Archives for November2012

Adriana Hölszky

Adriana Hölszky (born 30 June 1953) is an Romanian-born German music educator, composer and pianist who has been living in Germany since 1976. Hölszky was born in Bucharest, Romania. In the years 1959-1969 she studied piano with Olga Rosca-Berdan at the music school in Bucharest. In 1972, she began to study composition with Ştefan Niculescu as parallel to piano studies at the Bucharest Music Conservatory. In 1976 she moved with her family to Germany. Here she continued her studies, and in 1977-1980 she studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart with Milko Kelemen, and chamber music with Günter Louegk. During her studies she performed as a pianist of the Trio Lipatti.

In 1977 and 1978, she participated in the International Mozarteum Summer Academy, and in 1978-1984 regularly in the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. In 1980 she received a teaching position at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, and in 1983 a grant from the Arts Foundation of Baden-Württemberg. In 1986 she took first place at the Composers’ Forum of the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. In 1987 she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Lower Saxony. In 1992 she took composition seminars in Tokyo and Kyoto, and at the IRCAM in Paris. Her increasing international popularity was shown by three concerts she performed in Athens, Thessaloniki and Boston in 1993.

Between 1997 and 2000, Hölszky was professor of composition at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre, and since 2000 she has been professor of composition at theMozarteum University of Salzburg. Since 2002 she has been a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin.

She was awarded the Prize of the International Chamber Music Competition in Florence (1978), 1st Price of the Valentino Bucchi Composition Competition in Rome (1979), the Prize of the International Chamber Music Competition in Colmar France (1980), Gaudeamus Prize, Bilthoven, Netherlands (1981),  the Max Deutsch Paris Prize, Prize of the City of Stuttgart, Composition Prize of the East German Cultural Foundation (1982), 1st Price EnsembliaComposition Competition, Monchengladbach (1985),  Johann Wenzel Stamitz Prize, Mannheim GEDOK Price (1985), the Prize of the City of Stuttgart (1988), 1st Prize at GEDOK International Composition Competition (1989), Artist Award Heidelberg and Mainz Schneider-Schott Music Prize (1990), Rome Prize of the Villa Massimo (1991), the  Bach Prize of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (2003) (source)

MUSIC on internet: String Quartet on Schubert, part 1, part 2

Dinu Ghezzo

Dinu Ghezzo (1941–2011) received his education in conducting, music education and in composition at the Romanian Conservatory in Bucharest  (1964 & 1966), and subsequently earned a PhD. in composition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1973. He concluded a thirty-four years career at NYU, as a professor of music and Director of the Composition Studies. Dr. Ghezzo remained as a Professor Emeritus at NYU, where the Music & Performing Arts Department instituted the Dinu Ghezzo Composition Award. He also taught at Lehman College (CUNY).

Much involved in national and international music projects, he was the founder and president of Musica Nueva Malaga Festival (Spain), ICIA Inc. (International Composers and Interactive Artists),  President of NABLA Ensemble, in Residence at Univ. of Rome II, “Tor Vergata” (Italy), founder and director of the ICIA Inc. (Int’l Composers & Interactive Artists), INMC Inc. (International Music Consortium), the Assisi International Music Days, among others, and is past director of ANMC Inc., Todi International Music Days, Gubbio Festival, Molfetta Festival, CIPAM Festival in Montevarchi (Italy), Constanta International Music Days, The Week of Romanian American Music in Oradea, Romania, etc.

Dinu was a recipient of a honorary doctorate from Ovidius University, Constanta (Romania), and of many awards, prizes, residences, and commissions: Fulbright Senior Scholar (Music & Dance Academy-Jerusalem, 2006), visiting composer at the American Academy in Rome, composer-in-residence at Dresden Festival and guest composer at the Berlin Hochschuel der Kunste (Germany), at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium, at the Hungarian Arts and Letters Academy in Budapest, at the Jerusalem Music Academy (Israel) and at the Music Academy in Krakow (Poland), CAPS Award – New York, George Enescu Awards, ASCAP Awards, NYSCA and NEA Grants, leading international ensembles and soloists, and residencies as guest composer, conductor and performer.

Maestro Ghezzo conducted the NYU Orchestra, the Washington Square Orchestra, the Black Sea Symphony (ac. Constanta Symphony), Oradea Philharmonic, Timisoara Symphony Orchestra, the Bucharest Music Academy Orchestra, etc. He was founder and co-director with Leo Kraft of the New York Repertory Ensemble, and founder and co-director with Jack Kreiselman of the NYU Contemporary Players, appearing at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, at Monday Evening Concerts, Univ. of Illinois,  Univ. of Michigan, SMU, LSU, North Texas State Univ, etc. as well internationally in Europe and Asia.

His music is published by Editions Salabert of Paris, Lantro Music – Belgium, by Musica Scritta, the AIM Press (Italy), TGE (Milan, Rome), the Calabrese Brothers and by Subito/Seesaw Music Corporation, New York. He served on many national and international board of directors and juries such as The Pierre Schaeffer Composition Competition, Georges Enesco Competition, INMC Inc, etc. He had major performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie, Merkin Hall, Monday Evening Concert in Los Angeles, and many appearances at international festivals and conferences, at the Paris Conservatory & Sorbonne Univesity (France), Sibelius Conservatory (Finland), Amsterdam Conservatory, Univ. of Oldenburg (Germany), Univ. of Montreal, Odessa Conservatory (Ucraine), Univ. of Porto (Portugal), Seoul National Univ., etc.

His compositions are featured on several Orion Master Recording albums, on several Capstone Records, on INNova, Ariel Records, as well as on TGE Switzerland, (Tirreno Gruppo Editoriale), WDR Cologne, Helsinki Radio, Raum Klang (Bayerischer Rundfunk) and Grenadilla label.  Biographical entries in Baker Music Dictionary, the Geschichte und Gegenwart, Who’s Who in Music, J. Machlis Contemporary Composers, etc. (source)

MUSIC on internet: Abyss, Midnight Blues

Nicolae Coman

Nicolae Coman was born in 1936 in Bucharest. He studied music since 1947 with Mihail Jora (music theory, harmony) and the acclaimed Florica Musicescu (piano). He continued his studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1953-59) with Mihail Jora and Leon Klepper (composition). He was a researcher at the “Brailoiu” Institute of Ethnomusicology and Folklore in Bucharest (1960-63). Since 1963 he has been teaching at the National University of Music in Bucharest, in the Composition, Musicology and Conducting department. He published various articles in important Romanian art journals, as well as poems, opera librettos and lyrics for vocal, choral and vocal-symphonic works. He was awarded the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists in 1969. He gave numerous lectures, conferences, he presented educational concerts, he participated in radio and TV broadcasts, he was invited to take part in national juries for music competitions. He wrote vocal, vocal-symphonic, symphonic and chamber music, as well as pop music songs.



Dora Cojocaru

Dora Cojocaru was born in 1963 in Baia Mare, Romania. After studies in music, philology and history, she graduated in composition, pedagogy and piano at the Music Academy Gh. Dima in Cluj (Romania / acad. prof. dr. Cornel Taranu) and subsequently took a master’s degree in composition at the Music Academy Cologne (Germany / prof. Johannes Fritsch). In 1997 she obtained a Ph.D. in musicology, with a work about Gy. Ligeti, published in 1999. Her second book about Mozart’s “Haydn Quartets” was published in 2000 by the Romanian Mozart Society.

Dora Cojocaru is the recipient of several composition prizes (including the First Prize at the International Mozart Composition Contest in 1997 and the Romanian Composers Union Prize in 1989 and 1999) and grants (Paul Sacher, Socrates, Gaudeamus, D.A.A.D., European Community, Heinrich Böll). Her works are widely performed in Europe (Romania, Hungary, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Ukraine), Japan, South-Korea and U.S.A.

She was a jury member for different artistic competitions and also collaborated with the “Westdeutscher Rundfunk” in Germany from 1993 to 1995. She thought composition, musical forms, music history and theory at the Music Academy in Cluj and was invited to give courses, workshops and conferences in several European countries.

Since 2002, she lives in Montreal and teaches part-time at McGill University. (source)

MUSIC on internet: Transparencies

Dan Buciu

Composer Dan Buciu studied at the ”Spiru Haret” Highschool in Bucharest (1950-61) and at the National University of Music in Bucharest  (1962-68), with Dan Constantinescu and Tiberiu Olah, among others.  He took post-graduate courses in Electronic Music (with Aurel Stoe) and Musical Informatics (sith Dinu Ciocan) betwwn 1970-75. He went to 3 stages at the Darmstadt Festival of Contemporary music, between 1970-85, thus studying with Stockhausen, Maderna, Ligeti, Kontarsky or Globokar. He has been a Doctor in Musicology since 1992.

Dan Buciu has been teaching at the National University of Music in Bucharest since 1968 (Harmony, Musical Analysis, Musical Stylistic), where he was also Head of Department of Composition, National University of Music (1990-1999) and Rector 2000-2008). He gave master classes and conferencies in U.S. (University of Illinois Urbana Champaigne, New York University), France (Autun), Germany (München, Oldenburg, Hamburg), Austria (Semering), Sweden (Göteborg), Canada (St’John’s), Poland (Wroczlaw), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka) between 1992-2005.

He was awarded 6 prizes of the Union of Romanian Composers (period 1977 – 2000), Special distinction of Madrigal foundation 1997, The National Order of Merit in the grade of Grand Officer (2000). His works are published in Romania (Editura Muzicala) and Canada (Badian Edition).

He wrote symphonic works (“Romanian Suite”, “Divertimento”, “Stones”, Christmas Suite, “Scenes pour orchestre et piano”, “Antinomies”, “Nostalgic Suite”), vocal-symphonic works (Cantata “Earth’s Grass”, “Pax Mundi” ), chamber music (“Inquietudes” two flutes. “Rustic suite” for flute and nai, “Mozaic II” and “Piccolo suita” for solo flute, „Croquis” for instrumental quintette Sonata piano solo, “Lyrica Mundi” – Songs for voice and instruments, “Miniatura” for solo violine, “Skatches for a self-portrait” for instrumental septet), choral music (“Remember Hiroshima” choir, tape music, soloists “Sonet” (Rielke) for flute, orgue and mixed choir (in German) “Rondeau” (Ch.d’Orleans) for flute and mixed choir (in French) Byzantine diptic for mixed choir “Little valse” for female (children) choir and piano “Games for the peace of the Planet” for children choirs). Apart from his musical creation, he publishes books ( ”Elements of Modal writting”, “Tonal Harmony” -vol.I and II) and various articles.

MUSIC on internet: Remember Hiroshima


Ana-Maria Avram

Born in 1961 in Bucharest, Romania, Ana-Maria Avram studied composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1980-1985) and musical aesthetics at Sorbonne, Paris (DEA in 1992). In 1994 she was awarded the Great Prize of the Romanian Academy. Since 1988 she is a Member of Hyperion Ensemble from Bucharest – group of composers and interpreters representing a new, experimentalist and innovative direction in Romanian music. She realized a lot of European tours, as well as conductor and composer.
Her music incorporates the outward semblences of abstraction of archetypal sound, achieving its full development in the synthesis of electroacoustic and instrumental sources. Her main works are: «Threnia I-II», «Orbit of Eternal Grace», for orchestra and soloists, «Ekagrata», «Swarms», «Seconde Axe», «Ec-Statoc Crickets», for chamber orchestra, «De Sacrae Lamentationem», «In Nomine Lucis», for large orchestra, «Zodiaque I-IV», «Notturno I-II», «Labyrinthe I-III», «Signum Gemini», «Ikarus I-IV», «Traces, Sillons, Sillages», «Doryphories», «New Arcana», «Ascent» – electronic & instrumental music, «Archae», «Metaboles», «Axe», «Quatre études d’ombre», «Ikarus-Kronos Quartet», «Assonant I-III» – instrumental and chamber musics, «Horridas Nostrae Mentis Purga Tenebras», «Novel Archae» – computer assisted music.

Her music is published by Edition Modern (London), Electrecord (Bucharest), Editura Muzicala (Bucharest), Artgallery (Paris), ReR Megacorp (London), Musicworks (Toronto), Bananafish (Los Angeles). Her music was performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Stanford, in Vienna (in the Wien Modern Festival in 1992 and 1994) at Paris (several times at «Radio France» and «Theatre de la Ville»), in London (at Royal Festival Hall), Nancy, Allicante, Lisbon, Baden-Baden, Darmstadt, Moscow, Belgrade etc. Ana-Maria Avram’s  music was commissioned by prestigious ensembles such as Kronos Quartet (San Francisco) «20 Jahrhundert» from Vienna, soloists from l’Orchestre National de France, orchestras as Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian National Orchestra, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, L’Orchestre de Chambre de Roumanie, Radio-France, CCMIX, Ars Nova Ensemble, Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique Bourges.  «On the Abolition of the Soul» – a Radio France commission – was released on a double CD- Radio France, as an anthology of Prix Italia since 1949.

Founder and director, with Iancu Dumitrescu, of the International Fezstival of Electronic andc Computer Music ”Acousmania” Bucharest, – in partnership with Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation, ”Musica Nova” International festival (Ploiesti), Spectrum XXI 5-(Paris), Siberfest 2007 (Sibiu).Founder of the Romanian Community of Electronic and Computer Music (2004). Vice-President of CIME (Intenational Cummunity of Electronic Music – UNESCO). Musicological contributions in ”Musica”- Bucharest, ”Bananafish”- Los Angeles, ”Musicworks” – Toronto, ”Roumanie, Terre du neuvième ciel” – Bucarest, Axis Mundi, 1992. & CREMAC- 2006 – in collaboration with Harry Halbreich. (source)

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Mihai Moldovan

Mihai Moldovan (1937-1981) was a talented composer, who died prematurely, at 44 years old, in a tragic accident. Born in Dej, he studied at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Conservatory in Cluj with Sigismund Toduţă, Tudor Jarda, Liviu Comes, Gheorghe Merişescu and Traian Mârza. He finished his composition studied in Bucharest, with Mihail Jora, Zeno Vancea and Anatol Vieru. He worked as a music secretary and coordinator at the art institutions of the Romanian Army; music editor at the “Electrecord” Record Company, at the Radio and Television Broadcasting Company and at the “Muzica” Journal.

He wrote chamber music, choral music (“Origins”, “Bells”, “Incantations”), symphonic pieces (“Textures”, “Stained Glass Windows”, “Tree barks”, “Tulnics”, Cantemiriana”, “Hommage for Anton Pann”), vocal-symphonic works (“Rituals”, “Ancient Songs”) and an opera (“Stages of History”). He was awarded various prizes, such as the Prize of the Union of Composers and Musicologists, the “George Enescu” Prize, the Romanian Academy Prize, prizes of the Culture and Radio-TV Broadcasting Council. (source)

MUSIC on internet: Peste varfuri/Over the mountain tops



Dumitru Capoianu

Dumitru Capoianu (1929 – 2012) studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1941-1947, 1947-1953), with Victor Gheorghiu (music theory), Mihail Jora (harmony), Martian Negrea (polyphony), Mihai Andricu (composition) and George Enacovici (violin).

He was a violonist in the National Theater Orchestra in Bucharest (1945-1947). He worked as music producer at the “Romfilm” (1950-1951) and “Alexandru Sahia” Film Studios  (1951-1952) in Bucharest; sound engineer and music supervisor at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (1952-1954); director of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest (1969-1973). He conducted various orchestras in Bucharest and other Romanian cities (playing especially his own works). He published articles in different Romanian art journals. He traveled abroad, studying, doing musical research, giving lectures and educational concerts, being invited in radio and TV shows.

He was awarded the 2nd Prize at the International Youth Festival in Moscow (1957),  Palmes d’Or in Cannes (1957), The Romanian State Prize (1962), The Order of Cultural Merit, 5th class (1968) and 3rd class (1973), the Prize of the Union of Composers and Musicologists in Romania (1970, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983), the Romanian Academy Prize (1977).

MUSIC on internet: Passacaglia


Liviu Dandara

Liviu Dandara is a Romanian composer (December 3rd 1933, Miorcani- July 22nd 1991, Bucharest). After studying at the National University of Music in Bucharest, he attended the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt in 1967 and 1978 under Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti and Christoph Caskel. He had taught piano in Bucharest since 1959. He wrote theater and film music, symphonic and vocal-sympnonic works, chamber and choral music, as well as electroacoustic music:  ”Quadriforium” (1970), “Suspended Time” (1971), “Three States about Silence” – “Silence of Depth”, “Silence of Hight”, “Silence of Silence” (1972), “Affectus Memoria” (1973), “Multiversum” (1983).

MUSIC on internet: Affectus Memoria

Liviu Glodeanu

The talented Liviu Glodeanu, born in Cluj, in 1938, unfortunately passed away before his 40th anniversary, in 1978 in Bucharest. He studied at the Music Academy in Cluj (1955-57) and at the National University of Music in Bucharest, with Martian Negrea. He worked as a music teacher (1961-63), as a scientific researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology and Folklore “Constantin Brailoiu” in Bucharest (1961062) and then at the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest.

He published various studies and essays and his musical compositions received important awards from the Union of Composers and from the Romanian Academy. A proeminent figure of his generation, Glodeanu established himself, in his short life span, as one of the most important voices in Romanian music after 1950.

The depth of his modern view is a constant trait in all his music: theater and film music, opera (“Zamolxe”, 1969), ballet-opera (“Ulysses”, 1972), vocal-symphonic works (the “A land called Romania” oratory, 1977), symphonic works (“Studies for Orchestra”, 1967; “Symphonies for winds”, 1971), concerts, chamber works (2 string quartets; “Inventions” for wind quartet and percussions, 1963), choral (“Incantation” for mixt choir, flute, clarinet and percussion, 1965; “Sabaracalina” for mixt choir, 1973) and vocal works. (source)

MUSIC on internet: 3rd String Quartet