Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu

Born on 25th of April 1969, in Romania, renowned flutist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1993) and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, with Alexander Murray (1994-1995).  He also took diferent courses with proffesors such as Alain Marion, Wolfgang Schulz , Pierre Yves Artaud, James Galway. Since 2002 he has been a doctor in music at the National University of Music in Bucharest. He debuted as a soloist at the young age of 14, at the Atheneum Hall in Bucharest, with  ”Il Cardellino”, by Antonio Vivaldi. Since then, Ion Bogdan Stefanescu has held many recitals and concerts as soloist in Romania and abroad, in England, France, Spain, Czechoslovakia, North Korea, Germany, U.S.A etc.

During his career, he was awarded numerous prestigious awards  at national and international competitions, such as: the ”Cultural Merit Medal”, Order of Chevalier, conffered by the President of Romania for Excellency in Culture , 2011 and for Excellency in Music, 2004; the  Romanian Music Magazine Prize for interpretation, 2009;  the Union of Composers and Musicologists Prize for Trio Contraste, 2009 and for  Solo Activity, 2007;  Liones Club Prize for Best Performance in James Galway Seminar, 2003;  the Prize of the “George Dima” Academy of Music, Cluj, Romania, 1987;  First Prize at the “Concertino Praga” competition, Czechoslovakia, 1986; the  Praise-worthy Diploma , G.B.Viotti, Vercelli – Italy, 1984 (Chamber music);  First Prize at the National Flute Competition, 1985.

He participated in numerous national national and international music festivals such as:  George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest;  Contemporary Music Festival, Bucharest and Darmstadt;  Festival of Classical and Contemporary Music, Phoenian, North Korea;  National Flute Assosiation, Kanssas, USA;  International Flute Assosiation, Munchen; Zeit für Neue Musik, Bayreuth, Germania; Wien Modern;  Steingreber Festival

He is member of three very important Romanian contemporary music groups: Trio Contraste, ProContemporania and Profil.  He participated in many Radio and TV recordings ( S.R.R., Deutschlandfunk-Köln, WDR, Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne, Bayeriche Rundfunk, DRS 2, Deuchlandfunk, TVR 1, TVR 2, TVR Cultural, Antena 1, B1TV, Alfa TV, TVRM).

Recorded CDs: “Foergetmenot”, Ed. gutingi, Germany, 2012; “Tabu – Violeta Dinescu / Trio Contraste”: Gutingi, Germany, 2010; “A Composer – An Interpreter”, 2009; “Apfelwürmer” (music by Dan Dediu): Cavalli Records, Germany, 2007; “Circuit” (solo flute): Gutingi, Germany, 2005; “Uroboros” (solo flute, music by Doina Rotaru): Ed. Muzicală, Bucharest, 2005; “Wandlungen” (Trio Contraste): Leondra, Germany, 2005; “Sonnengesang” (Trio Contraste): Gutingi, Germany, 2004; “Ansamblul Profil”, 2004; “Romanian Women Composers” (ProContemporania): Arfa – UCMR, Bucharest 2003; “George Enescu – Dixtuorul” (The “G.Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra): Art Nova, Bucharest 1999; George Enescu – Chamber Symphony (The “G.Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra): Art Nova, Bucharest 1999.

Recorded DVDs: with the “George Enescu” quintet – “Scarlatti & Beethoven”: AIX Records, SUA, 2002; “Mixtures I”, AIX Records, SUA, 2002; solo – “I.S.Bach”, AIX Records, SUA, 2002

During 1993, he was Solo Flute at the Radio Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest.  Between 1993-1998 and 2008-2010 he teached at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Since 1997 he has been Solo Flute of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest, Romania. Since 2007 he has been a Soloist at the Timişoara Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since 2011 he is Professor at “Hyperion” University in Bucharest. Since 2011, he has been a member of Romanian Writers Union. In the past years, Ion Bogdan Stefanescu has also been active as a composer, as a opera libretist, as a poet and as a writer (“Blood Voices”:Tracus Arte, 2012; “The Passing Word”: Tracus Arte, 2011;  ”Chage Unchaged”: Opera Magna, 2010; “Of Stones and Birds”: Axa Publishing, 2006; Flute’s Ages: Libra, 2005; Games of Mirrors: Libra, 2004). His biography is included in “Men of Achievement” (International Biographical Centre, Cambrige, 1988);  ”5000 Personalities of the World” (Two, The American Biographical Institute, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 1989); “Who’s who in Romania” (Pegasus Press, Bucureşti, 2002).

 Official website, HERE.


Andrei Marcovici

Percussionist Andrei Marcovici studied at the Primary School of music in Sibiu (piano lessons), took percussion lessons at the Iasi High School of Music and studied percussion and piano at the Music University in Wuppertal, Germany.

He has been a percussionist at the State Philharmonic Sibiu since 2006, while performing in over 100 concerts per year both orchestral, and chamber music, as well as solo and jazz concerts. Over the years he has played with famous musicians and conductors, like F. P. Zimmermann, G. Sinopoli, C. Tiellemann, G. Rozhdestvenski, and Larry Livingstone.

During his activity he has had many teachers and collaborated with great ensembles: Christian Roderburg, Eric Forrester, Andy Gilmann, Wolfgang Schneider; Bochumer Symphoniker, Wuppertal Simphoniker, Beethovenhalle Orchester, Duisburger Symphoniker etc.

Along with Sebastian Gheorghiu and Gabriel Bebeselea, he founded in 2009 the ICon Arts Ensemble, dedicated to performing contemporary classical music. Andrei Marcovici has been a member of the Romanian National Orchestra since 2011.

Mircea Ardeleanu

Born in Cluj/Romania, percussionist Mircea Ardeleanu studied music and percussion in Cluj and in Basel. After both solo-exams he became a freelance musician in the world of contemporary music. In 1978 he won first prize at the “Romanian Soloist’s Competition” in Bucharest and one year later, first prize at the International “Gaudeamus”
Competition in Rotterdam. He has performed at many important venues and festivals of contemporary music all around the world and has given world premiere performances in collaboration with contemporary composers. One outstanding aspect of his oncertistic activities is the promotion of young composers.

Mircea Ardeleanu gives master classes, international courses and plays worldwide concerts. Since 1996 he has been invited to teach percussion at the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt.  Mircea Ardeleanu has made recordings featuring works by composers such as K. Stockhausen, I. Xenakis, J. Cage, H. W. Henze and is preparing new releases featuring contemporary Swiss composers. The CD with G. Kurtàg’s compositions earned 2003 in Germany the prize for the best interpretation. He lives as freelance musician in Switzerland.

Official wesite, HERE.

Mihai Măniceanu

Composer and pianist Mihai Maniceanu was born in 1976 in Bucharest. He studied piano (1995–2000), composition (2000–2005) and the master courses (2005-2006) of both specializations within UNMB. Afterwards he graduated the doctorate studies within the same university (2011). He received an Erasmus scholarship at the University of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig, (2003-2004). UNMB scholarships at Muzikfest Festival, Hamburg (2001), Junger Künstler Festival–Filmmusik, Bayreuth (2002) and ISA 20. Internationale Sommerakademie, Murzzüschlag (2001). Nominated for Prometheus Opera Prima Prize (2009). Awards: First Prize at Icon Arts competition (2003), Romanian Academy Prize (for Sus) (2011) and UCMR Prize for Symphonic Work (for Sempre risoluto) (2011). His compositions have been played by George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, National Radio Orchestra, F.M. Bartholdy University Orchestra, Profil, Propuls,, devotioModerna, Swinepearl and Traiect ensembles, Accoustic and I.C. Danielescu choirs.

MUSIC on internet: Sempre Risoluto (piano concerto), Waltz Invitation, Viii

Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea

Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea is a Romanian composer and pianist, Ph.D. Associate Professor for composition, forms & analysis at the Bucharest National University of Music. She is also a concert pianist and she worked for the Bucharest National Opera as accompanist between 1985-2001. She studied composition with Myriam Marbe, Anatol Vieru (Romania) and Margaret Lucy Wilkins (UK, doctoral studies). She has presented conferences in UK (1996, 1999), Norway (2005) USA (2003, 2005, 2006) and Australia (2008). She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois-Champagne, USA, 2006, Oslo Academy of Music (2005) and Monash University Australia (2008).
Her music has been performed in Romania, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Ukraine, Moldavia Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Tasmania, Australia and USA. She has published articles in Contemporary Music Review Volume 22 Issue 1&2 pag. 87-104, Timbre versus Spectralism 2003 (UK) and Muzica (Romania) as well as 2 books: Musical Timbre-Composition Strategies (2004) and Forms and analysis Treatise (2005). She has written a large number of works for various ensembles, vocal and symphonic. Her major work, Le Rouge et le Noir ballet in 3 acts after Stendhal, was commissioned by the Bucharest National Opera, premiered in 2000 and included in the current repertoire (performances in 2000-2003 and 2007-2008). A second version of choreography has been premiered in 2006 at the National Operetta Theatre in Bucharest. The music of the ballet Le Rouge et le Noir was awarded the Union of Composers and Musicologists Prize for 2001. A CD with a special recording of this ballet was published by Electrecord Bucharest in 2006. Her Rite for enchanting the Air Flute concerto has been performed by the famous flutist Pierre-Yves Artaud.
Livia Teodorescu studied piano with Ana Pitis and Ioana Minei and attended piano master classes “Bartok Seminar” in Hungary offered by Zoltan Kocksis and Imre Rohmann. As a concert pianist, she has played for the first time in Romania two major works by Messiaen: 7 Visions de l’Amen for 2 pianos and the piano solo part of the Turangalila Symphony, with the G. Enescu Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Alain Paris. As a composer, she has been awarded several prizes, such as the Union of Composers and Musicologists Awards for 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009 as well as the Romanian Academy Award “G. Enesco” in 2006 and the National Cultural Merit Order (2008). Her music has been published by “Editura muzicala” Bucharest and features on CDs published in Romania (Electrecord, Casa Radio, Star Media Music) and Australia – Bridges – (Move Records). She won an Endeavour Award Scholarship – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2008 (offered by the Australian Government) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

MUSIC: Endaeavour Bells

Nicolae Brânduş

Composer and pianist Nicolae Brandus was born on 1935 in Bucharest. He studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest – piano (1952-1957) and composition (1960-1964). He attended the Summer Courses of New Music, Darmstadt (1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980) and Aix-en-Provence (1979). Doctor in Musicology (1981) at the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca with the dissertation “Bases of a formalized analysis of the musical language”. He worked with the Group of Musical Research at IRCAM-Paris (1985). He was piano soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Ploiesti (1969-1969). He was a lecturer (Chamber Music) at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1969-1981). Editor at the Muzica Review, Bucharest (since 1981). Professor of Chamber Music at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1992-2005). Scientific doctoral coordinator in National Music University in Bucharest (since 1998). Consultant Professor (since 2005).

Member of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union in Bucharest. Member of the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM) Paris. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) between 1991-1993. President of the Romanian Section of the ISCM (1994-2002). His musical works were performed in the most important cities of Romania and abroad (Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Germany, USA, France, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain, Greece, Bulgaria, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Albania, Slovenia, Macedonia, Israel a.s.o. He has contributed articles, studies, essays in music in various cultural journals; he sustained, as visiting composer, lectures about New Music in the USA, Germany, Israel, Greece, Hong-Kong, Taiwan a.s.o.

Prizes: The Cultural Merit, Bucharest: 1969. Honourable Mention in the “Prince Pierre de Monaco International Competition”: 1973. The Prize of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union: 1974, 2002, 2005. The Prize of the Romanian Radio and Television for Opera and Vocal-Symphonic Music: 1975, 1977. The Prize “George Enescu” of the Romanian Academy: 1977. The Diploma of the National Theatre Festival for the spectacle “Bizarmonia”: 1999, Bucharest. Officer of the Cultural Merit: 2004, Bucharest.

MUSIC: Tubulatures