Dan Dediu


Romanian composer • b.1967

Short biography

Dan Dediu • Romanian composer (b. 1967, Brăila). He studied composition in Bucharest with Ștefan Niculescu and Dan Constantinescu, and in Vienna with Francis Burt. Various composition and research grants (Herder and A. Berg, Vienna; Ircam, Paris; New Europe College, Bucharest; Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin; Villa Concordia, Bamberg) played a decisive role in his development as a composer.


His more than 150 opuses cover every musical genre: four symphonies and other pieces for orchestra (Narcotic Spaces, Ornaments, Motto-Studies, Frenesia, Mantrana, Grana, Verva, Fever, Atlantis, Levante), six concertos (for saxophone, viola, violin, piano, a triple concerto for flute, clarinet, cello and orchestra), five string quartets, chamber music for various ensembles, music for piano, choral music, electronic music, four operas (Post-fiction, Munchausen, Eve!, A Lost Letter).


He has won national and international prizes for composition and performance (Vienna, Dresden, Paris, Berlin, Ludwigshafen, nine Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists prizes, the Romanian Academy Prize, the Enesco Prize) and has received commissions from various famous festivals, ensembles and musicians. He has been published by Editura Muzicală and Peermusic (Hamburg—New York). He has been the artistic director of International New Music Week (1999, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018) and the Profile Festival (2004, 2006).


Dan Dediu teaches composition. He was head of the composition department of the National University of Music, Bucharest, and is the artistic director of the Profile Ensemble. Formerly rector of the National University of Music, Bucharest, he is now chairman of the university’s senate. He is an Officer of the “For Education” Order and Chevalier of the Order of Cultural Merit.

Dan Dediu

(b. 1967)

Levante for orchestra • Composition: Dan Dediu; Performance: Romanian Youth Orchestra, conductor – Cristian Mandeal

Romanian Athenaeum, 2018