Nicolae Brânduș studied piano and composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest. He attended the summer courses for new music in Darmstadt (1969-1980) and Aix-en-Provence (1979). In 1985 he worked in the Musical Research Department at IRCAM (Paris) and realized electronic music at GMEB (Bourges) in 1996. He was a soloist pianist at the Philharmonic of Ploiești (1960-1969); professor of chamber music at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1969-2005); editor at the Muzica journal; member of the executive committee (1991-1993) and president of the Romanian section of the ISCM (1994-2002). He has received the Honorary Mention at the International Competition Prince Pierre de Monaco, and the George Enescu Prize of the Romanian Academy. Among his compositions, the most known are the opera Tarr & Fether, the Ballad Symphony, the symphonic works as Phtora, SinEuphonia II, two piano concertos. Brânduș wrote the book Interferences, published articles and was on lecture tours as visiting composer in the USA, Germany, Israel, Greece, Hong Kong.
Dan Dediu (b. 1967) graduated composition at the Music University in Bucharest (1989) and attended post-graduate courses at HMdK in Vienna (1990/91). Among his teachers one could name the composers Ștefan Niculescu, Dan Constantinescu and Francis Burt. In 1995, he earned his PhD in Music with a thesis about Phenomenology of Composition. Dediu has served as artistic director of the International Week of New Music Festival in Bucharest. In 2003 is appointed professor for composition at the National University of Music Bucharest. Between 2008-2016 he chaired the same institution as elected rector. His over 170 compositions are worldwide performed and cover all the genres. Much of his music was produced on CDs by Albany Records, Cavalli, NEOS, NM Extra, Move Records and Casa Radio. He received prizes and awards for composition in Romania and abroad. Also, he is the recipient of two honorary doctorates in Romania, at University of Arts Iași and University of Craiova.
Florinela Popa is associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she graduated music education and musicology, with Valentina Sandu-Dediu. She has taken part in international projects including Musica migrans – Lebenslinien mittel- und osteuropäischer Musiker, headed by Helmut Loos, University of Leipzig (2007-08) and EthnoArc (2008). She has been a postdoctoral research fellow at New Europe College (2011-2012) and at MIDAS (Musical Institute for Doctoral Advanced Studies), National University of Music Bucharest (2012-13). She is the author of Mihail Jora: A European Modern (Bucharest, 2009) and Sergei Prokofiev (Bucharest, 2012); and co-author of the ten volumes in the series Documents in the Archive of the George Enescu National Museum: Articles on George Enescu in Periodicals (Bucharest, 2009-2017). In 2012, she was awarded the Union of the Romanian Composers and Musicology Prize for Historiography.
Antigona Rădulescu, musicologist and PhD in music since 2002, is professor at the National University of Music Bucharest, teaching courses on polyphony, semiotics and musical narratology. Since 1991, she is a member of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists (secretary of the Musicology section between 2010-2014). Her musicological activity includes published books: Perspective semiotice în muzică [Semiotic Perspectives in Music] (2003), Johann Sebastian Bach (2010), Introducere în semiotica muzicală [Introduction to Musical Semiotics] (2013) – book for which she received the Romanian Academy Award in 2015, Odiseea muzicală / Musical Odyssey 1864-2014 (2014); main collaborator of the volume by Valentina Sandu-Dediu Muzica românească între 1944-2000 (2002), translated into German (Rumänische Musik nach 1944, 2006); coordinator and co-author of the collective volume Estetica. Un alt fel de manual [Aesthetics. Another kind of textbook] (2007); author of studies on various themes, from semiotics to modern and contemporary creation, published in academic journals; coordinator of the National University of Music Bucharest journal Acord.
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