Dana Borșan – recipient of the Schumann (Zwickau) Award and the Romanian Musical Criticism Award (1992, 1997, 2006) – consolidated a prestigious career of concerts: 900 concerts and performances in Romania and outside the country, collaborations with 250 conductors, 16 records, almost 50 concerts in her repertoire. She put back into circulation the concert by Hanns Wolf, which she presented in concerts and recorded for KU Classics. An artist of vast musical culture, she masters a consistent repertoire and an attractive programme for recitals and chamber music.
A concert soloist of the Radio music ensemble, Dana Borşan has finished in 2006 a unique project: The Complete Concerts for Piano and Orchestra by W.A. Mozart, a premiere in Romanian musical life, manifested in concerts performed alongside The Radio Chamber Orchestra and a series of 8 CD edited by "Casa Radio". Another accomplished project is The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by W. A. Mozart in collaboration with violinist Alexandru Tomescu, a series of concerts very well received by the audience and media.
Parallel to her artistic activity, Dana Borşan has a remarkable didactic career; PhD at the National University of Music Bucharest, she leads since 1990 a piano course, her students obtaining numerous awards at national and international contests. Since 2008, she is the Prorector of this prestigious institution.
Helmut Loos studied Musical Education in Bonn, then Musicology, Art History and Philosophy at the University of Bonn, taking his doctorate in 1980, and senior doctorate (Dr. habil.) in 1989. He was a Research fellow at the University of Bonn, Department of Musicology (1981-1989). After the political events in 1989, he took up the position of Director of the Institute of German Music in the Eastern Regions in Bergisch Gladbach (1989-1993). He has been Professor of Historical Musicology at the Chemnitz University of Technology since April 1993, and at the Leipzig University since October 2001. He was Dean of the Department of History, Art History and Oriental Studies at the Leipzig University between 2003 and 2005. He has been an honorary member of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Musikkultur im südöstlichen Europa in Munich, since 2005. He is a member of international editorial boards of Hudební věda (Prague), Lituvos muzikologija (Vilnius), Ars & Humanitas (Ljubljana), Musicology Today (Bucharest), and Studies in Penderecki (Princeton, New Jersey).
Alice Tacu studied piano (1994-2009), musicology (2006-2016) and earned her PhD in 2016 at the National University of Music Bucharest. While her bachelor and master degrees encompass mostly topics within the 20th century music and aesthetics, her PhD thesis – Despre criză în muzica de azi. Muzica în era barbarului [Crisis in Today’s Music. Music in the Era of the Barbarian] – focuses on the history of crisis in music, particularly in the last hundred years, as well as on the shift of mental paradigm in the last two decades regarding how we perceive, learn and live with music. Her studies were published in Musicology Today, Grove Music Online (Oxford University Press), Muzica Magazine etc. Alice is a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (since 2019) and the Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband (since 2020). She taught at the National University of Music Bucharest, collaborated with Musikproduktion Höflich München and now teaches piano in Munich.
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.
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