and Dan Voiculescu. A special emphasis is accorded to 20th century and contemporary music, and her principal area of research is the music of György Ligeti and György Kurtág, both of whom were born in Romania (Transylvania and the Banat region, respectively). Her books have been published in Romania, and her articles in leading journals in such countries as Switzerland, Spain, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Romania, and the U.S.A. She participated in conferences in her native country (Bucharest, Cluj, Iaşi, Oradea), but also in Oldenburg (Germany), Vienna, Vilnius, Dublin, Rome, and at the University of Cambridge, in the UK.
Since 2010 she has been visiting professor at the University of Oviedo/Spain, in 2012 at Istituto Superior di Studi Musicali P. Mascagni, Livorno. She was also awarded an Erasmus Grant at the University of Cambridge, U.K. (2010, 2011), studying with the renowned musicologists Nicholas Cook and Nicholas Marston. In 2011/2012 she received a three-month research grant from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel/Switzerland. As a consequence of her findings in the Ligeti collection in Basel, she recently obtained a two-month DAAD Scholarship at Humboldt University in Berlin, her application being supported by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hermann Danuser.
She is a member of the Mozart Romanian Society Board in Cluj, as well as of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and a probationary member of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Society (U.C.M.R.). She is also a member of the editorial committee for the Journal “Studia Musica“, Cluj, Peer Review for the Journal “Musicology Papers”, Cluj, and Peer Review SAGE Open, London/UK.
She has also embarked on a second doctorate in Art History and Musicology at the University of Oviedo, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ramón Sobrino Sánchez, on the subject of the nocturnal landscape in 20th century music. Among her many ongoing research projects is the post-doctoral programme M.I.D.A.S. at the National University of Music in Bucharest, offering close readings of the connection between Ligeti’s oeuvre and Romanian spirituality.
Books: Augustin Bena. Monograph (Augustin Bena. Monografie): Risoprint, Cluj, 2004, ISBN: 973-656-794-x; Antifonia in extenso: Risoprint, Cluj, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-53-0824-7; revised and enlarged edition from 1999; Music Theory. Aspects of musical semiography: graphic notation (Teoria Muzicii. Aspecte de semiografie muzicală: Notaţie grafică): Risoprint, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-53-0837-7
List of selected Journal articles and Conference Proceedings:
“10th International Music Theory Conference: Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music”, Ed. Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius, 2013 (forthcoming) – The Image behind the Music. Visual Elements in Ligeti’s Oeuvre
Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, Ed. Schwabe AG, Basel/Muttenz – Tracking down Ligeti’s Unfinished Third and Fourth String Quartets, nr.25/2012
Theorie und Geschichte der Monodie. Bericht der Internationalen Tagung 2010. Band 6, Tribun EU, s.r.o., Brno – Byzantinische Monodie als Inspirationsquelle der rumänischen Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts, 2012
Journal “Musicology Papers”, Ed. MediaMusica, Cluj – Cluj Musical Legacy and the Baroque Idiom. Case study: “Fantasia e fuga sulle pedale per organo” by Dan Voiculescu, Vol. XXVI, Nr. 2/2011
IFCC 2011. Proceedings of the 2011 3rd International Conference on Future Computer and Communication (session Mathematics and Arts), ASME Press, New York – The Algebra of intervals as a rhetoric device in “Fantasia e fuga sulle pedale per organo” by Dan Voiculescu
“Cuadernos de Música Iberoamericana”, Ed. Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (ICCMU), Madrid – Manuel de Falla – John Cage: bipolaridad estilística en el repertorio pianístico nocturno de la primera mitad del siglo XX, No.25/2010, ISSN: 1136-5536
“10th International Music Theory Conference: Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music”, Ed. Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius – Byzantine music revisited: from vocal monody to electronic music in the works of Romanian composers of the 20th century, 2011, ISBN: 978-9986-503-97-2
“Studia Musica” Journal, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj – Ligeti’s String Quartet no.1; stylistic incongruence?, No. 2/2008; In memoriam Dan Voiculescu. Coda to “A Book without end”, No. 2/2009; Ralph Vaughan Williams: “A Cambridge Mass”. About a newly discovered manuscript and a world premiere, in conversation with Maestro Alan Tongue, No.1/2011; New Trends in Modern Musicology. A discussion with Professor Nicholas Cook, No.1/2012; Where Two Worlds Meet: Ligeti and Romanian Folk Music, No. 2/2012
Actualitatea Muzicală, Ed. UCMR, Bucureşti – From „Cluj Modern” to Palais Garnier. The Itinerary of the piece Colinda–Baladă op.46 by György Kurtág, No. 1/January 2011; Interactive music, No. 9/2011; Anniversaries of the „Cluj Musical Autumn” Festival. Adrian Pop at 60, No.11/2011; Remote Ctrl. Multimedia interactive music, No. 3/2012
“Intermezzo” Journal, Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj – Musicalia: Ortega y Gasset and the issue of art reception, December, 2008; Quo Vadis Symphony Orchestra? The trajectory of an artistic entity from “La Grande Bande” to the “YouTube” Symphony Orchestra, March, 2009; Philip Glass in Asturias. Objective-subjective report over the concert and press conference in Gijón, July, 2009; Remember Dan Voiculescu, December 2009
“Confluenţe cultural-artistice. Mari compozitori aniversaţi 2009: Haendel şi Haydn” (vol.I), Ed. Mega, Cluj – Aria da capo in Haendel’s work. The aesthetics of a paradox, 2010
“Confluenţe cultural-artistice. Mari compozitori aniversaţi 2009: Paul Constantinescu şi Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” (vol.II), Ed. Mega, 2011, Cluj – An exceptional editorial release: The Systematic Catalogue of Mendelssohn’s oeuvre printed by Breitkopf&Härtel, 2009
“Studia Judaica”, Ed. Efes, Cluj – Max Eisikovits´ Lieder, intersection aria of Jewish, Romanian and Hungarian musical culture, 2006
“Adevărul de Cluj” newspaper; “Făclia de Cluj” newspaper — Over 70 articles (1992 – 2012)