George Balint

George Balint (b. 1961) graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest (1986), at the Composition department of Prof. Stefan Niculescu, specializing in Orchestra Conducting with Iosif Conta,Constantin Bugeanu and Cristian Brâncuşi, when after a period of study with professor Cristian Brâncuşi, he obtains a M.A. degree (2001). Later on, he is granted the distinction “Doctor of Music” for the paper “Theoretical perspectives on the interpretative musical performance”. G. Balint is currently conductor at the National Operetta Theatre in Bucharest.
The music of George Balint has either traces of folkloric ethos – highlighted by means of rhythm, or by means of colors of a more abstract nature – sounding harmoniously. “I often suggest a world in which the main component is the nostalgia, in a way that, by avoiding contemplation, highlights the drama of the actual state of mind. There is always a minimum interval between the given time and the future of finalizing a journey of sounds, that, in my opinion, is nothing but a metaphor of Being. The poetic feature is the general aspect of my entire musical composition so far.”

MUSIC: 12 Blows

Carmen Maria Cârneci

Carmen Maria Cârneci was born in Romania. She first studied composition in Bucharest as a student of Dan Constantinescu, and later specialized in Freiburg, Germany, on a three years DAAD scholarship as a student of Klaus Huber.
She attended conducting classes with Constantin Bugeanu and Iosif Conta in Bucharest, with Kurt Masur in Weimar, Pierre Boulez in Avignon and Peter Eötvös in Szombathely. Cârneci won scholarships in Italy, France and England and conducting prizes in Austria and Germany.

As a composer she received important awards in Mannheim, Rome, Köln, Bucharest, Hong Kong, as well as commissions from The City Opera in Bonn and the Ensemble für neue musik Zürich, to name just a few. She was invited both as a conductor and a composer to several festivals of new music such as those at Donaueschingen, Dresden, Heidelberg, Zürich and Saarbrücken, and was artistic director of the International New Music Week in Bucharest in 2005 and 2006. She appeared as a guest conductor in Stuttgart (State Opera, Chamber Theatre), Milan (Piccola Scala) and Paris (Opéra Bastille) a.o. She is presently artistic director and conductor of the devotioModerna ensemble, also manager for the concert department of the National Museum George Enescu in Bucharest.

Among her works, published by Ricordi-München, Furore Edition-Kassel and Editura Muzicala-Bucharest, are The Garden, Das Hohelied,Trojtza, Semanterion-Toaca, O, viridissima, REm – Cello concerto, TraumLieder, OMENS.Herbs,steps, -embER, the two chamber cycles Giacometti-Szenen and OMENS, not to forget the opera Giacometti, premiered by the Neues Theater für Musik in Bonn under the baton of the composer.

SoundCloud account, here.

MUSIC on internet: O, viridissima