Violeta Dinescu

Violeta Dinescu (b. July 13, 1953, Bucharest) is a Romanian-born German composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been successfully performed and recorded across Europe. Prof. Dinescu graduated from the Gheorghe Lazar Lyceum in Bucharest in 1972, studied composition with Myriam Marbe at the Conservatory Ciprian Porumbescu in Bucharest from 1972-78 (receiving a one-year study of composition in 1977-78) and subsequently had two years of musicology studies in Heidelberg. She taught at the George Enescu Music School from 1978-82, and then moved to Germany, where she taught at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Heidelberg from 1986-91 and the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt from 1989-91, and lectured at the Fachakademie Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Bayreuth from 1990-94. Since 1996, she has been Professor für Komposition at the Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg. She has also given guest lectures in South Africa and the USA. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including four Romanian Composers Union awards (1975-76, 1980, 1983), Second Prize at the GEDOK International Composition Competition (1982) and First Prize at the International Competition for Composers (Utah, 1983). In addition, she has received Third Prize at the G.B. Viotti International Music and Dance Competition (1983) and the Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Preis for her opera Hunger und Durst (1985); she has also received mentions from numerous other competitions and commissions from numerous festivals. She has been a member of the Romanian Composers Union since 1980 and an executive board member of the International League of Women Composers since 1985.