The “Oltenia” State Philharmonic Orchestra

The “Oltenia” State Philharmonic Orchestra is an orchestra in Craiova, Romania. It has been founded in 1904 and established in 1947 by a royal decree. The present activity is carried out by the Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, the Academic Choir and several chamber assemblies.

Official website, here.

The “Banatul” State Philharmonic Orchestra

The “Banatul” State Philharmonic Orchestra is a musical institution in Timişoara, Romania. It comprises a symphony orchestra, professional chorus, and various chamber groups.

The Philharmonic Society (German: Philharmonische Verein) was founded in 1871 in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (now Timişoara). Conductors included Heinrich Weidt, Martin Novácek, and Bruno Walter (1898-1899). Performers in Timişoara during this period included, as pianists Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms; baritone Gheorghe Dima; cellist David Popper; and the violinists Leopold Auer, George Enescu, Joseph Joachim, Jan Kubelík, František Ondříček, Pablo de Sarasate, and Henryk Wieniawski.

In 1947 the orchestra was renamed the Banatul State Philharmonic, and eventually simply the Banatul Philharmonic.

Conductors of the Banatul Philharmonic have included George Pavel, Mircea Popa, Nicolae Boboc, Alexandru Şhumsky, Remus Georgescu, Paul Popescu, and Petru Oschanitzky. Gheorghe Costin and Radu Popu are the current permanent conductors. Guest conductors have included Kurt Herbert Adler, Roberto Benzi, Anatole Fistoulari,Kiril Kondrashin, Stanisław Wisłocki, and Adone Zecchi. Jean-François Antonioli was Principal Guest Conductor from 1993 to 2002.

Guest soloists with the orchestra have included pianists Dimitri Bashkirov, Julius Katchen, and Rudolf Kerer; violinists Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov, and Josef Suk; and cellists Miloš Sádlo and Daniil Shafran.

Other performers in Timişoara have included pianists Annie Fischer, Artur Rubinstein, and Carlo Zecchi; violinists Bronisław Huberman, Fritz Kreisler, Jacques Thibaud, and Eugène Ysaÿe; and cellists Pablo Casals and Gregor Piatigorsky.[1] More recently vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu has played there.

The orchestra has visited many European countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the formerYugoslavia.

The “Moldova” Philharmonic Orchestra

The “Moldova” Philharmonic Orchestra in Iaşi is an orchestra well known in Romania and around the world. The name “Moldova” in the title refers to the historical region of Moldavia.

During the 18 and 19th century, Iaşi, as the main city and capital of the former Principality of Moldavia, had been closely connected to European musical life, and great European musicians used to play in the city. In 1860, the Conservatory of music and dramatic art was founded. After an unsuccessful attempt in 1868, the Philharmonic Society was finally founded in Iaşi, in 1918.

Moldova State Philharmonic, as an institution with permanent artistic activity, held its inaugural concert on October 9, 1942, conducted by George Enescu.

The “Transylvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra

The Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1955, under the initial name of Cluj StatePhilharmonic Orchestra. The city of Cluj-Napoca, capital of the important Romanian province of Transylvania, has a considerable cultural tradition: its University dates from 1723, and music has been printed here as early as the 16th century. It is therefore no wonder that, in less than ten years after its foundation, the young orchestra has become one of the top symphonic ensembles in Romania.

This achievement owes a lot to the orchestra’s first conductor and artistic director, Maestro Antonin CiolanA disciple of Arthur Nikisch and Hans von Bülow, Ciolan began his career in Dresden, then returned to his country and worked in Iasi and Cluj. It was a great chance for the newly founded orchestra to benefit, in the first decade of its existence, of all the experience and knowledge, artistic capacity, enthusiasm and devotion of this great conductor.

Maestro’s Ciolan work has been continued by two of his most accomplished disciples, the distinguished conductors Emil Simon - permanent conductor of the orchestra from 1960 till 2000, now retired – and Erich Bergel - conductor of the Cluj Philharmonic from 1966 to 1972, and Honorary Artistic Director from 1994 to his death in May 1998. They both brought their own contribution to the growth and refinement of the orchestra and the expanding of its repertoire towards late Romantic and Twentieth Century music. Another significant name connected with the ensemble is that of Cristian Mandealregular conductor between 1980 and 1987, – a period which was beneficial for both the orchestra and this highly gifted musician. Currently, our principal conductor is Maestro Nicolae Moldoveanu.

The collaboration with many famous guest artists helped to enhance the quality of the orchestra and enrich its artistic representation. Among them – the conductors Sir John Pritchard, Anatole Fistoulari, George Georgescu, Kiril Kondrashin, André Jolivet, Carlo Zecchi, Adrian Sunshine, Witold Lutoslawsky, Michi Inoue, Horia Andreescu, Maurice Handford, Stanislaw Wyslocky, János Ferencsik, Leopold Hager, Kurt Masur, Valeri Gergiev, Alexandr Dmitriev – the soloists Monique Haas, Sviatoslav Richter, Ruggiero Ricci, Valentin Gheorghiu, Friedrich Gulda, Annie Fischer, Aldo Ciccolini, Dmitri Bashkirov, Dan Grigore, Lazar Berman, Radu Lupu, Jean Pierre Rampal, Silvia Marcovici, Mihaela Martin, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Patrik Gallois, José Carreras, Angela Gheorghiu, Philippe Entremont, Roberto Alagna, Raphael Wallfish and others.

The Transylvania State Philharmonic successfully toured almost all the European countries. During the fall of 2000, the Cluj Orchestra, under the baton of the British conductor Paul Mann achieved a European tour together with The Deep Purple, on the occasion of releasing, after 30 years, the Concert for Rock Group and Orchestra by John Lord. The concerts took place in big cities of Europe, such as: Antwerpen, Kongresszentrum Hamburg, Trondjheim, Göteborg, Globe Arena Stockholm, International Congress Center Berlin, Praga, Luxembourg, Palais des Congrès Strasbourg, Festhalle Frankfurt, Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Zürich, Madrid, Filaforum Milano, Palais des Congrès Paris, Stadthalle Wien, Westfallenhalle Dortmund, Rotterdam, Olympiahalle München, Katowice.

Though it is mainly focused on the symphonic and vocal-symphonic music, the Transylvania Philharmonic pays a special attention to the opera repertoire too. Remarkable in this sense is George Enescu’s opera Oedip, presented on the occasion of the composer’s centennial celebration (1981) at the Luzerne Festival. The Orchestra is periodically invited to collaborate at opera productions, organized within the famous “Red de Teatros”, Spain: Desvan Verdi, 2001, (26 concerts throughout Spain) and La Rebelion des los criados, 2002 (22 concerts throughout Spain).

Such collaborations also took place in Palacio de los Festivales – Santander, both with season concerts and within the Santander Festival, the last production being GVerdi – Simone Boccanegra (August 2003, where both our Orchestra and Choir performed, under the baton of Antonello Allemandi, under the direction of Petrika Ionescu – within the cast stars like Roberto Scandiuzzi, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Roberto Frontali performed.

The Orchestra participated in several important international festivals in Bucharest, Torino, Warsaw, Istanbul, Santander, Strasbourg, Bratislava, Berlin and Interlaken. Starting with 1965, the Cluj Philharmonic annually organizes its own international festival, Cluj Musical Autumn Festival (Toamna Muzicală Clujeană), one of the most significant musical events in Romania, and starting with 2000, its own American Music Festival, reaching its 6th edition, unique in Romania and very well received by the Cluj audience. Since 1999, the “Transylvania” Philharmonic is co-organizer of the annual Mozart Festival, in collaboration with the Romanian Mozart Society.

With its over 120 records, The Transylvania Philharmonic presents perhaps the largest discography among Romanian orchestras, featuring some of the finest artists of the country – the conductors Antonin Ciolan, Emil Simon, Erich Bergel, Cristian Mandeal and Mircea Cristescu, the pianists Valentin Gheorghiu and Dan Grigore, the violinists Stefan Ruha and Mihaela Martin. It is reflecting the entire range of the orchestra’s wide repertory, from the Baroque to contemporary music, including impressive series such as the complete Brahms symphonies (in two versions: the first one with A. Ciolan, E. Simon and M. Cristescu, the second and more recent one with E. Bergel), a Debussy-Ravel record, a Wagner Overtures record (with E. Simon), Vivaldi The Seasons (violin Ştefan Ruha, ex-soloist of the Cluj Philharmonic), and the complete Bruckner symphonies (with C. Mandeal). The Romanian music is also represented within the Cluj Philharmonic discography: George Enescu – 3rd Symphony, Orchestra and Choir conducted by Ludovic Bacs – this record has also been taken over to be released by “Olympia” Recording House.

Official website, here.

Horia Andreescu

For many years director of the Radio musical ensembles, founder of Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest, Horia Andreescu is now the main conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. His studies in composition and conducting with excellent teachers at the National University of Music Bucharest, with Hans Swarovski and Karl Österreicher at the Vienna Music Academy and his classes with Sergiu Celibidache have constituted a solid base for his training as a conductor.

Horia Andreescu’s work with orchestras in Romania and abroad has materialised in over 60 recordings already available on the music market—sixteen of which were recorded with orchestras in Europe. So, there are recordings with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Germany, where he was a Permanent Guest Conductor for thirteen years, with Dresdner Philharmonie where he held the same position for ten years and with Staatskapelle Schwerin where he was a conductor for 21 years. His most recent compact discs include: a CD disc edited by CPO for Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin in 2007, a CD recorded by Hastedt with Pascal Bentoiu’s works and Andreescu at the head of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln in 2004, a CD by Electrecord with works by Dvorak and Musorgski-Funtek and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 and another one with Paul Constantinescu’s Easter Byzantine Oratorio and the National Orchestra for Radio under the Casa Radio label.
The integral set of Enescu’s works on eight compact discs, edited by Electrecord and Olympia, London and well broadcast, have consistently contributed to the renown of the composer from Tokyo to New York.
 Horia Andreescu’s collaboration with other orchestras, such as London Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the philharmonics of Amsterdam and Stuttgart, the symphonic orchestras of Jerusalem, Nagoya, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras in Madrid and Leipzig, and the tours made either separately or together with the Radio National Orchestra and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra at festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Dresdner Festspiele, Europa Musicale München, not forgetting, of course, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest round off the succinct presentation of the conductor.

Christian Badea

Conductor Christian Badea has received exceptional acclaim throughout his career,  encompassing prestigious engagements in the foremost concert halls and opera houses of Europe, North America, and Asia.

As a guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for many years, he conducted over 170 performances in a wide variety of repertoire including Don GiovanniBoris GodunovTosca,La bohèmeMadama Butterfly, La fanciulla del westCavalleria rusticana, I pagliacci, Aida,Rigoletto and La traviata as well as the Gala Opening of the 1990-91 season with Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo.

At the Vienna State Opera he has conductedOtelloAidaTosca and La bohème as well as a new production of  Les Contes d’Hoffmann which had a resounding success.

Among the opera houses where Christian Badea has guest conducted are the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Staatsoper in Hamburg, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the Opera National de Lyon and in North America, the opera companies of Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Baltimore and Detroit.

Recent productions include Turandot and Tosca at the Royal Opera House in London, Parsifal,Otello and Così fan tutte in Copenhagen, FalstaffRoméo et Juliette, Werther and Der Rosenkavalier in Lyon, and ElektraDon Giovanni, Lady Macbeth of Mzensk  and Nabucco in North America. In the spring of 2010, Mr. Badea joined forces with the renowned Director Stefan Herheim to produce masterful performances of Tannhaüser at Den Norske in Oslo. Upcoming performances include La Boheme for the Opera Australia and Don Carlo for the Goteborg Opera, as well as concerts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Bucharest Philharmonic.

As Music Director of the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy and the United States for 10 years, Christian Badea conducted a wide variety of repertoire including productions of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of  MzenskLa fanciulla del west,Ariadne auf Naxos and Der fliegende Hollander.

In addition to his important artistic contribution to the Spoleto Festival, Christian Badea was a guest of several Italian orchestras: the Orchestra Nazionale Santa Cecilia, Orchestra RAI in Torino, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the orchestras of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Verdi in Trieste and of the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari.  He also conducted opera productions at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Torino, Arena di Verona, Teatro Bellini in Catania and at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.

Maestro Badea operatic repertoire encompasses more than 100 operas with particular emphasis on the works of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Mussorgsky, as well as those of 20th century composers such as Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Janacek, Britten, Berg and Samuel Barber.  He has conducted extensively the Italian and French repertoire, collaborating with the most important singers of the last two decades.

Equally dividing his time between symphony and opera conducting, Christian Badea has appeared as a frequent guest of symphony orchestras on three continents.

In Europe he conducted the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony in London, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra, the Amsterdam Philharmonic and the Radio Philharmonic in Holland, the Beethovenhalle Orchestra in Bonn, the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio and the Orchestre de l’Ile de France in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the RAI Orchestra in Torino, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence, the Budapest Philharmonic and the  National Orchestra of Spain in Madrid.  In Asia he conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic and he toured Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic.

In North America, Christian Badea was a guest of such orchestras as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

Christian Badea’s extensive symphonic repertoire ranges from the works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to the composers of the 21st century.  He has conducted complete cycles of symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler and most of the Classical and Romantic repertoire.   His programs have frequently included many of the works of such 20th century composers as Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Honegger, Janacek, Bartok, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Walton, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Lutoslawski, Messiaen, Ligeti, Henze, Berio and Penderecki.  His particular interest in French culture has been present in concert programs and recordings dedicated to French music.

Christian Badea’s strong commitment to American contemporary music has brought him in collaboration with many of the American composers of the last thirty years. Among them are Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Peter Mennin, William Schuman, George Crumb, Donald Erb, Frank Zappa, Mark Phillips, Steven Stucky, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse and John Adams.

His discography includes the Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 with the Royal Philharmonic on the Telarc label, award-winning recordings of symphonies of American composers Roger Sessions and Peter Mennin, as well as a live recording of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra, which won a Grammy Award.

Christian Badea has appeared frequently in the United States on nationally telecast performances on PBS and was also featured in televised concerts and opera performances in Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and Japan.  He was a guest of festivals such as the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Festival Estival de Paris.

Among the major artists with whom Christian Badea has collaborated are Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, YoYo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Alicia deLarocha, Shlomo Mintz, Midori, Cho Liang Lin, Mitsuko Uchida, Gerhard Oppitz, Lynn Harrell, singers Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Rolando Vilazon, Natalie Dessay, Bryn Terfel, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson, Rolando Vilazon, Deborah Voigt, Dawn Upshaw, James Morris, Dimitri Hvorovstovski, Neil Shicoff and stage directors Bruce Beresford, David Pountney, Franco Zeffirelli,  Andrei Serban and Keith Warner.

Maestro Badea received his initial training in violin at the Bucharest Conservatory and studied conducting in Brussels, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan and at the Juilliard School in New York where one of his important mentors was Leonard Bernstein.

Among Christian Badea’s recent concert programs are Bruckner Symphony No. 6, as well asDas Lied von der Erde with the Seville Royal Orchestra, a Strauss/Mahler/Shostakovich program with the National Orchestra of Spain in Madrid and Mahler Symphonies No. 5 and 9 with the National Orchestra of Romania in Bucharest.

Opera productions have included Tosca at Covent Garden, Macbeth in Copenhagen, Salome andLes Contes d’Hoffmann in North America and Otello, Tosca and Capriccio at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.  He returned to Stockholm for Carmen, Tosca and new productions of Il trovatoreand The Rake’s Progress and conducted a new production of Turandot for the Gothenburg Opera. (biography from Wolf Artists International)


Cristian Mandeal

Having studied piano, composition and conducting at the Music Academy in Bucharest, Cristian Mandeal later studied with Herbert von Karajan in Berlin and with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich. He became permanent conductor at the Targu Mures Philharmonic and the Cluj Philharmonic. Between 1987 and 2009 Cristian Mandeal acted as Principal Conductor and General Music Director of the Bucharest Philharmonic and oversaw its rise as an orchestra on the international scene. He served as Artistic Director with the Euskadi Symphony – National Basque Orchestra between 1999 and 2007. In the UK, Cristian Mandeal held the title of Principal Guest Conductor with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester until the end of the 2008/2009 season and continues to work with the orchestra every season. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic.

In recent years Cristian Mandeal has been a frequent guest with orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenian Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Prague National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra National de Cataluna, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

Involved in numerous recording projects, Cristian Mandeal has released the complete Bruckner cycle for Electrecord. The complete Brahms and Enescu orchestral works have been released with Arte Nova (BMG Ariola). In addition Mr. Mandeal has also recorded with Claves and BIS. His latest release is Bruckner Symphony No. 9 with the Hallé Orchestra (Hallé Record Label).

Cristian Mandeal has participated in many international festivals including the “George Enescu” Festival in Bucharest, of which he was Artistic Director in 2001 and 2003. He continues to appear at this festival every year with international guest orchestras. At the Edinburgh Festival in 2002 he conducted the BBC Scottish Orchestra in the British premiere of the opera “Oedipe” by George Enescu and in January 2005 he conducted a highly acclaimed new production of the opera in Italy. In August 2012 he conducted the Romanian National Youth Orchestra at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin.

The 2011/12 season included his debut with the Belgian National Orchestra, engagements with the Camerata Salzburg in Bucharest, the RTV Slovenian Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic in a two-week-long Brahms festival. In the 2012/13 season Mr. Mandeal will make his debut with the Duisburg Philharmonic in Germany and the Pannon Philharmonic in Hungary.

Cristian Brâncuşi

Cristian Brancusi (born 1951) – graduate of the Music University in Bucharest – conducting orchestra and composition – attended the classes of interpretative mastership held by I. Markevitch (Weimar 1975), W. Rowicky (Vienna- 1976) and Sergiu Celibidache (1978-1982), alongside with those at the Music Academy in Vienna held by Prof. Karl Österreicher, who characterized his as following: “…undoubtedly, Cristian Brancusi is fully prepared for all musical fields. He is remarkable for his knowledge of works and styles and masters a very clear conducting technique, making an excellent impression in front of the orchestra”.

Between 1977-1983 he was permanent conductor of the Ploiesti Philharmonics (Romania) , holding the same position later on with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Romanian Radio and Television, Bucharest.

Starting with 1990 he has been the conductor of the Radio Romania Chamber Orchestra. During this time he conducted more than 300 concerts with a various repertory, ranging from preclassic works to contemporary creations.

He is constantly interested in promoting young interpreters, but he also collaborated with renowned soloists from Romania and abroad. He is a member of the Composers and Musicologists Union in Romania and ardent interpret of avant-garde music, being thus often invited to conduct for the “International Week of New Music” and ” WordMusicDays” Bucharest, Romania.

His activity is extremely complex comprising recordings for radio and TV, film music, for the Electrecord Recording House (Romania) and AKSAK (France), enthusiastic appreciation and ovations from critics from Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Philippines, the U.S., Spain, Venezuela and Uruguay.

“…he is undoubtedly a conductor of a strong individuality…”, “each gesture surprises the musical essence in an admirable way…”,”the Radio Chamber Orchestra majestically conducted by the conductor-composer Cristian Brancusi” ,”…he is a profound director with a refined elegance of the gesture…” (excerpts from musical chronicles).

From 1992 Cristian Brancusi has also been a professor of orchestra conducting with the National University in Bucharest.

Official website, here.

Valentina Sandu-Dediu

Acclaimed musicologist and pianist Valentina Sandu-Dediu was born on November 27, 1966, in Bucharest. She is presently a professor at the Department of Musicology and Education, the National University of Music Bucharest, as well as a Permanent Fellow at New Europe College, Bucharest (since January 2010). After a Bachelor in Musicology (1990) and a PhD (1995) at the National University of Music Bucharest, she was granted Postdoctoral scholarships at New Europe College, Bucharest (1996-97) and at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (“Andrew Mellon”, 2000). Since1993 until present she has taught courses of history of 20th century music, musicology, stylistics, theories of musical performance in N.U.M.B. Together with Ioana Pârvulescu she taught courses of literature and music (the result of a scholarship granted by New Europe College, NEC-LINK program, 2008). She has also taught during the International summer classes in Cisnădie, Icon Arts (2007-2011). Since 2005 she has been a Doctoral Advisor at N.U.M.B..

Since 2010 she has been Founder and Director of the online magazine Musicology Today, as well as Coordinator of the program Black Sea Link at New Europe College.

Publishes books: Stylistic and Symbolic Hypostases of Mannerism in Music (Bucharest, Editura Muzicala 1997), New Music between Modern and Postmodern (Bucharest, Editura Muzicala 2004), Rumänische Musik nach 1944 (Saarbrücken, Pfau, 2006), Ludwig van Beethoven (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2008, 115 pag.), Choice, Affect, Attitude. Style and Rhetoric in Music (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2010), Robert Schumann (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2011).

Essays: „Towards Modern Music in Romania“, in East Central Europe / L’Europe du Centre Est: Eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift. Budapesta, Vol.30, part 2, 2003, pp.1-19; „Rumänische Komponisten zwischen den ‚gemässigten’, den ‚radikalen’ Moderne und der Postmoderne”, in Musicology, Journal of the Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 6, Belgrade, 2006, p.147-164; “Dodecaphonic Composition in 1950s and 1960s Europe: The Ideological Issue of Rightist or Leftist Orientation”, in Journal of Musicological Research, Taylor & Francis, Volume 26, 2007, Issue 2-3, pages 177 – 192; “Zur Rezeption der Moderne in Rumänien – ein Begriff und seine Auslegungen”, in Ereignis und Exegese. Musikalische Interpretation – Interpretation der Musik. Festschrift für Hermann Danuser zum 65. Geburtstag. Herausgegeben von Camilla Bork, Tobias Robert Klein, Burkhard Meischein, Andreas Meyer, Tobias Plebuch, Edition Argus, Schliengen, 2011, p. 755-759.

Since 2004 Valentina Sandu-Dediu is an expert invited in several working groups organized by the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musihochschulen): for research, for the 3rd cycle and for accreditation. She is member of the following professional organisations: Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists (since 1991), Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (since 2008), International Musicological Society (since 2012).

She has won numerous prizes, among which, The Prize of the Romanian Academy for the book Ipostaze stilistice şi simbolice ale manierismului în muzică (1997), The Prize of the Academy of Science Berlin-Brandenburg, Peregrinus Stiftung (Rudolf Meimberg, 2008) and  The Prize of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists, for the book Alegeri, atitudini, afecte. Despre stil și retorică în muzică (2010).

As a pianist, Valentina Sandu-Dediu recorded the following CDs of chamber music (selection): Romanian Music for Clarinet and Piano, Ray Jackendoff – clarinet, Valentina Sandu-Dediu – piano (works by Marţian Negrea, Ştefan Niculescu, Dan Dediu, Constantin Silvestri), Editura Muzicală 018, Bucharest, 2002. UCMR-ADA 2 A 12373 and Albany Records, U.S.A., 2003; Recital de clarinette Aurelian Octav Popa, Piano – Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Fundaţia Societatea de concerte Bistriţa, Okean, 2004; Dan Dediu – Apfelwürmer: I.B.Ştefănescu (Flöte), V.Sandu-Dediu, D.Dediu (Klavier), Cavalli-Records, Bamberg, CCD 288, 2007; Dan Dediu – Piano Pieces: D.Dediu/V.Sandu-Dediu (Idyllen und Guerrillen op.76), NEOS Music (Deutschlandradio), 2007.



Archaeus Ensemble

The ARCHAEUS workshop of contemporary music, of “Tinerimea Romana” National Cultural Center in Bucharest, came into being in October 1985. They engaged in an intense activity of new music promotion, by participating in numerous musical events in Romania, Albania, Austria, Bulgarie, The Czech Republic, Denmark England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia, Moldavia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, U.S.A., as well as in a lot of other festivals which took place in Romania (: “George Enescu” – Bucharest, “SIMN” – Bucharest, “Meridian” – Bucharest, “Contemporary Music Days” – Bacau, “Cluj-Modern”, “Craiona Muzicala” “Festum Musicae”- Iasi “Timisoara Muzicala”, “Inter-Media” – Arad), and abroad (:“Spaziomusica” – Cagliari, “Antidogma Musica” – Torino, Huddersfield Festival, “Romaeuropa”, “Musique en Scène” – Lyon, “ENSEMS” – Valencia, “Spring in Bratislava”, “New Music Days” – Chisinau, “Extasis” – Geneve, “Synthesis” – Bourges, “Music of our Age” – Budapest, “Trieste Prima”, “Musica Nova” – Sofia, “International, Review of Contemporary Music’ – Belgrad, “Time of Music” – Viitasaari, “Alpi Marittime” – Ormea, “New Chamber Music” – Tirana, “Moscow Autumn”, ”Incontri con la Musica Contemporanea” – Bergamo, “Aspekte” – Salzburg, “FIMCA” – Alicante, “Days of Macedonian Music” – Skopje, “Neue Musik-Neue Klänge” – Köln, “Jours de Musique Contemporaine” – Blois etc). They rendered over 700 works, belonging to about 380 composers. Also, ARCHAEUS has recorded almost 30 CDs, thousands of minutes of Radio and TV recordings and has recorded soundtracks for over 20 movies. The ensemble also approaches old Byzantine music, classical music, jazz and film music.

Prizes and awards: The ATM prize for the quality of the presentation of several Romanian first auditions (1987); The UCMR prize (1990); The Romanian Music Critics’ Award (1991); The UCMR prize for promoting Romanian contemporary music (1992); The SOROS prize (1997); The Merit Diploma “Charm of the Lower Danube” – Bratislava (2001), The Gratitude Diploma “Mitropolia Banatului” – Timisoara (2002); The Merit Diploma “Nicolas Constantin Fotino” (2004); The Honor Diploma “Filarmonica Banatul” in Timisoara (2004); The Medal of Honor “Hochschule für Musik – München (2005); The Cultural Merit Medal (2005); The Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists Award (2006).
Since 1997,  Archaeus ensemble organizes the “Archaeus” festival in every October in Bucharest.

Official website here.