Violeta Dinescu


Romanian composer • b.1953

Short biography

Violeta Dinescu • Romanian composer (b. 1953, Bucharest). She studied music at the Bucharest Conservatory. In 1982, she settled in Germany. Since 1996, she has taught composition at the University of Oldenburg. She has received numerous awards, including the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (1975, 1976, 1989, 1993), Second Prize in the GEDOK International Composition Competition (1982), First Prize in the Utah International Composition Competition (1983), and the Carl Maria von Weber Prize.


Violeta Dinescu is drawn to succinct, abstract structures. In certain cases, she employs mathematical calculation in her treatment of folk music (Echoes I and II). With some of her works falling within the new folk music trend, Violeta Dinescu sets out to harness the Romanian folk melos and rhythm.


She has composed vocal symphonic and choral works and numerous chamber pieces for the most various of ensembles. Violeta Dinescu has also composed operas: Hunger und Durst [Hunger and Thirst], a chamber opera based on Eugène Ionesco, Der 35. Mai, a children’s opera based on Erich Kästner, and Eréndira, a chamber opera based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez; a ballet: Der Kreisel; film music: for F.W. Murnau’s 1931 silent film Tabu; and experimental music: New Rochelle 1-7, Quasaar Paal 2.

Violeta Dinescu

(b. 1953)

The Feathered Serpent for Tiuga, Alto Flute and 16 Flute Choir • Composition: Violeta Dinescu; Performance: Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu

National Military Circle, Bucharest, 2018