Born in 1949 in Bucharest, Calin Ioachimescu studied composition at the city’s National University of Music in the class of Stefan Niculescu. He participated in the Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (1980, 1984) and computer music courses at I.R.C.A.M. in Paris (1985). He was founder and director of the electroacoustic music studio of the Romanian Composer’s Union (1991-2010).Currently he works as a sound producer at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company.
Among his numerous compositional prizes are the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis in Darmstadt (1984), the Romanian Composers’ Union Award (1979,1982,1988,1992, 1995, 1999, 2002 and 2008)) and the Romanian Academy Award. Ioachimescu’s interests as a composer focus on the inner structure of sound, analysed with the use of modern technology. He uses computers not only as a tool of algorithmic compositions, but also for digital processing of real sound sources. The identity of traditional instruments is changed by emphasising or blurring their specific sound colour. Based on the harmonic series, his music is characterised by consonance and vitality. Filtering, colour modulation, pitch and noise mixing are not restricted to musicfortape. Electroacoustic and psycho-acoustic principles determine both the digital and analogue world and are to be found in many of Ioachimescu’s works.
Selected works: Tempo-80 for orchestra (1979), Concerto for trombone, doubblebass and orchestra (1986), Concerto for saxophone and orchestra (1994), Concerto for violoncello and orchestra (2002), Concerto for flute and orchestra (2012), 2 string quartetts (1974, 1984), Palindrom/7 (1992), works for tape and live electronics: Oratio-II for winds, percution and live electronics (1982), Spectral Music for saxophone and tape (1985), Celliphonia for violoncello and tape (1988), Les éclats de l’abîme for doubblebass saxophone and tape (1998), hep-taGRaMa (1998), Saxtraces for sopranino saxophone, tape,and live electronic (2004), Digital birds-computer music (2010), film music.
MUSIC: Oratio II