About the authors

Irina Boga is an associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she also graduated in musicology and harpsichord, and was awarded a PhD for her thesis Aesthetic Principles of the English Baroque as Reflected in Musical Performance. She received an Erasmus Mobility Grant (Hogeschool Antwerpen, Departement Dramatische Kunst, Muziek en Dans, 2002-2003). She was a researcher within the program initiated by the Music Institute for Doctoral Advanced Studies (UNMB), and holder of the George Enescu Grant offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute (2013, Paris).
In addition to teaching musicology, the history of music, aesthetics, and harpsichord, she also writes for various Romanian cultural magazines. She regularly participates in academic sessions and international workshops, and is also the organiser of the Musicology and Music Education Sciences Symposium of the National Music University of Bucharest. As a performer, she plays as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles, proposing both early music and contemporary works.

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.

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.

Speranța Rădulescu is a graduate of musical composition with a doctor’s degree in musicology (1983). Ethnomusicological activity with the Ethnography and Folklore Institute and later with Peasant Museum and with the National University of Music in Bucharest. Research in the classification of Romanian music, folk harmonization, new pan-Balkan musics, the musical reflection of the Romanian social-political structure and ideology, minorities’ music (Hungarian, Ukrainian, Roma, Jewish, Aromanian). She edited 50 traditional music records, published six books – one of which, À tue tête: Chant et violon dans le pays de l’Oach, with French researchers Bernard Lortat-Jacob and Jacques Bouët (France, Société d’ethnologie, 2002). She was also the co-author and co-editor for the book Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music (published in USA, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).