INTER-ART International Contemporary Music and Dance Group brings to the Romanian contemporary art scene a unique initiative of integrating live performance of new music and original choreography, featuring artistic personalities from Romania and abroad. The Inter-Art group brings to the Romanian contemporary art scene, a unique initiative of mixing live performances of new music with original choreographic creations. ARFA (Romanian Association of Women In Art) is the main producer and promoter. Its goal is to present a special dynamics of the performance, conceived as a miraculous travel between different cultures. The use of some ethnic instruments enriches the multicultural dialogue, offering to the composers, new possibilities and new ideas.

Created through the initiative of composer Mihaela Stanculescu-Vosganian and choreographer Liliana Iorgulescu, INTER-ART has a flexible formula which can includes a variable number of participants (instrumental and vocal soloists, dancers, composers, visual artists) according to the type of project undertaken. INTER-ART presents each different project as a countinous performance, alternating instrumental theatre pieces with dance episodes to live or recorded music, sometimes using electronic effects and or video projection, the whole conceived as a miraculous travel between cultures.

The group founding members are Mihaela Stanculescu-Vosganian (composer), Liliana Iorgulescu (dancer), Emil Sein (clarinetes/saxophones) and Barrie Webb (trombone); regular collaborators are Irinel Anghel, Andrei Kivu (performers) and Vlad Iachim, Razvan Mazilu, Andreea Duta (dancers).

Official websites, here and here.


ICon Arts Ensemble

The Transylvanian contemporary music group ”ICon Arts”  is named after the ICon Arts Festival – the starting point of this ensemble, founded in 2009 at Sibiu, by the percussion player Andrei Marcovici.

The ICon Arts Ensemble is conducted by Gabriel Bebeșelea, a young and talented artist who shares with his colleague the enthusiasm for a fresh approach of both classical and new music. The group  counts 15 young musicians, some – former students of ICon Arts Academy and others – performers in Sibiu National Philharmonic Orchestra, and its primarily goal is to promote contemporary music and  attract new audiences.

Among ICon Arts Ensemble collaborators, one could name: Theo Wolters (conductor), Alexandru Tomescu (violin), Rodica Vica (soprano), Ioana Ilie (piano) and Bogdan Sărătean (actor).

In September 2011, ICon Arts Ensemble was invited to perform during the composition workshop organized within the ”George Enescu” International Festival and it was highly appreciated by the participant lecturers (and members of the ”George Enescu” Composition Contest): Bernard Cavanna (France), Dan Dediu (Romania), Costin Miereanu (France), Octavian Nemescu (Romania), Cornel Taranu (Romania), Hubert Stuppner (Italy), Zygmunt Krause (Poland). Following this experience, the group has recevied the invitation for the next ”George Enescu” Festival, in 2013.

The year 2011 ended for ”ICon Arts” members on Sibiu Philhrmonic stage, performing Mahler’s 4th Symphony (reduction by Erwin Stein), with the Romanian soprano Rodica Vica, and its established conductor, Gabriel Bebeșelea.

Starting from 2013, the ICon Arts Ensemble is part of a 3 year project called the European Contemporary Orchestra (ECO), collaborating with renowned ensembles like Musiques Nouvelles (Belgium) and Telemaque (France), on various stages in Sibiu, Marseilles (France), Mons (Belgium) and also in ”George Enescu” Festival.


SonoMania is a new music ensemble from Bucharest founded in 2012 by composer Diana Rotaru. The purpose of SonoMania is to attract a more numerous audience for modern and contemporary music, through the remarkable enthusiasm, talent and dedication of its members. SonoMania is mostly interested in concerts with an interdisciplinary component (multimedia, photography, dance, performance), as well as promoting the young generation of Romanian new music creators. SonoMania’s repertoire includes new music as well as established works from the XXth century. SonoMania was so far included in international festivals of contemporary music, such as The International New Music Week in Bucharest (2012- 2013, 2016), InnerSound International New Arts Festival (Bucharest, 2012-2016), Bucharest Music Film Festival – ArCuB (2012-2014), Cluj Musical Autumn (Cluj 2016), Musical Craiova Festival (Craiova, 2016), CIMRO DAYS (Bucharest, 2014), The 18th Festival of Contemporary Music – Happoman 2012 (South Korea), the MERIDIAN ISCM-Romanian Section International Festival (Bucharest, 2012-2016), the Bucharest Biennale of Contemporary Arts (2012), Catsheuvel Festival (The Hague, 2014), White Night of the Art Galleries (Bucharest, 30 September 2016).

The core members of SonoMania are: Stefan Diaconu (flute), Valentin Ghita (oboe), Mihai Pintenaru (clarinet), Raluca Stratulat (violin), Tamara Dica (viola), Eugen-Bogdan Popa (cello), Mihai Murariu / Olga Podobinschi (piano).

Official website, HERE.

Facebook page, HERE.


Trio Contraste


Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu – flute(s)

Sorin Petrescu – piano

Doru Roman – percussions

 One of the best Romanian new music ensembles, Trio Contraste was founded in 1986. Since than, Trio Contraste has been performing all over Romania and abroad, over 40 concerts per year: Germany, Holland, Luxemburg, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Austria, China, Sweden, Poland. All three members of Contraste  also have highly respected solo careers, performing classical music as well but, when together, their main purpose is to promote Romanian contemporary music. Most of the trio repertoire was dedicated to Contraste by important Romanian composers like: Anatol Vieru, Aurel Stroe, Myriam Marbé, Stefan Niculescu, Nicolae Brandus, Octavian Nemescu, Corneliu Dan Georgescu, Eugen Wendel, Lucian Meţianu, Doina Rotaru, Violeta Dinescu, Maia Ciobanu, Sorin Lerescu, Dan Dediu, George Balint, Petru Stoianov, Irinel Anghel, Diana Rotaru etc

The Trio is permanently invited to take part in the “International New Music Week” festival in Bucharest, which takes place every year, in May. Also it performed in many international festivals like East – Vest Amsterdam (1991); Contemporary Music Festival – Huddersfield (1993); Nueva Musica – Bogota (1993); Musicarama – Hong- Kong (1995); Piano Plus Festival – Bamberg and Zeit fur Neue Musik – Bayreuth (2001); George Enescu Festival – Bucharest (2003, 2007), Culture Escape – Switzerland (2007), Stockholm New Music – Sweden (2008), Krakow New Music Festival – Poland (2008).

Trio Contraste was awarded the Romanian Composers and Musicologists Union Prize (UCMR) in 1986 and 2009 and, a few years later, in 1990, a Stipendienpreis in Darmstadt, Germany. One of its members – Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu – was also awarded the UCMR Prize, in 2007, for his solo activity.  In the same year, Trio Contraste became Solo Trio of “Banatul” Philharmonic in Timişoara.

The Trio is often invited to take part in many brodcasted cultural events. The ensemble has recorded for Romanian Radio Society, Deutschlandfunk-Köln, WDR, Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne, Bayeriche Rundfunk, Swiss 2.

Official website, HERE.


Founded in Bucharest in December 1982, following Sorin Lerescu’s initiative, the Group of New Music TRAIECT has had since its start as guiding light the promoting of contemporary works, particularly Romanian ones. TRAIECT has become, in its more than 30 years lifetime of concerts, both home and abroad, an ensemble dedicated to the most recent composing experiences yet, as well, a true school for the formation of new music interpreters. Numerous works have been written as a result of TRAIECT’s commissioning them, others have been dedicated to the ensemble by composers from various countries.The premiere/first audition was a constant of TRAIECT’s concerts, a trademark just like the idea of drawing towards the values of contemporary music more and more people from the general public.TRAIECT has, following this course, promoted the concept of ‘contemporary music show’, joining to it various ways of visualizing music: dancing, computer and graphic imagery, light works, poetry, all in an all-comprising, unifying vision on the meanings and purposes of art in today’s world.

Official website, HERE.


Archaeus Ensemble

The ARCHAEUS workshop of contemporary music, of “Tinerimea Romana” National Cultural Center in Bucharest, came into being in October 1985. They engaged in an intense activity of new music promotion, by participating in numerous musical events in Romania, Albania, Austria, Bulgarie, The Czech Republic, Denmark England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia, Moldavia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, U.S.A., as well as in a lot of other festivals which took place in Romania (: “George Enescu” – Bucharest, “SIMN” – Bucharest, “Meridian” – Bucharest, “Contemporary Music Days” – Bacau, “Cluj-Modern”, “Craiona Muzicala” “Festum Musicae”- Iasi “Timisoara Muzicala”, “Inter-Media” – Arad), and abroad (:“Spaziomusica” – Cagliari, “Antidogma Musica” – Torino, Huddersfield Festival, “Romaeuropa”, “Musique en Scène” – Lyon, “ENSEMS” – Valencia, “Spring in Bratislava”, “New Music Days” – Chisinau, “Extasis” – Geneve, “Synthesis” – Bourges, “Music of our Age” – Budapest, “Trieste Prima”, “Musica Nova” – Sofia, “International, Review of Contemporary Music’ – Belgrad, “Time of Music” – Viitasaari, “Alpi Marittime” – Ormea, “New Chamber Music” – Tirana, “Moscow Autumn”, ”Incontri con la Musica Contemporanea” – Bergamo, “Aspekte” – Salzburg, “FIMCA” – Alicante, “Days of Macedonian Music” – Skopje, “Neue Musik-Neue Klänge” – Köln, “Jours de Musique Contemporaine” – Blois etc). They rendered over 700 works, belonging to about 380 composers. Also, ARCHAEUS has recorded almost 30 CDs, thousands of minutes of Radio and TV recordings and has recorded soundtracks for over 20 movies. The ensemble also approaches old Byzantine music, classical music, jazz and film music.

Prizes and awards: The ATM prize for the quality of the presentation of several Romanian first auditions (1987); The UCMR prize (1990); The Romanian Music Critics’ Award (1991); The UCMR prize for promoting Romanian contemporary music (1992); The SOROS prize (1997); The Merit Diploma “Charm of the Lower Danube” – Bratislava (2001), The Gratitude Diploma “Mitropolia Banatului” – Timisoara (2002); The Merit Diploma “Nicolas Constantin Fotino” (2004); The Honor Diploma “Filarmonica Banatul” in Timisoara (2004); The Medal of Honor “Hochschule für Musik – München (2005); The Cultural Merit Medal (2005); The Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists Award (2006).
Since 1997,  Archaeus ensemble organizes the “Archaeus” festival in every October in Bucharest.

Official website here.

Profil Ensemble

Founded in 2003 by composer Dan Dediu, the new music ensemble Profil-Sinfonietta soon became one of the most valued and professional promotors of avant-garde music in Romania. Presence in international festivals, compact disc recordings and tours abroad (Germany, Switzerland) enhanced the cohesion of the ensamble in both national and international musical life under the inspired and confident baton of Tiberiu Soare. Designed as a modular and flexible instrumental formula (from 3 to 17 musicians), Profil-Sinfonietta is a new music workshop, assiduously promoting enshrined values of both Romanian and world music as well as new creations of young composers.