Violeta Dinescu was born in Romania in 1953. In 1977, after finishing her studies at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest with diplomas in composition, piano and pedagogy, she furthered her studies in composition for one year with Myriam Marbe. From 1978 to 1982 she was teaching theory, piano and aesthetics at the George Enescu Music School in Bucharest. During this period she became a member of the Romanian Union of Composers. Since 1982 she has been living in Germany where her works have received numerous international prizes and awards. After lecturing at several German and US u...
Composer and Professor of Applied Composition at the University of Oldenburg
Doctoral Studies Grant 1982-84, University of Heidelberg
"My doctoral supervisor told me: Go and compose your opera, that's more important, because theatre doesn't wait"
Violeta Dinescu is considered one of the foremost composers of our day. "I'm an acoustic person. Once you've developed an interest in something, an openness emerges and that works miracles," says the 51-year-old Romanian. "Without openness, people remain caught in their memories." But interest is like an "Alice in Wonderland": ...
Reversing Fields on Sargasso
Cat. No: SCD28027
Genre: contemporary classical
Romanian-born Dinescu is gaining a reputation as one of the most gifted composers of her generation. These mainly solos and duos for viola, clarinet and saxophone blend European experimentalism, exploiting the instruments' multiphonics, with Romanian folk traditions.
Most of these compositions were written specifically for the interpreters on the CD, including Romanian virtuosos Sanda Craciun and Aurelian Octav Popa. As Dinescu explains: In the beginning of every composition I try to find a sphere, an imagi...