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    Paula Seling

    Paula Seling (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈpa.ula ˈseliŋɡ], born 25 December 1978, Baia Mare) is a Romanian singer, composer, and radio DJ. She released over thirteen albums (including three Christmas albums) and over twenty singles, including two top-tents in the Romanian Top 100 and a European mild hit which entered charts from Finland and Norway towards UK Singles Chart. Paula provides Romanian dub in Cars 2, for Holley Shiftwell. She represented Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, with Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu, with the song "Playing with Fire". They finished third in the final. She then participated in Dansez Pentru Tine (Romanian Dancing with the Stars) where she finished the third. From October, 2011 Seling is a juro and mentor in the Romanian X Factor. In 2011 she collaborated with Alexander Ryback, Al Bano and Plan D. Paula Seling was born in Baia Mare, Romania on Christmas Day, 1978. She graduated from the Gheorghe Şincai National College in June 1997. She also graduated from the "Şcoala Superioară de Jurnalism" in Bucharest in 2002. She has a brother, Paul Seling. She has been playing piano since she was 6 years old. Paula Seling competed in the Selectia Nationala 1998
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    Radu Goldiş

    Radu Goldiş (born 1947 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Romanian-born American jazz guitarist and composer. Goldiş is a graduate of the Bucharest Music Conservatory in the musicology department. Originally influenced by the playing style of Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Rune Gustafsson, he later developed his own personal style. He has played with many famous Romanian musicians, such as Johnny Răducanu, Eugen Gondi and Horia Moculescu, he composed the music for the Romanian movies Zile fierbinṭi and Accident (both in 1976). Together with Adrian Enescu he composed the music for the Romanian movie Al patrulea stol (1978) and with Petru Mărgineanu he composed the music for the American-Romanian movie Point Zero- Cry of Redemption (1995). He has worked as an orchestrator for Margareta Pâslaru.
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    Tatiana Stepa

    Tatiana Stepa (b. April 21, 1963, Lupeni, Hunedoara County — d. August 7, 2009, Bucharest) was a Romanian folk singer. She died after a long illness due to cancer. Please find more information about Tatiana Stepa and her biography here: http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatiana_Stepa
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    Dov Seltzer

    Dov Seltzer

    Dov (Dubi) Seltzer, Israeli composer and conductor, born in Romania (1932), began studying music at an early age. He studied theory and harmony with professors Alfred Mendelssohn and Michael Jora. When Seltzer immigrated to Israel at age 15, a musical comedy he had written continued to be played for two more years, performed by one of Bucharest's professional Youth Theaters. Seltzer finished his high school studies in Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek in Israel. At the recommendation of the pianist and teacher Frank Peleg, Seltzer was awarded a scholarship to continue his musical studies at the Haifa Conservatory and later in Tel Aviv. At 18 he joined the Israel Defense Forces and was among the founders and the first official composer of the Nachal Musical Theater Group (Lehakat Hanachal). The songs he wrote for the Nachal group, and the hundreds he wrote later on, are considered cornerstones of the Israeli folk and popular Music and are standard repertory on radio and TV worldwide. During his military service, Seltzer received a special grant from the army to pursue studies in composition, harmony and counterpoint with composers Herbert Bruen, Mordechai Seter and professor Abel Erlich.
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    György Ligeti

    György Ligeti

    György Sándor Ligeti (Hungarian: Ligeti György Sándor, [ˈliɡɛti ˈɟørɟ ˈʃaːndor]; May 28, 1923 – June 12, 2006) was a composer of contemporary classical music. Born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Transylvania, Romania, he lived in Hungary before emigrating and becoming an Austrian citizen. Ligeti was born in Dicsőszentmárton, which was renamed Târnăveni in 1945, in Transylvania to a Hungarian Jewish family. Ligeti recalls that his first exposure to languages other than Hungarian came one day while listening to a conversation among the Romanian-speaking town police. Before that he hadn't known that other languages existed. He moved to Kolozsvár (Cluj) with his family when he was 6, and he was not to return to the town of his birth until the 1990s. Ligeti received his initial musical training in the conservatory at Kolozsvár (Cluj), and during the summers privately with Pál Kadosa in Budapest. In 1940, Northern Transylvania was occupied by Hungary following the Second Vienna Award. In 1944, Ligeti's education was interrupted when he was sent to a forced labor brigade by the Horthy regime. His brother, age 16, was deported to the Mauthausen concentration camp, and both of his
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    Ionel Fernic

    Ionel Fernic

    Ionel Fernic (b. May 29, 1901 in Târgovişte – d. July 22, 1938 in Stulpicani) was a Romanian composer, aviator (civil pilot), writer and one of the first Romanian parachutists. His family moved to Galaţi where Ionel attends the Vasile Alecsandri high school and where he met his mentor, the Romanian composer and music teacher Teodor Fuchs, who tutors him in the arts of piano and guitar music. Being a music enthusiast, and passionate about airplanes, Ionel Fernic is guided by his parents to attend a technical faculty but he eventually decides to go to the National University of Music Bucharest where he is admitted at the drama section with the highest grade average. Although he is remarked by his teachers, Ionel doesn't continue his acting career despite having the opportunity to play alongside many famous Romanian actors like Aristide Demetriade, Ion Manolescu or Mişu Fotino. He graduates in 1924 and is enrolled at the Reserve Officer School in Ploieşti and remaining in the city for a few years, period when he writes almost all of his works. Under the guidance of professor Fuchs, Fernic composed in 1919, his last high school year, the ballad Cruce albă de mesteacăn, his first well
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    Anatol Vieru

    Anatol Vieru (Romanian pronunciation: [anaˈtol viˈeru]; 1926–1998) was a music theoretician, influential pedagogue, and a leading Romanian-Jewish composer of the 20th century. A pupil of Aram Khachaturian, he composed seven symphonies, eight string quartets, numerous concertos, and much chamber music. He also wrote three operas: Iona (1976), Praznicul Calicilor (1981), and Telegrame, Tema si Variatiuni (1983). He was awarded Herder Prize in 1986. Dramatic: Iona (op, 1, after M. Sorescu and sketches by M.C. Escher), 1972–5, concert perf. Bucharest, 31 Oct 1976; Praznicul calicilor [The Feast of the Beggars] (op, after M. Sorbul), 1978–80, Berlin, 1991; Telegrame (mini-op, after I.L. Caragiale), 1983; Tema cu variatiuni [Theme and Variations] (mini-op, after Caragiale), 1983; Ultimele zile, ultimele ore [The Last Days, the Last Hours] (op, 3, after A.S. Pushkin: Motsart i Sal'yeri and M.A. Bulgakov: Poslednie dni [The Last Days]), 1990–95 Film scores (names of dirs. in parentheses): Când primavara e fierbinte [When Spring is Hot] (M. Saucan), 1960; Ciucurencu (E. Nussbaum), 1964; Procesul alb [The White Trial] (I. Mihu), 1965; Brâncusi la Târgu-Jiu [Brâncusi at Târgu-Jiu] (Nussbaum),
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    Dinu Lipatti

    Dinu Lipatti

    Dinu Lipatti (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdinu liˈpati]; 1 April [O.S. 19 March] 1917 – 2 December 1950) was a Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease at age 33. He was elected posthumously to the Romanian Academy. Lipatti was born in Bucharest into a musical family: his father was a violinist who had studied with Pablo de Sarasate and Carl Flesch, his mother a pianist. For his baptism, which occurred not shortly after birth as is usual, but when he was old enough to play the piano, the violinist and composer George Enescu agreed to be his godfather. Lipatti played a minuet by Mozart at his own baptism. He studied at the Gheorghe Lazăr High School, while undergoing piano and composition studies with Mihail Jora for three years. He then attended the Bucharest Conservatoire, studying under Florica Musicescu, who also taught him privately. In June 1930, the best pupils at the Conservatoire gave a concert at the Bucharest Opera, and the 13-year old Lipatti received a huge ovation for his performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor. In 1932 he won prizes for his compositions: a Piano Sonatina, and a Sonatina for Violin
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    George Enescu

    George Enescu

    George Enescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe eˈnesku]; known in France as Georges Enesco; 19 August 1881, Liveni – 4 May 1955, Paris) was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher. Enescu was born in the village of Liveni (later renamed "George Enescu" in his honor), Dorohoi County at the time, today Botoşani County. He showed musical talent from early in his childhood. A child prodigy, Enescu created his first musical composition at the age of five. Shortly thereafter, his father presented him to the professor and composer Eduard Caudella. At the age of seven, he entered the Vienna Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr., Robert Fuchs, and Sigismund Bachrich. He graduated before his 13th birthday, earning the silver medal. In his Viennese concerts young Enescu played works by Brahms, Sarasate and Mendelssohn. In 1895 he went to Paris to continue his studies. He studied violin with Martin Pierre Marsick, harmony with André Gedalge, and composition with Jules Massenet and Gabriel Fauré. Many of Enescu's works were influenced by Romanian folk music, his most popular compositions being the two Romanian Rhapsodies (1901–2), the opera
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    Ciprian Porumbescu

    Ciprian Porumbescu

    Ciprian Porumbescu (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃipriˈan porumˈbesku]; born Ciprian Golembiovski on October 14, 1853 – June 6, 1883) was a Romanian composer born in Şipotele Sucevei in Bukovina (now Shepit, Putyla Raion, Ukraine). He was among the most celebrated Romanian composers of his time; his popular works include Crai nou, Trei culori, Song for the 1st of May, Ballad for violin and piano, and Serenada. In addition, he composed the music for Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire, which was used for Albania's national anthem, Hymni i Flamurit. His work spreads over various forms and musical genres, but the majority of his work is choral and operetta. Ciprian Porumbescu was born into the family of Iraclie Porumbescu, an ethnic Romanian writer and Orthodox priest of possible Polish origins. The name Porumbescu was changed from Golembiovski in 1881 when Ciprian was at school in Suceava. He studied music in Suceava and Cernăuţi, then continued at the Konservatorium für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna from 1879 to 1881 under Anton Bruckner and Franz Krenn. His artistic career as a composer, conductor, violinist, and pianist started in Cernăuţi, and continued in Vienna, and later
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    Vladimir Cosma

    Vladimir Cosma was born April 13, 1940 in Bucharest, Romania, into a family of musicians. His father, Teodor Cosma, was a pianist and conductor, his mother a writer-composer, his uncle, Edgar Cosma, composer and conductor, and one of his grandmothers, pianist, a student of the renowned Ferrucio Busoni. After receiving first prizes for violin and composition at the Bucharest Conservatoire of Music, he arrived in Paris in 1963 and continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, working with Nadia Boulanger. As well as for classical music, he discovered early on a passion for jazz, film music and all forms of popular music. From 1964 he made a number of international tours as a concert violinist and began to devote himself more and more to composing. He wrote various compositions including: « Trois mouvements d’été » for symphony orchestra, « Oblique » for violoncello and string orchestra, music for theatre and ballet (« Volpone » for the Comédie Française, the opera « Fantômas»…). In 1968, Yves Robert entrusted him with his first film music for « Alexandre le Bienheureux ». Vladimir Cosma has since composed more than three hundred scores for feature
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    Paul Constantinescu

    Paul Constantinescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈpa.ul konstantiˈnesku]; 13 July, 1909, Ploieşti – 20 December 1963) was a Romanian composer. Played by the Romanian State Philharmonic Orchestra/conductor: Ion Baciu (Both recordings are re-issues of LPs on the Electrecord label)
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    Tudor Chirilă

    Tudor Chirilᅣテ was born on 28th May 1974 in Bucharest, Romania.He is one of the most important actors of his generation. Most of his parts and performances have been several times awarded.At the same time Tudor Chirila was the vocalist of a Romanian rock band: Vama Veche. After their last album, "Fericire in rate" ("Happiness In Bits"), an excellent album, but less sentimental and bohemian in spirit than their previous albums - the complex "Nu am chef azi" ("I Don't Feel Like"), the joyful "Vama Veche", the single "Nu ne mai trageti pe dreapta" ("Stop Pulling Us On the Right Side"), the deeply touching "Am sa ma ᅢᆴntorc barbat" ("I Will Return A Man"), also staged as the first rock opera in Romania ever, or the experimental remixes of "Best of Vama Veche", the band divided in two: Vama and Trupa Veche. Tudor Chirila is accused by his enemies for breaking up the band, because he was the only one who had the courage and dignity to take this hard and painful decision. In truth, the close bond and sharing between the band's members was long gone, the pianist and guitar player had lost their touch and turned to alcoholism, and they were rejecting Tudor's initiatives to modernize the
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    Sammy Lerner

    Samuel "Sammy" Lerner (January 28, 1903 - December 13, 1989) was a Romanian-born songwriter for American and British musical theatre and film. Lerner emigrated with his parents into the United States at age seven, and the family settled in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Wayne State University, Lerner moved to New York City, where he began writing songs for vaudeville performers such as Sophie Tucker. Lerner also contributed lyrics to the Ziegfeld Follies. With the coming of sound film, Lerner began writing songs for motion pictures, including several for use in the Paramount Pictures cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios. Two of these included signature songs for Max Fleischer's most successful cartoon stars, Betty Boop ("Don't Take My Boo-oop-a-doop Away", co-written with Sammy Timberg) and Popeye the Sailor ("I'm Popeye the Sailor Man"). Mr. Lerner composed I'm Popeye the Sailor Man in less than two hours for the cartoonist Dave Fleischer. The lyrics included the line, I'm strong to the finich 'cause I eats me spinach. Lerner's Popeye theme is particularly well known, and has followed the character into television, feature films, and video games. Mr. Lerner's work in
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    Horia Moculescu

    Horia Moculescu (born 18 March 1937 in Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania) is a self-taught Romanian pianist, composer and producer. After finishing high school in Turda, he studied at the Mining Institute in Petrosani. He has played with many first-class Romanian musicians: Radu Goldiș, He was married 4 times and has 2 children.
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    Mihai Brediceanu

    Mihai Brediceanu

    Mihai Brediceanu (b. 14 June 1920, Brașov - d. 4 March 2005) was a Romanian composer, conductor and musicologist, son of the composer Tiberiu Brediceanu. Brediceanu studied the piano at the Brasov Conservatory, and music theory, composition and conducting at the Academy of Music, Bucharest. His teachers were Mihail Jora, Martian Negrea, Florica Musicescu, Silvia Serbescu and Ionel Perlea. Besides this he pursued graduate courses in law and mathematics in Bucharest. From 1959 to 1966 he was director general of the National Opera of Bucharest, from 1969 to 1971 musical director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York, and by 1975 a professor at Syracuse University. Between 1978 and 1980 he was director general of Opera in Istanbul and between 1982 and 1990, director general of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1991 he was appointed the new director general of the National Opera of Bucharest. In addition to numerous pieces of music for the theatre, Brediceanu composed a symphony, four symphonic dances, a suite for chamber orchestra, choral works, chamber music and songs.
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    Alexander Bălănescu

    Alexander Bălănescu (born June 11, 1954 in Bucharest, Romania) is a violinist and founder of the Balanescu Quartet. He emigrated with his family to Israel in 1969. He is a performer of contemporary music and can be heard playing an arrangement of the University Challenge TV quiz programme intro and outro theme, and has performing on many of Peter Greenaway’s films including The Draughtsman's Contract and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. Several short animated films by Phil Mulloy use his music. He founded and leads the Balanescu Quartet closely assisted by Clare Connors, and is a founding member of the Michael Nyman Band, performing on most of their albums, except between 1994 and 1998, as well as other ensembles playing Michael Nyman's music. He left the band during the recording of Facing Goya, and his concertmaster seat was assumed by Gabrielle Lester.
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    András Szőllősy

    András Szőllősy ([ˈandraːʃ ˈsøːlːøːʃi]; February 27, 1921 – December 6, 2007) was the creator of the Szőllősy index (Sz.), a frequently used index for the works of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, was born at Szászváros (Orăştie) in Transylvania on February 27, 1921. He studied composition under Zoltán Kodály at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music where he was a professor of music history and theory from 1950 to his death. Szőllősy has a PhD from the University of Budapest. He won numerous prizes and awards for his own compositions, including "Distinguished Composition of the Year 1970" at UNESCO's International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for "Concerto No. 3 for sixteen strings", and the 1971 Erkel Prize. In 1985 Szőllősy won the Kossuth Prize, which is the highest official recognition of the Hungarian state, and in 1987 he was proclaimed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des lettres by the French government. Szöllősy's musicological writings include books on Bartók, Kodály, and Arthur Honegger. The Szőllősy index includes all of Bartók's compositions as well as his musicological writings. For instance, Concerto for Orchestra has Szőllősy number 116 and Music for Strings, Percussion
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    Tiberiu Brediceanu

    Tiberiu Brediceanu (April 2, 1877 – December 19, 1968) was a Romanian composer. He is the father of the composer and conductor Mihai Brediceanu. Born in Lugoj, Brediceanu studied in Blaj and Braşov and worked as a general manager of the Bucharest Opera House. He composed symphonic dances as well as songs and ballads for both voice and piano. He also published a collection of 170 folk melodies and wrote several works on Romanian folk songs.
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    Adrian Enescu

    Adrian Enescu (born March 31, 1948) is a Romanian composer (film soundtracks & contemporary music). As an individual musician, he also pioneered the local electronic scene during the 1970s-80s. He graduated from the "Ciprian Porumbescu" Music Conservatory in Bucharest, composition - class of Aurel Stroe, Alexandru Pascanu-harmony Among his list of accomplishments are music for ballet in Italy, China and Australia, music for theater in Romania, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Australia, Canada, Columbia and Costa Rica. Other accomplishments:
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    Corina

    Corina

    Corina Monica Bud (born January 26, 1980), best known only as Corina, is a pop, dance, R singer from Satu Mare, Romania. She debuted in 2004 with the album Noi Doi, produced by Marius Moga. The main single from the album entitled Noi Doi reached fourth place in the Romanian Top 100. The second album, named Îmi place tot, was launched on January 1, 2005 and produced two great singles one that reached Top 10 and the other Top 5 in the Romanian Top 100. The third album Face Off represents a significant change in the artist's singing style having dancehall, reggae, R, drum'n bass, hip hop, house and electro influences, but still remaining a pop/dance album. This album produced two big singles "Quieres una aventura" and "Overdrive". The fourth album Gimme Your Love was launched in July 2008 and received good critics from the Bravo magazine. The album was produced and recorded in Germany in a Hamburg based studio, under the supervision of Toni Cottura. She debuted in 2004 with the album Noi Doi, produced by Marius Moga and Smiley. The main single from the album entitled Noi Doi reached fourth place in the Romanian Top 100 and is still one of the artist's most successful singles. In
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    Peter Maffay

    Peter Maffay

    Peter Alexander Makkay (born August 30, 1949) better known as Peter Maffay is a German musician. Born in Brasov, Romania, the son of a German (Transylvanian Saxon), he was 14 when his family relocated to his parents' (West) Germany in 1963. In the same year, he started his first band, The Dukes. After completing his education and working for Chemigraphics, an art manufacturer, Maffay worked in clubs, where he distributed his music. Peter Maffay's career started with the publication of his first single, "Du" (You in German). It was the biggest German hit in 1970 and brought Maffay instant fame. With the album Steppenwolf in 1979, Maffay became a major music star in Germany. The album sold 1.6 million copies, making it the best selling LP at that time. In 1980, the album Revanche (Revenge) broke his previous record, selling 2.1 million copies. Maffay holds the German record for the most number one ranked singles in the single and album sales charts, including 12 albums. In addition, most of his studio albums reached the top ten. He also holds a German record for most albums to have sold over one million copies, with 14. His latest album,Laut und Leise (Loud and Quiet), became the
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    Francis Chagrin

    Francis Chagrin (born Alexander Paucker, 15 November 1905 - 10 November 1972),) was a composer of film scores and popular orchestral music, as well as a conductor. He was born in Bucharest, Romania, to Jewish parents and at their insistence studied for an engineering degree in Zurich while secretly studying at that city’s music conservatoire. He graduated in 1928 but when his family failed to support his musical ambitions, left home and moved to Paris where he adopted his new, French-sounding name. By playing in night clubs and cafes and writing popular songs, he funded himself though two years, from 1933, at the Ecole Normale, where his teachers included Paul Dukas and Nadia Boulanger, and settled in England in 1936. At the outbreak of World War II, he was appointed musical adviser and composer-in-chief to the BBC French Service, and the programme, Les Francais parlent aux Francais. For this, he was decorated Officier d'Academie by the French government in 1948. He spoke French fluently, as well as perfect English (with a French accent), Romanian and German, and good Italian and Spanish. For a trip to the USSR in October 1966, he studied Russian. In 1951 he formed his own chamber
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    Electric Brother

    Electric Brother is the working pseudonym for Cristian Ştefănescu, a composer, musician, disc jockey and advertising and multimedia producer from Bucharest, Romania. He hosts the Retroelectro radio show on Radioguerilla.ro, and was winner of the Heineken Best Romanian DJ competition in 2004. A member of the bands NSK and Aievea, he has performed in various venues in Europe including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. His other work includes composing and performing soundtracks for advertising, theatre and film. His work has included: Aievea released the second album entitled "Cinema" in December 2010. The album is offered as a gift on Aievea's website. You can download "Cinema" for free.
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    Mihai Dolgan

    Mihai Dolgan (March 15, 1942, Vladimirești - March 16, 2007, Chişinău) was a singer and composer from Moldova. In 1967 he set up the Noroc, which became one of the most famous bands in the Soviet Union. Mihail Dolgan was born on March 14, 1942 in Vladimirești of the Sângerei District. In 1949 all his family was deported to Siberia. He came back to Moldova in 1957. In 1967 Mihai Dolgan set up the Noroc ensemble, which became one of the most famous in the USSR. In 1970 the Ministry of Culture of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic banned the ensemble and it returned onto the stage only in 1988. Mihai Dolgan is the author of about a hundred compositions, which became hits. On March 16, 2007 the composer Mihai Dolgan died in the hospital, suffering from an incurable disease. Mihai Dolgan was buried at the Armenian cemetery.
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    Dorin Liviu Zaharia

    Dorin Liviu Zaharia (September 25, 1944 – December 3, 1987) was one of the most interesting figures of the 1960s and '70s Romanian pop music scene. He was probably the first Romanian musician interested in mixing Romanian folklore with Indian music. He sang with the band Olympic '64, developing a sound and attitude that were in contrast to the communist regime's "commandments". He wrote and composed with the Olympic '64's members the rock suites "Decameronul focului alb" (1969) and "Karma Kaliyuga" (1971), both considered lost since no recording survives. He wrote, along with Dan Andrei Aldea, the music for several Romanian movies, such as the cult movies Filip cel Bun (1975), Duhul Aurului (1974) and Nunta de piatră (1973) (dir. by Dan Piţa and Mircea Veroiu), and Ţapinarii (1982) and Lisca (1983) directed by Ioan Cărmăzan. He also acted in some of the movies for which he wrote the music. He was a close friend of Ioan Petru Culianu and Andrei Oişteanu.
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    Anca Parghel

    Anca Parghel

    Anca Parghel (born September 16, 1957, Câmpulung Moldovenesc — died December 5, 2008, Timişoara), Romanian jazz artist, was a singer (jazz, be-bop, samba, bel canto) who excelled in scat, improvisation and vocal percussion. She claimed to be a polyglot, speaking seven different languages, including English, German, Portuguese and her native Romanian. Born to a poor family she began singing at the age of three and was up onstage quickly as a prodigy child. She also sang in her church choir. She left home at age 14 to study at the Music High School in Iaşi, later attending the Iaşi Conservatory which she graduated in 1981 (primary instrument piano, secondary: bel canto). However, since jazz was not exactly popular nor officially encouraged in this part of the world living behind the Iron Curtain, Anca studied jazz on her own. At the age of 18 she married painter Virgiliu Parghel (divorced 2001), with whom she had two sons, Ciprian and Tudor. Anca Parghel taught music for a living in Suceava (Bucovina) at the local Arts high-school before turning to a professional singing career (circa 1989). She was a Professor of vocal jazz at the Brussels Royal Conservatory and the Lemmens
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    Roman Vlad

    Roman Vlad (b Cernauti, Bukovina, 29 December 1919) is an Italian composer, pianist, and musicologist of Romanian birth. He studied with Titus Tarnawski and Liviu Russu in Romania earning a piano diploma. He moved to Rome in 1938 to study at the University of Rome and later the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He eventually became an Italian citizen in 1951. Vlad's early career was as a performer and composer; he won the Enescu Prize in 1942 for his Sinfonietta, and the Silver Mask Award for his film music. He was the artistic director of Accademia Filarmonica Romana from 1955-58 and again from 1966-62. As well, he was the president of the Italian Society for Contemporary Music in 1960 and musical consultant for the third RAI national radio and television network. Currently, he is a member of the Directory Council of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and artistic consultant for the Ravenna Festival and the Spoleto Festival. Vlad is an eclectic composer whose works range from symphonies to operas to chamber music to "The Japanese Seasons, 24 Haiku." He is a noted composer of film music, as well, including the score for René Clair's The Beauty of the Devil. Vlad has written
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    Shony Alex Braun

    Shony Alex Braun (1932–2002) was a Romanian born violinist, Holocaust survivor, classical composer and actor. He wrote over 200 compositions including classic, Romanian and Gypsy music. His "Symphony of the Holocaust" for violin and orchestra was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. He also played bit parts in the TV shows Perry Mason, WKRP in Cincinnati and the film '68. He died of pneumonia on October 4, 2002. Shony Alex Braun first encountered the enchanting spell of the violin as a frightened four-year-old child, lost in the dark forests of Transylvania (Hungary-Romania). Rescued by Gypsies and taken to their camp, little Shony was comforted and fascinated by the little box that makes music. He began studying the violin shortly thereafter and at age 10 he debut on Radio Bucharest. Shony began composing music at the age of eleven. Two years later, he received a scholarship from the Budapest Academy of Music. However, he was never able to complete his studies. That year, at age 13 he and his family were transported to Auschwitz. His mother and sister were killed immediately. He was later sent to Dachau where he remained until liberation. After the Holocaust he resumed his
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    Georges Boulanger

    Georges Boulanger (April 18, 1893 – June 3, 1958) was a Romani-Romanian violinist, conductor and composer. Georges Boulanger was born in Tulcea, Romania from a Romani (Gypsy) Romanian family with a very long tradition in music . His father's name was Vasile Pantazi. He was known as the typical Romanian Romani virtuoso . He learned to play the violin as a child from his father, who was already the sixth generation musician. At the age of 12, Georges Boulanger got a scholarship to study at the Conservatory in Bucharest. Three years later he was heard by Leopold Auer who took him to Dresden with him and where he studied with him for the next two years. Other students of Auer were Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, and Mischa Elman. In 1910, when Boulanger was 17 years old, Leopold Auer told him that his musical studies are finished and gave him a violin as a going away present. Boulanger played on this violin until his death. Under the recommendation of Auer, Georges Boulanger received a position of first violinist in the Café Chantant in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This was where many aristocrats frequented. With his "background music", a mixture of Romani music, Balkan folklore and
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    Marius Moga

    Marius Moga

    Marius Moga is a Romanian producer, composer and singer, famous in Eastern and Central Europe. He writes and produces music in various styles and genres, especially pop, R'n'B and club music. Marius Moga was born in Transylvania, in the historic city of Alba Iulia. After learning to play the piano, he moved on to sequencers, synthesizers and programming, so by the time he was 16, he had written songs for 11 local acts ranging from pop/dance to R'n'B and club. At 18 years old he caught a train to Bucharest to chase his dream. A couple of months later, he achieved his first No.1 with the pop band Akcent, signed by Roton Romania. The song generated a significant interest in the young producer, and he was in high demand, soon working with almost all the big names around at the time. Marius Moga became a brand, delivering hits and new acts signed with BMG, Sony and Roton. Moga is currently working on projects with Universal Music , Sony BMG and collaborating with A like Matt Jagger and Wolfgang Boss regarding new artists to be released soon, best fitting need for fresh tracks with hit-like flavour. Marius Moga did various productions and remixes for international artists such as
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    David Deejay

    Adi Cristian Colceru also known as David Deejay (born December 10, 1980), is a DJ, producer and composer from Bârlad, Romania. He studied violin in school, but dropped his studies and began writing songs with the aid of a computer. After moving to Bucharest, he worked with several local producers, and in 2007 started with the hit single "Sexy Thing". David Deejay released several singles in the last years. He has a long time collaboration with Dony (Cornel Donici from the band Refflex). He is currently a student at the Romanian-American University, Faculty of trade and domestic and international financial and banking. Born in Bârlad, Colceru studied violin at a special school. He abandoned these studies, however, and at the age of 16 years started to mix songs on the computer. In 2003 he moved to Bucharest, where he composed songs at MOF Records for Akcent, TNT, 3rei Sud Est and Hi-Q. Besides time spent in the studio, Colceru appeared as DJ in clubs under the name DJ David, and in this period he composed his first single "Sexy Thing" where he collaborated with Cornel Donici from the band Refflex which had the nickname "Dony". Colceru wanted the project to remain anonymous so not to
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    György Kurtág

    György Kurtág (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˌɟørɟ ˈkurtaːɡ]; born 19 February 1926 in Lugoj) is a Hungarian composer of contemporary music. György Kurtág was born in Lugoj in the Banat region, Romania. In 1946, he began his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he met his wife, Márta, and also György Ligeti, who became a close friend. His piano teacher at the academy was Pál Kadosa; he studied composition with Sándor Veress and Ferenc Farkas, and chamber music with Leó Weiner. He graduated in piano and chamber music in 1951 and received his degree in composition in 1955. Following the Hungarian uprising in 1956, Kurtág’s time in Paris between 1957 and 1958 was of critical importance for him. Here, he studied with Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud. During this time however, Kurtag was suffering from a severe depression: 'I realized to the point of despair that nothing I had believed to constitute the world was true...'. Kurtág received psychological therapy from Marianne Stein – an encounter that revivified the composer and strongly stimulated his artistic development. During this time he also discovered the works of Anton Webern and the plays of Samuel
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