Octavian Nemescu


Romanian composer • b.1940

Short biography

Octavian Nemescu • Romanian composer (b. 1940, Pașcani). He studied composition with Mihail Jora at the Bucharest Conservatory (1956-63). In 1972, he took part in the Internationale Ferienkurse in Darmstadt. Since 1990, he has taught at the National University of Music, Bucharest. Throughout his career as a composer, he has received numerous prizes from the Union of Romanian Composers and he was awarded the Romanian Academy Prize in 1981. He has received the Aaron Copland International Composition Prize (U.S.A., 1970), the Bourges International Prize for Electronic Music (France, 1980, 1982), and the C.I.M.E. (International Electronic Music Federation) Prize (1985).


A representative of the archetypal music direction, both avant-garde and conservative, Octavian Nemescu proposes a profoundly symbolic music that rediscovers and re-evaluates the primordial models of order to be found in all times and places, providing them with meta-musical and trans-cultural reverberation.


Many original ideas are linked to Octavian Nemescu as a composer: the aesthetics of condensation, the eschaton, imaginary music, the music of hours. Some of the landmarks in his career are Circular Combinations, Four Dimensions in Time, Concentric, Suggestions, A Moment’s Performance, Chromoson, Gradeatia, Natural-Cultural, Metabizantinirikon, Centrifugue, Sonatu(h)r, Trison, Finalis-septima, Alpha-omega, Finalpha, Fifth Non-Symphony, Quartet for Midnight, The Cycle of Hours.

Octavian Nemescu

(b. 1940)

rouaUrauor for 9 PM • Composition: Octavian Nemescu; Performance: Contrasts Trio (Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu, Sorin Petrescu, Doru Roman) • „George Enescu” Concert Hall of the National University of Music, Bucharest, 2018