Octavian Nemescu, born in Pascani (Romania, 1940), studied composition with Mihail Jora at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1956-1963), where he works as a composition professor and doctoral advisor. He imposed himself (still being a student) as part of avant-garde movement in Romanian music composition. After 1965 he writes works of the open creation type, of conceptual and environmental music. He involves himself after 1967 into the Romanian spectral trend. Starting with Concentric (1969), his creation has got archetypal vocation by cultivating an aesthetic of the essence. In the 70ies, Octavian Nemescu was part of a group of composers which launched a new avant-garde setting, as their ideal was not the denial of tradition (as previous avant-garde movements did), but reclaiming the origins lying at the base of every musical tradition, aiming to achieve a new artistic universality. Later, Nemescu developed a musical concept based on a non-spectacular, ritual atmosphere, as a chance to revigorate the old mysteries and as a modality of awakening from the biological, mental and spiritual sleep.
His honors include the Aaron Copland Prize (USA, 1970), six prizes from the Romanian Composers Union (1970, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1995) and two prizes from the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (1980, 1982). He has also earned the Prize of the Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (1981) and the Prize of the International Confederation for Electroacoustic Music (ICEM) (1985).
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