Irina Hasnas studied composition in Bucharest at the Academy of Music “Ciprian Porumbescu” (now, the National University of Music in Bucharest) between 1973 -1978 with Aurel Stroe, Stefan Niculescu, Alexandru Pascanu and Nicolae Beloiu – all composers belonging to the generation who elevated the Romanian national musical school to international cultural standards. After graduating, she had the opportunity to continue her studies under the coach of the composer Theodor Grigoriu, under the auspices of the Romanian Union of Composer (1978 – 1980 ). Her graduating work, the ballet “Metamorphose”, was performed in 1977 in Bucharest, in the Little Palace Hall, by conductor Rasvan Cernat and choreographer Sergiu Anghel. In 2000 she received her doctoral title at the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, with the dissertation “Fundamental options in the works of Theodor Grigoriu and Pascal Bentoiu. Fifty years of achievements in the Romanian Musical School” . The dissertation was written under the guiding of composer Cornel Taranu, member of the Romanian Academy.
Irina Hasnas has been a music editor at the Romanian National Radio Broadcasting Company since 1987, but she has been collaborating with the Radio since 1984. Some of the Musical Departments in which she worked and that she coordinated (Creation-Recordings, Musical News, International Musical Exchanges and Opera) gave her the opportunity to know the trends of the national and international contemporary musical phenomenon.
In her first works, Irina Hasnas tried to define the concept of infinite melody revealing a harmonic universe as a result of the interfering of the defined tunes. Next, she focalized her attention on the Romanian melodic ethos. Her main field of research is chamber music, closer to her artistic sensibility. (source)