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.