Born in 1977 in Bucharest, Cristian Lolea graduated in 2000 from the National University of Music Bucharest where he studied composition with Tiberiu Olah. He completed his PhD in 2010 under the guidance of Prof. Octavian Nemescu, at the same University, where he is also a lecturer. His doctoral dissertation – “Accessibility of Music – Considerations on Music Perception” – received the highest academic honors: summa cum laude.
He participated in various international workshops, with grants at the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam (1997), International Summer Courses for Young Composers in Radziejowice (1998), 7th Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio-Art in Schwaz (1999), where he studied with Bogusław Schaeffer, Marek Chołoniewski and Martijn Padding.
Cristian Lolea was awarded the 1st prize in numerous national and international competitions for contemporary music, including The Roads of Romanticism in Warsaw (2007), Excellency Award for Young Composers from UNPR, the Romanian National Employers’ Union (2006) and a Special Prize at the George Enescu International Composition Competition (2009). In 2008 he won the Gopo Award (Romania’s most important film award) for Best Original Film Score (for the movie An Angel Hooked on Me).
He composes chamber music, symphonic and vocal-symphonic music, as well as soundtracks for movies, television and commercials. His works have been performed in Europe, the United States and Brazil, in important festivals such as Warsaw Autumn or George Enescu Festival and broadcast in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Cristian Lolea is also a prolific orchestrator and arranger, orchestrating many classical, pop and rock pieces, being comissionned by orchestras such as New England String Ensemble. Since 2011 he lives and works for most of the time in Warsaw.
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