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.
Olguța Lupu studied piano, then graduated in composition with Tiberiu Olah at the Bucharest Conservatory. She holds a PhD in musicology and her favourite subject is 20th century music, with a focus on Romanian composers. Her work has been included in various national and international conferences and symposia, she has participated in radio broadcasts and has published over 50 studies. She has written books in the field of musicology and music theory and coordinated, as editor, several volumes dedicated to important personalities of Romanian music. In 2016 and 2018 she was awarded the prizes of the Romanian Society of Composers and Musicologists and Muzica magazine, respectively. Currently, she teaches music theory and score reading, and is the Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Music Education at the National University of Music Bucharest.
Peter Szaunig was born in 1933 in Kronstadt/Brasov in Romania. After graduating in engineering, he studied music pedagogy and pianoforte at the Bucharest Conservatory, where he attented the masterclass of Silvia Șerbescu. Parallel to his didactic activity as piano teacher at the musical Gymnasium at Hermannstadt, he regularly performed in concerts with the State Philharmonic Orchestra in the same city. Since 1968 he carried an intense journalistic activity asa music critic and essayist, writing for German und Romanian newspapers and magazines.
As a composer, Szaunig wrote incidental music for the Theatres of Hermannstadt. After his emigration to Germany in 1973, he composed variousscores: one has to notice the homage for Rudolf Wagner-Régeny,Fugato and Passacaglia for piano (2003).
Szaunig is a member of the Composers Union of Romania (since 1965), a member of EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association-German Section), and a founder member of the council for the South-East region of the Institute for East German music of Bergisch Gladbach, today the Institute for Musical Culture in Eastern Europe. He was responsible for the section Plattenanthologie and worked on six CDs with works of less known composers from the South-Eastern European area (Anton Schöndlinger, Ernst von Albrecht, Henrik Neugeboren, Valentin Greff Backfark, Waldemar von Bausznern). In 2003 he recorded on CD the complete piano work by Rudolf Wagner Régeny, writing also the text and work analysis in the booklet.
Szaunig is the inventor and co-founder of the competition-festival of composition Carl Filtsch in Hermannstadt/Sibiu (1995), also president of the international jury (see the documented bilingual volume Ten Years Carl FiltschFestival, 1995–2005, signed by Szaunig in 2005). In addition he wrote in 2007 a trilingual monography about Carl Filtsch.
Since 2008 he has been living in Bamberg.
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.
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