Mihai Moldovan

Mihai Moldovan (1937-1981) was a talented composer, who died prematurely, at 44 years old, in a tragic accident. Born in Dej, he studied at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Conservatory in Cluj with Sigismund Toduţă, Tudor Jarda, Liviu Comes, Gheorghe Merişescu and Traian Mârza. He finished his composition studied in Bucharest, with Mihail Jora, Zeno Vancea and Anatol Vieru. He worked as a music secretary and coordinator at the art institutions of the Romanian Army; music editor at the “Electrecord” Record Company, at the Radio and Television Broadcasting Company and at the “Muzica” Journal.

He wrote chamber music, choral music (“Origins”, “Bells”, “Incantations”), symphonic pieces (“Textures”, “Stained Glass Windows”, “Tree barks”, “Tulnics”, Cantemiriana”, “Hommage for Anton Pann”), vocal-symphonic works (“Rituals”, “Ancient Songs”) and an opera (“Stages of History”). He was awarded various prizes, such as the Prize of the Union of Composers and Musicologists, the “George Enescu” Prize, the Romanian Academy Prize, prizes of the Culture and Radio-TV Broadcasting Council. (source)

MUSIC on internet: Peste varfuri/Over the mountain tops



Dumitru Capoianu

Dumitru Capoianu (1929 – 2012) studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1941-1947, 1947-1953), with Victor Gheorghiu (music theory), Mihail Jora (harmony), Martian Negrea (polyphony), Mihai Andricu (composition) and George Enacovici (violin).

He was a violonist in the National Theater Orchestra in Bucharest (1945-1947). He worked as music producer at the “Romfilm” (1950-1951) and “Alexandru Sahia” Film Studios  (1951-1952) in Bucharest; sound engineer and music supervisor at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (1952-1954); director of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest (1969-1973). He conducted various orchestras in Bucharest and other Romanian cities (playing especially his own works). He published articles in different Romanian art journals. He traveled abroad, studying, doing musical research, giving lectures and educational concerts, being invited in radio and TV shows.

He was awarded the 2nd Prize at the International Youth Festival in Moscow (1957),  Palmes d’Or in Cannes (1957), The Romanian State Prize (1962), The Order of Cultural Merit, 5th class (1968) and 3rd class (1973), the Prize of the Union of Composers and Musicologists in Romania (1970, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983), the Romanian Academy Prize (1977).

MUSIC on internet: Passacaglia


Liviu Dandara

Liviu Dandara is a Romanian composer (December 3rd 1933, Miorcani- July 22nd 1991, Bucharest). After studying at the National University of Music in Bucharest, he attended the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt in 1967 and 1978 under Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti and Christoph Caskel. He had taught piano in Bucharest since 1959. He wrote theater and film music, symphonic and vocal-sympnonic works, chamber and choral music, as well as electroacoustic music:  ”Quadriforium” (1970), “Suspended Time” (1971), “Three States about Silence” – “Silence of Depth”, “Silence of Hight”, “Silence of Silence” (1972), “Affectus Memoria” (1973), “Multiversum” (1983).

MUSIC on internet: Affectus Memoria

Liviu Glodeanu

The talented Liviu Glodeanu, born in Cluj, in 1938, unfortunately passed away before his 40th anniversary, in 1978 in Bucharest. He studied at the Music Academy in Cluj (1955-57) and at the National University of Music in Bucharest, with Martian Negrea. He worked as a music teacher (1961-63), as a scientific researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology and Folklore “Constantin Brailoiu” in Bucharest (1961062) and then at the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest.

He published various studies and essays and his musical compositions received important awards from the Union of Composers and from the Romanian Academy. A proeminent figure of his generation, Glodeanu established himself, in his short life span, as one of the most important voices in Romanian music after 1950.

The depth of his modern view is a constant trait in all his music: theater and film music, opera (“Zamolxe”, 1969), ballet-opera (“Ulysses”, 1972), vocal-symphonic works (the “A land called Romania” oratory, 1977), symphonic works (“Studies for Orchestra”, 1967; “Symphonies for winds”, 1971), concerts, chamber works (2 string quartets; “Inventions” for wind quartet and percussions, 1963), choral (“Incantation” for mixt choir, flute, clarinet and percussion, 1965; “Sabaracalina” for mixt choir, 1973) and vocal works. (source)

MUSIC on internet: 3rd String Quartet


Şerban Nichifor

Şerban Nichifor (born in Bucharest, Romania, 25 August 1954) is a Romanian composer and music educator. He is Professor at the National University of Music, Bucharest (Chamber Music Department); Member of UCMR (Romania), SABAM (Belgium), ECPMN (Holland); Vice-president of the ROMANIA-BELGIUM Association; Cellist of the Duo INTERMEDIA and co-director of the NUOVA MUSICA CONSONANTE-LIVING MUSIC FOUNDATION(USA) Festival – with Liana Alexandra. He is also a member of Vox Novus.

Studies: National University of Music Bucharest, Doctor in Musicology; University of Bucharest (Theology Faculty). International courses at Darmstadt, Weimar, Breukelen and Munchen; USIA Stipendium (USA).

Composition prizes at: Amsterdam, Tours, Athens, Urbana-Illinois, Evian, Toledo, Trento, Roma, Bydgoszcz, Köln, Karlsruhe, Newtown-Wales, Birmingham-Alabama. Comandor of the “Merit National Order” (2000). Works published at: Editura Muzicala (Bucharest), Edition Modern (Munchen), “Pro musica Studium”(Roma), “Quadrivium Music Press” (New York), “Mnemes” (Palermo).

Nichifor is the widower of Romanian musician and composer Liana Alexandra.

Vox Novus link.

Cornelia Tăutu

Cornelia Tăutu (born 1938) is a Romanian composer best known for film soundtracks.  Passionate about music from a very early age, she studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where she has a double specialization: music pedagogy and composition. She studied composition with Mihail Jora, Aurel Stroe and Anatol Vieru. She worked at the Institute for  Ethnology and Folklore “Constantin Brailoiu” of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest. Tăutu has written works including: Divertisment folcloric; Coralia for children’s chorus and orchestra; Rota for chamber ensemble; De Doi (The Two) for viola and cello (1994). Her music has been recorded and issued on CD including: Romanian Women Composers 2, Musica Nova and The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation, 2006;MARIN CONSTANTIN, Electrecord; Romania Today (June 30, 1998) by Dinescu, Dediu, Stroe, Brumariu, et al., Pro Viva (Ger), ASIN: B000007TAJ.

Tăutu has composed music for films including: 1992 Ramînerea; 1988 Drumet în calea lupilor; 1988 The Moromete Family; 1987 Cetatea ascunsa; 1987 Zloty pociag1983 Caruta cu mere; 1983 Impossible Love; 1980 Dumbrava minunata; 1978 Actiunea Autobuzul; 1978 Buzduganul cu trei peceti; 1978 Together Again; 1975 Patima

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Carmen Petra Basacopol

“Carmen Petra Basacopol, a very sensible composer of symphony, concerto, and especially of chamber music, brought about an important stylistic diversification of the post Enescu Romanian music. She valued the harp, which she competently brought back into focus. This interest resulted in high appreciation abroad, for she has actually contributed to expansion of expression rendered by the instrument through very original timbre combinations. Her creative personality is also evidenced by her original ideas in musicology and in Romanian spirituality.

Basacopol studied at the Academy of Music of Bucharest and took specializing courses in Darmstadt in 1968. She was a graduate of the faculty of philosophy of Bucharest and became a doctor of musicology at Sorbonne in 1976. Her diploma paper is entitled “Originality of the Romanian music as seen in the musical works of Enescu, Jora, and Paul Constantinescu.” In 1962, she was appointed to the teaching staff of the Academy of Music of Bucharest where she taught harmony, counterpoint, and musical forms.

Also a prominent figure at contests, Basacopol was a member of the jury at the international harp contest of Jerusalem in 1979, and at the “Valentino Bucchi” composition contest of Rome in 1986. She has also been awarded many prizes. She won awards at the World Youth and Student Festival of Berlin in 1951, in Bucharest in 1953, and in Warsaw in 1955. She received the prize of the Union of the Composers and Musicologists of Romania in 1974, 1979, 1981, 1985, and 1987. In 1980, she won the George Enescu prize of the Romanian Academy.

Basacopol has composed music for ballet performances, opera, symphonic vocal music, symphonic music, chamber music, lieds, and choral music. She has also written works on musicology.” (Irina Odagescu)

Felicia Donceanu

“Felicia Donceanu studied composition at the Conservatory of Bucharest from 1949 to 1956 with the great Romanian composers Paul Constantinescu and Mihail Jora. She has delivered conferences, taught lessons, played in concerts, made broadcasts, wrote articles, and authored verses for songs and choirs. She has also composed vocal symphonic music, much chamber music, choral music, music for children, and a great number of lieds.

Felicia Donceanu has also received several prizes. She received honorable mention at the international composition contest of Mannheim in 1961. In 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1988, Donceanu won the prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicians Union. She was also awarded the George Enescu prize of the Romanian Academy in 1984.

Not only is Donceanu a recognized composer, but she is also an accomplished artist whose scope comprises plastic art and poetry. Her music is highly poetic, for the composer feels that the spell of poetic verse should be extended into music. Other characteristics of Donceanu’s music include pride of place and integrated voices in rich polyphony. One of her most important works is a set of lieds, written in 1984, for soprano and chamber orchestra. These lieds were inspired by the poems of the eighteenth century poet, Enachitza Vacarescu. Using instruments favored during Vacarescu’s time, the composer created a sonorous environment of the eighteenth century with the flute, lute, viola da gamba, spinet, and percussion instruments. The piece which concludes the cycle of four songs is entitled “Testament” and is meant to ensure the destiny of the Romanian people and language. It was for this cycle that Donceanu received the 1984 Enescu Prize.” (Irina Odagescu)

Irina Odăgescu-Ţuţuianu


Born in 1937, Irina Odagescu graduated from The National University os Music (composition section) in 1963. She also attended the international courses of Weimar in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972, and Darmstadt in 1972 and 1976.

Odagescu has been awarded for her work on several occasions. She received the prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicologists five times in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1986, and 1988. She won the silver medal at the international polimusic contest of Ibague in Columbia in 1981. She received the medal and diploma of the Viotti international composition contest of Valsesia de la Vercelli, Italy in 1982, for one and two instruments. She also was awarded the I. G. N. M. prize at the World Days of Music in Graz in 1982.

Extremely active in her field, Odagescu has delivered conferences and made scientific reports, radio, and television broadcasts. In March 1992, she delivered a conference at the University of Pau, France, on her musical creation and the aesthetic principles she applies. She has also published the following two didactic works in collaboration: Practical Studies for Reading in Keys for Two Voices (1972), and Practical Studies for Reading in Old Choral Keys (1982). Her musical creations include symphonic vocal music, symphonic and chamber music, instrumental and choral music, and film music. Her works have been performed in many countries of Europe, America, and Asia. The most recent performance was at the Eighth Congress of Women Composers in Bilbao, Spain, in 1992.

In most of her music pieces, Irina Odagescu shows interest in achieving a blend of world music traditions and the contemporary trends. This blend falls into modalism enriched with serial structures. Odagescu uses a composition technique which allows her to express the most diverse affections, especially in symphonic vocal and choral music, in which melopea of a modal type often alternates with ample polyphonic and harmony developments.

In her choral poem “The Pyre of Bread,” dedicated to the tragic events of 1907, when the Romanian peasants rebelled in order to get their own bread, Irina Odagescu employs a very modern style in conception and in graphics. Each of the score pages shows very new signs which can best suggest her intentions.

Her choreographic poem “Tall Song” has been performed in several ballet performances of the Bucharest Opera. It is made up of two parts: “Calling” and “Summits.” This piece obviously appeals to spiritual heights to be attained by artists. The ascent is not always crowned with success, but the work appeals to those who, by perseverance and belief, finally achieve “the heights” on behalf of mankind.

Cristian Lolea

Born in 1977 in Bucharest, Cristian Lolea graduated in 2000 from the National University of Music Bucharest where he studied composition with Tiberiu Olah. He completed his PhD in 2010 under the guidance of Prof. Octavian Nemescu, at the same University, where he is also a lecturer. His doctoral dissertation – “Accessibility of Music – Considerations on Music Perception” – received the highest academic honors: summa cum laude.

He participated in various international workshops, with grants at the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam (1997), International Summer Courses for Young Composers in Radziejowice (1998), 7th Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio-Art in Schwaz (1999), where he studied with Bogusław Schaeffer, Marek Chołoniewski and Martijn Padding.

Cristian Lolea was awarded the 1st prize in numerous national and international competitions for contemporary music, including The Roads of Romanticism in Warsaw (2007), Excellency Award for Young Composers from UNPR, the Romanian National Employers’ Union (2006) and a Special Prize at the George Enescu International Composition Competition (2009). In 2008 he won the Gopo Award (Romania’s most important film award) for Best Original Film Score (for the movie An Angel Hooked on Me).

He composes chamber music, symphonic and vocal-symphonic music, as well as soundtracks for movies, television and commercials. His works have been performed in Europe, the United States and Brazil, in important festivals such as Warsaw Autumn or George Enescu Festival and broadcast in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Cristian Lolea is also a prolific orchestrator and arranger, orchestrating many classical, pop and rock pieces, being comissionned by orchestras such as New England String Ensemble. Since 2011 he lives and works for most of the time in Warsaw.

MUSIC on the internet: 2010