Dimitri Conomos is a Byzantine musicologist who lives in Oxford, England. He has taught Medieval and Contemporary musicology at several universities in Europe, North America and Australia. He has written several books and a large number of articles on various theoretical and historical aspects of Eastern Church music (see Dimitri E. Conomos, The Late Byzantine and Slavonic Communion Cycle: Liturgy and Music, Dumbarton Oaks, 1985; Dimitri E. Conomos, Byzantine Hymnography and Byzantine Chant, Hellenic College Press, Brookline MA, 1984). Every year he visits the Holy Mountain where he continues his research in the Romanian, Greek, Russian and Serbian archives.
Maria Grăjdian (born in Bucharest) is Associate Professor of media studies, aesthetics of popular culture(s)/subculture(s) and cultural anthropology at Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She holds a PhD in Musicology from Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. She teaches and researches on Japanese media (Takarazuka Revue, Ghibli Studio, Haruki Murakami), the history of knowledge (Japanese encyclopedias) and the dynamics of identity in late modernity. Her most recent publications include a number of research articles in academic journals as well as books on contemporary Japanese culture. Currently, within the research project Takarazuka Revue’s Metamorphosis from a Local Stage Art towards a Global Medium funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – in which she acts as principal investigator –, she is preparing two books: The Archaeology of Desire: How Takarazuka Revue Has Impacted the World, and Beautiful New World: The Poetics and Pragmatics of the Japanese Cultural Imperialism.
Valentina Sandu-Dediu studied musicology at the National University of Music, Bucharest, graduating in 1990. She has taught musicology and stylistics at the university since 1993. She has written over 30 studies, 300 articles, and 10 books, including Rumänische Musik nach 1944 (2006); Alegeri, atitudini, afecte: Despre stil și retorică în muzică [Choices, Attitudes, Affects: Style and Rhetoric in Music] (2010); and În căutarea consonanțelor [Searching for Consonances] (2017). She has authored series of programmes for Radio Romania, and plays the piano in chamber music recitals (CDs released in Romania with Aurelian Octav Popa, in Germany (Neos) with Dan Dediu, and in Boston (Albany) with Ray Jackendoff).
Valentina Sandu-Dediu has been a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and has been rector of New Europe College, Bucharest, since 2014. She is the recipient of the Peregrinus-Stiftung Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften (2008). In 2010, she founded Musicology Today, the journal of the National University of Music Bucharest.
Thomas Beimel, composer, musicologist, violist was born in 1967 in Essen, Germany. Starting as a viola player, he finalized music studies and instrumental pedagogics at Hochschule für Musik im Rheinland. In 1989 he founded together with other musicians the ensemble Partita Radicale, specializing in the field between improvisation and composition. Since 1993, the ensemble worked with outstanding Romanian composers (there are two CDs with contemporary Romanian music released by sonoton, Munich).
Since 1991, Thomas Beimel has made several musicological researches resulting in book publications on the music of the Belgium composer Jacqueline Fontyn, and of the Romanian composer Myriam Marbe. Since 1998, he conceived many broadcasts on topics like contemporary music in Romania and Latin America, classical modern music in Eastern Europe, music and rhetoric.
Since 1994 Thomas Beimel works also as composer. In the summer of 1997 he studied privately composition with Myriam Marbe, Bucharest. In 1999, his first opera was premiered at Stadttheater Mönchengladbach, Germany. Stage activities were continued in June 2001 by the theatre music for the first integral drama adaption of Franz Kafka’s novel In der Strafkolonie, opera house, Wuppertal. In 2002, faltenbalg, a stereophonic composition for five orchestras of accordions, was premiered.
Thomas Beimel received a special award for composition, Impulse, 2004. He was 2005-2006 composer-in-residence, Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia, Bamberg.
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