Dan Dediu: Composer Portrait @ RCI New York


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Composer Portrait: Dan Dediu

Diptic / Diptych

One of the most prolific personalities of the Romanian musical scene, Dan Dediu, will perform in a piano recital at Klavierhaus, inManhattan, onAugust 2nd 2013, at7pm, introducing his compositions to the American audiences.

Join duo piano players Valentina Sandu-Dediu and Dan Dediu for the American premiere of the piano four-hands Cycle Idyllen & Guerrillen, Fantasia fantomagica sul nome B.E.C.H. op.97 for piano four-hands, Lévantiques op.64 for piano, Les Barricades mistérieuses – reloaded for piano.

Meet the Romanian musicians for an additional event at the Romanian Cultural Institute inNew York, onAugust 3rd, 2013at7pm.: video-snapshots from the opera A Lost Letter (2009/13), a production of the Bucharest Romanian National Opera.

Dan Dediu was born on 16th March 1967 in Braila, Romania. He graduated composition at the Music University in Bucharest (1989) and attended post-graduate courses at HMdK in Vienna (1990/91). Scholar- and Fellowships were offered by Alfred-Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, Alban-Berg Foundation, Vienna, New Europe College, Bucharest, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr, Switzerland, Bavarian Ministry for Culture, Germany. Among his teachers one could name the composers Stefan Niculescu, Dan Constantinescu and Francis Burt. Guest Lecturer at Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland (1994), invited for the Summer Workshop in Computing for Composers, IRCAM, Paris (1994), Dediu was in 1999, 2001, 2007/8 artistic director of the New Music Festival in Bucharest “International Week of New Music”. Since 2003 leads Profil-Sinfonietta Bucharest, in the same year was appointed Professor for Composition and in 2008 was elected Rector of the National University of Music,Bucharest.

He received prizes and awards for composition in Vienna, London, Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Dresden, Ludwigshafen. His over 150 works are world-wide performed and produced on CDs by Albany Records, Cavalli and NEOS.  “The music of Dan Dediu could be described as versatile, nervous, with a specific feature of dynamic restlessness. He works with forms, which consists every time in an alternation of good perceptible sonorities, pithy microuniverses.” (Lothar Knessl).

Valentina Sandu-Dediu graduated in musicology from the National Music University of Bucharest in 1990. She has been teaching at the same institution since 1993 (professor of musicology and stylistics). She wrote over 30 studies, 300 articles, and 7 books (see Rumänische Musik nach 1944, Pfau Verlag, Saarbrücken, 2006; Alegeri, atitudini, afecte. Despre stil și retorică în muzică, Ed. Didactică și Pedagogică, București 2010). She has authored series of programmes for  RadioRomania. She also plays the piano in chamber music (CDs released inRomaniawith Aurelian Octav Popa, inGermany/ Neos with Dan Dediu, and inBoston/Albanywith Ray Jackendoff).

Valentina Sandu-Dediu was a fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, she is a permanent fellow of New Europe College, Bucharest, and received the Peregrinus-Stiftung Prize of Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften in 2008.

The opera “A Lost Letter” by Romanian composer Dan Dediu had its premiere at the Bucharest Romanian National Opera. Based on a theater play by the famous Romanian writer Ion Luca Caragiale, the opera’s delightful mix of styles and sounds is explained by the author: “Steven Hansom – a tango by Piazzolla. Zachary Doddery – soiled by Balkan rhythms and tunes; Nick Yapper, a versatile slippery-slope from slow dancing and romance to habanera and French cancan. Jim McPlatter and his double Joe O’Feta are swinging between bossa nova and Turkish peshrev. ”A sloshed citizen” facing the splashes of a Moldavian fanfare. Agamemnon Blunderache is a political alien from space, drenched in a folk-wine reduction, with a funny odor of suburban pub song. The crowd is a shouting and partying army of blockheads. And, of course, Zoe – a human, loving and suffering soul under a bolero armor.”

Four-Hands Piano Cycle ”Idyllen & Guerrillen” is a tribute to famous female characters: Dulcinea (Cervantes), Beatrice (Dante), Margaret (Goethe), Ophelia (Shakespeare). Each romance is a musical portrait of femininity. The tribute is introduced, each time, by the word for, as in Für Elise by Beethoven. Each part of the cycle tends towards classicism and simplicity, proving that Dediu’s music is easily accessible to all of us.