Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea, "Endaeavour Bells" for piano and tape
Tamara Smolyar , piano
LIVIA TEODORESCU-CIOCĂNEA is a Romanian composer and pianist, Ph.D. Associate Professor for composition, forms & analysis at the Bucharest National University of Music. She is also a concert pianist and she worked for the Bucharest National Opera as accompanist between 1985-2001. She studied composition with Myriam Marbe, Anatol Vieru (Romania) and Margaret Lucy Wilkins (UK, doctoral studies). She has presented conferences in UK (1996, 1999), Norway (2005) USA (2003, 2005, 2006) and Australia (2008). She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois-Champagne, USA, 2006, Oslo Academy of Music (2005) and Monash University Australia (2008).
Her music has been performed in Romania, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Ukraine, Moldavia Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Tasmania, Australia and USA. She has published articles in Contemporary Music Review Volume 22 Issue 1&2 pag. 87-104, Timbre versus Spectralism 2003 (UK) and Muzica (Romania) as well as 2 books: Musical Timbre-Composition Strategies (2004) and Forms and analysis Treatise (2005). She has written a large number of works for various ensembles, vocal and symphonic. Her major work, Le Rouge et le Noir ballet in 3 acts after Stendhal, was commissioned by the Bucharest National Opera, premiered in 2000 and included in the current repertoire (performances in 2000-2003 and 2007-2008). A second version of choreography has been premiered in 2006 at the National Operetta Theatre in Bucharest. The music of the ballet Le Rouge et le Noir was awarded the Union of Composers and Musicologists Prize for 2001. A CD with a special recording of this ballet was published by Electrecord Bucharest in 2006. Her Rite for enchanting the Air Flute concerto has been performed by the famous flutist Pierre-Yves Artaud.
Livia Teodorescu studied piano with Ana Pitis and Ioana Minei and attended piano master classes “Bartok Seminar” in Hungary offered by Zoltan Kocksis and Imre Rohmann. As a concert pianist, she has played for the first time in Romania two major works by Messiaen: 7 Visions de l’Amen for 2 pianos and the piano solo part of the Turangalila Symphony, with the G. Enescu Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Alain Pâris. As a composer, she has been awarded several prizes, such as the Union of Composers and Musicologists Awards for 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009 as well as the Romanian Academy Award “G. Enesco” in 2006 and the National Cultural Merit Order (2008). Her music has been published by “Editura muzicala” Bucharest and features on CDs published in Romania (Electrecord, Casa Radio, Star Media Music) and Australia – Bridges - (Move Records). She won an Endeavour Award Scholarship - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2008 (offered by the Australian Government) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.