Diana Rotaru has written from chamber and orchestral music to chamber opera, multimedia or dance shows and short film soundtracks. Her music explores different expressive directions, such as hypnagogia, imaginary folklore or humor. She is currently teaching at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she studied with Ștefan Niculescu and Dan Dediu (2000-2005); she later studied with Frédéric Durieux at the CNSMDP (2005-2006). She received residencies in Paris, Winterthur and Vienna and won numerous prizes, among which the Romanian Academy’s George Enescu Award (2010), the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award (World Music Days, Vilnius, 2008), the Irino Prize (Japan, 2004) or the George Enescu Prize ex-aequo (Romania, 2003 and 2005). Her works have been commissioned by Ensemble XXI (Dijon), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Pärlor för svin, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Takefu International Music Festival etc. Since 2012 she has also been active as a promoter of new music in Romania, being the main coordinator of the Romanian Music Information Center (CIMRO). In 2019 she was elected President of the ISCM Romanian Section and Artistic Director of Meridian International New Music Festival.
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