Ecaterina Banciu

Lecturer professor Ph. Dr. Ecaterina Banciu has been a faculty member of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj since 2002, actively involved in musicological research and teaching and herself an alumna of the Academy. She has published various articles, studies and two books (Aesthetic Archetypes of the Ethos-Affectionate Relationship in the History of Music – Editura MediaMusica, Cluj-Napoca, 2006; Musicological Itineraries: Mozart, Puccini, Toduţă, Terényi – Editura MediaMusica, Cluj-Napoca, 2009) and History of Music (Module of study for University Studies by Distance Learning) – Ed. MediaMusica, Cluj-Napoca, 2009). 

Her research interests cover topics such as hermeneutics. As an example we have the following study - Hermeneutic Aspects of Cornel Ţăranu’s Chamber Work ‘Oreste & Oedipus’ (2007). Shw wrote articles on Mozart’s works: Shakespeare’s Spirit in Mozart’s Works (2004); The Minuet in Mozart’s Chamber Works (2005), The Clarinet in Mozart’s Works (2006), The obsession of a theme:. „La ci darem la mano” by Mozart (2010); Romantic music: Stylistic perspectives of the Valse: chamber, symphonic and coreographic (2009), Behind Manfred – Byron, Schumann and Tchaikovsky (2010); postromantic music: Ist dies etwa derTod? – Vier letzte Lieder by Richard Strauss (2011); veristic opera: The enigma of Puccini -Turandot; Romanian contemporary music: Ovid’s effigy in Sigismund Toduţă’s Third Symphony (2004); Toduţă antiques (2007); Ede Terényi and the four Seasons (2005), Ede Terényi: Tribute for Mozart (2008), Sigismund Toduţă’s Choir Works – Cluj premiere (2008); musical archetypes: From “Viersuri de dor” to “Ciaccona”. Vasile Herman, co-author: Gabriel Banciu (2009), Enesco’s echos: „Rimembranza” for orchestra by Cornel Ţăranu, co-author Gabriel Banciu, Syntactic-semantic aspects in “Ethos 1″ and “Solstice” by Adrian Pop (2012);Intended repertoire: “Star of the day” by Tudor Jarda a choreographic poem with chorus and narrator (2012), Through the Maze of Word Processing (2013) and The history of a forgotten Passacaglia: end of the 3rd Symphony, „Ovidiu” by Sigismund Toduţă (2013).

Constantin Rîpă

Composer and musicologist Constantin Rîpă was born in Smulţi, Galaţi, Romania, in 1938. He graduated the „Gheorghe Dima” Music Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca, where he studied with Tudor Jarda, Dorin Pop, Sigismund Toduţă. He has been conducting the Antifonia choir from 1969. 

In 1982 he graduated his PhD studies in Stylistics Musicology at the the „Gheorghe Dima” Music Conservatory, having Sigismund Toduta as a mentor. Presently he is a Professor at the same academy, teaching Music Theory, Solfege, Music Dictation, while also being a PhD thesis coordinator. He also is a member of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists.

His work consists in choir, chamber, symphonic and vocal symphonic music . He has published 12 studies of musicology at the “Gh. Dima” Conservatory; 3 of his Music Theory studies are translated and published in several countries.

Irina Boga

Irina Boga is a graduate of two sections within the Universityof Music:  Musicology – FCMPM (2002) and Harpsichord – FIM (2004).  Between October 2002 and July 2003 she benefited from a mobility Grant destined to Socrate/ ERASMUS students at Hogeschool Antwerpen – at the Drama, Music and Dance department (Belgium). In 2010 – was awarded the PHD title after presenting a thesis named Aesthetic Principles in the English Baroque and their Interpretational Applications. She  is presently lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest and has just finished the research within the MIDAS programme initiated by the PHD Musical Institute. The thesis developed within this project is called HÄNDEL, a Citizen of the European Community – avant la lettre.

Irina Boga’s musicological activity is combined with the pedagogical one: musicology and history of music courses, musical aesthetics and musicology seminars and harpsichord. She collaborates with different cultural magazines from Bucharest:  Revista Muzica (Music Magazine), Actualitatea Muzicală (Musical Updates), Revista Opera (Opera Magazine), Revista Melos (Melos Magazine), Revista 21 (21 Magazine), Akademos, Magazin Istoric (Historic Magazine). She presently is editor in chief of the Accord Magazine published by the Bucharest National University of Music. She signed radio and TV productions for Radio Romania Music, amongst which: Histories on a scale or Musicians’ Childhood. Irina Boga regularly takes part at scientific sessions at the Bucharest National University of Music, but also at international seminars, and for the last two years has been organizing The Musicologic Symposium at the BNUM. She also has an impressive activity as a harpsichordist in individual recitals or in chamber music concerts, switching easily from the baroque repertoire to the contemporary one.

Studies: Akademos, magazine published by the BNUM : «Baroque, a fantomatic world of brilliance » – no. 4/2009, “The English Paradox, as a British Land-mark” no. 4/2009, “Haendel – French Arias”, no. 4/2009, “Interpretation Elements in the Baroque Suite”, no 4/2010, “Baroque Elements in George Enescu’s Compositions”, no. 4/2010.

Articles : George Enescu – Festival Journal, September 2007 : « Why play music ? », “Pleasant surprises in the Festival’s Square”, “Cultural defrost”, “For and Against”, “Between the Romanian Athenaeum and the Palace Hall” (I, II), “The Festival Square – final echoes”; Melos Magazine  « The Instrument of the Angels » – april 2008, « Haydn in English », “Maria Joao Pires or about finesse” - September 2009; Acord Journal: “Unobservantly becoming observant” – February 2009, “Years of a Student” – April 2009, “The Key Festival”, “Journey Diaries” – June 2009, “Akademos and the Musical Pedagogy” – December 2010, “Interview with Maestro Christian Badea” – February 2010, “Akademos Magazine no. 4”, “Reflections on a Keyboard” – March 2011, “Maestro Horia Andreescu – ideas about an Orchestra Internship” – June 2011; Historic Magazine: « Famous Love Relationships – Clara and Robert Schumann » – October 2010

The book – programme for the XXth Edition of the « George Enescu » International Festival, along with Alice Tacu.

Books: Irina Boga, Grigore Constantinescu – A journey through Music History:Didactic and Pedagogic Publishing House – 2008; Sherban Lupu - The Art of the Fiddlers, a source for the Modern Violin Technique  – the English edition, Casa Radio Publishing House 2010; Irina Boga – The English Baroque – Behaviour and Temper, The Musical Publishing House, 2011; Sherban Lupu – Irina Boga – Unknown Enescu – interview book, also translated in English, the Casa Radio Publishing House, 2011.

Symposiums, scientific sessions: 13th of April 2006 – participation at the « Mozart in our days » musicology symposium with a work named “Mozart… after Mozart” (published in a volume entitled “W. A. Mozart – contemporary perspectives”, Bucharest National University of Music); 28 – 29th of September 2007 – participation at the “Romanticism as an Attitude” International Symposium held at the Strasbourg Conservatoire with a work called “Romanian Musical Romanticism”; 18th of January 2007, participation at the 9th edition of the Ancient Music Artistic and Scientific Session within the BNUM – “English Baroque – Epoch, Personalities, creation” with a work called “The English Paradox”; 5th of December 2008 – organization of the « Grigore Constantinescu – Seven Musical Decades” Musicology Symposium and Contest at the BNUM; 5th of April 2011 – organization of the Musicology Symposium « Artists’ Anniversaries » and participation with a work called “Gustav and Alma or music and love”; 9th of September 2011, participation at the “George Enescu” International Musicology Symposium in Bucharest, with a work called “Oedip or Destiny’s Problems – between myth and illusion”; 15th of May 2012 – organization of a Musicology Symposium by the title of « Composers at anniversary moments » at the BNUM.

Irina Niţu

Irina Niţu was born in 1982, Iaşi, Romania. She teaches piano classes and music theory at Mozartinno School in Bucharest. Before arriving here, she was collaborating editor at SRR, the National Broadcasting Radio in Bucharest (2005-2010) and a piano teacher at Dinu Lipatti National College of Music, Bucharest (2006-2010).

Her activity and interest in contemporary music is shown in several studies and analyzes published in Muzica Magazine, Actualitatea Muzicală,, No14PlusMinus, Contemporania. Her Batchelor degree in Musicology (2005), Master (2006) and Ph.D (2011) received from National University of Music, Bucharest are all based on contemporary musical aspects. In 2003 she obtained a Socrate-Erasmus scholarship at Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Comunicação e Arte, Aveiro, Portugal; she was awarded with First Prize at Musicological contest George Breazul, Bucharest, 2005 and collaborated with Parisian publishing house Nova Musica. She was a jury member in regional piano contests (Reşiţa, 2008), and she has an intense activity as a concert presenter (Bucharest, Timisoara, Resita, Busteni). 

Vasile Iliuţ

Vasile Iliuţ (1933-2004) was born on the 12th of October, in the village of Rasinari, close to the town of Sibiu. He graduated music pedagogy (1964) and composition (1967) at the National University of Music in Bucharest (at that time, the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory). During his years of study, he won many important prizes. He participated in the 4th European Seminar if Early Music in Bruges, where he studied with Saford Cape. He also studied with Erich Schenck, professor at the Musikwissenschaftliches Institut der Universitat Wien. He taught Music Literature and Music History at the University of Music in Bucharest from 1964-2004. He was Secretary of the Musicology Department and, since1996, Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Music Pedagogy. During the years 1977-2004 he led and guided more than 300 papers (diploma level in university education) and over 40 doctoral works in higher education. Vasile Iliut defended his PhD dissertation in 1992, under the title of Composition and folk music in the XX century (advisor, Octavian Lazar-Cosma). He published many papers, courses, musicological studies and held many conferences.

Books: Universal Music History (XIX-XX) (collaboration with Prof. Ovidiu Varga and lecturer Ioanna Stefanescu),”Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1960-1972;  From Wagner to Contemporary, 5 volumes: Tome I: German and Austrian music in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1984; Tome II: National Music Cultures in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century:”Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1986; Tome III: Current Trends and Non-Romantics of the End of the Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth Century: Editura Muzicala, Bucharest, 1997 (awarded with the Prize of the Romanian Composers’ Union, 1997); Tome IV: National Musical Cultures in Twentieth Century Music: Editura Muzicala,  Bucharest, 1998; Tome V: Heterogeneous Cultures in Twentieth Century Music: Editura Muzicala, Bucharest , 2001; A Book of Musical Styles, 2 volumes: Tome I: From Antiquity to Classical Music Style: Academy Publishing, 1997 (awarded the prize of the Romanian Union of Composers on Musicologists, 1997); Tome II: From Romantic Music Styles to Modern and Contemporary Styles. [Manuscript, editing in progress].

Studies: “Reflections on Contemporary Romanian Music, Viewed through the Prism of Tradition and Innovation”, Cercetari de muzicologie, no. 3/1971. 3/1971; “Contemporary Axiology in Romanian Music”, Forum, no. 8/1976; “The Dynamics of Professional Music in Romania”, Forum, no. 5/1978; “Arnold Schoenberg – Painter”, Studii de muzicologie, no.XVI/1981; “Romanian Views on the Age of Music”, SPMD Artistc Bulletin, no. 1-2/1985; “Victor Giuleanu at 80”, Muzica, no 4/1994.

Website, HERE.


Speranţa Rădulescu

Speranta Radulescu is senior researcher in ethnomusicology, at the Peasant Museum and at the National University of Music in Bucharest. She was born in Buzau, 1949 and she graduated in musical composition (1967-1973) with a doctor’s degree in musicology (1984). She worked first with the Ethnography and Folklore Institute and later with the Peasant Museum in Bucharest. Her very wide research field involves the classification and typology of Romanian peasant music, folk harmonization, the music of the Roma from Romania, new musics (pan-Balkan fusion, world music), the musical reflection of the Romanian social-political structure and ideology, media musics and minorities’ musics (Hungarian, Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma, Aromanian). She edited traditional music records and series of records (in Romania, Switzerland, France, USA, Germany), published five books (one of which, À tue tête. Chant et violon dans le pays de l’Oach, RoumanieOut Loud. Songs and Violins in the Land of Oas, Romania, with French researchers Bernard Lortat-Jacob and Jacques Bouët, was released in Paris, and afterwords published in Romania), and a  small book dedicated to the musicians of the Gypsy band Le taraf des Haidouks (Eng. Outlaws) – Hopa tropa Europa. She organized traditional music concerts in Romania and abroad. Since 2005, she is Associate Professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Speranta Radulescu is member of the Romanian Composers’ Union (member of the Musicology Dept. since 1979), the French Ethnomusicology Society and ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music). Among her many awards, she received the Romanian Academy Award (1987), the Romanian Interpreters’ Union Award (1994), the Excellence Price of the review „Formula As” (2002) and the “Cultural Merit” medal, Ist class (2004). She was nominated for the “Preis der Deutschen Shallplattenkritik”, for the CD    “Gypsy Music from  Central Transylvania” (Ethnophonie 007) and for the CD “festive Musics of the Jews from the Botosani Region” (Ethnophonie 012). In 2005 she was awarded the Price “Coup de coeur” of the Charles Cros Academy (France) for the first ten records of the collection “Ethnophonie” and, in 2006, the “Preis des Deutschen Shallplatten Kritik” for the CD “The Aromanians of Andon Poçi: Songs and Stories / Albania” (Ethnophonie 012)

Extensive works: Taraful şi acompaniamentul în muzica de joc / The Folk Band and the harmonic accompaniment in the dance music, Bucureşti , Ed.Muzicală, 1984; Cîntecul liric. Tipologie muzicală / The Lyrical Song. Musical Typology, Bucureşti, Ed. Muzicală, 1990;  Peisaje muzicale in Romania secolului XX /Musical Landscapes in 20th Century Romania, Bucureşti, Ed. Muzicală, 2002; À tue tete. Chant et violon au Pays d’Oach, Roumanie, Nanterre, Société d’ethnologie, 2002 (in cooperation with Bernard Lortat-Jacob and Jacques Bouët) (translated and published also in Romania, Din răsputeri. Glasuri şi cetere din Ţara Oaşului, Institutul cultural român, 2006); Taifasuri despre muzica tiganeasca/Chats about Gypsy Music, Bucuresti, Ed. Paideia, 2004; Ethnophonie series of records (22 CDs with booklets, 23 cassettes), 1992-2012, Bucureşti, Muzeul Ţăranului.

She produced 16 CDs with Romanian traditional music, published in different countries (France, USA, Switzerland, Germany). She has written more than one hundred articles published in Romania and abroad (France, Bulgaria, Check Republik, Croatia, Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA) and she was involved in more than one  hundred radio broadcasts for the Romanian Broadcast Society.

Olguţa Lupu

Olguţa Lupu studied piano, then graduated in composition in 1993, at the class of Tiberiu Olah. Doctor in Musicology, she is a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists. Presently, she teaches music theory and orchestral score reading at the National Music University of Bucharest, where she is also director of the Department “Musicology and Sciences of Music Education”. She presented papers in different national and international conferences and symposia, realized radio broadcasts and published several studies, mostly focused on Romanian contemporary composers or Music Education. Coordinator of the cultural program Tiberiu Olah şi multiplele faţete ale postmodernismului (“Tiberiu Olah and the multiple faces of Postmodernism”, 2008), including a symposium with international participation. Author of three books: Music in the First Part of the 20th Century – Rhythmic-temporal Hypostases (Ed. UNMB, 2005), Music in the Middle of 20th Century – A Rhythmic-temporal Perspective (Ed. UNMB, 2005); Reading in Clefs – a Problem? (Ed. UNMB, 2007). Co-author and editor of the volumes Tiberiu Olah – Restitutions and Tiberiu Olah and the multiple facets of postmodernism (2008); she realized a website dedicated to T. Olah. Some of her musical works are recorded and performed in different concerts in Romania and abroad.

Maria Balabaş

Maria Balabaş is a Romanian artist and journalist. She studied musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest and obtained her Master degree writing about the role music played in the social evolution of the Radio. She is the moderator of 2 broadcasting programs at the National Cultural Radio – Crossover Morning and The Sonorous Generation - and she is member of the EBU Ars Acustica Group and of Propuls Association, that promotes contemporary music. She collaborates with different printed and online magazines such as Dilema Veche, Tataia,,

Maria is a founding member of the artistic collective Avant’n'Gard, dedicated to improvised music. The group released three albums: Landscape Painted in Tea (bootleg album, 2010), Tinfoil Sun and Untempered Carols (2012) and was invited to participate in festivals such as the International Week of New Music (Bucharest, 2010-2012), Jazz And More (Sibiu, 2011), Bookfest (2012), Astra Film Festival (2012), FanFest (2012), Street Delivery (2010-2011) etc.

As a solo artist, she had a residence in the Sound Delta project (2007), collaborated with ResonanceFM RAdio (London) and participated with a piece on the compilation Framework250. In 2012 she created the graphic score in the project Soundforrest (Viviana Iacob & Dslx, MNAC Anexa, 2012), was invited to participate in Explore Dance Festival with the graphic and sound installation Pasarea care-si musca auzul (“The Bird that Bites its Hearing”) and worked for another sound installation and performance (La Madeleine Sonore) with the French Institute in Bucharest. She also organizes the Sounds That Walk project.


Laura Manolache

Laura Manolache (b. 1959, Bucharest) graduated the National Music University of Bucharest, the department of Musicology (1982) and Composition (2002). She was awarded a music doctorate for her dissertation with the title Twilight of the tonal era. At present she is teaching at the N.M.U.B. Since 1984 she has been member of the Romanian Composers’ Association and since 1991 she has also been a member of the Romanian branch of the International Society for Contemporary Music.
She has been awarded several important prizes for compositions, including the second prize in the N.M.U.B. Competition for chamber music (String Quartet – 1998) and The Grand Prix of the International Composition Competition “Aperto” (the Trio “Looks” for violin, clarinet and piano –1999).
Her oeuvre contains different instrumental – chamber opuses and also three recent symphonic works. Most of these have been recorded by the Romanian Society of Broadcasting, performed in concerts and festivals in Romania and numerous other European countries, as well as in the USA and Japan, printed by Editura Muzicală – Bucharest (Hommage – 1999, Trio”Looks” – 2000) and Müller & Schade Verlag – Berna (Ikone 2003).

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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.)