Composers

Tiberiu Olah

“Born on January 2, 1928 in Arpăşel, Romania, Tiberiu Olah studied at the Cluj Conservatory (1946-49). In 1948 he won a scholarship to study in Paris. However, as of 1949 all scholarships for Western Europe were cancelled due to political reasons, and therefore he was granted, as compensation, a scholarship to the Tchaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow (1949-54). Despite Stalinist restrictions, he found there a dependable musical life and together with his teacher E. Messner and his composer colleagues Dennisov, Holopov, Roshdetwensky, A. Wolkonski managed to discover musical realization.
Since his student days, Olah has participated in numerous international seminars, workshops and festivals, such as the Warsaw Autumn Festival (1968, 1971), the “Ferienkursen für Elektronische Musik” organised by the Siemens-Studio in Munich (1966), and the “Internationalen Ferienkursen für Musik” in Darmstadt (1966-73). Since 1954, he has been a professor of composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest.
Olah has been a composer-in-residence at the invitation of the Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) (1969,1970); holder of a DAAD research scholarship (1978), and a member of Gesellschaft für Musikalische Aufführungs- und Mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte member (since 1968). However, he has also experienced some setbacks, including his failure to be admitted to the Romanian Academy in 1971-1972, as his musical style was considered by the communist hierarchy as not being representative enough of their ideals.

His honour list comprises prestigious awards: the “Koussevitzky Foundation” prize – USA (1974) for “valuable contributions to the music of our days”; the “George Enescu” prize of the Romanian Academy (1964); two Golden Pelican prizes of the Association of Cineasts (1965, 1971); the Film Festival Award – 46Moscow (1972); four awards of the Composer’s Union in Romania (1974-75, 1979, 1980, 1986); the Grand Prize of the Composer’s Union in Romania (1993) for his entire oeuvre, The Excellence Prize of the Film National Centre (2002) for “valuable contributions to the Romanian film ”, and The Romanian National Order “Faithful Service” at the rank of Commander for “valuable artistic contributions and cultural promotion” (2001). Tiberiu Olah died on October 2, 2002.” (Laura Manolache)

Adrian Mociulschi

Descendant of an aristocratic family settled in Romania two centuries ago, composer Adrian Mociulschi has graduated the National University of Music in Bucharest (1997), where he studied composition with Stefan Niculescu. He also studied philosophy at the Roman Catholic Theological Institute in Bucharest. He has a PhD cum laude at the National University of Music in Bucharest. He received various prizes and international distinctions such as the “Himalaya Trophy” awarded by China Radio International (1995), ”Premio Presidente Disputacion de Valencia” awarded by the Municipality of Montserrat (2000) etc. He has been invited to national and international radio and TV shows. His works appear on collective albums pubished in Europe. He has presently dedicated himself to the scientific literature, publishing three volumes in the last few years at Curtea Veche Publishing House: the first monography of composer Stefan Niculescu (“Stefan Niculescu: Poetics, mathematics and musical harmony”, 2010), “The Middle Ages: Architecture and Music” (2011), “Art and Comunication” (2012). He has been a member of the Romanian Composers‘ Union since 1998.

 

 

Cristian Marina

Composer Cristian Marina was born in 1965 in Cluj, Romania, where he received his basic musical training, as a cello player at the School of Music and in composition at the “Gh. Dima” Music Academy, with Cornel Taranu. Since 1987 he has been living in Sweden, where he completed his studies in composition at the Royal Music College in Gothenburg and Stockholm, with Magnus Lindberg and Sven-David Sandström a.o.
He attended the “Academie d’été” – IRCAM, Paris 1995, with Luca Francesconi and the “Accademia Chigiana”, Siena 1996, with Franco Donatoni. He also studied with Miklos Marós and he attended courses with Brian Ferneyhough, Philippe Manoury a.o.
His music, which covers almost all genres, has been performed at concerts and festivals, as well as broadcast in most
European countries, Japan and Hong Kong. His works were performed at the ISCM-World Music Days: in Hong Kong, China, 2002 and 2007, Slovenia 2003 and Croatia, 2005.
His scores have been published by Edition Suecia and his works have been recorded on CD by Phono Suecia, Fylkingen Records (Sweden), 7 Dreams Records (Romania) as well as Edition LGNM (Luxembourg).

MUSIC: High Anxiety

Liviu Marinescu

Liviu Marinescu’s works have received recognition in numerous festivals of new music throughout the world, and have been performed by prominent orchestras and ensembles, including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Czech Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, the National Chamber Radio and Music Academy orchestras in Bucharest, as well as the 20th Century Consort, North-South Consonance, and Archaeus ensembles.

His debut at the Bucharest International New Music Festival when he was 21 years old, was noted by the Parisian newspaper Le Monde de la Musique, which described one of the concerts he co-organized with other young composers and artists as being “inventive in its evolution, content, and substance,” and promoting an “anti-conformist view.” Soon after, the Bucharest newspaper Actualitatea Muzicala acknowledged that Liviu Marinescu “not only has the intelligence and maturity expected from a modern artist, but also the ability to express himself through sounds in a convincing way.” In the U.S., his music has been praised by numerous publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, while the critics of The Strad, Strings Magazine, and New York Concert Review recognized its “real expressive power and attractive rhetoric,” “majestic assertiveness,” and “startling moments.” His works have been recorded and released by Centaur, Navona, and Capstone Records and published by the American Society of Composers.

Over the past two decades, Marinescu’s voice has brought the contemporary music scene a refreshing aesthetic stance, in which the traditions shaped by the Eastern European avant-garde have been organically integrated with the sounds and attitudes of the postmodern era. His early works, such as his first String Quartet from 1990 and the Chamber Concerto of 1993, focused on the exploration of heterophony, sound mass, and various types of elastic sound textures. This direction was soon to be changed. Following Edwin London’s invitation to study in the U.S. in 1994, Marinescu developed a growing interest in the distortion and twisting of established compositional forms and practices, through the use of paraphrases, quotations, and subtle humor. The widely acclaimed Quodlibet Sonata of 1997 as well as many of the chamber and orchestral works that followed, including Mozamorphosis, Déjà Vu, Pastiche, Bach Variations, Über Alles or Homage Collage, are representative of Marinescu’s original voice. Recently, his interest in exploring acoustic instruments in combination with electronic media has led to the development of new sonic gestures, and the creation of an archetypal musical language, more personal and refined.

Equally committed to mentoring young musicians, Liviu Marinescu has taught a wide range of composition and theory courses at Concordia College, MN, West Chester University, PA, University of Maryland, and Cleveland State University, and has been a visiting professor at the Trondheim Conservatory in Norway and the National University of Music in Romania. Since his 2002 appointment as coordinator of music composition and theory at California State University Northridge, Dr. Marinescu has received numerous awards and grants from the Fulbright Commission, the American Music Center, ASCAP, Meet the Composer Fund, as well as the Fromm Music Foundation Prize at Harvard University.

MUSIC: Harmonic Fields

Adrian Enescu

Adrian Enescu (born March 31, 1948) is a Romanian composer (film soundtracks & contemporary music). As an individual musician, he also pioneered the local electronic scene during the 1970s-80s. He graduated from the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Music Conservatory in Bucharest, composition – class of Aurel Stroe, Alexandru Pascanu-harmony Among his list of accomplishments are music for ballet in Italy, China and Australia, music for theater in Romania, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Australia, Canada, Columbia and Costa Rica.

MUSIC: Irreversible

Pascal Bentoiu

Composer Pascal Bentoiu studied harmony, counterpoint and composition with Mihail Jora and piano with Theophil Demetriescu. He spent three years researching the rhythm and harmony of Romanian folk music at the Bucharest Folklore Institute and then began composing for the stage. His operas are written with dramatic flair and make use of a variety of elements, including folksong, tape, serialism and diatonic qualities. His instrumental and orchestral works also contain a variety of contemporary techniques, and Bentoiu’s work is characterized by its color and lyricism.
He has edited the sketches of the fourth (1934) and fifth (1941) symphonies of Georges Enescu into shape for performance. (There is a recording of both realizations from a 1998 festival.)

MUSIC: Symphony nr. 6 part 6 “White”

Adrian Pop

Adrian Pop began his music studies early, with his father, composer and conductor Dorin Pop, continuing them at Cluj Conservatory with Sigismund Toduta and Cornel Taranu (composition). He attended courses with Stefan Niculescu and Aurel Stroe (Piatra Neamt, 1972, 1973, 1982), Dieter Salbert (Bayreuth, live-electronic music, 1974, 1975), Ton de Leeuw (Burgas, composition workshop, 1979; Amsterdam, 1984, 1988), Joji Yuasa (Amsterdam, composition workshop, 1988). PhD in musicology at the University of Music in Cluj (2001), with the thesis on the Romanian requiem (Cluj, Edit. Media Music, 2004).

Professor at the School of Art in Cluj People (1976-1982), secretary of music (1983-1991), director (1991-1995) and artistic consultant (1995) of the Transylvania Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic, contributor (1985-1992) and lecturer (2001) of the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music Cluj-Napoca. He has published articles and reviews in “Muzica” magazine, “Steaua” (Cluj), “Tribuna” (Cluj), UTUNK (Cluj), etc. Adrian Pop is a founding member of the “Gheorghe Dima” foundation (1990), the “Sigismund Toduta” foundation (1991) and the “Mozart” Romanian Society (1991) Cluj-Napoca. His compositions were awarded the Romanian Composers Union prize (1978, 1980, 1989), Romanian Academy Award (1996), awards from international competitions Tours (1978), Arezzo (1979), Trento (1982, 1984, 1986), Roodeport / South Africa (1983), Spital an der Drau / Austria (1986).

MUSIC: Inventioni

Dan Voiculescu

Dan Voiculescu (b. 20 July 1940 in Saschiz, d. 29 August 2009, in Bucharest) was a Romanian composer, doctor of musicology (1983), professor of counterpoint and compositionat the Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca(since 1963) and the National Music University of Bucharest (since 2000), and member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (since 1965).

His musicological studies fill a niche in the Romanian bibliography; they are significant contributions towards understanding the polyphony of 20th-century classical music. His compositions are performed frequently, both in Romania and abroad.

George Balint

George Balint (b. 1961) graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest (1986), at the Composition department of Prof. Stefan Niculescu, specializing in Orchestra Conducting with Iosif Conta,Constantin Bugeanu and Cristian Brâncuşi, when after a period of study with professor Cristian Brâncuşi, he obtains a M.A. degree (2001). Later on, he is granted the distinction “Doctor of Music” for the paper “Theoretical perspectives on the interpretative musical performance”. G. Balint is currently conductor at the National Operetta Theatre in Bucharest.
The music of George Balint has either traces of folkloric ethos – highlighted by means of rhythm, or by means of colors of a more abstract nature – sounding harmoniously. “I often suggest a world in which the main component is the nostalgia, in a way that, by avoiding contemplation, highlights the drama of the actual state of mind. There is always a minimum interval between the given time and the future of finalizing a journey of sounds, that, in my opinion, is nothing but a metaphor of Being. The poetic feature is the general aspect of my entire musical composition so far.”

MUSIC: 12 Blows

Sorin Lerescu

Sorin Lerescu was born in Craiova, Romania, on 14 November 1953. He studied composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Tiberiu Olah and Anatol Vieru. Postgraduate studies with Ton de Leeuw, Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman.
Since 2003 he has been President of the Romanian Section of ISCM. Artistic Director of the 14th and 19th INTERNATIONAL NEW MUSIC WEEK Festival Bucharest (with Doina Rotaru) and of the MERIDIAN, ISCM-Romanian Section International Festival: 2005-2012.
The Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists for chamber music (2003), The Romanian Academy’s 2003 “George Enescu” Award for Musical Creation, The Cultural Merit, Bucharest (2004).
His creation includes: 5 symphonies, 5 concertos, 2 cantatas, instrumental and vocal-instrumental music, opera URMUZICA. Works by Sorin Lerescu were published by: EDITURA MUZICALĂ in Bucharest, CARCIOFOLI Verlagshaus in Zürich and LUCIAN BADIAN EDITIONS in Ottawa, Canada.

Official website, HERE.

Blog, HERE.

SoundCloud account, here.

MUSIC: Soul Trio