Octavian Lazăr Cosma

Octavian Lazăr Cosma (b. 15 februarie 1933, Treznea, Sălaj) is a Romanian musicologist. His parents, teachers Lazăr and Aurelia Cosma were killed during the ‘Treznea Masacre’ in September 1940, an attack over their village by the Horthyst troups after the defeat of the North part of Ardeal. He was married to Elena Cosma, pianist. They are both parents of Mihai Cosma, musicologist. He studied at Blaj School then at the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca and the N.A. Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in Leningrad with prof. Mihail Druskin. He has been a Doctor in Musicology since 1972 at the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca.

He is currently teaching at the National University of Music in Bucharest (academic tutor for the PhD students and musicology), the university where he actually started his teaching career in 1959 (for Aesthetics, Romanian Music History, Musicology). He was granted the title of Academician for the Romanian Academy and numerous Doctor Honoris Causa. He was the first academic tutor for the PhD students that the National University of Music in Bucharest had. He was member in the Universitary Diplomas and Titles National Council. He was chair of the Musicology Department at the National University of Music Bucharest between 1977 and 1985.

He was secretary of the Musicology and Music Critic Department of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union (1963-1993) then Vice-President of the same Union (1993-2005). He was interim president for this Union between 2005 and 2006 and full elected president between 2006 and 2010. He was President of the Romanian Authors’ Unions’ National Alliance. He was Editor-in-Chief for “Muzica” Magazine (1990-2010). He is a member or president in numerous juries for different performing, composing competitions or even for head position occupancies inside the Romanian Ministry of Culture. He is an active member in the Romanian Cultural Institute Administration Council and the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union Executive Committee.

He published hundreds of studies and articles for newspapers and magazines in Romania and abroad (U.S.A, formal U.R.S.S., Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany etc.). He was invited as a speaker for hundreds of radio and television shows in Romanian and abroad. He participated to numerous symposiums, conferences, conventions etc., in Romania, U.S.A., formal U.R.S.S., France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Irak, Belgium, Holland, formal Yugoslavia, Austria, United Kingdm, Sweden, Norway, Japan etc. He is the author of more than 80 articles about Romanian music and musicians, published in the most important musical dictionary, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

He is Doctor Honoris Causa for “Gheorghe Dima” Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca and “George Enescu” Arts University in Iasi. He is a member of the American Musicological Society. He was granted numerous prizes, from which we mention: The Romanian Academy Prize, several Prizes of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union and Romanian Gouvernment Decorations. He is a Honorary Citizen for the city of Blaj and for his birth place, Treznea. Since 2011 he is a correspondent member for the Romanian Academy (the only musicologist in the Academy’s history that was granted this type of recognition). Octavian Lazăr Cosma and composer Cornel Țăranu are now the only two musician members of the Romanian Academy. Other members of the Romanian Academy that were musicians: folklorists Teodor T. Burada and Constantin Brăiloiu, composers George Enescu, Sigismund Toduță, Sabin Drăgoi, Matei Socor, Ștefan Niculescu.

He wrote the following books (selective list): Romanian Opera (2 volumes); Enescu’s Oedip (1967), Bucharest; Chronicles of the Romanian Music (9 volumes); Chronicles of the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest (1st volume is released); The Romanian Musical Universe – Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union; Symphonics of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation – 1928-1998; The Bucharest Philharmonic in the light of the music critic – 1921-1945; National University of Music in Bucharest at it’s 140th anniversary (History of the Bucharest Conservatoire) (first 3 volumes); Cluj Romanian Opera – 1919-1999 (2 vol.)



Loredana Baltazar

Loredana Baltazar, born in 1966, in Pitești, has a double graduate degree at the National University of Music from Bucharest: Instrumental Pedagogy (1991) and Musicology (1994). Between 1994-1995 she attended Advanced Studies in Musicology (postgraduate level).  In 2012 she got her Bachelor’s Degree at the Hyperion University from Bucharest, Faculty of Arts – Film and TV Directing. In 2014 she completed her Master’s Degree in Dramaturgy and Script Writing at the same University. In 2012 she attended courses at UNATC I.L.Caragiale Bucharest (Sunday School – Film Acting) and at Transilvania Pictures in Cluj (Dov Simens’ 2-Day Film School for Film Producers).

She has been a member of numerous associations as: the Romanian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music since 1999, the Romanian Association of Women in the Arts since 2002, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists since 2007 and of the UARF (Union of Authors and Filmmakers) since 2013.

Loredana Baltazar was an associate teacher of Harmony and Musical Forms (1994-1996) at the National University of Music from Bucharest, Music Education teacher (2003-2004) at the Theatre Department of the Dinu Lipatti National Arts College, Aesthetics and Art Theory teacher (2008-2009)  and currently a piano teacher (since 1991) at the same College. Between 2007 and 2009, she was the site editor for the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists. Between 1996 and 1998 she took part in the working committees of the International New Music Week  Festival and, in 1999, of the World Music Days - ISCM Festival. In 2005 she was executive director and in 2006, assistant director of  the International New Music Week Festival,  in 2005 and 2007 she was part of the organizational team of the George Enescu International Festival (conception of promotional printed materials for the 18th edition).

Between 1999 and 2009, Loredana Baltazar coordinated and presented a series of audio-concerts, performed monthly under the aegis of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists and of the George EnescuNational Museum, a series that became, in 2003, the cycle  “Romanian Music and Poetry “; she also realized original posters and program-sheets for each event. Between 1988 and 2012 she presented various choral performances and vocal-instrumental recitals, as well as the Gala of young talents. Since 2008 she has collaborated with Sergio Tour SRL, a tourism company, realizing a series of touristic promotional DVDs (as a cinematographer and as an editor).

Loredana Baltazar published musical chronicles, essays, studies, interviews, book and score reviews, in “Actualitatea Muzicală”, “Cotidianul” (Suplimentul literar si artistic), “Orpheus” and “Opus” of the Academy of Music, “Muzica”, “Azi” (“Spectacolul muzicii” supplement), “Observatorul cultural”, “Cuvântul”, “Bucureștiul cultural”, “Jurnal de Festival”, “Altitudini”, “Tango” etc., online commentaries on the site of the Ministry of Culture (, agenda LiterNet, CD presentations (the cycles “Anthology of Romanian Symphonic Music” and “Contemporary Music Week 2005-2006″).

Between 2010 and 2013, Loredana Baltazar created the following short films: „Ephemerides”(musical film-essay), „The voice of crying” (documentary portrait), „Happy years together!”(fiction/comedy), „Sucker” (fiction/comedy), „Art like an exercise” (documentary), „Illusions” (fiction), two very short fiction films (comedies also): „Anniversary” (cinematographer, director) and „Envy” (cinematographer, director, editor, actor), several musical videos (Les temps des cathedrales, Ciuleandra etc.) Her short films „Happy years together!” and „Sucker” were selected and screened at the International Film Festival Comedy from Cluj (2011 and 2012) and at the International Digital Film Festival Future Movie, Galaţi (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

At the beginning of 2015 she completed her first DVD project (as both cinematographer and editor): „Romanian composers and performers in spectacular hypostases”. The project was a collaboration with the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists and it contained three videos selected from the concerts of the „International Week of New Music Festival” (the 23rd and 24th editions).

Studies about contemporary music: “The musical destiny of Opera Aperta”: Muzica, Bucharest 1996; “The Aleatorism, a doctrine of negation?”: Muzica, Bucharest 1997.

Finished volumes: „The John Cage phenomenon”, „Opening performances of contemporary piano works”, „Quo vadis FESTIVAL, quo vadis MUSICA?”, Chronicles of contemporary music festivals (SIMN, SMC, Musica Nova, Archaeus, World Music Days, SNR-SIMC Festival, Decade of Romanian music).

Awards: - the Culture brings souls together Diploma at the Digital Film Festival Future Movie, Galaţi, for the portrait-film „The voice of crying” dedicated to the composer Doru Popovici (2010); the Diploma of Excellence, awarded by the Faculty of Arts – Ovidius University Constanta, for permanent collaboration (2009, 2010); finalist at the Portrait of a woman national photo contests on-line, 2010 (organized by the Adevărul newspaper ), “Haiku – my city”,  (organized by in 2011)  and “Take photos to the civic implication!” (organized by Public Center of Soros Fundation in 2012).


Florinela Popa

Florinela Popa is lecturer at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she graduated music education and musicology (by Professor Valentina Sandu-Dediu). She also works as a scientific researcher at the National Museum „George Enescu”, Bucharest. During her doctoral studies, in 2005-2006 she participated in a „Sokrates-Erasmus” program at the University of Leipzig.

She took part in international projects such as Musica migransLebenslinien mittel- und  osteuropäischer Musiker, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Helmut Loos, University of Leipzig (2007-2008), and EthnoArc (2008), receiving a research grant from New Europe College, Bucharest. She is postdoctoral research fellow at New Europe College (2011-2012), at National University of Music Bucharest – MIDAS (2012-2013).

She is the author of the books Mihail Jora. A European Modern (Bucharest 2009), Sergei Prokofiev (Bucharest 2012); co-author of the volumes I-V in the series Documents in the Archive of the National Museum „George Enescu”: Articles on George Enescu in Periodicals (Bucharest 2009-2012). She wrote studies and articles in some collective volumes (Musical Aesthetics: Another Kind of Manual. Bucharest, 2007; Tiberiu Olah and the Multiple Facets of Postmodernism. Bucharest, 2008) and in magazines as Musicology Today, Secolul XXI, Dilemateca, Muzica, Journal of Ethnography and Folklore, Acord, Actualitatea muzicală.

Ruxandra Arzoiu

Ruxandra Arzoiu, born in 1961 in Bucharest, is a graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest, the Musicology section, Bucharest 1984. She has been a member of the Romanian Union of Composer and Musicologists since 1990. She has had a Ph D in Musicology since 1999. Ruxandra Arzoiu is currently a producer for the Musical Department of the Romanian National Radio (since 1990), doing programs about contemporary music, universal and Romanian, as well as about the interference of arts, the word-music relation, etc.

Her significant volumes are: Mihail Andricu – monography: Muzica, Bucharest, 1999; Romanian Chamber Opera, Muzica, Bucharest, 2002; Into Mahler’s symphonies universe – interviews with the composer Aurel Stroe: Muzica, Bucharest,2003; Viorel Cosma – monography: Muzica, Bucharest, 2005; Cultural paradigms in Aurel Stroe’s musical works: Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest 2007.

She publishes in music and general culture journals  in Romania, such as “Romania libera”, “Actualitatea muzicala”, “Romania Literara”, etc.

Studies about contemporary music: “Musical folclor as a vehicle?” - Serbian Musicology Society, Belgrad 2008; “”George Enescu” International Musicology Symposium”: Muzica, Bucharest 2007; “Aurel Stroe and the musical european tradition”: Glissando, UNMB, 2011; “George Enescu-another kind of portret” in Zwischen Zeiten und Welten‏, Oldenburg, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, 2011,  “Muzica” journal.

Awards: The “Mihai Moldovan” Prize, awarded by UNCER  for the broadcasting program: Stylistic coordinates in XX centurys music, 1992; the  Prize of Musical Critics for achieving outstanding radio programs , 1995; the Prize of Cultural Radio Channel for  Creativity , originality in radio programs, 1998; the Prize of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists, for the book Cultural paradigms in Aurel Stroe’s musical works, 2007; the ” Cultural Merit” Order in rank of Knight, B category „Music”, 2008.


Antigona Rădulescu

Antigona Radulescu holds a PhD in musicology (2002). She is an associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest teaching courses on polyphony, semiotics and musical narratology. Since 1991, she has been a memeber of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists and since 2010, secretary of the Musicology section.

Her musicological activity includes: published books – Perspective semiotice în muzică (Semiotic Perspectives in Music, 2003), Johann Sebastian Bach (2010); main collaborator of the volume by Valentina Sandu-Dediu Muzica românească între 1944-2000 (2002), translated into German (2006 ; Rumänische Musik nach 1944); coordinator and co-author of the collective volume Estetica. Un alt fel de manual (Aesthetics. Another type of text book, 2007); author of several university courses on counterpoint and musical semiotics (1999, 2005, 2006); studies on various themes, from semiotics to modern and contemporary creation, published in academic journals; coordinator of the National University of Music Bucharest journal Acord.

Cristina Sârbu

Cristina Maria Bohaciu Sârbu was born in 1953 in Orastie, Hunedoara (Romania). She studied musicology and violin at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj. She also has a diploma in Romanian and German at the department of Language Studies of the University in Cluj (1981) and has been, since 1998, a Doctor in Musicology. She has been active as musicologist, journalist, violin teacher and cultural manager. She is member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists and she has contributed to studies of musicology and musical critical articles in Romanian, German and Hungarian at several magazines. She contributes to the programmes of Radio Romania in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest and to the programmes of the Romanian Television, as well as being a contributor to the GOETHE Institute in Bucharest (the German cultural programmes for Romania). Between 1996-2004  she was Editor in chief of the Literature, Arts & Science Department and since 2004, she has been a Producer at the “News and current affairs” department at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation. Since 2005 she works as a PR at the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest.

Books: Carl Orff: Anima, Bucharest, 1995; Hans Werner Henze: Anima, Bucharest, 1997; Opera Lexicon: Du Style, Bucharest, 1999; Nietzsche and the Music: Contemporanul.Ideea europeana, Bucharest, 2004.

Scholarships, Festivals: Internationes, Berlin, 1990; Deutscher Musikrat Bonn: 1991, 1993, 1995; Haendel Gesellschaft Karlsruhe : 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997; Brahms Gesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 1993; Orff-Zentrum, Carl Orff Stiftung München 1993, 1994, 1995; Bundesministerium fur Untericht und Kunst, Wien, 1993; Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Weimar, 1996, 1997; Wagner-Festspiele, Bayreuth, 1990, 1993; Salzburger Festspiele, 1991; Berliner Festwochen, 1991,1992; Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgard, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997; Schubertiade Feldkirch, 1992; Internationales FRANZ SCHUBERT Institut, Wien, 1991; Bregenz-Festspiele, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998; Ambrasser Schlosskonzerte, Innsbruck, 1992, 1996, 1998; Oper der Stadt Köln, 1994; Kammermusik Festival ALLEGRO VIVO, Österreich, 1994; Haendel Festspiele, Halle-Saale, 1994; Kasseler Musiktage, 1995; Dresdner Opern Festpiele 1998; Course “Media in the UK”: July – August 1997, BBC World Service

Symposiums: Rumanian und die deutsche Klassik, Weimar, March 1995; Symphosium CARL ORFF, Salzburg, 1995; Musikleben der Deutschen im Kontext sudosteuropaischer Musikkultur, Lowenstein, April, 1997

Member of jury: XII Concorso Internazionale “Camillo Togni”, Brescia, Italy, December 14-17, 2000; XIII Concorso Internazionale “Camillo Togni”, Brescia, Italy, December 2001; Radio Competition IAWRT , November 2005


Ştefan Angi (Angi István)

Ştefan Angi (Angi István) was born in 1933, in Ojdula, Covasna. He is member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (UCMR). He has a PhD in Musicology, with the dissertation Music and Affection, held in Moscow, in 1965. He is currently professor at the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music  and the “Babeş-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, as well as the “Partium” Christian University  in Oradea, where he teaches disciplines like Aesthetics, Music Aesthetics and Modern Theories of Music. He also teaches special courses for the Master and Doctoral level – Interartistic Dialogue, History of Ideas - History of Images.

His significant volumes are: Zene és esztétika (Music and Aesthetics), 1975; Az esztétikum zeneisége (The Musicality of Aesthetics), 2001; A zenei szépség modelljei (Models of Beauty in Music), 2003; Prelegeri de estetică muzicală I,II. (Lectures of Music Aesthetics I, II.), 2004; Értéktől jelentésig (From Value to Sense), 2004; Fotografii la minut din atelierele compozitorilor clujeni (Minute-photos in Workshops of Composers from Cluj), 2008. Stefan Angi is co-author of numerous study volumes. He publishes in music and general culture journals  from Romania and Hungary.


Bianca Temeş

Bianca Ţiplea Temeş  is  a  musicologist  and  Reader  Ph.D.  of  Music  Theory  at Gh. Dima Music Academy in Cluj. Born on November 21, 1969 in Vişeu de Sus, Maramureş, she holds a degree in Piano and Musicology recognised by the Education Ministry in Madrid, an M. Phil. in Musicology granted by the Gh. Dima Music Academy, leading to a Ph.D. earned from the Music University in Bucharest, in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dan Voiculescu. She attended Aurel Stroe’s Master Class in Cluj (1995) and György Kurtág’s Master Class in Budapest (2005). Since she holds separate degrees in Musicology and in Business Management (M.B.A. granted by Babeş-Bolyai University), she combines her academic career with the post of Music Programme Manager of the Transylvania Philharmonic, where she is currently head of the Artistic Department. She also held the position of temporary supervisor at the Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo (during the season 2008-2009).

Her writings cover the historical, stylistic and analytical spectrum of a wide range of composers, from Haendel to Glass, Dallapiccola, Crumb, Xenakis and Dutilleux, as well as the music of Transylvania, addressing the works of such composers as Max Eisikovits, Tudor Jarda, Augustin Bena, and Dan Voiculescu. A special emphasis is accorded to 20th century and contemporary music, and her principal area of research is the music of György Ligeti and György  Kurtág, both of whom were born in Romania (Transylvania and the Banat region, respectively). Her books have been published in Romania, and her articles in leading journals in such countries as Switzerland, Spain, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Romania, and the U.S.A. She participated in conferences in her native country (Bucharest, Cluj, Iaşi, Oradea), but also in Oldenburg (Germany), Vienna, Vilnius, Dublin, Rome, and at the University of Cambridge, in the UK.

Since 2010 she has been visiting professor at the University of Oviedo/Spain, in 2012 at Istituto Superior di Studi Musicali P. Mascagni, Livorno. She was also awarded an Erasmus Grant at the University of Cambridge, U.K. (2010, 2011), studying with the renowned musicologists Nicholas Cook and Nicholas Marston. In 2011/2012 she received a three-month research grant from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel/Switzerland. As a consequence of her findings in the Ligeti collection in Basel, she recently obtained a two-month DAAD Scholarship at Humboldt University in Berlin, her application being supported by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hermann Danuser.

She is a member of the Mozart Romanian Society Board in Cluj, as well as of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and a probationary member of the Romanian Composers’ and Musicologists’ Society (U.C.M.R.). She is also a member of the editorial committee for the Journal “Studia Musica“, Cluj, Peer Review for the Journal “Musicology Papers”, Cluj, and Peer Review SAGE Open, London/UK.

She has also embarked on a second doctorate in Art History and Musicology at the University of Oviedo, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ramón Sobrino Sánchez, on the subject of the nocturnal landscape in 20th century music. Among her many ongoing research projects is the post-doctoral programme M.I.D.A.S. at the National University of Music in Bucharest, offering close readings of the connection between Ligeti’s oeuvre and Romanian spirituality.

Books:  Augustin Bena. Monograph (Augustin Bena. Monografie): Risoprint, Cluj, 2004, ISBN: 973-656-794-x; Antifonia in extenso: Risoprint, Cluj, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-53-0824-7; revised and  enlarged edition from 1999; Music Theory. Aspects of musical semiography: graphic notation (Teoria Muzicii. Aspecte de semiografie muzicală: Notaţie grafică): Risoprint, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-53-0837-7

List of selected Journal articles and Conference Proceedings:

“10th International Music Theory Conference: Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music”, Ed. Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius, 2013 (forthcoming) - The Image behind the Music. Visual Elements in Ligeti’s Oeuvre

Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, Ed. Schwabe AG, Basel/Muttenz - Tracking down Ligeti’s Unfinished Third and Fourth String Quartets, nr.25/2012 

Theorie und Geschichte der Monodie. Bericht der Internationalen Tagung 2010. Band 6, Tribun EU, s.r.o., Brno - Byzantinische Monodie als Inspirationsquelle der rumänischen  Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts, 2012

Journal “Musicology Papers”, Ed. MediaMusica, Cluj - Cluj Musical Legacy and the Baroque Idiom. Case study: “Fantasia e fuga sulle pedale per organo” by Dan Voiculescu, Vol. XXVI, Nr. 2/2011

IFCC 2011. Proceedings of the 2011 3rd International Conference on Future Computer and Communication (session Mathematics and Arts), ASME Press, New York - The Algebra of intervals as a rhetoric device in “Fantasia e fuga sulle pedale per organo” by Dan Voiculescu

“Cuadernos de Música Iberoamericana”, Ed. Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales  (ICCMU), Madrid – Manuel de Falla – John Cage: bipolaridad estilística en el repertorio pianístico nocturno de la  primera mitad del siglo XX, No.25/2010, ISSN: 1136-5536

“10th International Music Theory Conference: Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music”, Ed. Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius - Byzantine music revisited: from vocal monody to electronic music in the works of Romanian  composers of the 20th century, 2011, ISBN: 978-9986-503-97-2

“Studia Musica” Journal, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj - Ligeti’s String Quartet no.1; stylistic incongruence?, No. 2/2008;  In memoriam Dan Voiculescu. Coda to “A Book without end”, No. 2/2009;  Ralph Vaughan Williams: “A Cambridge Mass”. About a newly discovered manuscript and a world premiere, in conversation with Maestro Alan Tongue, No.1/2011; New Trends in Modern Musicology. A discussion with Professor Nicholas Cook, No.1/2012;  Where Two Worlds Meet: Ligeti and Romanian Folk Music, No. 2/2012

Actualitatea Muzicală, Ed. UCMR, Bucureşti - From  „Cluj Modern”  to  Palais  Garnier. The Itinerary of the piece Colinda–Baladă op.46 by  György Kurtág, No. 1/January 2011; Interactive music, No. 9/2011; Anniversaries of the „Cluj Musical Autumn” Festival. Adrian Pop at 60, No.11/2011; Remote Ctrl. Multimedia  interactive music, No. 3/2012

“Intermezzo” Journal, Gh. Dima Music Academy, Cluj - Musicalia: Ortega y Gasset and the issue of art reception, December, 2008; Quo Vadis Symphony Orchestra? The trajectory of an artistic entity from “La Grande Bande”   to the “YouTube” Symphony Orchestra, March, 2009; Philip Glass in Asturias. Objective-subjective report over the concert and press conference in  Gijón, July, 2009; Remember Dan Voiculescu, December 2009

“Confluenţe cultural-artistice. Mari compozitori aniversaţi 2009: Haendel şi Haydn” (vol.I), Ed. Mega, Cluj - Aria da capo in Haendel’s work. The aesthetics of a paradox, 2010

“Confluenţe cultural-artistice. Mari compozitori aniversaţi 2009: Paul Constantinescu şi Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” (vol.II), Ed. Mega, 2011, Cluj - An exceptional editorial release: The Systematic Catalogue of Mendelssohn’s oeuvre printed  by Breitkopf&Härtel, 2009 

“Studia Judaica”, Ed. Efes, Cluj - Max Eisikovits´ Lieder, intersection aria of Jewish, Romanian and Hungarian musical culture,  2006

“Adevărul de Cluj” newspaper; “Făclia de Cluj” newspaper — Over 70 articles (1992 – 2012)



Ştefan Firca

Stefan Firca holds a Master’s degree in music history from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, and has completed his Ph.D. in musicology at the Ohio State University, United States, with a dissertation on the carnivalesque aspects of the late 1960s psychedelic culture (Circles and Circuses: Carnivalesque Tropes in the Late 1960s Musical and Cultural Imagination, 2011). With a teaching experience in the history of both art music and rock music, he has written on topics ranging from Henry Purcell to Giacinto Scelsi, but is particularly interested in the popular culture of the 20th century, the nexus between avant-garde and popular music, film and film music, and issues of cultural imagination.

Stefan Firca has teached at the Ohio State University School of Music (2003-2011) and is currently a lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest, in the department of Musicology (courses on History of Pop Music Culture and Musicology), while pursuing a MIDAS post-doctoral program at the same university.

Stefan Firca was involved in various editorial and collaborative projects, from book, journal (Opus Journal, 1998-2000) and score editing to radio broadcasts. He was awarded the Graduate Outstanding Achievement Award (2006) and the Jack & Zoe Johnstone Graduate Award for Excellence in Musicology (2007) at the Ohio State University School of Music, Columbus, USA.

Journal articles:  ”Daniel Kientzy in the Romanian Musical Landscape”, Muzica, Vol. 1 (29), 1997; “Music-Text Relationship in George Dima’s lieder”, SCIA, Vol. 44, 1997; “Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas”, Opus, Vol. 1 (1), 1998; “Giacinto Scelsi: Fragments from a Portrait”, Opus, Vol. 2 (3), 1999; “Order and Classification in ‘The Art of Fugue’”, Opus, Vol. 1 (2), 1999; “Modal Projection and Developmental Principles in Gheorghe Costinescu’s ‘Modal Inventions’”, Opus, Vol. 1 (5), 2000; “Cross and Double-Reading Musical Modernism: A Palimpsestic View”, Muzica., Vol. 4 (24), 2005; “Music and the Specters of Marx”, Muzica, Vol. 2 (66), 2006

Chapters in books:  ”Anatol Vieru’s Theoretical Writings: The Chronology of the Modal Direction”, in Simpozion de muzicologie ‘Anatol Vieru,’ Bucuresti, 1999, Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Patricia Firca, Stefan Firca (eds.), Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2001; “Rumänische Komponisten aus der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts”, in Rumänische Musik nach 1944, Saarbrücken, Germany: Pfau-Verlag, 2006; ”Manele between Underground and Mainstream: Anglo-American Notes on a Subcultural Style” , in Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music, Speranţa Rădulescu (ed.), Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012 (forthcoming).

Books: Imbroglio, Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2012 (forthcoming)

Links: Bio, Ph.D. dissertation abstract


Valentina Sandu-Dediu

Acclaimed musicologist and pianist Valentina Sandu-Dediu was born on November 27, 1966, in Bucharest. She is presently a professor at the Department of Musicology and Education, the National University of Music Bucharest, as well as a Permanent Fellow at New Europe College, Bucharest (since January 2010). After a Bachelor in Musicology (1990) and a PhD (1995) at the National University of Music Bucharest, she was granted Postdoctoral scholarships at New Europe College, Bucharest (1996-97) and at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (“Andrew Mellon”, 2000). Since1993 until present she has taught courses of history of 20th century music, musicology, stylistics, theories of musical performance in N.U.M.B. Together with Ioana Pârvulescu she taught courses of literature and music (the result of a scholarship granted by New Europe College, NEC-LINK program, 2008). She has also taught during the International summer classes in Cisnădie, Icon Arts (2007-2011). Since 2005 she has been a Doctoral Advisor at N.U.M.B..

Since 2010 she has been Founder and Director of the online magazine Musicology Today, as well as Coordinator of the program Black Sea Link at New Europe College.

Publishes books: Stylistic and Symbolic Hypostases of Mannerism in Music (Bucharest, Editura Muzicala 1997), New Music between Modern and Postmodern (Bucharest, Editura Muzicala 2004), Rumänische Musik nach 1944 (Saarbrücken, Pfau, 2006), Ludwig van Beethoven (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2008, 115 pag.), Choice, Affect, Attitude. Style and Rhetoric in Music (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2010), Robert Schumann (Bucharest, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, 2011).

Essays: „Towards Modern Music in Romania“, in East Central Europe / L’Europe du Centre Est: Eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift. Budapesta, Vol.30, part 2, 2003, pp.1-19; „Rumänische Komponisten zwischen den ‚gemässigten’, den ‚radikalen’ Moderne und der Postmoderne”, in Musicology, Journal of the Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 6, Belgrade, 2006, p.147-164; “Dodecaphonic Composition in 1950s and 1960s Europe: The Ideological Issue of Rightist or Leftist Orientation”, in Journal of Musicological Research, Taylor & Francis, Volume 26, 2007, Issue 2-3, pages 177 – 192; “Zur Rezeption der Moderne in Rumänien – ein Begriff und seine Auslegungen”, in Ereignis und Exegese. Musikalische Interpretation – Interpretation der Musik. Festschrift für Hermann Danuser zum 65. Geburtstag. Herausgegeben von Camilla Bork, Tobias Robert Klein, Burkhard Meischein, Andreas Meyer, Tobias Plebuch, Edition Argus, Schliengen, 2011, p. 755-759.

Since 2004 Valentina Sandu-Dediu is an expert invited in several working groups organized by the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musihochschulen): for research, for the 3rd cycle and for accreditation. She is member of the following professional organisations: Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists (since 1991), Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (since 2008), International Musicological Society (since 2012).

She has won numerous prizes, among which, The Prize of the Romanian Academy for the book Ipostaze stilistice şi simbolice ale manierismului în muzică (1997), The Prize of the Academy of Science Berlin-Brandenburg, Peregrinus Stiftung (Rudolf Meimberg, 2008) and  The Prize of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists, for the book Alegeri, atitudini, afecte. Despre stil și retorică în muzică (2010).

As a pianist, Valentina Sandu-Dediu recorded the following CDs of chamber music (selection): Romanian Music for Clarinet and Piano, Ray Jackendoff – clarinet, Valentina Sandu-Dediu – piano (works by Marţian Negrea, Ştefan Niculescu, Dan Dediu, Constantin Silvestri), Editura Muzicală 018, Bucharest, 2002. UCMR-ADA 2 A 12373 and Albany Records, U.S.A., 2003; Recital de clarinette Aurelian Octav Popa, Piano – Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Fundaţia Societatea de concerte Bistriţa, Okean, 2004; Dan Dediu – Apfelwürmer: I.B.Ştefănescu (Flöte), V.Sandu-Dediu, D.Dediu (Klavier), Cavalli-Records, Bamberg, CCD 288, 2007; Dan Dediu – Piano Pieces: D.Dediu/V.Sandu-Dediu (Idyllen und Guerrillen op.76), NEOS Music (Deutschlandradio), 2007.