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.
Verona Maier started her musical training with professors Maria Spirescu, Maria Zaharescu, and Angela Marbe. She was graduated in 1984 as a student of professors Ioana Minei and Ana Pitiş at the Bucharest Conservatory. In 2006 she was conferred – summa cum laudae – the academic title of Doctor in music by the National University of Music in Bucharest after defending the thesis Spontaneous Tempo Options in J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. She is professor for chamber music at the same University.
As pianist, chamber musician and teacher Verona Maier took part in concerts, recitals, festivals, master-classes, radio and TV broadcastings, recording sessions, contemporary music world premiers, film and theater productions, and competition juries in Romania, Germany, Switzerland, France, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Israel, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, United Kingdom.
Verona Maier was conferred the Cultural Merit Medal (First Class) by the President of Romania in 2004.
Horia Maxim has an intense concert activity, both in Romania and abroad, approaching a complex and vast repertory both as soloist alongside the most prominent Romanian orchestras (in more than 500 concerts) and as a chamber music partner in recitals which took place in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Japan, Israel and Romania. Horia Maxim is frequently invited to perform on the stages of major international festivals such as: George Enescu International Festival (Bucharest), Europäische Wochen Festspiele (Passau), The Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Nuova Consonanza (Rome). Among his CD recordings there are several premieres, and the Youth without Youth soundtrack, movie produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 2007.
Horia Maxim teaches piano at the National University of Music Bucharest since 1996, where he currently is associate professor. He is also a founding member of Maxim Quartet (established in 2011).
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.
Ioana Raluca Voicu-Arnăuțoiu graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest (violin class) and holds a doctorate with a thesis on The Violin Sonata from Debussy to Enescu. She taught chamber music at the same university until 2015 and between 1982 and 2000 she was a member of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. She is author of various articles and a book about Béla Bartók’s violin and piano sonatas (Ars Docendi Publishing House of the Bucharest University, 2012). She has also researched and written about Romania’s recent history including articles about composers marginalized for ideological reasons (George Enescu, Mihail Jora, Paul Constantinescu, Alfred Alessandrescu, George Georgescu, Mîndru Katz), and books about two prominent musicians who were tailed while in exile, Sergiu Celibidache and Constantin Silvestri (Ars Docendi Publishing House of the Bucharest University, in 2012 and 2013). She also created the website www.muzicieni-in-arhive.ro.
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