SIMULTAN is an annual festival in Timisoara dedicated to media art and artistic experiment, creating a bond between different media. Initiated by a group of artists, the festival was born as an artistic project having the goal to create a cultural context of the ‘here and now’ on the local scene, encouraging new and innovative forms of artistic expression, as visual and sound language.
Annually, in the 3 days of events, take place video art screenings, audio-visual live performances, experimental music concerts, installations and lectures.
The festival features local artists and projects, as well as national and international artists and projects, with the support of the different cultural centers which activate in Romania. Thus, the event intends to establish new cultural and artistic bonds between the Romanian and the international art scene.

Official website, here.

Facebook page, here.





Rokolectiv covers electronic music and related arts. This succesful festival has taken place annualy, since 2003, on the terrace of the National Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC), located into the People’s House (the Parliament Palace) in Bucharest. In September 2012, the Rokolectiv team organized a condensed, 2 days festival of electronic music only, De.Kolectiv.

Official website, here.

Presentation video, here.

Facebook page, here.





ICon Arts Festival

Launched in 2003, ICon Arts has become one of the most complex independent European events in contemporary arts. Each year, Sibiu County (Romania) hosts around 150 young musicians, dancers, actors and photographers from all over the world, which are drawn here by the exceptional environment for experiencing inter-cultural exchanges, professional development and self-management programs, concerts, competitions and workshops held by renowned international artists.
Although mainly focused on music (composition, musicology, solo performance, chamber music, orchestra, jazz), ICon Arts sections are also oriented towards reaching a wider perspective. This is why each edition has introduced something new, from dance to drama, instrumental theatre, visual arts and photography.

Besides attending seminars and Festival’s events, all students are actively involved in concerts and happenings that later often lead to their own artistic projects that are enthusiastically supported and promoted by ICon Arts.

Since 2009 the ICon Arts team has worked with valuable regional representatives in Asia, Middle East and Europe, as they are all key-members of the international artistic community.

Official website, here.



Musical Autumn of Cluj

Since 1965, apart from its permanent season of concerts, the Transilvania State Philharmonic Orchestra organizes every year the Musical Autumn of Cluj Festival.

The festival presents symphonic concerts, vocal-symphonic concerts, chamber concerts, as well as old and contemporary music recitals. Some of these concerts cast a new light upon forgotten music works, some bring to the audience’s attention the latest new music creations.

It is the most important art music event in Transilvania and the oldest music festival in Romania.

Official website, here.

Facebook page, here.

Cluj Modern

Every two years, in the middle of Spring, the Cluj Modern Festival becomes, for one week, the center of attention in Romanian contemporary musical life. The Gheorghe Dima Music Academy is the principal organizer of the festival; its regular partners are the Transilvania State Philharmonic and the Sigismund Toduţă Foundation. Since its first edition in 1995 and until now, the artistic director of Cluj Modern is composer Cornel Ţăranu, an important member of Romanian cultural life and member of the Romanian Academy.

The festival is a very respected platform of the contemporary music events in the city. The program combines national and international creations, its guests being, since 2004 (the year the festival was founded), the most representative contemporary music personalities: among them, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecky or György Kurtág. The first live european broadcast of a concert in Cluj took place on March 29th 2009, on the occasion of the world premiere of Kurtág’s Colinda-Baladă.




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International New Music Week

The International New Music Week (Saptamana Internationala a Muzicii Noi – SIMN) is the most important Romanian artistic event dedicated to contemporary music. The festival was founded in 1991 by the great Romanian composer Stefan Niculescu and was meant to support a multicultural dialogue between composers and performers from all around the world. The International New Music Week has gradually become the best opportunity for the Romanian audience to hear the latest and best new music works, as well as the most interesting local and foreign performers.

During the 22 editions, many important new music figures have been invited to take part in the festival, such as Iannis Xenakis, Joji Yuasa, Claude Delangle, Mario Caroli, Jorgen Petterson and the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Excelsior Quartet, Tosiya Suzuki and many others. Some of them became regular guests: Pierre-Yves Artaud, Daniel Kientzy and Barrie Webb are the oldest and most precious friends of Romanian contemporary music.

Each year, a project for the festival is proposed at the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists and its selection determines the artistic director of that particular edition, usually a composer.













Meridian – SNR-SIMC Days is an international new music festival organized by the Romanian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). The festival’s first edition took place in 2005. Since then, a week is dedicated every December to a large palette of new music manifestations from Romania, as well as from all around the world.

The festival is organized in collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Culture, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company, the George Enescu National Museum and the National University of Music in Bucharest.

The ISCM Romanian Section is a branch of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, which is the main sponsor of the organization.

The current president of the ISCM Romanian Section and the artistic director of the Meridian Festival is composer Sorin Lerescu.

Facebook page, here.



InnerSound’s unique format was created by young, energetic and enthusiastic artists from Romania. The organizers wish to offer the people in Bucharest a fresh sonic and visual oasis at the end of torrid August.

InnerSound creates a new perspective on art music by enclosing it in different visual projects – from photography exhibition, silent short movies with live music, to multimedia shows. The participants in InnerSound, musicians, photographers, actors, visual and film artists, are internationally renowned artists and young, enthusiastic creators whose talents have already been acknowledged in Romania and abroad.

Team: Organizer: OPUS Association – president Catalin Cretu; Artistic director: Sabina Ulubeanu; PR: Mariana Mihai (2013), Adina Hotinceanu (2012); Administrative coordinator: Monica Isacescu (2012); Visual identity: Serban Jipa, Suzana Dan (2013), Mihai Cucu (2012).

Facebook page, here.








8th MERIDIAN International Festival

8th MERIDIAN International Festival – “Cardinal Points”

Bucharest, Romania – 4-8 December 2012

Organizer: ISCM-Romanian Section –


[WP – World Premiere; RP – Romanian Premiere]

Tuesday, December 4

 Aula Palatului Cantacuzino, 5:30 p.m.

 “… Soma – Sonate …” –  devotioModerna Ensemble


Tiberiu Olah (Romania) – Clarinet Sonata

Ivana Stefanovic (Serbia) – Poet on the boat (for 2 pianos)

Carmen Cârneci (Romania) – Soma (for flute and percussion)

Nicolae Brânduş (Romania) – Sonata for 2 pianos

Fred Popovici (Romania) – Inconsequences (for 4 instruments and electronic medium)

Performers: Ana Chifu (flute), Cristian Mancaş (clarinet), Dan Cavassi (cello), Olga Podobinschi, Mihai Măniceanu (piano), Alexandru Sturzu (percussions)

Artistic director: Carmen Cârneci

Partners: The “George Enescu” National Museum, The National University of Music in Bucharest


 The National University of Music in Bucharest, The Opera and Multimedia Studio, 7 p.m.

 SonoMania Ensemble


Cristian Lolea (Romania) – Étude pour piano

Mihai Murariu (Romania) – Three songs on poems by Lucian Blaga (for soprano and piano)

Sabina Ulubeanu (Romania) – Lyric Cadenza (for solo violin and video projections, with photos by Sabina Ulubeanu)

Dan Dediu (Romania) – Apple Worms II (for clarinet and viola)

Luciano Berio (Italy) – O King (for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano)

George Crumb (US) – Mundus canis/A Dog’s World (for guitar and percussions)

Sebastian Androne (Romania) – The Cricket (for flute, clarinet, violin and cello)

Mihai Măniceanu (Romania) – Or (for soprano and ensemble) –lyrics by Petru Solonaru

Conductor: Lucian Beschiu

Artistic director: Diana Rotaru

Guests: Mihai Măniceanu – piano; Mihai Cucu – video projections

Performers: Veronica Anuşca (soprano); Ana Chifu (flute); Mihai Pintenaru (clarinet); Maria Chifu (bassoon); Raluca Stratulat (violin); Tamara Dica (viola); Eugen-Bogdan Popa (cello); Mihai Murariu (piano); Sorin Rotaru (percussions)


Wednesday, December 5

 The Cantacuzino Palace, 5 p.m

“The Fascinating Clarinet (II)” - Emil Vişenescu and the CLARINO ensemble


Doina Rotaru (Romania) – Metabole III (for 5 clarinets) – WP

Vladimir Scolnic (Israel) – Incertitudes (bass clarinet)

Livia Teodorescu Ciocănea (Romania) – Clariviola (for clarinet and viola)

Diana Rotaru (Romania) – Meander (clarinet in B)

Mihaela Vosganian (Romania) – Warning (saxophone and voice)

Maia Ciobanu (Romania) – Veni-va ! (for clarinet in B and tape)

Laurenţiu Beldean (Romania) – Tempo. Tempo? (for clarinet ensemble) – WP

Emil Vişenescu (solo clarinet and alto saxophone)

CLARINO members: Alexandru Avramovici (piccolo clarinet in Es), Emil Vişenescu, Radu Greluş, Ştefan Voinic ( B), Ciprian Melente, Robert Preduţ (alto clarinet in Es), Constantin Urziceanu (bass clarinet in B), Mihai Rebac (contrabass clarinet in B)

Conductor: Emil Vişenescu

Guest: Oana Spânu Vişenescu (viola)

The concert is included in the MIDAS post-doctoral research program 2012-2013


 The National University of Music in Bucharest, The Opera and Multimedia Studio

6:30 p.m.(Lobby)

CD release: “TRAIECT plays SORIN LERESCU”, Editura Muzicală, 2012

Guest: Despina Petecel (musicologist)


7:30 p.m.

TRAIECT Ensemble – 30thAnniversary Concert


Harry Crowl (Brasil) – In Exilium Maneo (for ensemble) – WP

Laura Ana Mânzat (Romania) – New Memories (for ensemble) – WP

George Balint (Romania) – Fluctuations on a Horizon Line (for solo bassoon and ensemble) – WP

Elena Apostol (Romania) – Crickets (for ensemble) – WP

Veronica Anghelescu (Romania) – The Road Not Taken (for ensemble) – RP

Sorin Lerescu (Romania) – Suono Tempo II (for ensemble) – RP

Conductor: Sorin Lerescu

Performers: Geanina Săveanu-Meragiu (violin), Georgeta Radu (percussions), Viorica Nagy (cello), Alexandru Hanganu (flute), Răzvan Gachi (clarinet), Andrei Podlacha (piano), Tiberiu Cenuşer (trombone)

Soloist: Maria Chifu (bassoon)

Partner: The National University of Music in Bucharest


Thursday, December 6

 The Cantacuzino Palace, 6 p.m.

“Arctic Drones” –  Ladislau Csendes and guests


Esa-Pella Salonen (Finland) – Lachen Verlernt (for violin) – RP

Arne Nordheim (Norway) – Partita für Paul (for violin and electronic delay) – RP

Haplidi Hallgrimsson (Iceland) – Offerto (for violin) – RP

Kaija Saariaho (Finland) – Tocar (for violin and piano) – RP

Cristian Marina (Sweden) – Sospeso (for violin) – WP

Adrian Borza (Romania) – Drones (for violin, smartphone, nanoKontrol, iFPH and computer) – WP

Performers: Ladislau Csendes (violin), Dolores Chelariu (piano), Adrian Borza (smartphone, nanoKontrol, iPFH, computer),

The concert is included in the MIDAS post-doctoral research program 2012-2013


 The National University of Music in Bucharest, The Opera and Multimedia Studio, 7:30 p.m.



Ştefan Niculescu (Romania) – Synchrony 1

Michael Denhoff (Germany) – Strophen op.107 (nr.1, Geträumtes – für Martella)

Dana Probst (Austria) – Hanging Vaults

Michael Denhoff – Strophen op.107 (nr.11B, Geläut für Günter Bialas)

Ulpiu Vlad (Romania) – The Legend of Dreams

Michael Denhoff – Strophen op.107 (nr.43 A-a, Trostgesang für Heidemarie Merkl-Baroski)

Paco Toledo (Spain) – Karfreitag

Michael Denhoff – Strophen op.107 (nr.49A – Saltarello)

Dan Dediu (Romania) – Apple Worms VI

Conductor: Liviu Dănceanu

Performers: Anca Vartolomei (cello), Rodica Dănceanu (piano), Dorin Gliga (oboe), Ion Nedelciu (clarinet), Şerban Novac (bassoon), Sorin Rotaru (percussions), Marius Lăcraru (violin)

Partner: The National University of Music in Bucharest


Friday, December 7

 The Cantacuzino Palace

 6 p.m.

Voice and piano recital – Bianca and Remus Manoleanu


Adrian Iorgulescu (Romania) – The Songs of the Rhymer

Valentin Timaru (Romania) – Musica per Ungaretti (Lontano; Stasera; Mattina)

Nicolae Coman (Romania) – Four Songs on French Poets  (Sensation – on Arthur Rimbaud; Le ciel est par dessus le toit – on Paul Verlaine) – WP

Laura Manolache (Romania) – Sounding Crumbs (Story; The Suspicion; At the Other End, on poems by Ana Blandiana) – WP

Darie Nemeş Bota (Romania) – Fire Trails (Unleashing; The Rturn, on poems by Ilie Comaniţa)

Andrei Tănăsescu (Romania) – Let’s Swear (on a poem by Ilie Comăniţa)

Alexander Muno (Germany) – Nachts am Schreibepult (on a poem by Eduard Mörike)

Wolfgang Rihm (Germany) – Geistliche Dammerung (on a poem by Georg Trakl)

Luigi Dallapiccola (Italy) – Quattro liriche di Antonio Machado

Bronius Kutavcius (Lithuania)- Die Stille Stadt (on a poem by Richard Dechmel; in memoriam Karol Szymanowski)

Luciano Berio (Italy) – Canzoni populari (La Donna Ideale; Ballo)


7:30 p.m.

The Mercury Quartet (The United Kingdom)


Oliver Knussen (UK)– A Purcell Garland

Dobromila Jaskot (Poland) – Inspired By Debussy

Iannis Xenakis (Greece) – Charisma (for clarinet and cello)

Christian Mason (UK) – Incandescence (for solo cello)

Vlad Maistorovici (UK/Romania) – Cadence En Espace (for viola and piano)

Evis Sammoutis (UK/Cyprus) – Metioron

Performers: Harry Cameron-Penny (clarinets); Vlad Maistorovici (violin, viola); Corentin Chassard (cello); Antoine Françoise (piano)

Concert organized with the help of the British Council.


Saturday, December 8

 The National University of Music in Bucharest

The Lobby of the Opera and Multimedia Studio, 11 a.m.

Vernissage of the Photo Exhibition by Cristian Oroşanu

Guest: Grigore Constantinescu (muzicologist)

The exhibition is open during the whole festival.


The “George Enescu” Hall, 12 a.m.

GAME percussion ensemble


Terry Riley (US) – In C

Anatol Vieru (Romania) – Mosaiques

Joji Yuasa (Japan) – Interpenetrations No 2

Siegfried Fink (Germany) – Até Logo

Conductor: Alexandru Matei

Performers: Sorin Rotaru, Alexandru Dan, Alexandru Uţă

Partner: The National University of Music in Bucharest



6 p.m.

PROFIL Ensemble


Liviu Dănceanu (Romania) – Andamento

Doron Kaufmann (Israel) – After the Fire

Ana Bondue (Romania/France) – Garganta del Diablo

Thomas Simaku (Albany/UK) – Reflexions de la Croix – RP

Octavian Nemescu (Romania) – AM UAT

Philip Cashian (UK) – The Devil’s Box

Dan Buciu (Romania) – Cristiane – WP

Artistic Director: Dan Dediu

Conductor: Tiberiu Soare

Performers: Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu (flute); Emil Vişenescu (clarinet); Cosmin Sperneac (oboe); Laurenţiu Darie (bassoon), Sorin Lupaşcu (horn), Mihai Toth (trumpet); Diana Moş (violin); Marian Movileanu (viola); Eugen Bogdan Popa (cello), Dinu Petrache (bass): Adriana Maier (piano);  Sorin Rotaru (percussions)

Guest: Veronica Anuşca (soprano)

Partner: The National University of Music in Bucharest


The Opera and Multimedia Studio, 8 p.m.

It’s all about me or The Day from Midnight

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer (Albert Camus) E

Electro Summer Carols on the Beach – concert-show by Irinel Anghel

Performers: Irinel Anghel, Adrian Borza, Paul Dunca, Raluca Stratulat, Ştefan Firca, Adriana Duia

Video projections: Mihai Cucu

piano-dancing and drinking sounds are the favourite actions on the beach of my invincible summer / Is midnight the end of a day or the beginning of a day?

The concert is included in the MIDAS post-doctoral research program 2012-2013


Timişoara – parralel event on December 8

 The “Capitol” Hall of the “Banatul” Philharmonic, 7 p.m.

 The Romanian School of Composition (II)

The “Banatul” Philharmonic Orchestra Filarmonica

Conductor: Radu Popa


Remus Georgescu (Romania – Timişoara) – Concert for string orchestra

Vasile Spătărelu (Romania – Iaşi) – Suita brevis

Cornel Ţăranu (Romania – Cluj-Napoca) – Heterosymphony

Adrian Iorgulescu (Romania – Bucharest) – Night Rondo

Partner: The Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (UCMR) and the “Banatul” Philharmonic in Timişoara


deCAMERon 2012

The 2nd edition of the International Chamber Music Festival deCAMERon will take place during November 5-14  in Cluj.