Irinel Anghel (b. 1969) is a Romanian composer, vocalist, pianist and improviser. Her activities are devoted to the experimental music. She studied composition with Octavian Nemescu at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where she graduated in 1996 and earned her MA in composition in 1997 and PhD in composition in 2003. Among her many honors are First Prize in the competition of Romanian Radio (1998, for Mondes Impossibles I), four prizes from the Romanian Composers Union (1998-99, 2002, 2004) and the Prize of the Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (1999). She has also earned a creation – residency in Belgium (2000) and a grant from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2002). She received the Uchimura Prize from the International Theatre Institute/UNESCO for stage music (2002, shared with the creative team of The Bloodied Lovers), the prize of the journal Actualitatea Muzicala in Bucharest (2003, for her work with Pro Contemporania Group), the Camajani Fellowship from New York University (2003, to lecture there), and the International New Music Consortium Award in New York (2003, for her work in all areas of new music). Her music has been performed in Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Canada, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA and has been broadcast throughout the world.
Irinel Anghel is one of the founders of New Surrealism in music and a “story-teller” of the Romanian contemporary music field, creating “UFO” performances. She founded the ensemble Pro Contemporania in Bucharest in 1990, of which she has since served as artistic director and in which she plays numerous instruments. She has been active as an improviser since 2003, primarily with musicians from different genres. Moreover, she has been a researcher at the G. Oprescu History of Art Institute in Bucharest since 1994 and has served as editor of the review Muzica in Bucharest since 1996. She has also written the book Developments, Ways and Trends in Romanian Music during the Second Half of the 20th Century (1997, Editura Muzicala). In addition, she served as assistant director of the International Week of New Music Festival in Bucharest in 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012 and founded the crossover festival MultiSonicFest in Bucharest in 2004 and has since served as its artistic director.