Archives for December2012

ICon Arts Festival

Launched in 2003, ICon Arts has become one of the most complex independent European events in contemporary arts. Each year, Sibiu County (Romania) hosts around 150 young musicians, dancers, actors and photographers from all over the world, which are drawn here by the exceptional environment for experiencing inter-cultural exchanges, professional development and self-management programs, concerts, competitions and workshops held by renowned international artists.
Although mainly focused on music (composition, musicology, solo performance, chamber music, orchestra, jazz), ICon Arts sections are also oriented towards reaching a wider perspective. This is why each edition has introduced something new, from dance to drama, instrumental theatre, visual arts and photography.

Besides attending seminars and Festival’s events, all students are actively involved in concerts and happenings that later often lead to their own artistic projects that are enthusiastically supported and promoted by ICon Arts.

Since 2009 the ICon Arts team has worked with valuable regional representatives in Asia, Middle East and Europe, as they are all key-members of the international artistic community.

Official website, here.



Musical Autumn of Cluj

Since 1965, apart from its permanent season of concerts, the Transilvania State Philharmonic Orchestra organizes every year the Musical Autumn of Cluj Festival.

The festival presents symphonic concerts, vocal-symphonic concerts, chamber concerts, as well as old and contemporary music recitals. Some of these concerts cast a new light upon forgotten music works, some bring to the audience’s attention the latest new music creations.

It is the most important art music event in Transilvania and the oldest music festival in Romania.

Official website, here.

Facebook page, here.

Cluj Modern

Every two years, in the middle of Spring, the Cluj Modern Festival becomes, for one week, the center of attention in Romanian contemporary musical life. The Gheorghe Dima Music Academy is the principal organizer of the festival; its regular partners are the Transilvania State Philharmonic and the Sigismund Toduţă Foundation. Since its first edition in 1995 and until now, the artistic director of Cluj Modern is composer Cornel Ţăranu, an important member of Romanian cultural life and member of the Romanian Academy.

The festival is a very respected platform of the contemporary music events in the city. The program combines national and international creations, its guests being, since 2004 (the year the festival was founded), the most representative contemporary music personalities: among them, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecky or György Kurtág. The first live european broadcast of a concert in Cluj took place on March 29th 2009, on the occasion of the world premiere of Kurtág’s Colinda-Baladă.




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International Week of New Music

The International Week of New Music (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 Week of New Music 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.













Lucian Meţianu

Currently living in Switzerland, the valuable composer, researcher and professor Lucian Meţianu was born on June 3rd 1937, in Cluj. He attended the National University of Music in Bucharest, studying with Anatol Vieru, Aurel Stroe and Tiberiu Olah. He also graduated the Faculty of Electronics within the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. Between 1969-71 he specialized in electronic music in Köln with Herbert Eimert at Hochschule für Musik where he graduated with a paper titled Pythagoreis. He has been deeply interested in the theory of music, the mathematical aspect of music, being the author of works such as Quartets No.4 and No.5, Brevis Symphony or Dialogue for flute, piano and percussion. At the University in Bucharest, Meţianu befriended Octavian Nemescu and Corneliu Cezar, sharing the same preoccupations as him: electronic music and innovative composition techniques, “strange” for those times.

Lucian Meţianu is a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, SUISA, the transdisciplinary group Ganesha (Lausanne University), Réseau Audition (Swiss Universities), Committee of the Lausanne Society of Contemporary Music, Swiss Society of Musical Pedagogy, the Foundation Council of the Ribaupierre Institute. He is the founder of the Archebole Composers’ Association. He moved to Switzerland in 1984 where he taught composition at the Lausanne Robaupierre Institute (1985-2011) and electronic music at the Lausanne Conservatory (1990-98), where he created the electronic music lab. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit as an Officer for his entire cultural activity.

Lucian Meţianu composed chamber and symphonic music, as well as film music. Some of his chamber music works are Evocation (1973), Evolutio (1973), Evolutio (1974) and Eulogy (distinguished with the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists Award). He wrote articles such as Une ordonnance de la structure musicale (Muzica No.2/1981, Bucharest), Le geste – Espace, temps, Énergie, densitÉ (Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande, No.3/1987) and he appeared in various musical and film dictionaries, such as International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians Directory (10th edition), Grove Dictionary (London, 2011),  Filmlexikon or Die Neue MGG – Stichwortliste des Sachteils.


Laura Manolache

Laura Manolache (b. 1959, Bucharest) graduated the National Music University of Bucharest, the department of Musicology (1982) and Composition (2002). She was awarded a music doctorate for her dissertation with the title Twilight of the tonal era. At present she is teaching at the N.M.U.B. Since 1984 she has been member of the Romanian Composers’ Association and since 1991 she has also been a member of the Romanian branch of the International Society for Contemporary Music.
She has been awarded several important prizes for compositions, including the second prize in the N.M.U.B. Competition for chamber music (String Quartet – 1998) and The Grand Prix of the International Composition Competition “Aperto” (the Trio “Looks” for violin, clarinet and piano –1999).
Her oeuvre contains different instrumental – chamber opuses and also three recent symphonic works. Most of these have been recorded by the Romanian Society of Broadcasting, performed in concerts and festivals in Romania and numerous other European countries, as well as in the USA and Japan, printed by Editura Muzicală – Bucharest (Hommage – 1999, Trio”Looks” – 2000) and Müller & Schade Verlag – Berna (Ikone 2003).

Music on internet: The Balance of Time

Adina Sibianu

Adina Sibianu (born in Ploiești, Romania, March 9, 1981) graduated composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where she studied with professor Dan Dediu (2000 – 2005). She later attended post-graduated courses with composer Ștefan Niculescu at the same university (2005 – 2006).  In 2006, she was an Erasmus student at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany, where she studied with Violeta Dinescu. In 2006 she studied composition at Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany with professor Violeta Dinescu, as a Socrate-Erasmus student.

Adina Sibianu earned a PhD at the National University of Music in Bucharest in december 2011 with the dissertation “Coordination and Subordination in harmonic relation, mirrored in As If… for piano and orchestra”. She has been member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists since October 2012.

Several of her composition have been so far performed in concerts by Romanian ensembles. Str(e)ich for seven instrumentists (written in 2008) was performed by Archaeus Ensemble at Tinerimea Română (Bucharest, November 26, 2009) and Cantacuzino Palace (Bucharest, March 8, 2011). Air for chamber orchestra (writteng in 2009) was first performed by Profil-Sinfonietta Ensemble at Romanian Radio Hall (Bucharest, May 30, 2010) and by Icon Arts Ensemble at National University of Music in Bucharest, at first edition of the composition workshop (George Enescu International Music Festival,  September 7, 2011).

Between 2007 and 2012 she teached harmony, musical forms, piano and music theory at Carmen Sylva Art School in Ploiești, Romania. Since June 2012, Adina Sibianu works at the „George Enescu” National Museum, Bucharest, Romania.

Music on Internet: Air


Valentin Ghita

The oboist Valentin Ghita is one of the most active musicians of his generation. He was born in Cluj-Napoca – Romania in old tradition musical family. He studied oboe at the G. Dima Academy with Firuța Mesaroș and Aurel Marc, at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Florin Ionoaia and privately in Berlin with Matthias Becker. He also took different master classes with soloists such as: Francois Leleux, David Walter, Dorin Gliga, Tuomas Kaipainen, Emilia Ksánky, Hans Elhorst.

He was awarded five times with the prestigious  First price at national oboe competitions and he participated in some national and international music festivals such as: International Radio Orchestras Festival – Bucharest,  George Enescu International Festival – Bucharest;  Contemporary Music Festival – Masan, South Coreea.

In 2005 he was invited by The Bombay Chamber Orchestra Society as guest professor for the students in Mumbay.

Very active as solist, he played with orchestras such as: Radio Chamber Orchestra – Bucharest, Transilvania State Filarmonic Orchestra, Pitesti Filarmonic Orchestra, Targoviște Filarmonic Orchestra, Napoca Chamber Orchestra, Focșani Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestras of the National University of music in Bucharest and Gh. Dima Academy in Cluj-Napoca.

Since 2009, Valentin is principal oboist of the National Radio Orchestra and  member of the most important Romanian private music groups like: Sonomania and devotioModerna – contemporary music groups, Five Quintet – The National Radio Orchestra woodwind quintet, Camerata Regala  Camerata Lanto Arte and Romanian Youth Orchestra.


Ana Szilágyi

Ana Szilágyi was born on 29 of March 1971 in Bucharest in a music family. She frequented the Music High School in Brașov (Piano: Mira Popescu) and the „George Enescu“ Music High School in Bucharest (Piano: Cătălina Popovici). Between 1991-1997 she studied composition at National University of Music Bucharest with Dan Dediu and Aurel Stroe (1997 M.A.). Between 1994-1995 she received a scholarship at „Hochschule für Musik“ in Trossingen (Germany) where she studied composition with Jürgen Weimer. At National University of Music Bucharest she studied also organ with Lidia Sumnevici and wrote a PhD thesis (2009) with the theme The rapport time-form in the music of 20th century. Between 1996-1997 she was a pianist accompanist at „George Enescu“ Musik High School in Bucharest and between 1997-2002 an assistant at the „Transilvania“ University in Brașov, at the Music Faculty, teaching Musical Forms and Analyses. She received in 2002 the German Herder Grant (Hamburg) and went to Vienna. Between 2003-2006 she studied electroacustic composition with Dieter Kaufmann and got a Magister Degree at the „Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna. Between 2003-2007she studied also theory of music with Dieter Torkewitz at the same University and got the second Magister Degree. In 2011 she got the second PhD at the „Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna with the theme Incommensurability in Aurel Stroe’s Music Referring to his Opera-Trilogy „Orestia”, for which she received the Award of Excellence 2011 from the Ministry of Science and Research in Vienna. Actually she is lecturing at the University of Vienna, at the Institut of Musicology.

Ana Szilágyi received for his compositions many prizes, honours and grants., i.e.: German Herder-Grant, Austrian Prize Theodor Körner for promotion of science and art under the high care of the Austrian president, 3th Prize for radio play piece The School Time at the Technical University of St. Pölten (Austria). In 2012 she got a fellowship from the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture, Vienna. She received also other prizes in Bucharest, Cluj and Brașov. Her works were performed in many towns: Bucharest, Brașov, Bacău, Ploiești, Sinaia; Vienna: Wiener Konzerthaus, „Wien Modern“ Festival, „Electronic Spring“ Festival at Alte Schmiede, Arnold Schönberg Center, Romanian Cultural Institut of Vienna, Society of Music Theater; Cork (Ireland); Merkin Concert Hall of New York (USA); Tokio (Japan). In 2012 Electrecord produced a CD („Flights“, EDC 1074) with seven works of her. She had several Radio and TV broadcastings with her works, also articles and interviews in newspapers and revues: Der Standard (Austria), Actualitatea muzicală, Muzica, Gazeta de Transilvania (Romania), Ditutto (Italy). Her work covers several musical genres, like symphonic, chamber music, vocal, choral, electronic, multimedial.

She also published musicological articles and studies in the periodical Muzica and in the volume Divergenzen – Konvergenzen. Hermeneutische Paraphrasen und Phantasien (Laaber, 2010) and edited 2011 together with Sabina Ulubeanu the book Aurel Stroe and the European Musical Tradition.

Costin Soare

Born in Romania in 1978, Costin Soare is one of the most active and committed guitarists of his generation.  He gives solo recitals and chamber music recitals throughout Romania as well as abroad in France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Japan. He also teaches at two of the main music institutions in Bucharest. He works as a full-time teacher at the ‘Dinu Lipatti’ National College of Music, Bucharest and he is associate teacher at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Performance section – 2002-2006, 2008-2009 and present; Chamber Music – 2002-2006).

Costin Soare started playing guitar at the age of 15, graduating from the Brasov Faculty of Music (Transilvania University) with a diploma in Music Performance and Teaching (in the class of Corneliu Voicescu). Soon after, he was awarded a full scholarship for a Master in Music Performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he studied with Phillip Thorne and Allan Neave. During those years, he took part in masterclasses with renowned guitarists like Joaquin Cleerch, David Tanenbaum, Harvey Hope, Carlos Bonnell, Pablo Marquez, Zoran Dukic and Paolo Pegoraro; he won prizes in the National College and University Contests and in Craiova International Competition held in Romania.  His Ph. D. work with the dissertation entitled ‘The Sonata for Guitar in 1920-1950 period – The Neoromantic Generation’ was awarded ‘Magna cum Laudae’ in June 2011, showing his interest in theoretical research.

He is the co-organizer of the Guitar Evenings in Bucharest, a project started in 2008-2009 season of the ACCUMM Foundation series of concerts held in Sutu Palace. So far  the project ran around 10 concerts, either solos or chamber music, involving special guests.

Costin himself performs regularly in two chamber music ensembles: with the flute player Ion Bogdan Stefanescu (since 2008) and with the mezzosoprano Claudia Codreanu (since 2010), covering a repertoire ranging from John Dowland (played on the lute) to contemporary music. He also appears occasionally in other ensembles: guitar duo, violin-guitar duo or guitar with string quartet.  He was a co-director and performer in the play inspired by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s work  for narrator and guitar ‘Platero y yo’, staged in Bucharest, Baia-Mare and Sighisoara by Petru Maier Bianu. His programs can be defined by a thematic concept – such as recitals dedicated to Leo Brouwer, Toru Takemitsu (solo guitar and flute-guitar), ‘A Spanish Evening’ (solo guitar and voice-guitar), ‘Musica Nocturna’ (nocturnals for solo guitar from the 20th century), ‘Italian 100%’ (flute and guitar) – or by the historical approach to the instrument conceived as a live performance of the music from the various eras (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical etc.)