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Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea

 

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An accomplished pianist and composer, Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea (1959-) studied at the National University of Music as a composition major (1977-1981; DMA in 2001), and also attended the Bartok Seminar in Szombathelly, Hungary in 1985, where she studied with Zoltan Kocsis and Imre Rohman. At the Natioanl University of Music her composition teachers were Anatol Vieru and Myriam Marbé, both internationally known composers in the avant-garde movement. For part of her doctoral studies as an international grantee (1996-1999), Dr. Teodorescu-Ciocanea studied with Margaret Lucy Wilkins at Huddlesfield University in Great Britain .

            Active professionally as a concert pianist; a former opera coach at the Bucharest Opera and the Nuova Terino Theater in Italy ; collaborative pianist; and composer, she has performed in international piano competitions in Hungary , Italy , and Romania , where she won first prizes in Suceava (1973) and in Iaşi (1984). Since 1992, Teodorescu-Ciocanea has been a faculty member of the National University of Music in Bucharest , where she teaches counterpoint and fugue. Since 2001, she has been the collaborative pianist with the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest .

            Teodorescu-Ciocanea won first prize in 1985 in the Romanian Union of Composers-Cluj composition competition and first prize in the composition competition of the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory in Cluj in 1988. For her ballet Le Rouge et le Noir, she won the Romanian Union of Composers Prize in 2001, again in 2003 for her SATB piece, Orationes alilquot Sanctae Briggite; and for a trio for two violins and piano, Romulus şi Remus in 2006, as well as for her book, Treatise on Form and Musical Analysis. She has been invited to compose art songs as required performance pieces in world-renowned soprano Mariana Niculescu’s annual Romanian Art Song Performance Competition.

            Several of Teodorescu-Ciocanea’s art songs are included in the Romanian Art Song series published by Leyerle Publications in New York . Her ballet Le Rouge et le Noir has been performed during several seasons at the Bucharest Opera and the National Operetta Theater, where it has now entered the repertoire. Her piano works are well-known in Romania , and she has premiered some of them in the United States in recent years. Additional important works include a concerto for flute orchestra, Ritual pentru fermecarea Aerului; and D'Amore , an oboe concerto; Bunavestire, a cantata; and an orchestral work for oinstrumental soloists. Teodorescu-Ciocanea’s works have been reviewed by prominent Romanian composer Nicolae Brândus in the Romanian music journal, Muzica, citing her fine craftsmanship. Her more than fifty works include concertos, piano works, choral pieces, and art song, and she has recorded music for radio and television.

            Dr. Teodorescu-Ciocanea has presented papers at international conferences in Great Britain , Norway , and the United States and taught courses as a visiting lecturer. One of her most recent invitations was a grant for postdoctoral research at Monash University in Melbourne , Australia (summer of 2008). She has authored several articles in Romanian and British music journals and two books: Timbrul muzical - Strategii de compoziţie (Editura Muzicală, 2004) and Tratat de Forme şi analize muzicale (Editura Muzicală, 2005). She is a member of the Symphonic Division of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists and founder-president of Asociaţiei Culturale Modern Classics. The Romanian Union of Composers has acquired copies of her compositions. Her works have been performed by orchestras throughout Romania , and in Spain , Italy , England , the Ukraine , the Republic of Moldova , Germany , Denmark , Switzerland , Singapore , Australia , and the United States . Some have been recorded, and over 200 minutes of recorded performances may be found through CARDEX. The CD Antologia muzicii simfonice româneşti Vol. 5, Editura Casa Radio (2001), offers an example of Teodorescu-Ciocanea’s work. Her ballet Le Rouge et le Noir was released by Electrecord (2006 – double CD). Another work, Bridges, was released on CD by Move Records Australia (2005).